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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Javy isn't really in a slump anymore though and hasn't been since April. That's been his only terrible month. May wasn't great but wasn't bad either with a .738 OPS. June he had a .815 OPS and so far in July, obviously with a small sample size, he has a .848 OPS. He's improved every month. The walks have gone up and the strikeouts have gone down. It's been encouraging to see. The one thing I'd like to see come back though is the power. If that happens, he'll be more than fine.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Javy isn't really in a slump anymore though and hasn't been since April. That's been his only terrible month. May wasn't great but wasn't bad either with a .738 OPS. June he had a .815 OPS and so far in July, obviously with a small sample size, he has a .848 OPS. He's improved every month. The walks have gone up and the strikeouts have gone down. It's been encouraging to see. The one thing I'd like to see come back though is the power. If that happens, he'll be more than fine.
    April was terrible, but June has been his only decent month in terms of BA, and he strikes out a ton (105 Ks in just 78 games, and that ratio has been awful in every month this season, not just April). His strikeout rate has gone down a little, but not that much. He was striking out 37.9% of the time in the first two months, and he was down to about 33% in June (which is still pretty damn bad). It's like 23% in July, but he's only had 18 at bats.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    The MLB prospect watch does an "estimated time of arrival" to the MLB at the beginning of the year and predicted Baez to be ready to go by September this year, so I wouldn't be shocked if Baez were playing up at the start of the 2015 season. Here's what our ETA's look like for our top 10

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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    If you live close to Des Moines, now is a really good time to catch an I Cubs game. That roster is ridiculously loaded offensively.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by tm3308 View Post
    No way, IMO. Baez is still hitting just .241 in AAA. His best month so far this year was June, when he hit .275, but he hasn't hit better than .250 in any other month thus far. I highly doubt he's going to be ready to start in Chicago by next season, and I also think Russell is now seen as the shortstop of the future. He's a very good offensive prospect, but he's also got Gold Glove potential at short, which Baez doesn't.

    What I'm expecting to see next season:

    C: Castillo
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Barney/Alcantara (this could maybe be a spot where they find a FA who's not expensive, but still an upgrade)
    3B: Bryant
    SS: Castro
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    CF: Alcantara
    RF: TBD
    Baez will be in Chicagos opening day lineup next year.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Section136 View Post
    Baez will be in Chicagos opening day lineup next year.
    Maybe if TheoJed feel like throwing away some money, but I'd say he'll be up after the Super 2 deadline at the earliest


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Baez, Soler and Bryant have all homered today. That's what I call a productive day.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Baez, Soler and Bryant have all homered today. That's what I call a productive day.
    Soler just needs to stay healthy.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    I'd be fine if he were the DH for the rest of the year if it meant he stays healthy. He just needs the at bats.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Keep Soler playing. If he stays healthy the rest of the year and puts up solid numbers, he'll be starting in the MLB on opening day


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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    Keep Soler playing. If he stays healthy the rest of the year and puts up solid numbers, he'll be starting in the MLB on opening day
    And then the Soler Power puns begin to see daylight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    If you live close to Des Moines, now is a really good time to catch an I Cubs game. That roster is ridiculously loaded offensively.
    Doubleheader this coming Saturday. Four games in three days starting Friday.




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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    This is the year 2014, can we stop using batting average to judge how good players are?
    Batting average is still important. I don't think its a coincidence that half of the roster is batting under .220 and the team struggles to score runs.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Baseball Prospectus listed their mid-season top 50 minor league prospect list today. They have Bryant 3, Baez 5, Russell 6, Alcantara 18 and Almora 37.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CyCy View Post
    Baseball Prospectus listed their mid-season top 50 minor league prospect list today. They have Bryant 3, Baez 5, Russell 6, Alcantara 18 and Almora 37.
    Decent.



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