CubinNY wrote:I'm interested in hearing ideas for what people think the Cubs should do for the remainder of the season. I'm all for quickly DFAing a bunch of shlubs and bringing up prospects just to get them acclimated to the big leagues. I know they won't do this due to service time [expletive] and money this and more [expletive] that. But please, let's see what they have and not have to watch/listen to Frank Schwindel and Heyward and a bunch of other stiffs getting ABs. Start the rebuild process now.
For me it comes down to two things, who is ready for an opportunity and who can we learn enough about in 2 months that it impacts the trajectory of the offseason. Opinions will vary on those two, but for me it's helpful to start with who is not ready:
- I would rather Velazquez be getting AAA at bats than spot/platoon MLB duty. He hasn't excelled at that level yet and I think his path to being successful at the MLB level requires more of that developmental work that isn't as easily done facing MLB staffs. Even if it means more Heyward in the meantime whenever he gets back from wherever he is right now.
- I don't need to see Miley or Smyly start games. With innings limitations on Steele/Thompson and Hendricks' injury I'm not gonna be mad since there will be opportunity to go around, but I don't see a path to them getting signed for next year with the current depth so they're not a priority.
- I don't need to see Mervis in Chicago unless he is destroying the ball in Iowa with great peripherals. I'm very excited about the possibility he can be a potential solution as soon as next year, but I'd rather have higher confidence in his AAA performance being real than get a smattering of MLB at bats that won't change his risk profile heading into the offseason.
- Similarly, unless there's an injury crisis or he's completely unhittable in August, I would leave Kilian in Iowa for the rest of the year to make sure his command is where it was before his stuff ticked up. With Steele and Thompson's emergence it's less critical he be ready to take the first turn in the rotation next year, so I don't need to see him in MLB right away.
- As a counter point, unless there are pitch lab reasons to keep them in Iowa, I'd like to see Newcomb get more MLB innings right away, and Wesneski to be first in line afterwards if there needs to be more starts sucked up. They both have demonstrated enough at AAA for me that it'll help to understand their ability to be next year's Thompson/Steele.
- Unless there's a very specific adjustment they're waiting on them from Iowa, I would like to see Madrigal and Frazier get extended time in Chicago. Madrigal has pedigree and MLB success to the point where I'm not ready to give up on him after 30 poor games, even if his profile doesn't have 5 win upside. Frazier I still believe has some MLB success in there and in the worst case scenario you can give him PA at 1B because there are no good options there for the time being.
- McKinstry should be getting as many PA as possible as well, we need to see how well that bat plays and if he's gonna be something like La Stella + defense at the MLB level, or a more athletic Rivas.