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Re: Guess what a guy who used to play for the Cubs did this time...

Postby CyHawk_Cub » Thu Jun 30, 2022 12:46 am

I always encounter fans who are under the false impression that Almora was actually good. Up until he was let go, I periodically looked at his minor league numbers in an attempt to understand from where the optimism/expectation about him came. I still can't figure it out.
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Postby chopsx9 » Thu Jun 30, 2022 2:28 am

CyHawk_Cub wrote:I always encounter fans who are under the false impression that Almora was actually good. Up until he was let go, I periodically looked at his minor league numbers in an attempt to understand from where the optimism/expectation about him came. I still can't figure it out.

I've never encountered anyone that thought Almora was actually good. He never had enough tools to be taken seriously and the ones he had never developed enough (or at all) to matter. Maybe advancing to 2nd in the 10th inning of Game 7 sucked all the potential out of him.
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Re: Guess what a guy who used to play for the Cubs did this time...

Postby Tryptamine » Thu Jun 30, 2022 2:08 pm

chopsx9 wrote:
CyHawk_Cub wrote:I always encounter fans who are under the false impression that Almora was actually good. Up until he was let go, I periodically looked at his minor league numbers in an attempt to understand from where the optimism/expectation about him came. I still can't figure it out.

I've never encountered anyone that thought Almora was actually good. He never had enough tools to be taken seriously and the ones he had never developed enough (or at all) to matter. Maybe advancing to 2nd in the 10th inning of Game 7 sucked all the potential out of him.


What was the ridiculous draft comp that I believe Harold Reynolds gave him? I believe it was either Arod or Braun, I can't remember which, but it was very obvious that those tools never existed.
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Postby CubinNY » Thu Jun 30, 2022 2:16 pm

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CyHawk_Cub wrote:I always encounter fans who are under the false impression that Almora was actually good. Up until he was let go, I periodically looked at his minor league numbers in an attempt to understand from where the optimism/expectation about him came. I still can't figure it out.

I've never encountered anyone that thought Almora was actually good. He never had enough tools to be taken seriously and the ones he had never developed enough (or at all) to matter. Maybe advancing to 2nd in the 10th inning of Game 7 sucked all the potential out of him.


What was the ridiculous draft comp that I believe Harold Reynolds gave him? I believe it was either Arod or Braun, I can't remember which, but it was very obvious that those tools never existed.

Reynolds wasn't the only one but to a greater extent than others. At the time of the draft, a lot of people said he had the best bat-to-ball skills in the draft. He played + defense in CF. He just never developed his skills. I get what he's saying even if I don't totally buy it. Brooks Kieschnick said much of the same things and worse about the Cubs' development of players.
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Postby Bertz » Thu Jun 30, 2022 4:20 pm

Feels like Schwarber would be the only guy who would have a decent argument for pointing his finger at the org for his lack of development, considering he's the only one who got better after leaving.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Thu Jun 30, 2022 5:01 pm

Bertz wrote:Feels like Schwarber would be the only guy who would have a decent argument for pointing his finger at the org for his lack of development, considering he's the only one who got better after leaving.

I’m guessing he’d blame the knee injury before anything
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Postby The Logan » Fri Jul 01, 2022 1:17 pm

Almora's hype was around his contact skills and gold glove defense. All the scouting reports, IIRC, said his defense was MLB-caliber ready straight out of the draft. And his ability to hit for contact was some of the best in the minors. He just never translated that skill to hits
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Fri Jul 01, 2022 1:36 pm

The Logan wrote:Almora's hype was around his contact skills and gold glove defense. All the scouting reports, IIRC, said his defense was MLB-caliber ready straight out of the draft. And his ability to hit for contact was some of the best in the minors. He just never translated that skill to hits

Or good defense.
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Postby NOLA » Thu Jul 07, 2022 12:55 am

Schwarbs with 2 more dongs tonight. That 4 in the last two days and 26 in his first 80 games.

Edit: that’s 27 HR.
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Postby NOLA » Thu Jul 07, 2022 1:00 am

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:
The Logan wrote:Almora's hype was around his contact skills and gold glove defense. All the scouting reports, IIRC, said his defense was MLB-caliber ready straight out of the draft. And his ability to hit for contact was some of the best in the minors. He just never translated that skill to hits

Or good defense.

IIRC, it was his “intangibles” that were supposedly off the charts, but not exactly the best athlete. On defense, he was said to get great reads off the bat but was not what anyone would call fast. That WS G7 play where he stretched a hit into a double was probably everything Theo could have envisioned.
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Postby Derwood » Sat Jul 09, 2022 12:18 pm

Bryant is OPSing 1.045 since coming off the IL
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Postby UMFan83 » Mon Jul 11, 2022 2:09 am

A Theo drafted pitcher finally made the all star team - congrats Paul Blackburn
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Jul 12, 2022 3:54 am

^^ Alex Lange was snubbed, I say! More opportunities will come but still, would have been nice

From The Athletic:

Soto’s 2.67 ERA makes him worthy of All-Star consideration. But did the Tigers actually have at least one even more deserving representative? The argument could certainly be made.

Alex Lange and Michael Fulmer built convincing All-Star cases of their own in the first half of the season. Soto ultimately got the nod, but let’s compare the numbers as of Sunday:

Soto: 30.1 IP, 2.67 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 4.45 BB/9, 0.4 fWAR

Lange: 33 IP, 1.91 ERA, 11.73 K/9, 4.09 BB/9, 0.7 fWAR

Fulmer: 32.2 IP, 1.93 ERA, 9.43 K/9, 2.58 BB/9, 0.7 fWAR


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Great to see Bryant's season line coming together too...He just had or is having twins soon? Good horsefeathers
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Postby UMFan83 » Tue Jul 12, 2022 5:13 am

TomtheBombadil wrote:^^ Alex Lange was snubbed, I say! More opportunities will come but still, would have been nice

From The Athletic:

Soto’s 2.67 ERA makes him worthy of All-Star consideration. But did the Tigers actually have at least one even more deserving representative? The argument could certainly be made.

Alex Lange and Michael Fulmer built convincing All-Star cases of their own in the first half of the season. Soto ultimately got the nod, but let’s compare the numbers as of Sunday:

Soto: 30.1 IP, 2.67 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 4.45 BB/9, 0.4 fWAR

Lange: 33 IP, 1.91 ERA, 11.73 K/9, 4.09 BB/9, 0.7 fWAR

Fulmer: 32.2 IP, 1.93 ERA, 9.43 K/9, 2.58 BB/9, 0.7 fWAR


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Great to see Bryant's season line coming together too...He just had or is having twins soon? Good horsefeathers


Wait wtf Alex Lange is a thing now? Always wondered if Theo-era Cubs were worse at drafting or developing. Seems to be some strong evidence it was the latter
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Postby The_Achiever » Tue Jul 12, 2022 6:39 am

Regarding Almora, Theo refused to part with him in 2017 for Jussin Verlander. This was after trading Eloy and Cease for Q.

People have ragged on the Q trade enough but if he trades Almora for Verlander we might go back to back. What a disaster the post WS years were.
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Tue Jul 12, 2022 10:26 am

Does Harold Ramirez count?

Guy is slashing 330/379/452 for Tampa
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Postby Andy » Tue Jul 12, 2022 1:32 pm

The_Achiever wrote:Regarding Almora, Theo refused to part with him in 2017 for Jussin Verlander. This was after trading Eloy and Cease for Q.

People have ragged on the Q trade enough but if he trades Almora for Verlander we might go back to back. What a disaster the post WS years were.

We should have traded for Verlander but for various, um, reasons, I have reason to doubt that Verlander would have been as successful with us - or for anyone - as he has been for Houston.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Jul 12, 2022 2:40 pm

UMFan83 wrote:Wait wtf Alex Lange is a thing now? Always wondered if Theo-era Cubs were worse at drafting or developing. Seems to be some strong evidence it was the latter


Tbf Lange left the org with his velocity back up, better fastball shape and movement, a swing snd miss changeup, and more power on his breaking stuff (added a slider). 3 years of high stress, high volume workloads under the NCAA (an org that prioritizes winning over player development esp before this higher tech era) probably did more to throw off his development than anything the Cubs did. He’s going to have to bide more time, build up strength to get a SP opportunity eventually

He’s very much a Future kind of player through the draft. Most popular during his earliest NCAA days, gradually became less so as a payday neared, still did enough to squeak into the first round with a conservative drafting org, never had the public on his side as a pro despite an extensive resume against top competition, plenty of tools, and all his health, and now it’s a shock that this kid who also skipped no steps is looking like a potential longtime ML pitcher. It’s bleak but dudes like this keep the fire burning somehow
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Postby CyHawk_Cub » Tue Jul 12, 2022 3:10 pm

Harold Ramirez never would have gotten regular chances with the Cubs. So yeah, that should make everyone o.k. with that whole thing.
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Re: Guess what a guy who used to play for the Cubs did this time...

Postby The_Achiever » Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:22 am

Andy wrote:
The_Achiever wrote:Regarding Almora, Theo refused to part with him in 2017 for Jussin Verlander. This was after trading Eloy and Cease for Q.

People have ragged on the Q trade enough but if he trades Almora for Verlander we might go back to back. What a disaster the post WS years were.

We should have traded for Verlander but for various, um, reasons, I have reason to doubt that Verlander would have been as successful with us - or for anyone - as he has been for Houston.


Steroids? I’m in the dark on this one.
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Postby Bertz » Thu Jul 14, 2022 12:15 pm

The_Achiever wrote:
Andy wrote:
The_Achiever wrote:Regarding Almora, Theo refused to part with him in 2017 for Jussin Verlander. This was after trading Eloy and Cease for Q.

People have ragged on the Q trade enough but if he trades Almora for Verlander we might go back to back. What a disaster the post WS years were.

We should have traded for Verlander but for various, um, reasons, I have reason to doubt that Verlander would have been as successful with us - or for anyone - as he has been for Houston.


Steroids? I’m in the dark on this one.


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Re: Guess what a guy who used to play for the Cubs did this time...

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Jul 14, 2022 7:54 pm

Just noticed former Future Cubs legend, Isaac Paredes, was on pace for a 3 WAR season and already has 13 HRs (including a 3 HR game against Cole and the Yankees). Good stuff, think I’m a fan

Edit: Maybe 2 WAR, still good stuff
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Re: Guess what a guy who used to play for the Cubs did this time...

Postby soccer10k » Tue Jul 19, 2022 1:41 am

Stupid Schwarber shit the bed against Pujols in the Derby.
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Postby Irrelevant Dude » Tue Jul 19, 2022 3:51 am

soccer10k wrote:Stupid Schwarber shit the bed against Pujols in the Derby.
What a mess that home run derby coverage was. The cameras were all over the place and missing home runs right and left. The announcers had no clue what was going on and were calling home runs that weren't and vice versa. The announcers also seemingly kept forgetting about bonus time and talking like guys were done after 3 minutes. And I'm pretty sure Pujols' 13th home run in the first round (which ended up being the tieing home run) came seconds after time had expired. Julio Rodriguez was fun to watch, but other than that it was a rather uneventful home run derby.
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Postby PackLandVA » Tue Jul 19, 2022 5:54 am

Much like the Slam Dunk Contest, the HR Derby became repetitively boring after about the third or fourth iteration. Wash, rinse, repeat. Yawn.
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