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Vsahajpal
10-06-2001, 08:20 PM
Mesa had a doubleheader against Scottsdale today, here are the notes:

Joe Borchard started both games today, playing center in the game 1 and left field in game 2; he batted in the 3 hole each game.


Game 1

Borchard struck out on a high fastball his first time up, and Bobby Hill was caught stealing to end the top of the 1st.

Borchard worked the count full his next time, and drew a walk. He attempted to steal 2nd on a hit and run, and was called out on runner's interference after a line drive grazed his jersey.

In his 3rd AB, he grounded out to SS Brandon Phillips.

Mesa lost by a run in 7 innings.

Game 2

In his 1st AB, Borchard hit smashed a grounder to 2b, and was thrown out.

In his 2nd AB, Borchard drilled a double off of the right field wall, his first hit of the young AFL season.

In his 3rd AB, he faced a southpaw and struck out on a high fastball.

I left in the top of the final inning as a result of the rain pouring down. He was due up 5th in the inning, so he may have had another AB.


Physical Description: Borchard is a lean 6'5 220 lb, and he's ripped.


Mechanical Distinctives: Despite the fact that he strikes out a lot, he has good pitch recognition, but needs to shorten his swing. He generates good bat speed and has a nice level swing from a slightly crouched stance. At the plate, he reminds me of Tino Martinez; he has a similar one handed follow through as Martinez, but will obviously hit for more power. He seems more comfortable from the left side, probably because the majority of his AB's come from that side of the plate.

Ability: He'll probably bat 3rd or 4th in the lineup throughout his career, and though he's a prototype RF, he's adequate in center. He runs well for a big guy and has a cannon arm.



Hummel started game one, and went 0-4 at the dish. Though he played SS today, he'll probably settle in at 2b, and is remiscient of Jeff Kent.

In his 1st AB, he lined to right field

In his 2nd AB, he drilled a ball to straightaway CF, about 420 feet, caught at the warning track (430' to center, 360 down the left field line, 340 down the right field line).

In his next two AB's he popped out to shortstop and grounded out 5-3.


Miguel Olivo started game 1 behind the plate and looked real comfortable behind home plate. He blocked a few pitches in the dirt, but wasn't tested by any Scottsdale runner. He was hitless on the day as well.

LongDistanceFan
10-06-2001, 08:26 PM
Originally posted by Vsahajpal
Mesa had a doubleheader against Scottsdale today, here are the notes:

Joe Borchard started both games today, playing center in the game 1 and left field in game 2; he batted in the 3 hole each game.


Game 1

Borchard struck out on a high fastball his first time up, and Bobby Hill was caught stealing to end the top of the 1st.

Borchard worked the count full his next time, and drew a walk. He attempted to steal 2nd on a hit and run, and was called out on runner's interference after a line drive grazed his jersey.

In his 3rd AB, he grounded out to SS Brandon Phillips.

Mesa lost by a run in 7 innings.

Game 2

In his 1st AB, Borchard hit smashed a grounder to 2b, and was thrown out.

In his 2nd AB, Borchard drilled a double off of the right field wall, his first hit of the young AFL season.

In his 3rd AB, he faced a southpaw and struck out on a high fastball.

I left in the top of the final inning as a result of the rain pouring down. He was due up 5th in the inning, so he may have had another AB.


Physical Description: Borchard is a lean 6'5 220 lb, and he's ripped.


Mechanical Distinctives: Despite the fact that he strikes out a lot, he has good pitch recognition, but needs to shorten his swing. He generates good bat speed and has a nice level swing from a slightly crouched stance. At the plate, he reminds me of Tino Martinez; he has a similar one handed follow through as Martinez, but will obviously hit for more power. He seems more comfortable from the left side, probably because the majority of his AB's come from that side of the plate.

Ability: He'll probably bat 3rd or 4th in the lineup throughout his career, and though he's a prototype RF, he's adequate in center. He runs well for a big guy and has a cannon arm.



Hummel started game one, and went 0-4 at the dish. Though he played SS today, he'll probably settle in at 2b, and is remiscient of Jeff Kent.

In his 1st AB, he lined to right field

In his 2nd AB, he drilled a ball to straightaway CF, about 420 feet, caught at the warning track (430' to center, 360 down the left field line, 340 down the right field line).

In his next two AB's he popped out to shortstop and grounded out 5-3.


Miguel Olivo started game 1 behind the plate and looked real comfortable behind home plate. He blocked a few pitches in the dirt, but wasn't tested by any Scottsdale runner. He was hitless on the day as well. what you are doing, esp from a cubs fan is great.......... i would like to asked a question of the cubs prospects, do you have any catcher? how is your pitching doing down there?

Vsahajpal
10-06-2001, 08:48 PM
As far as pitching in concerned, the Cubs are loaded at all levels. They will probably have the best rotation in all of minor league baseball at double A in the southern league. Mark Prior, Ben Christensen, Jose Cueto, Wilton Chavez, and Matt Bruback. Cueto came out of nowehere this year hitting 96 with his fastball. His best pitch is a slider that is just unhittable. I believe he held hitters to a .207 combined average between Lansing and Daytona. He was promoted to West Tennessee late in the year and got roughed up a bit (I think Borchard touched him up for a HR as well as Ingram and Battersby). Chavez is on the fast track; he's likened to Juan Cruz because of his sleight 6'2 160 lb frame. He has 3 plus pitches, a 93 mph fastball, a sharp slider and a good change up. Despite his size, he has the stamina of a big guy, routinely going past 7 innings. You probably know about Christensen and Prior already. Bruback is another "prototypical" arm. He's 6'7 220 and features a 95 mph fastball and slider.

Aside from them, the Cubs are tremendously high on recent Korean signing Jae Kuk Ryu. The Cubs signed the 6-3, 185 pound right-hander in early June to a contract with a $1.6 million bonus. Ryu completed his high school career in May with a seven inning 20-strikeout performance in his final game. He was 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 14.2 IP at the Arizona Rookie League. He struck out 20 and walked just 5, and opponents batted just .196 against him.

From Baseball America's Josh Boyd: He will figure into the Top 15 somewhere, for sure, though that is a deep system still. After having seen him in the Rookie-level Arizona League, the Cubs still liken him to a young Chan Ho Park. He has an overpowering fastball and shows a good feel for pitching.


Apart from those guys, the Cubs had the best rotation in the Northwest League (short season A-ball). 19 year old RHP Angel Guzman was 9-1 with a 2.23 ERA and Baseball America named him the best RHP in the league. He was ranked the league's 4th best prospect.

19 year old LHP Dontrelle Willis was 8-2 with a 2.98 ERA and was unanimously voted the best LHP in the Northwest League by Baseball America.

They both feature a low 90's fastball and expect to increase their velocity as they fill out. Guzman is an extreme groundball pitcher.

From BA: Guzman was especially effective away from Boise's Memorial Stadium, posting a 1.03 ERA in 35 road innings without allowing a home run. He showed a smooth, fluid delivery that helped the ball jump out of his hand and get on top of hitters quickly.

Though his fastball occasionally touched 94-95 mph, he pitched at 90-91 and showed excellent command. Guzman's changeup and curveball also are solid pitches for his age.

"That whole staff had great pitchability," Stanley said. "Guzman isn't blistering, but he's got great command and can throw his offspeed stuff for strikes. He'd throw a 3-1 or 3-2 changeup, and hitters at this level aren't ready for that."


After drafting the best pitcher in the first round, the Cubs drafted 6'9 260 lb LHP, Andy Sisco in the 2nd round of the draft this year. He was ranked the 14th best prospect in the Arizona League.

He's a project though, from BA:

Andy Sisco. The first thing that grabs your attention about Sisco is his size. He's a monster at 6-foot-9 and 260 pounds. He's agile and athletic for a big lefthander and throws with little effort from a high three-quarters arm slot. He has a heavy, moving fastball that registered consistently at 90-92 mph this spring and touched 95. With improved mechanics, he may hit 100. His breaking ball is still undeveloped, and he uses a splitter as his changeup.

Cubs are also high on RHP Todd Wellemeyer, ranked the 20th best prospect in the Midwest League (low A ball) By the end of the year, Wellemeyer was throwing 93-94 mph and his fastball was exploding at the plate. He also gets a lot of movement on his changeup, which runs and sinks so much that several opponents thought it was a splitter. His curveball and command, especially within the strike zone, need more consistency.

LongDistanceFan
10-06-2001, 08:53 PM
yep i knew it............... thanks...... no catchers

Vsahajpal
10-06-2001, 08:56 PM
Like the Sox, the Cubs lack a great catching prospect. Ryan Jorgensen is their best catching prospect. He's sharing catching duties with Miggy Olivo at the AFL. His defense is rated very highly, strong arm, quick release, and he's great behind the plate. His bat was never his strong suit, but he batted .300 in the Northwest League a year ago, and skipped low A-ball this year.

At high A ball this year, Jorgensen batted a very respectable .282 and showed surprising pop, slugging .484 with 8 HR and 12 doubles in 54 games. He received a mid year promotion after going to the All-Star game at high, and missed time with an injury. He'll be back at West Tenn next year, catching Prior, Cueto, Christensen et al.

Yoon Min Kweon is the other catching prospect in the system. He was signed for 1.2 million in 2000 after captaining the Korean National Team.

He started at low A-ball at Lansing, but missed the early part of the year because his father had a prolongued illness, and he wanted to be with him in Korea. He came back and started very slowly, hitting .218 in his first few months. He ended the season on a tear, finishing with a .270 average with 6 HR and 51 RBI in 88 games. The Cubs really like his bat and his cannon arm behind the plate. Many of the pitchers gushed about his leadership behind the plate.

LongDistanceFan
10-06-2001, 08:58 PM
even at catcher. thanks

beausox
10-06-2001, 09:12 PM
My friend is a huge Cubs fan, and he says the organization is real high on a catcher named jeff Goldbach.

Vsahajpal
10-06-2001, 09:19 PM
ugh, Jeff Goldbach.

Along with Cowboys starting QB, Quincy Carter, one of the few true busts in the Jim Hendry regime.

Goldbach was the Cubs second 2nd round pick in 1998 (Kelton the other one).

In 1999, Goldbach had an excellent year at Lansing with a .271 average, 18 HR, and a very nice K:BB ratio of 66:64. But in 2000 Goldbach looked overmatched at high-A Daytona. Not only did his average plummet to .200, but he hit only 10 HRís with a K:BB ratio of 76:31.

For some reason, he was promoted to Double A, and floundered there as well, batting .204 with 3 HR and 6 RBI in 32 games. He was demoted to Daytona when Jorgensen was promoted and continued to suck, finishing with a .193/4/17 in 46 games.