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Pre-arb Excellence: a Chicago Cubs podcast

Pre-arb Excellence: a Chicago Cubs podcast

By Tim Huwe
Pre-arb excellence looks at the Chicago Cubs "bottoms-up" perspective. The minor leagues, the June draft, player development, and anything else that leads to pre-arbitration excellence.
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Alcantara and catching up
Two Instructs games reviewed.
October 16, 2021
The "Your best pitching coach" question
Where would you put "the best pitching coach", and why there? Why am I asking now?
October 16, 2021
Saying something vague by not saying it.
Yeah, this annoys me. And it seems a promoted mindset.
October 15, 2021
The evils of reverse engineering an MLB bullpen
In October and November, think October and November thoughts.
October 15, 2021
The dangers of being one-dimensional
One-trick ponies often have limited results. Do more than one thing well
October 14, 2021
It's not Nelson Velazquez fault
Mesa lost. Velazquez had three of the four hits
October 13, 2021
Who is Carter Hawkins?
The Cubs may have a new GM
October 13, 2021
The absurdity of "winning trades"
Trades are about making a team/organization better. They're not a game show.
October 13, 2021
A curious way to make up your mind
Some reasons for making decisions are strange. Others are laughably silly. Some are both. Some are even cryptic.
October 11, 2021
The delicate path, and trades
Walking you through how I walk through the minefiekd of baseball ideas.
October 10, 2021
Filling Jed's old gig
Four candidates are being discussed for the Cubs' GM role
October 9, 2021
The (Unpopular) case for not trading Jason Heyward
Wanting to trade Jason Heyward is a popular flash. And it is useless to wish on.
October 9, 2021
Let's trade for Dallas Keuchel
Pay for some of the contract, and take a prospect in exchange.
October 8, 2021
The AZ Fall League and the 40 man roster
Five of the seven Cubs on the Solar Sox are Rule 5 Draft-eligible in December, unless added to the roster by November 19th.
October 8, 2021
Adding a verse to a Cubs theme
Were the Cubs really supposed to be a dynasty? Why or why not? Could anything upgrade the odds in the future?
October 8, 2021
Dancing around the Frank Schwindel Maypole
Why are some people so salty about Frank Schwindel?
October 6, 2021
Another way of assessing the Cubs trades.
Have you ever traded a share of stock.
October 6, 2021
The cult of Matt Duffy
Why are so many Cubs fans pot-committed to a free agent role player?
October 6, 2021
Kumar and a mea culpa
When I make mistakes, I try to own them.
October 5, 2021
Fire the hitting coach and the DSL
Assessing decisions on if they make sense, not if the Cubs made the decision.
October 5, 2021
Mock Drafts and fake trades
2 mock drafts, and hints on faux trades.
October 5, 2021
Evidence versus hype
Which sways you more?
October 4, 2021
David Bote and flashing
Will Bote have a 40 man roster spot this winter?
October 4, 2021
A dozen for 2022
I have my preliminary twelve players figured for the Cubs 7th selection in the first round.
October 2, 2021
Trent Giambrone is getting called up.
Late round draft pick getting a cup of coffee.
September 29, 2021
Sandy Alcantara versus the core
Why do some players accept an extension, while others don't?
September 29, 2021
Baseball and the canon
If you're writing something baseball-trade related? Finish it. Do the extra homework.
September 29, 2021
The off-season and rabbit holes
Using the off-season to get better.
September 29, 2021
Tuesday night in the pipeline, with Instructs
With one win in three, it's time to look.
September 29, 2021
Schlaffer and Triantos
Wednesday in the Cubs pipeline.
September 24, 2021
Davis, Castillo, Adam, and Abbott
Brennen Davis busy hitting laser. Cory Abbott making the 40 man roster difficult.
September 23, 2021
February decisions in October
The Cubs should sponsor a college tourney at the Mesa complex in February.
September 22, 2021
Why not Dakota Mekkes?
Why hasn't Dakota Mekkes been called up this season? Why isn't he being called up now?
September 22, 2021
Cubs Instructs, an intro
The Cubs are starting Instructional Ball this week. What that means.
September 22, 2021
The Cubs 35s
The 35 prospect is the player that's among the best of the players that aren't valued 35-plus or better. I have 14 35s in the Cubs system.
September 22, 2021
Maples, Martini, and the Twins
Alfonso Rivas is injured for the rest of the season. The Twins tie-breaker. Why Dillon Maples is in Iowa.
September 22, 2021
My Cubs projections for the Mesa Solar Sox
I'm only sending three pitchers. If I get three names right, I'm stunned.
September 18, 2021
Friday's pipeline, and a hiring idea
The Cubs ought to interview Kyle Body.
September 18, 2021
Frank Schwindel and anthills
Linking the church of baseball and an old rookie.
September 17, 2021
The AZ Fall League dilemma
Who should go to the Solar Sox is a troublesome question this cycle.
September 17, 2021
Shoving and sidelights
Starting pitching. Homers. Interesting nuggets. It was a really hice Thursday in the pipeline.
September 17, 2021
Decisions Wednesday
Brendon Little, Cory Abbott, and Tyler Schlaffer.
September 16, 2021
The case for Adrian Sampson on the 2022 40 man roster
As of information available on September 15th, Adrian Sampson belongs on the Cubs 40 man roster this off-season. Subject to change.
September 15, 2021
We're gonna have that argument again
Brennen Davis seems like he's going to bring back the Kris Bryant 7>6 arguments.
September 15, 2021
Trayce Thompson called up.
Heyward on the Concussion List. Hermosillo to the 60 Day.
September 15, 2021
Quiet Pipeline Monday
Three Compound League games to discuss.
September 14, 2021
The lists of 180 and 190
Describing the silly universe that affiliated baseball abides in.
September 14, 2021
A backdoor split, and a notable promotion
Someone is moving up to Iowa, and three Myrtle Beach pitchers were fantastic. South Bend had a fantastic ninth inning.
September 13, 2021
Dilemma Saturday
Saturday in the Cubs pipeline.
September 12, 2021
Debuts and cold bats
New players mean more new information
September 11, 2021
The evils of the call to DFA a player
Even if Trevor Megill might be bad next year, which might not be true, DFAing him is a bad idea.
September 11, 2021
Faux trade for James McCann
The Cubs might be an off-season target for the Mets in trade.
September 10, 2021
0 for 2 and Oferman
An unheralded 17-year old had a big game in the DSL today.
September 10, 2021
Brendon Little and cognitive dissonance
I didn't consider myself a Brendon Little fan. New information came in. Assess the new information, which was conflicting? Or ignore it?
September 10, 2021
Thursday in the pipeline
Generally good pitching.
September 10, 2021
Cristian and Frank Hernandez go 6/7 combined
With three walks
September 9, 2021
Draft look: Chase DeLauter
The James Madison Dukes RF might be the first Cubs choice in the 2022 Draft.
September 9, 2021
A tale of two teams
One is a contender. One is not.
September 9, 2021
BJ Murray: prospect quick look
A third baseman from Florida Atlantic, Murray has been better recently at the AZCL level.
September 9, 2021
Canario, Made, and Wisdom
Two LIDOM draft selections, and a February question being asked in September.
September 9, 2021
The April bullpen in September
While putting the cart before the horse isn't wise, it's popular.
September 9, 2021
Two different types of games
The three night offerings in the Cubs pipeline were all worthwhile.
September 9, 2021
A roster move, a matinee, and decisions
Martini returns, and the I-Cubs play early.
September 8, 2021
The rule of 6.000 applied
When are players free agents?
September 8, 2021
The Jake Marisnick Trade
Another look back
September 8, 2021
Sampson, Made, Horn, Martin, and Little
Not a great night win-wise, but process.
September 8, 2021
Awards and lineups
News pre-first pitch on Saturday
September 8, 2021
DSL for a Tuesday
No wins, but steps along the way.
September 7, 2021
2013 trades to 2021 trades
Comping then to now
September 7, 2021
Mekkes, Jewell, trades, and assessing trades
Assessing trades, and assessing which player to call up are similar.
September 7, 2021
12 for the Aussie League this winter.
The ABL is a reasonable level for A-Level talent. Here are some (in my opinion) Cubs options for this winter.
September 7, 2021
A very AZCL night in the pipeline
A bit of a focus on Arizona over the DSL
September 7, 2021
The 40 man rotation taffy pull.
Two or three Iowa starters are, or might be, battling for rotation spots the next four weeks or so.
September 7, 2021
Steele, Effross, Morgan, Tank, etc...
Developing players help rebuilding team beat playoff contender
September 6, 2021
Filling Andrew Romine's 40 man spot
Three possibilities are evident. Which works for you?
September 6, 2021
25 potential AZCL callups for 2022 from the DSL
Promotions are good. Especially if they lead to a second AZCL squad in 2022.
September 6, 2021
The Joc Pederson trade
A look back, about two months in
September 6, 2021
Assessing new information
Happ, Espinoza, Little, and Swarmer. With a side mention of cognitive dissonance.
September 5, 2021
A look back at the Chafin trade
What do we know now, we dodn't then?
September 5, 2021