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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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Pre-arb Excellence: a Chicago Cubs podcast

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
On spending
With the new CBA may come new punishments and punishment levels.
September 5, 2021
Saturday PT 2, Herz and forfeits
The A's Cubs game in Mesa was declared a forfeit. That is strange. Herz carved in South Bend.
September 5, 2021
Lagniappe kind of Saturday
And a baseball word I detest
September 5, 2021
Two odd Arizona Fall League player ideas
Most AFL names are prospects. Though not all, are.
September 4, 2021
2 situations were emblematic of the Cubs pipeline tonight.
September 4, 2021
Another "who gets the win" argument
David Ross shouldn'tbget Friday's manager win.
September 3, 2021
What if Michael Hermosillo?
What if he's useful?
September 3, 2021
Patience and predictability
Two Cubs prospects that have struggled did well on Friday morning.
September 3, 2021
Learning experience: Thursday in the Cubs pipeline
Don't tell me what happened last week and expect a cookie. Or respect. Tell me what will happen the next few weeks, or indicate you're contemplating it
September 3, 2021
Carraway, Tennessee, and the 40 man roster
Thankfully, Carraway isn't on the 40 man roster.
September 2, 2021
MacKenzie Gore and the Rule 5 Draft
A highly ranked arm, Gore has struggled in 2021. He will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible this season, if not protected by the Padres on the 40 man roster.
September 2, 2021
DSL Thursday and 2022/2023 spending
Pedro Ramirez 3/5 RBI, triple, leaves game after HBP.
September 2, 2021
Thursday in the pipeline
With nods to a few MLB players, as well.
September 2, 2021
Why I'm at a disadvantage
The Cubs home-grown outfielders for decades have been abysmal.
September 1, 2021
Assess the 40 before free agents
To everything, there is a season. Assess on-hand players before going in-depth on free agents.
September 1, 2021
Silly ideas, and a night in the pipeline
Some players had good night, and quite a few people have absurdly bad ideas.
September 1, 2021
Meisinger, Jewell, Hernandez, Ramirez
The top two were claimed on waivers. The other two did well.
August 31, 2021
A stupid Twitter trade offer
People going with "what would benefit my team" over "what would be logical" still.
August 31, 2021
The Mets are a joke
And how the Cubs can take advantage of financial misfires.
August 30, 2021
Gambling on your team to win.
Don't. Just don't. If you do, bad things happen.
August 30, 2021
Early ripe, early rotten.
Myrtle Beach lead 4-1. From there, not so much.
August 30, 2021
The 40 man roster if there's a work stoppage
What differences would a guarantee of labor unrest have on the Cubs' off-season finances?
August 30, 2021
No Polanco, please
Despite costing league minimum the rest of the season, Gregory Polanco would make no sense for the Cubs in 2021.
August 29, 2021
If draft picks are eventually traded
Two Cubs would make "traded for a draft pick" pieces.
August 29, 2021
Herzday into the sixth
Really nice night, keyed by some good hitting, timely pitching, and quality from guys on my tentative Rule 5 protect list.
August 29, 2021
One helluva comeback
And a curious lineup scratch
August 28, 2021
Enter Rivas and Effross
Alfonso Rivas and Scott Effross replace the DFAd Ryan Meisinger and Jake Jewell
August 28, 2021
The other side of the Rule 5 Draft
What might the Cubs do in December?
August 28, 2021
Stop about the Kimbrel trade
The Cubs seem to have met every goal with all of their trades. The ChiSox goal was October. Not August.
August 28, 2021
Which games (in the pipeline) to follow?
Most nights offer you a choice. How I usually decide?
August 28, 2021
Prospect ageism, and tying it together
The Cubs 2021 home run leader was an older prospect. Which specifically prevented him from doing what?
August 28, 2021
Developing starting pitching
How another team develops a SP hints how the Cubs should.
August 28, 2021
My tentative Rule 5 protection list
14 names are atop my list of Rule 5 protection decisions.
August 27, 2021
A nugget from 1970
I turned on a YouTube game from 1970 on audio. It took almost two batters in before I was reminded how much things have changed.
August 27, 2021
Rule 5 Draft protect list: the candidates
Here is a look at who will be Rule 5 Draft eligible in December, if not protected.
August 27, 2021
Vizcaino and streaks
So much good innthe pipeline today. Mostly in South Bend, Myrtle Beach, and the DSL.
August 27, 2021
The case against calling up Dakota Mekkes
Usually, I talk about the upside of calling up players. Here is the case for other calling up Dakota Mekkes.
August 27, 2021
Smokies game on Thursday banged: COVID
Not good news, but it is news.
August 26, 2021
Adam Sanchez and Alexis Hernandez
Two projected Cubs international signings
August 26, 2021
Casey Opitz pod
What makes a middle-round catcher an intriguing get?
August 26, 2021
Tarp Bringer: Wednesday in the pipeline
Canario, Velazquez, Made, Riley Martin
August 26, 2021
Mea culpas, and Adam Morgan
Sometimes, I get things wrong.
August 25, 2021
Let's play conspiracy theory regarding Chase Strumpf
If he's off to Des Moines, who might be heading to Tennessee (or South Bend).
August 25, 2021
Cubs off-season 40 man roster (6 year free agents)
Not much added here, but this is a step (or two) that need examining.
August 25, 2021
James Triantos is okay
Mesa wins, and a recent high school student is doing well for them.
August 25, 2021
3 wins, 2 losses, a great photo, and a curious lineup change
Aliendo, Strumpf, Dawel, Ed Howard, and definitely Chase Strumpf
August 25, 2021
Tuesday in the DSL
Pedro Ramirez, oh my.
August 24, 2021
What can you tell me about Sheldon Reed?
A Myrtle Beach pitcher will soon make his fill-season debut.
August 24, 2021
Schwarber versus Happ in arbitration
Schwarber to Happ is not apples to apples when discussing arbitration.
August 24, 2021
Graduation Day
A few Cubs prospects are getting late-season promotions.
August 24, 2021
A preliminary look at the 2022 40 man roster
Assigning the current players on the 40 man roster is the first step.
August 24, 2021
What's wrong with Cristian Hernandez?
A ballyhooed prospect, he struggled.
August 23, 2021
Hitters and injuries
When will that hitter return