|2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Is it time we all gave up on Alberto Tirado?
Is Duane Underwood legit coming off a solid season in A ball?|
(Gravybill1 from PA)
|I've address Tirado already, but I'll take Underwood. Is he a legitimately interesting prospect? Sure, but I'm not thinking of him as anything more than a potential back end guy right now. He's not likely to be a fast mover, either. He's a name to know, but not someone worth frothing at the mouth over. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What were the improvements Duane Underwood made this season and what future steps does he have to take in order to reach his #2/3 potential? |
(Pelecos from Chicago)
|Body looked better, velocity was back closer to what he flashed pre-draft, and overall execution was a little more consistent. I viewed the progress more as getting back on track to where we expected him to be when acquired than a large developmental step forward. He needs to improve the consistency of his breaking ball, which still lags and has not manifested in the regular plus form we hoped to see when he was flashing bite and depth on the high school/travel circuit. Also needs to start putting developmental focus on the change. Command/control still below average. Fair amount of clean-up still to come. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)|
|2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Are jacob hanneman and Duane Underwood legit prospects?|
(MKPJ from chicago)
|I saw Duane Underwood last night, he's legit. Works in the mid 90s and flashes solid secondary offerings. I'll be writing him up in the near future.
Hannemann I am not sold on at all. Only saw the speed in game, everything else was lacking. (Mauricio Rubio)
|2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)||How would you rank the current and former KC Cougar starting pitchers - Jen-Ho Tseng, Paul Blackburn, Daury Torrez, Duane Underwood and Juan Paniagua (no need to ask about Tyler Skulina as I know he'd be at the bottom of your list)?|
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
|Tseng, Underwood, Blackburn, Torrez, Paniagua, Skulina (yeah I don't like Tyler much) (Mauricio Rubio)|
|2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Duane Underwood: Which intriguing Cubs low-A pitcher do you prefer?|
(msquared from usa)
|Tseng right now, but I can see Underwood growing up and taking over that spot in my heart. (Mauricio Rubio)|
|2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Much has been made among CHC fans about their Big 4 prospects(Baez, Almora, Bryant, Soler),which guys in the 5-10 range in their system intrigue you most?Btw, is Olt redeemable?|
(Matt from Chicago)
|Mike Olt is absolutely redeemable. I still believe in his ability to be a very good everyday player. As for the 5-10 range, I like the progress scouts reported seeing with Dillon Maples this year. The addition of CJ Edwards and having guys like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson make for some quality depth outside of the top four guys. (Mark Anderson)|
|2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Are you surprised at Kyle Hendricks success this season at AA for Tennessee (Cubs) and should he be considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects?|
(Mike from Illinois)
|The Cubs are obviously very bat-heavy in their system, and many of the top arms are either hurt (Vizcaino) or at the lower levels (Pierce Johnson in Low-A, Dillon Maples in Low-A, Duane Underwood in extended spring). So by default Hendricks is one of their better arms at the upper levels.
There's nothing too sexy about Hendricks, but he can really pitch, so I'm not surprised he's having success this year. I saw Hendricks a couple times last year in Myrtle Beach. Haven't gotten a report on him last year but here's what I saw – located and mixed deep arsenal very well. Not a lot of life on anything but sat 87-91-ish with his fastball but showed the ability to pop 92-93 and the occasional 94 when needed. Very deceptive changeup that also didn't have a lot of movement. He also had a cut-slider and big get-me-over curveball. The stuff is very fringe and it's probably a no. 5 starter at best, but he can locate and mix, so that gives him a shot. (Jason Cole)
|2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I came upon a note in Jason's Top 10 Prospects list for the Cubs system, that Duane Underwood's "arm works well, but low pickup and drag force it to go a long way." Those words weren't yours, but I'm wondering if you have any insight on them. I feel the same way when watching a number of current big-leaguers (if I'm reading this right), where they have fast and loose arms, but waste motion on the back side of their delivery and seem to lengthen their arm action in doing so. Does this pose any added risk of injury, ineffectiveness, or inconsistency?|
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
|I am not as bothered by “long” arm action, other than the potential to complicate the timing sequence. It is the high-speed portion of rotation that places the most stress on the arm, so I care more about the arm path once the rotational elements kick into gear. It's kinda like worrying about a hitter's hands before he gets into the loaded position – just because it looks funny doesn't mean that it's dysfunctional.
On the jukebox: Colin Hay, "Overkill" (Doug Thorburn)
|2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who is the most interesting Cub prospect besides Baez, Almora, Soler and Vizcaino?|
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
|Duane Underwood or Dillon Maples. (Jason Parks)|