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|2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Seriously though, what is the plan for Schwarber now?|
(JD from North of Victory)
|Schwarber is another interesting element of the Cubsí interesting winter ahead. Heís a better defensive left fielder than he appeared to be over the last week. He could stick just fine out there. Obviously, he has more defensive value at catcher, and that would help alleviate the jam the Cubs have out thereónot only Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan, but Billy McKinney could be knocking on the door by midsummer, and depending how the infield shakes out, Kris Bryant might become an outfield refugee. On the other hand, I canít really see Schwarber being more than an average defensive catcher, especially with regard to framing. (He was exactly average in that regard this season.) The Cubs went out of their way to add Miguel Montero and David Ross last winter, in no small part because those guys are exceptional framers. Both guys are under contract for next season and using Schwarber as a catcher crowds that picture, too. They also have Willson Contreras, who broke out as a prospect in 2015, and might well think heís the catcher of the (long-term) future. I think Schwarber breaks camp as the starting left fielder, but thatís nowhere near certain yet. (Matthew Trueblood)|
|2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Who's your favorite or the most interesting catching prospect right now?|
(Bryan G. from Temporarily, Colorado)
|There are two guys who really showed up on the scene and made a name for themselves. Jacob Nottingham in Oakland showed the ability to be a serious contributor on offense and defense. Strong, big but athletic body with real power projection and a strong arm. Has real chops for catching.
Willson Contreras is the other guy that I've heard a lot of great things about. I saw him in Kane County back when his game was immature and he was more athletic than skilled. Now he's grown into his skillset some more and he's inspired some absolutely silly grades on his athleticism and hitting ability.
Those are the two guys who are going to be near the top of C prospect lists in my opinion. (Mauricio Rubio)
|2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Do the Cubs still have a top 8 farm system?|
(Randy from Iowa)
|Yes and the emergence of Willson Contreras helps that out a lot. They have Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ in the farm to go along with some arms like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson. Opinions on Dylan Cease are mixed because of his command profile but the man throws in the upper 90's and I have heard reports that he was pressing 99 in a few starts. (Mauricio Rubio)|
|2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Thoughts on the future of Willson Contreras?|
(cowboy2024 from Chicago)
|I have about 20 Wilson Contreras questions. He's interesting; should be able to stay behind the plate, strong throwing arm, average hit and power tools. IF you're expecting a star you're going to be disappointed, but he could be an everyday backstop, certainly. (Christopher Crawford)|
|2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Has Willson Contreras as a catching prospect shown enough to consider either flipping Schwarber or giving up on him as a catcher, and try to get him to the bigs ASAP as an OF'er?|
(Elisa from ChiTown Chic)
|No, I think Contreras is probably just a backup. (Christopher Crawford)|
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