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|2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Can you explain the difference between what you see in C.J. Edwards and what others, like KLaw, see in him? Why is there such a big gap and does this happen very often? |
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
|I've actually seen him pitch quite a bit, so that's probably a difference right there. I like Edwards. The delivery is easy and athletic; the arm is loose; the fastball has some punch; he can spin a good CB; shows flashes of a good CH. My biggest issue with Edwards from a scouting standpoint is his body and how that might influence his durability and effectiveness in a rotation. As someone who has been around Edwards since he signed, I'm aware that his efforts to add weight to his frame have been unsuccessful. His natural build is very slender, with a narrow waist and a skinny frame. He's not the type of arm that is going to add much in terms of mass, and despite having the loose arm, I do have concerns about his long-term role. I think Edwards has the stuff to pitch at the big league level, and in bursts, he could have impact potential. But I don't see a frontline starter. I know his stats suggests a different outcome, but that's why we watch these guys in person instead of making projections based on a pitcher's A-ball numbers. Scouts are mixed on ultimate projection, but I've yet to speak to one scout with familiarity who believes Edwards is a top of the rotation type. (Jason Parks)|
|2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||C.J. Edwards or Luke Jackson?|
(6 of 1 from Half dozen of the other)
|I'd take Jackson. (Jason Parks)|
|2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Let's say in 5 years a current Cubs pitching prospect is an ace. Which prospect would least surprise you?|
(Dale from Florida)
|I hate to disappoint you, but I don't think there's an answer to that because I don't think there's really an arm in the system with more than no. 3 starter potential. There are some good arms here and there, and they've improved by picking up C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, but I don't see anyone with much of a chance to be a no. 1 or 2 starter. Those are rare and they don't tend to come out of nowhere, and that's what would have to happen for the Cubs to get one from a guy in their system at present. (Jason Cole)|
|2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I know the standard answer on Mike Olt is that he got hit in the head and simply had a bad season. What do you think is really going on? Still profile as an everyday 3B?|
(Matt from Chicago)
|Well, I discovered this when I went on the radio in Chicago at the trade deadline – the narrative I heard being given was that Olt got hit on the head and that led to his slow start this season. But that's not true. The vision issues he had were legitimate (read here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21288) and the cure was legitimate. After that, I think it became a mental thing. Olt got stuck in a hole early in the season and didn't really ever get right again mentally. With the Cubs not calling him up in September and not sending him to the Fall League, I think that's the right decision. I'd let him go home, clear his mind, and come back with a clean slate in 2014. That's probably the biggest thing for him. I'm still not all that worried. Perhaps he won't be the role 6 player he looked like in 2012, but I do think he's at least a role 5 (average everyday) third baseman with a good glove and power. Even if Olt doesn't turn out, you have to like the haul of Grimm, C.J. Edwards, and Neil Ramirez. (Jason Cole)|
|2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Jason. Shouldn't the Cubs have done better than C.J. Edwards and Leury Garcia for Garza? Since the Cubs braintrust knows what they're doing can you describe the ceilings of Edwards and Garcia.
(mmcd from ottawa)
|I...think you're confused. The Cubs got Edwards, Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, and at least one (potentially two) PTBNL for Garza. That's one hell of a haul for less than half a season of Garza. Leury Garcia is a White Sox. (Jason Cole)|
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