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I've been busy the past couple of days, did the Cubs or anyone explain the thought process for promoting Szczur now, ahead of someone like Soler? I'm guessing they still want Soler to work on some things, though I've seen plenty of people predict/expect him to be up in September. There's not a whole lot to like in Szczur's minor league numbers, so I guess it doesn't hurt to see if he can do anything - though any success might as well just be a fluke all things considered.
There is plenty of reason for optimism. Baez has shown the ability to adjust and improve. Fangraphs had something up the other day showing that he's already seeing some of the junkiest stuff in the majors, but still managing results.
“I reserve the right to (not) pigeonhole him or compare him to anybody,” Renteria said. “I think he’s establishing himself. I know it’s a short snippet, but he’s been very, very good. He is Maddux-like, a little bit, in his execution, his approach.”
Without looking it up, anyone know if there's any research out there on "control" guys versus "power" guys performing better than other pitchers in terms of BABIP?
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