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   1. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: November 19, 2007 at 08:05 PM (#2620333)
Given the alternative of Fontenot as the left handed side of a second base platoon, I think Eric should probably trump him on the roster. The news of Chicago pursuing Castillo and Matsui does not suggest the Cubs think highly of either in-house option.
   2. SouthSideRyan Posted: November 19, 2007 at 09:08 PM (#2620444)
The Cubs are forcing Patterson into becoming an OF to improve his(you guessed it) versatility.
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 19, 2007 at 09:08 PM (#2620445)
Colvin's a lot better player than people think. I saw him play several times late in the year and was impressed with what I saw. He's got the range to play CF and the arm to play RF.

-- MWE
   4. Moses Taylor loves a good maim Posted: November 19, 2007 at 09:10 PM (#2620450)
Does he have the bat to play RF? And unless Pie bombs, he's not going to pass him in CF, right?
   5. PooNani Posted: November 19, 2007 at 09:20 PM (#2620471)
Colvin's 15/101 BB/K for a 1st round college player in A+/AA ball isn't exactly inspiring
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 19, 2007 at 09:47 PM (#2620504)
Colvin's 15/101 BB/K for a 1st round college player in A+/AA ball isn't exactly inspiring


No, it's not inspiring. However, it's not something about which to be *overly* concerned, either, when you also factor in 35 doubles, 5 triples, and 16 HRs with a near-.300 BA and a contact rate of around 80%.

-- MWE
   7. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: November 19, 2007 at 09:51 PM (#2620512)
I think Colvin's pretty exciting. An .812 OPS and 56 XBH in 492 ABs as a 21 year old between FSL/AA is pretty darned good. The strikeouts fall into the generally acceptable range, though obviously some more walks would be nice.
   8. Andere Richtingen Posted: November 19, 2007 at 10:07 PM (#2620533)
I'd be a lot more excited about Colvin if the Cubs had any track record at all of developing such players.
   9. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: November 19, 2007 at 10:25 PM (#2620550)
The Cubs are forcing Patterson into becoming an OF to improve his(you guessed it) versatility.

Is that a long-term plan? From what I remember, this was being discussed immediately before Patterson joined the major league club. At the time I was under the impression it was an attempt to help the 2007 ball club.
   10. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: November 19, 2007 at 10:50 PM (#2620574)
Hey Mike, what's your take on Samardzija? His rep seems to indicate a high K/high BB pitcher but he isn't striking anybody out.

And yet, his ERAs aren't bad. He did a good job keeping the ball in the park at A+ (but not in his short time at AA). Do you see anything there to indicate he keeps the ball down or might otherwise succeed despite a low K rate?
   11. Xander Posted: November 19, 2007 at 11:14 PM (#2620602)
I think Colvin's pretty exciting. An .812 OPS and 56 XBH in 492 ABs as a 21 year old between FSL/AA is pretty darned good.
No its not. It's passable. It's not something I would get excited about.
   12. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: November 19, 2007 at 11:16 PM (#2620604)
It's also the FSL and the Southern Leagues -- keep that in mind.
   13. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 20, 2007 at 03:40 AM (#2620842)
Hey Mike, what's your take on Samardzija?


He's going to be a good pitcher eventually, but he still has a lot of learning to do. He was hitting low-90s when I saw him at the end of the season (slow gun at Five County) but his breaking stuff was pedestrian, and he doesn't mix it in very well yet. I think the Cubs need to slow him down a bit; there's no rush.

Keeping the ball in the park is a lot easier in the FSL than it is in Sevierville.

Colvin posted an .850 OPS in the FSL; only five hitters posted better ones (Mat Gamel also posted an .850). As DJF notes, both the FSL and the Southern League are pitchers' leagues - Colvin's .774 OPS in the SL was significantly above the league average for that league, as well. I think he's probably still two years away, but he can play.

-- MWE
   14. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: November 20, 2007 at 03:45 AM (#2620849)
Thanks, Mike. I was wondering if he'd found a nice two-seamer. It makes sense that the Ks haven't come if he doesn't have any breaking stuff.

Is there any vaguely reliable method for calculating something akin to a league factor?
   15. karkface killah Posted: November 20, 2007 at 03:48 AM (#2620858)
Had no idea Tyler Colvin was white.
   16. Frisco Cali Posted: November 20, 2007 at 04:20 AM (#2620888)
Had no idea Tyler Colvin was white

Was? But he's not anymore?
   17. karkface killah Posted: November 20, 2007 at 04:43 AM (#2620906)
Was? But he's not anymore?

Correct, Dr. Grammar. With my magic powers I've colored Mr. Colvin darker than the ace of spades.
   18. And You Thought Zonk Was Terminated? Posted: November 20, 2007 at 01:40 PM (#2621054)
So who's a good comp for Colvin?

Juan Encarnacion? Jose Guillen?
   19. Spahn Insane Posted: November 20, 2007 at 02:18 PM (#2621091)
With my magic powers I've colored Mr. Colvin darker than the ace of spades.

Damn shame Dusty's no longer around, then. He'd have Colvin up by mid-season to handle that nasty Chicago midday heat.
   20. JJ1986 Posted: November 20, 2007 at 02:28 PM (#2621103)
So who's a good comp for Colvin?

Curtis Granderson is probably the current major leaguer I'd compare him to.

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