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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Buster Bryant, Apr 11, 2016.
didn't SD just give up a lot for Snell?
Yes but they have the second best farm system in baseball so they still have plenty to unload.
I think they still have a top pitching prospect left.
That’d be a disappointing return
Padres have a loaded system. I’m sure some of if not most of these guys crack our top 10. With that said they took on some very young talent that’s going to take time to develop. Nothing in the deal on the horizon to be on the mlb anytime soon.
I wish we could’ve at least gotten Hassell but besides that I’m happy with the return. That’s a lot of prospects and this gives a good idea of when the club is targeting to compete again.
Aside from Davies all international guys too.
Not sure if they can tread water for a season or two but the next batch of top tier prospects will be hitting Wrigley in 22-23. These guys fit that window
Davis likely to get unloaded at the deadline?
What I’m reading on Twitter
SS, DSL Padres, ROK
July 2, 2019 - SD
Scouting Grades/Report (20-80 grading scale)
The best prospect out of Panama in this year's class, Preciado is a lean and athletic shortstop with a large frame and a projectable body. He has the types of tools that can make an impact on both sides of the ball and tons of upside. The 16-year-old signed with the Padres for $1.3 million, a record for any prospect out of Panama.
At the plate, the switch-hitting Preciado drives the ball with hard contact from the right side and sprays the ball from gap to gap from the left side. He has a good rhythm and body control from both sides of the plate. For a player so young, Preciado has an excellent feel for hitting and getting bat to ball with authority. There's good bat speed and the potential for power in the future as he adds strength to his highly projectable, 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame.
Preciado is a decent runner with long and easy strides and an extra gear when he needs it. As a shortstop, he has soft hands and is light on his feet in all directions. He has shown a quick first step and a strong and accurate arm that projects to be above average in the future. If Preciado continues to grow, he would probably shift away from shortstop, but scouts are confident his athleticism would translate to third base or the outfield. Preciado will need considerable time to develop in the Minors, but the final product could be a player who makes a serious impact on both sides of the ball.
OF, AZL Padres 1, ROK
2020, 2nd (45) - SD
Scouting Grades/Report (20-80 grading scale)
The Canadian province of Ontario has had a high school player taken in the top five rounds of every Draft since 2013, headlined by a pair of first-rounders in the Naylor brothers, Josh and Bo. That trend continued in 2020, when the Padres selected Caissie, a highly projectable outfielder with power potential, in the second round. He signed for $1.2 million, below his slot’s $1.65 million value, forgoing a Michigan commitment.
Caissie has the tools to fit the right field profile very well, starting with his plus raw power. He has legit pop from the left side of the plate, with the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Some scouts have questioned his bat path, leading to some concerns about his ability to get to that power, but he has shown the ability to make adjustments in the past. He’s at least an above-average runner, one who gets to plus once underway.
Defensively, Caissie played a corner outfield spot for the Canadian junior national team in deference to David Calabrese in center. With an arm that delivers low-90s throws from the outfield and his power potential, he fits the corner profile very well. But as one of the youngest players in the entire 2020 Draft class -- he turned 18 on July 8 -- he may also require some extra time to develop in the Minor Leagues.
OF, DSL Padres, ROK
July 2, 2019 - SD
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Big, athletic, wiry and full of potential, Mena has drawn comparisons to a young Franchy Cordero or Gregory Polanco. That combination of tools and ceiling earned Mena a $2.2 million bonus from the Padres at the outset of the 2019-20 international signing period. Mena is all projection right now, but scouts agree that the 16-year-old outfielder has the ingredients needed to become a special player.
Mena covers the strike zone well and hits everything hard from the left side of the plate. He has a knack for barreling up balls and has future average power. He projects to hit second or third in the lineup but could eventually be a leadoff hitter because of his hit tool and plus running abilities. He projects to steal between 15 and 25 bases in the big leagues.
Mena is already viewed as an above-average defender who has a talent for reading and picking up balls off the bat. He gets good jumps and takes great angles and routes, utilizing his plus-plus speed, and his arm strength has above-average potential. He's also been praised for his makeup and baseball IQ. Mena, based on his remaining physical projection, could end up at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds if he continues to develop at a normal pace.
SS, AZL Padres 2, ROK
July 2, 2017 - SD
Scouting Grades/Report (20-80 grading scale)
One of 15 players signed by San Diego for at least $300,000 during the 2017-18 international period, Santana quickly has emerged as the organization’s most promising prospect from the class. A natural shortstop who also projects well at the plate, he garnered Dominican Summer League All-Star honors during his pro debut and then broke out offensively in the 2019 Rookie-level Arizona League, slashing .346/.429/.494 at age 18.
Santana’s selectively aggressive approach is advanced for a player his age, and he has already shown that he can do damage on pitches in the zone. He has a solid foundation for development, possessing a blend of bat speed, patience and feel for the barrel, with remaining physical projection that points toward future power gains. Santana has proven difficult to strike out early in his career, showing a penchant for quality opposite-field contact.
Defensively, Santana looks like a future big league shortstop: he’s twitchy and athletic, with smooth actions, plus arm strength and plenty of range, and he already plays the position with confidence. Those qualities all give Santana realistic floor value in the big leagues, and there’s everyday-shortstop upside in the profile should his hitting ability and power both reach fruition.
This is a terrible return and a fucking salary dump. Fuck the Ricketts
I'd love to hear Theo vent about them
He owes billions of dollars from buying up wrigleyville and the remodel of Wrigley itself. Add in the economy shutting down killing all revenue they were counting on along with killing the negotiations with Comcast leaving them with a meh TV deal. Not trying to give him a pass but Covid really fucked the team more so then most.
It’s about 2023-2024 with the talent in the minors mostly lined up for that window. Gonna be a rough 2 years. Baez, Bryant and some others might be moved in the next 12-18 months.
It appears the thread title is coming to fruition.
I don’t mind trading Yu with where this team is at but it would have been nice to get a more established prospect or two. Looks like a roll of the dice which in turn leads me to believe it’s basically a salary dump.
Tear down is about to be in full effect
Not really looking forward to sitting through another rebuild but here we go.
I think it's unfair to call this a pure salary dump. Even established prospects bust out... Addy is a prime example. That kid was pegged to be great and he flamed out then the off field shit happened.
I don't think a pure fire sale is gonna take place. I hope this is a quick re-tool and trading of players who wont be part of the next window.
Following this season the Cubs could be sitting at or around 60m in payroll. They should be players in a star studded free agent class. I figure the following players are going to stick on this roster for the next window:
Guys I expect to be traded this season
2022 roster before spending in FA isn't bad either if guys continue to develop.
FA Class of 22:
First base: Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, Brandon Belt
Second base: Starlin Castro
Third base: Nolan Arenado (opt-out), Kris Bryant, Eduardo Escobar, Kyle Seager (club option), José Ramírez (club option)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Javier Báez, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story
Outfield: Michael Conforto, Tommy Pham, Starling Marte, Kyle Schwarber, Eddie Rosario, Corey Dickerson, Nick Castellanos (opt-out), Charlie Blackmon (player option), Andrew McCutchen (club option)
Designated hitter: Jorge Soler, Khris Davis, J.D. Martinez (opt-out)
Starting pitchers: Noah Syndergaard, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Lance Lynn, Eduardo Rodriguez, Dylan Bundy, Lance McCullers Jr., Johnny Cueto (club option), Carlos Martínez (club option)
Relievers: Kenley Jansen, Jeurys Familia, Corey Knebel, Archie Bradley, Raisel Iglesias, Adam Ottavino
Also a pretty good breakdown of what we got in return...
The way it looks is most of the guys will be trade bait at some point, with Baez at SS and we drafted Howard and now we may have potentially traded for 2-3 more middle infielders/3b we are going to use them somewhere along the lines in a trade. Either way I’m ok with the trade of Darvish, we weren’t going to win it in 2021 anyway so why not get rid of some salaries and build up the farm system and then once the pandemic is over we make a run again.
Spot on... it’s clear the window has closed on this core. Sell off the older vets. Try to sign Wilson, Bryant and Baez long term. Wait for the next set of prospects to get called up over the next 2-3 years.
I do agree that these kids are more likely to put Eloy or Cease vs Bryant and Baez. They are all 24/25 prospects like Howard and probably the next few #1 draft picks we make.
Can someone post the athletics article on boog?
Jon “Boog” Sciambi heard about Len Kasper’s potential departure from the Cubs booth long before it was made public. The two are close friends and Kasper had used Sciambi as a sounding board to help him decide if he was making the right decision.
But even so, Sciambi hadn’t really considered being Kasper’s replacement. It just wasn’t where his head was at. He was helping a friend pursue his passion, not calculating his next career move.
So when Marquee reached out in December, Sciambi hadn’t thought much about the possibility. In his mind, the whole thing was a long shot — Sciambi still dreams of calling a World Series, which wouldn’t be possible if he were only calling Cubs games for Marquee.
But Marquee made it clear he was a top priority and offered everything Sciambi wanted. He could call around 130 Cubs games, including a handful in spring training. ESPN allowed him to pursue this opportunity while reducing his regular-season load by half and keeping him on for the playoffs.
Before a formal interview, Sciambi started to really think about the opportunity to be sure that he wasn’t wasting anyone’s time. The thought of living in Chicago and spending much of his summers calling Cubs games at Wrigley Field quickly started to appeal to him. He realized that not only was he interested in the job, but that he really wanted it.
After that, things happened fast, and by January 4, Marquee announced its big hire.
“Monday was one of the best days of my life,” Sciambi said. “I’ve never felt so much love ever.”
Most Cubs fans probably know Sciambi as a national broadcaster or think of him as a New Yorker. But he’s eerily similar to Kasper in his love for the game and how he works in the booth. Kasper, a Michigan native, grew up idolizing Ernie Harwell, the voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years who died in 2010.
Sciambi was born in Philadelphia. His mother was from New Jersey and a Yankees fan, but his father, who’d met Jon’s mother in college at Drexel, and his family were from South Philadelphia and were big Phillies fans. It was his father’s side that got to him and made him fall in love with baseball and the sounds of Harry Kalas calling games on the radio.
“His is the voice that I associate with my childhood,” Sciambi said. “He’s the first guy I think about.”
Starting around age 5, Sciambi’s mother would hang the morning box scores on his bedroom doorknob and it would be the first thing he’d consume each day. When he was 6, his grandparents told him they were going on a cruise. He didn’t know what that was, so he asked. Then Sciambi had one question: How do you get the box scores?
“You don’t,” his grandfather said.
The young Sciambi’s response was simple, “I’m never going on a cruise then.”
At 7, Sciambi moved to New York, but he never drifted from the Phillies, cheering them on as a 10-year-old when they toppled the Kansas City Royals to win the 1980 World Series. Sciambi went on to play baseball at Regis High School. In his words, he was a “good New York City high school player” — had he grown up in more of a baseball hotbed, perhaps he wouldn’t have been considered as good. He ended up getting preferred walk-on status at William & Mary, but it was in high school where the seeds of a future broadcasting career were planted.
An English teacher at his high school, Dr. John Tricamo, saw his potential. Sciambi had always been comfortable in front of a crowd or with a mic in his hand. As a child, he’d record himself on his father’s tape recorder “being a basic ham.”
“I wasn’t a shy kid,” Sciambi said.
So it wasn’t a surprise that he thrived with a little nudge from Tricamo.
“He probably had as much impact on me in high school as any teacher I had,” Sciambi said. “In that class, I knew I was good at it. They put you up at the front of the room as a freshman and most freshmen want no part of that. But I was OK with it.”
Still, baseball was his love and he wasn’t going to give it up. Sciambi redshirted his freshman year at William & Mary while dealing with a shoulder injury. But he realized he was unhappy at William & Mary and transferred to Boston College, where the baseball coach helped him get in. He’d had his shoulder surgically repaired and was ready and eager to get on the field. But after a spring training trip, Sciambi learned he was getting cut from the team.
Sciambi wasn’t in a great place mentally at that point, but he picked himself up and got a job at the student radio station. They put him on the air to give reports on sports and other news of the day. On Monday nights, he co-hosted a sports talk radio show with two other broadcasters: Joe Tessitore and Bob Wischusen.
“We’re not Syracuse,” Sciambi said of BC, “but it was just a good draft class, you know?”
Jon Sciambi spent his formative broadcasting years in Bradford, Pa., before moving onto Miami. (Orlando Ramirez / USA Today)
After college, Sciambi worked multiple roles at WESB in Bradford, Pa. He was a disc jockey, worked the board for Pirates games and even reported on local school board meetings. He was cutting his teeth in the business, learning how to work on air.
He also realized he needed another job to help pay his bills and decided to see if the local supermarket had any openings.
“I figured I could work as a cashier or stock shelves,” Sciambi said. “But they had one job available: the midnight to 8 doughnut maker. So I show up and this guy’s training me, there’s grease splattering everywhere, it was brutal. By 3 in the morning of my first shift I’m doing math in my head. ‘I could do this for a month and find something else.’ By 5 in the morning it was, ‘Look, three weeks, at least it’s cash, it’s fine.’ By 7, ‘Two weeks is not nothing.’ At 8 o’clock I left and knew I was never coming back again.”
Sciambi didn’t immediately tell his friends he didn’t keep the night job. So for a week or so after, he’d get late-night phone calls that would go to his answering machine. He’d check them in the morning and hear a group of laughing friends on the other end.
“Sciambi,” they’d say, elongating the middle of his name for effect, “time to make the doughnuts!”
In 1993, Sciambi got a job with WQAM in Miami, at the time the flagship for the Marlins and the Florida Panthers, and eventually the Dolphins. Wischusen put in a good word for him and also let Sciambi sleep on his couch for two years.
Sciambi worked as a board operator and update anchor. He was more polished than most 23-year-olds due to his work at WESB and was able to get on air quicker than most. He kept climbing the ladder, getting weekend shifts and eventually his own talk show. He started to go to Marlins games and broke out his personal tape recorder, calling games for himself. He eventually put a reel together that helped him land a job calling minor-league games for an Angels affiliate in Boise. He’d been doing pre and postgame for the Florida Panthers, but with WQAM’s blessing, he jumped at the opportunity, leaving for Idaho instead of following the Panthers during their run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Things quickly changed for Sciambi upon his return to Florida. With the Marlins switching things up in their broadcast booths, he became their pre and postgame radio host, while also getting some occasional in-game action as well.
Over the next eight years, Sciambi would continue to ascend, becoming a young star in the industry.
From a distance, Sciambi and Kasper had always been fans of each other.
“We were good friends right away,” Sciambi said. “I still remember when I was named one of two play-by-play guys in 2000, he AOL instant messaged me to say congratulations. I still have AOL, so go ahead and judge me, Chicago.”
Sciambi and Kasper both were interested in advanced stats and where the game was headed. In the ’80s, a friend gave Sciambi some of Bill James’ Abstracts. In the ’90s, he read Rob Neyer articles, often going in staunchly on one side of the debate, only to come out realizing Neyer’s argument was better than his own. He then connected with many of the original Baseball Prospectus group, like Joe Sheehan, Christina Kahrl and Keith Law.
In 2010, Sciambi wrote his first piece for BP titled “Building a Better Broadcast,” in which he shared a now-famous interaction between him and Chipper Jones. His association with BP continues to this day — Sciambi wrote the foreword to the 2021 Baseball Prospectus Annual, scheduled to be released this spring
In 2002 the Marlins hired Kasper to join their TV booth. The next year, he and Sciambi would bond while reading “Moneyball.” They were both calling games, one on TV and the other on radio, for a Marlins team that would shock the baseball world and win the World Series. Discussing baseball and other topics like music led to a true friendship.
They also viewed their jobs in a similar fashion. Neither Sciambi nor Kasper were interested in being famous or getting the plum job that would put them on the highest stage. Both dream of calling a World Series, but it’s because they love the game.
Kasper left Miami for the Cubs after the 2004 season and Sciambi took a job at ESPN rather than replace Kasper. After two seasons, ESPN’s baseball package was reduced and while Sciambi continued doing some college basketball, the occasional baseball game on TV and the playoffs on the radio, he chose to return to a local broadcast and call games for the Atlanta Braves. Three years later, Sciambi became the main radio broadcaster for ESPN baseball, doing Sunday night games while also doing TV on Mondays or Wednesdays.
Kalas may have been the voice Sciambi remembers as a kid, but another legend helped him appreciate the artistry of broadcasting.
“I was working a part-time job during the ’91 World Series and still remember listening to the game on the radio,” Sciambi said. “Rafael Belliard gets on first base and he’s standing next to Kent Hrbek and — this is just one of those snapshots — Vin Scully says, ‘So there’s Belliard standing next to Hrbek looking like something that fell out of his pocket’ in describing the size differential. That just washed over me, how magnificent a descriptor that was.”
There are likely few broadcasters who don’t want to be Vin Scully. But there are even fewer who would dare try to pull it off.
“We all want to write verbal poetry,” Sciambi said. “But then we realize at a certain juncture that we don’t have a thesaurus-like vocabulary.”
So he started to listen to those around him. Jon Miller was a significant influence, teaching him the timing on radio and how to use the sounds in the park to your advantage. Dave O’Brien impacted his growth significantly. But in the end, there’s one name he keeps coming back to.
“Honestly, over the last 20 years,” Sciambi said, “the person I’ve spent the most time talking broadcasting with and who I have the shared sensibility with is Len.”
Sciambi is a big enough name that his hire was roundly considered a huge win for the Cubs. Fans disaffected by an offseason that’s seen Kasper head to the other side of town, Theo Epstein resign, Kyle Schwarber non-tendered and Yu Darvish traded can point to Sciambi’s hiring as one of few positives this winter. Plus, his bond with Kasper can make the transition smoother.
When Bob Brenley departed for Arizona after the 2012 season, Kasper immediately identified Jim Deshaies as someone he’d like to work with, and the two seamlessly developed chemistry in the booth.
Deshaies pitched for a dozen seasons in the ’80s and ’90s. But the game — the way it’s played and the way it’s analyzed — has changed significantly since then. Deshaies is no dinosaur, and his baseball sensibilities are hardly stuck in that time.
“He’s an open and willing consumer,” Sciambi said. “As a broadcaster the thing that I love that is really hard for analysts, it’s just a challenge, if he doesn’t have anything to say, he doesn’t say it. He doesn’t spit cliches to fill space, he just doesn’t do it. And he’s funny. You’re not going to get narrative-based nonsense from JD and I adore that about him.”
More than anything else, perhaps it’s the ease with which Kasper and Deshaies worked together that bodes well for the new pair. No matter how the team performs in 2021, Sciambi is confident fans will get an entertaining and engaging TV booth.
“I’ve never worked a game with JD, but we’ll be great together,” Sciambi said. “Every once in a while I’m wrong about whether it will work with an analyst or not, but for the most part you just kind of know. And I know he and I will be good together.”
I think they made a good hire
Joc and now Jake to the Cubs.
Even if he is just a average pitcher glad to see him come back to Chicago for one last go round.
These folks are getting paid way too much lol
Pederson has been incredible this spring training. It'd be nice if he had a big year and we could flip him for some decent prospects at the deadline.
Go Cubs Go
Season seems right on track for what the front office wants.
I love Anthony Rizzo
These cunts need to stop fucking around with the low ball offers.
Nice ab there kb.
Hendricks not very sharp today. Can't remember this many leadoff men getting on in a row.
Thought over 4.5 K’s was a lock for Hendricks, doesn’t even come out for the 4th
That was gift from Fowler to not score there.
6 innings, one hit. Sounds about right for this club.
I miss Len. Sciambi is fine but I miss Len.
Finished with two. Hell of an effort.
Shout out to the pitching staff for all the walks
Extend all of these guys that haven’t hit for 3 years
161 more of these sounds like absolute hell
Sucks that I don't care that much this year. Can't expect anything from this team. I'm planning on watching a ton of random baseball this year.
I’m so apathetic about the Cubs now.
My buddy was there and said it sucked. Thanks Ricketts