The Chicago Cubs announced pitcher Rob Zastryzny has joined the Kane County Cougars from Short-A Boise, while pitcher Jose Rosario has been transferred to Boise. Zastryzny (2nd Round, 2013) was the 41st overall selection in June’s draft and pitched collegiately at the University of Missouri.
The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, said outfielder Albert Almora has been placed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to August 5, with a groin injury.
Albert Almora, considered the next savior in franchise history, will see his spot filled by Catcher Neftali Rosario who has been activated from the disabled list.
Yesterday, we featured two players from each of the Chicago Cubs’ three upper-tier minor league teams, Iowa, Tennessee and Daytona. Today, we feature two players apiece on the rosters of their lower-level teams, Kane County, Boise and the Arizona Rookie League Cubs.
The walk-up music for Dan Vogelbach says it all. Whenever the Kane County Cougars first baseman comes up to bat, the Stadium audio blares the “BIG BOY” snippet from Nelly’s “Air Force Ones” over and over. You know it well, the refrain from the 2002 hip-hop hit. This music choice shows you that the 5’11″ 250 pound Chicago Cubs super-prospect has a grounded sense of self.
When interviewing Dan Vogelbach, you realize that he has an affable personality as big as his frame, potential and signing bonus. (Well, $1.6 million isn’t a huge signing bonus by MLB high draft pick standards, but it’s pretty huge for regular people like us)
As we’re just two weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline, we’re looking at some of the biggest MILB prospect names that will be brought up by MLB GMs. Not saying any of these guys will be traded, but all of them will be talked about. Some are actually on the table; others are not.
Albert Almora passes the eye test before he even swings the bat. And he has the tools too. You can see why he had a $3.9 million signing bonus after being taken 6th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. This kid can hit; his swing is pretty sweet and fluid. His bat will get him to the Chicago Cubs sooner rather than later. He also has the art of being a boring soundbite down. He’s Major League ready when it comes to giving you nothing but useless cliches in interviews.
As we’re just two weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline, we’re looking at some of the biggest MILB prospect names that will be brought up by MLB GMs. Not saying any of these guys will be traded, but all of them will be talked about. Some are actually on the table; others are not. And yes, watching Low A baseball is WAY BETTER than watching the ESPYs. No question.
Archie Bradley was the seventh overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 MLB Draft. He was also committed to the University of Oklahoma to play both baseball and football. Quite a tough decision to make, Sooners or D’Backs? Rather Bubba Starlingesque.
Bradley picked the Diamond. He’s currently with the Mobile BayBears. Archie Bradley is rated #1 in the Diamondbacks system, #20 overall in MLB and the #10 RH Pitcher.
In June of 2011, an 18 year kid named Daniel Vogelbach was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the MLB amateur draft. The high school first baseman was listed as 5’11″ 285. However, in the pics we saw of him, he looked pretty close to three bills. But we thought hey, Daniel Vogelbach can hit a ton.
The Cubs claimed right after the draft that he dropped 40 pounds off what he was listed on the scouting report I quoted. Vogelbach throws right and bats left. In the video after the jump you’ll see that he has slimmed down to 240ish.
The NHL Draft is almost here. The 2013 abbreviated NHL season is over for everyone, congrats Blackhawks, and it’s time for them to look forward to the 2013 NHL Draft. This year’s draft, Sunday, June 30, from sunny New Jersey, will be a jam packed, one day affair (thank you Gary Bettman and your lockout), having all rounds condensed into one day. Someone other than the Edmonton Oilers (congrats Colorado Avalanche) will finally pick first for the first time in years. The question is who will go where? To find out, continue after the jump, and see who will be the future hero of your team.
Bull Durham is not only the greatest baseball movie of all time, it’s the greatest sports movie. It is so well written that you’d think it was based on a novel. However, the witty and uber-quotable prose of Bull Durham is just the product of the insights and life experience of Writer/Director Ron Shelton. And Bull Durham has influenced me more than any baseball related artistic-expression.
When giving a talk to a local college journalism class, I quoted this Bull Durham scene and said it’s pretty much what professional team PR departments do for a living. That’s Media Relations 101 in two minutes.
Whenever my female friends ask me how/why I keep attracting low self-esteem broken wings with tramp stamps and way too much time on their hands (yes, even in my mid-30s, these “women” still keep attaching themselves to me), I quote this Bull Durham speech (starts around 1:50 mark)
That scene gives better relationship advice than Dr. Phil’s entire body of work.
As Bull Durham turns 25 this weekend, the real life baseball team, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, will celebrate and honor the movie: