The Weekly – Mervis and Canario Props, Cool Kids in Town, Instructed Action and Some Dead End Friends

Alexander Canario – Photo by Todd Johnson

I’d like to first start this week by thanking everyone for reading our coverage of the 2022 Minor League Regular Season and Playoffs! We are now at the point of the year where instructions take place in Arizona and the Arizona Fall League is the main game in town starting Wednesday the 5th.

The big news this week was that Tennessee had two home games to win the Southern League Championship and it just didn’t happen. They had leads both nights but couldn’t hold anything back as the bullpen issues we talked about last Sunday came to the fore. Still, the Smokies have had a great year and when your Double-A team does well, it will only bode well for the major league club in less than a year.

Mervis Accessories

Matt Mervis, who played at Tennessee among other places, was nominated for MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Year In Monday. He made the second team, which was odd because he led all minors in RBI and finished third in home runs. But it’s always cool for a Cub to be considered so highly and especially one that came out of nowhere pretty quickly.

Stats of the week

Alexander Canario is one of the most exciting prospects in the system. From the first day he arrived in the Quad Cities on August 1, 2021 until the end of this year at AAA, I’ve only found him exciting and I don’t know how people continue to watch the player from 22 years old and not thinking that he will become a star. I thought Morel was going to be a great player and I might have been the only person on this hype train a year ago. But we have seen with Canario this year, it is that he is moving forward and adapting, moving forward and adapting. It levels up and it takes a few weeks to get used to it and then it just dominates. And I don’t think there’s anyone who can carry a club like him. If not for an ankle injury this year, he might have hit 40 homers and driven 100, although he came pretty close.

The cool kids are in town

The Cubs have brought several of their top prospects to Chicago over the past few days to attend a small camp where they got to know the ballpark and some of the coaches this weekend. Some of them even stopped at Obvious Shirts.

About half of them are going to Arizona today or tomorrow to prepare for the Arizona Fall League. It’s a cool move to stop in Chicago because most of these guys are going to have the chance to go to Wrigley in the next calendar year. Hopefully this will ease the transition to the big league club when the time comes. The fact that there are 14 is not bad. I don’t know if all will be successful next year, but certainly in the next two years we could see a huge flood of leads. Perhaps the coolest person on the must-see list was Darius Hill. If the Cubs don’t protect Hill in the Rule 5 draft, he’s pretty much gone. Someone will take it.

Educated News

Cubs Fall Instruct teams have been battling each other all week. Due to the lack of ready-to-pitch pitchers in a game, coaches are pitching and using hitting machines within in-game settings. I don’t place too much emphasis on the stats released by Arizona Phil because of this. Still, I’m curious to see who’s had a good camp so far.

*Reggie Preciado had an HR match
*Nick Hull, who threw a few in Myrtle Beach, was vicious in two outings and allowed no points.
*Kevin Valdez threw 2 scoreless with 4 Ks. He was promoted midseason from DSL to Mesa.
*Michael Arias topped him with 5K in two frames.
*Brody McCullough, Brandon Birdsell and Frankie Scalzo combined to pitch five innings without a hit.
*Erbin Jacque, a DSL OF hit a diner inside the park then went 2 for 2 on Saturday
*Nazier Mule double hit but not pitching in this court
* Grant Kipp also had two scoreless outings
* And David Avitia, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2021, made his debut after serving as a graduating assistant coach at the Grand Canyon this spring where he got to coach his younger brother, 2021 Cubs pitcher Daniel Avita.
* Cristian Hernandez went 2 for 3 on Friday
*Pedro Ramirez was spotted playing at CF
*Raino Coran also had a hit in every game
* Mason McGwire debuted pitching 1 inning with 2 Ks and 1 unearned run
*James Triantos and Moises Ballesteros both had good days on Saturday
* Frankie Scalzo also kicked 2 scoreless outings

Pictures of the week

Let’s go to Rich out in Arizona!

video of the week

Speaking of Chicago, you have to watch this drone footage that basically takes you around Wrigley Field and the surrounding facilities. It’s incredible! Thanks to my older brother Mark for sending me the link. It’s weird because he’s a huge Cardinals fan.

Homer of the week

Congratulations to the Seattle Mariners and their fans for making the playoffs! It was a 21-year playoff drought and hopefully they do well in the playoffs and knock out the Yankees if they face them. I don’t care who wins the American League as long as it’s not the Yankees or the Astros… But I’m afraid it’s one of them.

Jam of the week – Rocktober is here!!!

One of my favorite records of the 2000s decade was an album by supergroup Them Crooked Vultures which featured Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on guitar and vocals, Dave Grohl on drums, Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones on bass. , and Eleven guitarist Alain Johannes on guitar. It’s one of my favorite records of all time and I saw them play this week at the Taylor Hawkins tribute. I love the Arabic melodies in the song and the fact that it rips so hard that Josh Homme never screams when he sings. And I like that in all his records, whether it’s Them Crooked Vultures or Queens of the Stone Age.

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