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November 16, 2021 Morning Edition: Cubs News Roundup

This is your Cubs Stats, News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of November 16, 2021.

A Look at Cubs Pitchers’ Contact Metrics

Brad Wieck

His extremely high line drive rate (27%) this season is alarming, the average exit velocity of contact off him is 91.6 and the average launch angle is 16.5 degrees. Hitters hit 27% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 42% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 0% of balls in play are infield fly balls. When you give up an extremely high hard hit ball rate (42.4%) it is not an encouraging sign as these balls usually end up being extra base hits. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 12.1% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 6.1% of the time.

Adrian Sampson

Hitters hit 19% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Adrian Sampson is 89.1 and the average launch angle is 14.2 degrees. Hitters hit 19% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 37% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 3% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 32.0% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 12.6% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 11.7% of the time.

Keegan Thompson

Hitters hit 22% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Keegan Thompson is 90.1 and the average launch angle is 12.9 degrees. Hitters hit 22% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 35% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 8% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 30.5% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 11.0% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 9.0% of the time.

Scott Effross

Hitters hit 17% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Scott Effross is 90.5 and the average launch angle is 9.8 degrees. Hitters hit 17% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 36% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 0% of balls in play are infield fly balls. When you give up an extremely high hard hit ball rate (41.7%) it is not an encouraging sign as these balls usually end up being extra base hits. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 11.1% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 8.3% of the time.

Justin Steele

Hitters hit 20% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Justin Steele is 87.9 and the average launch angle is 8.3 degrees. Hitters hit 20% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 30% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 13% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 28.7% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 13.4% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 5.7% of the time.

Adam Morgan

Hitters hit 18% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Adam Morgan is 87.2 and the average launch angle is 9.3 degrees. Hitters hit 18% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 37% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 12% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 35.8% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 20.9% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 9.0% of the time.

Codi Heuer

Hitters hit 22% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Codi Heuer is 87.3 and the average launch angle is 12.7 degrees. Hitters hit 22% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 35% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 13% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 26.0% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 16.5% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 4.5% of the time.

Rowan Wick

His extremely high line drive rate (27%) this season is alarming, the average exit velocity of contact off him is 85.4 and the average launch angle is 14.2 degrees. Hitters hit 27% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 38% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 5% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 23.6% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 18.2% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 5.4% of the time.

Adbert Alzolay

Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Adbert Alzolay is 89.3 and the average launch angle is 10.8 degrees. Hitters hit 21% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 34% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 9% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 30.1% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 15.3% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 9.9% of the time.

Kyle Hendricks

Hitters hit 23% of their contacted balls in play as line drives. The average exit velocity on all hits off Kyle Hendricks is 86.3 and the average launch angle is 11.1 degrees. Hitters hit 23% of their contacted balls in play as ground balls. Hitters hit 34% of their contacted balls in play as fly balls and 10% of balls in play are infield fly balls. Hitters hit the ball hard on 29.5% of their contacted balls in play. Balls put in play by hitters were considered soft contact made 20.3% of the time. Hitters are making the swings that hit the sweet spot of the bat 8.4% of the time.

Now onto the News, Rumors, and Commentary…

“Andrew Berlin has owned the Chicago Cubs Class High-A minor league affiliate now for a decade. Chicago Cubs Minors: The year that changed everything The 2014 season came amidst exciting buzz as the Chicago Cubs took the former Diamondbacks affiliate under its umbrella and officially became the South Bend Cubs. Berlin has also spent $9 million of his own money in ballpark renovations and honestly wants to make Four Winds Field a familial place. Next: Contreras wants Sosa welcomed back by the Cubs Want your voice heard? Join the Cubbies Crib team! Write for us! Four years ago, Baseball Digest named Four Winds Field the nation’s best Class-A minor league park.”

Above is the summary of: Chicago Cubs: South Bend dojo to undergo some major mojo… tap or click to check out the full article.

“On Monday, Chicago announced the hiring of Daniel Moskos as the team’s new assistant pitching coach. As the Cubs have looked to rebuild their coaching staff, including on the hitting side, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has cited collaboration between the Major League and Minor League groups as a crucial component. The position is a new title on the staff, which features Tommy Hottovy entering his fourth year as the team’s lead pitching coach. After losing assistant hitting coach Chris Valaika to Cleveland, where he earned the lead job, Chicago is reportedly planning to hire Johnny Washington for the assistant role under Brown, per The Athletic.”

Above is the summary of: Cubs hire Moskos as assistant pitching coach… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Ahead of the 40-man roster deadline this Friday, here are five ranked Rule 5-eligible prospects that have made the most of those Arizona Fall League auditions and three who haven’t done themselves many favors ahead of the AFL’s final week (all stats are through Nov. There are many purposes to the Arizona Fall League. The AFL is a chance for Rule 5-eligible players to prove to their parent clubs that they are worthy of a 40-man spot. MLB Network analyst Yonder Alonso even mentioned in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game broadcast that he thought of the AFL as a showcase of his talents for everyone in baseball when he played there as a Reds prospect in 2009, and that was before he was Rule 5-eligible.”

Above is the summary of: Velazquez plays for 40-man in AFL… tap or click to check out the full article.



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