Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Minor League Radio Recaps

I recently discovered a great Cubs website called Every Thursday their show features the Cubs' minor league system, so be sure to check it out tomorrow morning.

Last week "B-Squared" were joined by pitcher Chris Archer:
  • Archer has started three games this year in Daytona. He is adjusting to the Florida State League after pitching in Peoria last year.
  • There are better hitters in the FSL, but his team is batter as well.
  • All in all, his third start was probably his best.
  • Archer has very good stuff, but he has been working on his command.
  • It's been a slow but steady process to where he is now.
  • His offspeed stuff has good command but he needs to control his fastball.
  • Chris understands that "sometimes in pro ball you're just going to have to do what you're told." He thinks it's a good thing that the Cubs are protecting young arms.
  • At this point it's all about development.
  • The organization wants younger guys to throw less pitches. Once you've been in the organization for a few years, you can build your pitch count up.
  • Archer came over from Cleveland in the DeRosa trade. He says that the Indians organization preaches how to attack guys.
  • The Cubs worry less about the mental side of the game and more about mechanics. Chris likes looking at the physical aspect.
  • The Florida State League hitters don't swing at as many bad pitches as Midwest League hitters.
  • Archer is enjoying the weather and beaches in Florida.
  • The Daytona Cubs get along on and off the field. They enjoy spending time together.

The guys quizzed Archer with a trivia challenge. I cannot believe he missed some of these:

1. When was the last time the Cubs won the World Series?

Archer: 1929

Correct Answer: 1908

2. Who is Mr. Cub?

Archer: Ryne Sandberg

Correct Answer: Ernie Banks

3. Who is the owner of the Chicago Cubs?

Archer: Jim Ricketts

Correct Answer: Tom Ricketts

After that Chris settled in and got a few, but it still is honestly disappointing that there is someone playing in the Cubs system that got both of these first two questions wrong!

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted!

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