Matt Murvis Confident, PCA Nice, Gray is Throwing, Brown Breakks Out, Newcomb Clears Concessions, and More

It’s not quite a “probability” note, but it’s secondary: Sean Newcomb has cleared waivers and is assigned to Iowa (Maddy Lee). He can accept the assignment and presentation to Iowa the rest of the way, or he can decline it and start looking for his next opportunity. He is set to be a free agent for the minor league at the end of the year either way.

Elsewhere about the farm system…

  • The Double-A season is over, with the Tennessee Smokies playing their post-season game starting tomorrow night against Rocket City at 6:15 PM BST.
  • Matt Murvis’ exceptional breakout season for first baseman continued this weekend, with his 34th run of the year, putting him in an area we never see from the Cubs.
  • Mervis is getting a lot of attention right now, and the numbers will be a big potential story in fall and spring:

Mervis has always believed he can do it, and you can see and hear with confidence in everything he says. I also like his attitude regarding not being called up to the big leagues this year, Via that Cubs.com piece:

This year, Mirvis’s play quickly propelled him to the top of the organizational ladder. He’s not among the group of players who need to protect this season’s Base 5 draft, though, so Mervis wasn’t among the high-priority promotions for the September assessment in the majors.

After Mervis’ experience with the MLB Draft, he has a better understanding of how to handle the absence of such a call. He knows he might still be around the corner.

“I left it in my head for probably two days,” said Murvis. Like, ‘I really want to be there. I think I won it. You know, that kind of thing. But at the same time, I’ve taken a day-to-day approach every day this year, and I just want to have a good game every day.

“So if I play a good game, my numbers go up and I get better in the eyes of the system. So once I get that out of my head, I go back to playing baseball every day, rather than worrying about the things I can’t control.”

  • Beware now. Do not put this on the child yet:
  • PCA Kindness and PCA Praise:
  • It’s great to see Drew Gray throwing in again. The third rounder for the Cubs in 2021 was getting helium in the fall after a draw, but an arm injury knocked him out of service this year:
  • Just a couple of prospectors talking about Luis Devers promoting the Cubs:
  • Cole Roederer’s home run ended this weekend, but his productivity didn’t. Over the final ten days of the season, he hit .289/ .317/ .711/153 wRC+. Even back in mid-June with a grueling job, he hit exactly the league average of .253/.325/.447/100 wRC+. It’s not enough to call it a hack or put it on the radar in the Big League 2023 or anything like that, but it’s certainly enough to keep him a regular in Tennessee to unlock next season.

Which potential customer has improved their stock the most this year, According to MLB Pipeline? Probably not who you’d guess first:

Cubs: Ben BrownRHP (No. 7)
In the 33rd round of the Long Island High School’s selection of Phillies in 2017, Brown underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019, lost the 2020 season to the pandemic and made only 16 rounds in 2021. He came out this year shooting fastballs in the mid-’90s Past. Top speed is 98 mph, not to mention a pair of power-breaking balls, which is why the Cubs sought him out in David Robertson’s trade in July. He accumulated a 3.42 ERA, a 0.216 discount rate and a 141/34 K/BB ratio in 100 rounds between High-A and Double-A.

  • If you missed it, this season has been pretty good for the league’s small group Cubs: