last year: 131 wRC+ 2nd best year.He’s going to keep getting play to some degree. He did have his best hitting season as a cub last year, so we have to hope he turns it around some
Heyward is listed at 6'5 240 but has as much pop in his bat as light hitting Albert Almora. Btw, Almora is a 6th overall bust of a pick and probably won't set foot in the majors after this year. He's having a brutal season with the Mets.
Patrick Wisdom was drafted the same year Almora was!
Baez played a pretty big role too. Was he the last draft before them? They've done a good job in IFA as well
yeah, Baez was a hendry pick. But yeah, they’ve hit on guys like soler, cease, eloy, and Torres that were all traded for pieces to compete for and win a world series. Another questionable csf take to act like the front office doesn’t know how to draft
And how many pitching busts did Theo avoid with that same method? You can’t criticize him for missing out on guys without giving credit to all the ones that he avoided that ended up hurt. That was the whole premise of his operation…you draft hitting and buy pitching, because hitters are easier to project out success on. They don’t have the career ending injuries that pitching arms do. Yes, this leads the organization to miss out on some gems, but it insulates it from the risk and dangers of betting big on drafting pitching that gets hurt and sets back your organization 5+ years
#7 Aaron Nola
#10 Michael Conforto
#13 Trea Turner
#7 Max Fried
#11 Addi Russell
#16 Lucas Giolito
#18 Cory Seager
#19 Michael Wacha
#22 Marcus Stroman
(This draft was idiotic how bad they missed)
#24 Walker Buehler. But many passed on him.
Over all Happ was a decent pick in a weak draft.
2016 Could have gotten Shane Bieber vs Thomas Hatch. That is a dice roll and Cleveland has a solid program for developing pitching. Cubs did not.
2018 They got it right with Hoerner.
So 2 drafts that they hit right, 2012 they could have gotten Fried. 2014 Nola. But Theo always went safe and went after the bat and passed on 2 aces. 3 -4 if you have a crystal ball or good pitching development plans that know talent like LAD and Cle.
Epstein was always "mo bats" and pay for pitching. Can't hate on that.
He got a championship and did not leave behind a mess.
And look at the Cubs now. It looks promising.