Cubs Pipeline Alchemy: Peg Board

A different way to look at how a team builds a farm system.

Perhaps you’re familiar with the peg board game. The board is filled with pegs, except for one empty spot. Regardless the size of the field of the board, the goal is to get the board down to only one peg remaining. Good luck with that. Basic knowledge of this game that many children have become familiar with is a key part of grasping how I assess talent.

Imagine a peg board in a bit of a crossed-T form. In the center, you have a field in the 4X4 or 5X5 range, and similar fields to the left, right, top, and bottom.

Also, imagine I’m sitting down at my computer to watch a college game with a pair of starting pitchers that may represent the ability to retire hitters in the Midwest League.

Imagine it’s one of those California-heavy conferences, and both squads are tossing their Friday guys.

I pay as close attention as needed to the commentary on said starters. And, as noted, I’ve never watch/heard either throw. For my purposes, listening often works better. Especially with a competent announcing team.


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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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