What I’m Reading

• A few things were posted right here at NSB over the past week that were actually some of my favorite reads we have had since launching. Here’s your sampling:

• Brett and Bryan at Bleacher Nation have pointed out how different Iowa is going to look in 2022 compared to the past five-plus years. It’ll be a pretty prospect heavy roster, led of course by the likes of Brennen Davis and Nelson Velazquez.

What I’m Watching

• This has gotta be an old BESR bat that James Triantos is using, right?

• The serious: Max Bain is working on catcher set-up to improve his command this offseason. The not-so-serious: let’s try to get him a life-size cutout of Bryce Windham to help him with his training.

• DJ Herz is an absolute baller and I don’t want you to forget it.

• It’s still deadlift SZN

What We’re Tweeting

• If you’re a Cubs prospect that’s reading this and you haven’t posted a deadlift video… what gives?

• Zumach with a good look under the hood at our NSB group chat. Todd’s been working his butt off to bring you guys as many unique things to this site as possible!

What’s Catching My Eye

• My picks as the biggest steals of the MiLB team name draft? The Akron RubberDucks in the 8th round and the Macon Bacon in round 10.

• Yohendrick Pinango has been seen wearing a short cast on his left arm (throwing arm) on his Instagram. All things told, that’s actually a good sign and tells me that the surgery had nothing to do with his shoulder or elbow. We’re hoping it’s a a hand issue and we’ll get to see him without any hiccups come 2022.

• Chase Strumpf is being slept on by all of us. He had to adjust to Double-A last year, of course. But not everyone can adjust as seamlessly and quickly as Brennen Davis. Strumpf bounced back in a huge way last year and as brutal as he was in the middle of the season, he ended up being better than league-average at the plate. He’ll probably start back in Double-A next year but it won’t be long before he sees Iowa.

Feature photo of Chase Strumpf by Rich Biesterfeld (@biest22)