Just two years after being drafted in the second round, Paul Zipser told German media that he doesn’t see the Bulls wanting him next season.
The Bulls have until mid-July to pick up Zipser's option.
"I would not be surprised if they no longer want me.” Zipser said in German and translated via Google Translate
“Actually, I'm pretty sure I will not play in Chicago soon.”
Last month, Zipser had surgery on his fractured left foot, in his native country of Germany, which grew speculation the Bulls wouldn’t pick up his player option for next season. Zipser said the surgery "went perfectly."
Zipser showed some flashes of potential in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 per game and 2.8 rebounds in 44 games. But this past season, he played more games, but injuries derailed him from improving his overall production. He finished with four points and 2.4 rebounds in 54 games, including 12 starts.
Zipser explained that things changed from his first year to his second year.
“They were very varied," Zipser said. "The first year was just going very well. I fought my way into the team from the beginning and showed how I can help the team. The Bulls just needed someone like me. That's why it worked so well. We benefited from each other - that's why we were successful.”
“That was very different. It was not right from the beginning, and I was already struggling with my injury. It was not quite clear what it is. If you have pain in your foot, you automatically go down a bit with intensity. You just do not want to hurt yourself and be completely out. It was then difficult for me to keep my head in the sport - I did not manage that well. Nevertheless, the injury should not be an excuse.”
Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like Zipser might not dress up in a Bulls uniform next year.
After a two-week hiatus, “Who Knew?” is Back! Time for our (usually) weekly journey through the improbable, inane & obscure of Chicago Baseball.
All notes are through Sunday’s games.
Extra Innings… Extra Runs
Last Monday the Cubs beat the Brewers 7-2… in 11 innings.
They have three wins this season in extra innings. By 4, 5 and 6 runs! Their four extra-inning losses this season are by 1, 1, 1 and 2 runs.
No other team has won an extra-inning game by at least 5 runs this season. The Cubs have done it twice.
Anthony Rizzo homered in the 11th inning in that Monday Cubs win. He has now homered in every inning from 1 to 13 in his career, joining Ron Santo & Sammy Sosa as the only players in Cubs history who can make that distinction.
Tuesday night, Yoán Moncada & Yolmer Sánchez led off the game with back-to-back home runs.
It was the fourth time in franchise history the Sox led a game off with consecutive homers.
Sánchez hit the second home run each of the last two times they did it (also September 2, 2017 after Alen Hanson)
It was the FIRST time in Major League history two players whose first name begins with the letter Y had hit consecutive home runs to begin a game.
What’s the Catch?
439 players have had at least 30 at-bats this season.
The best batting average of those players belongs to Kevan Smith (.441 but in only 34 at-bats)
In the Park
The most batters faced without allowing a home run this season is 149, by Dylan Covey. He allowed 20 Home Runs in 70.0 Innings in 2017.
Through the Draft
|Javier Báez||Cubs’ 1st round pick in 2011 (9th overall)||reached base 3 times (including two walks!)|
|Albert Almora Jr.||Cubs’ 1st round pick in 2012 (6th overall)||reached base 3 times|
|Kris Bryant||Cubs’ 1st round pick in 2013 (2nd overall)||homered|
|Kyle Schwarber||Cubs’ 1st round pick in 2014 (4th overall)||homered|
|Ian Happ||Cubs’ 1st round pick in 2015 (9th overall)||homered|
José Abreu has 21 doubles since May 8th.
You could chop off Abreu’s first 31 games this season and those 21 doubles alone would be enough to tie Ozzie Albies & Nick Markakis for the FULL season National League lead this season
Daniel Palka’s 7 batted balls of at least 115 mph is the 4th highest total in MLB (according to the available data at baseballsavant.com).
But look at how many more plate appearances this season the other guys have had!
|Batted balls of 115+mph||PA|
By the way, the rest of the White Sox team has a combined 3 batted balls of 115+ MPH this season. Palka is clearly a special talent.