Observations and photos from the 2014 Under Armour Game

CF Daz Cameron
I should start by saying that these showcases are a lot of fun and a chance to see players you only normally hear or read about secondhand.  That said, it’s really hard to get a true evaluation on any one player.  It’s the end of a long season.  Pitchers typically only go one inning so... Read more »

I Don't Feel Like Staying, I Just Want Something to Do: Cubs 2, Giants 0

I Don't Feel Like Staying, I Just Want Something to Do: Cubs 2, Giants 0
Oh look! John was able to post the minors recap well before this one came to an end! Luckily, it’s a requirement for all Cubs Den writers to suffer from insomnia! I have to admit that I was a bit worried about getting the recap finished, as I had a coed softball game tonight (we... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell hits a grand slam; Schwarber HRs; Edwards, Steele, and Sands pitch shutout baseball

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell hits a grand slam; Schwarber HRs; Edwards, Steele, and Sands pitch shutout baseball
In case you haven’t noticed, the Cubs have a lot of good shortstops and 4 of them  – Starlin Castro, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, and Addison Russell — have good enough bats to play anywhere on the field. These are 1st class organization problems. Salt Lake 4 – Iowa 2 Dallas Beeler did his thing,... Read more »
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Cubs appear to be out on Rusney Castillo

Cubs appear to be out on Rusney Castillo
This isn’t a huge surprise.  We’ve been lukewarm on the Rusney Castillo pursuit. It’s not that Castillo isn’t a good player.  The fear was always that his value may be inflated by the hype and because big market teams in the bidding with more immediate needs were certain to drive the price up.  With Arismendy... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell HRs; Almora adjusting nicely; Dunston continues to improve; Tseng battles with less than best stuff

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell HRs; Almora adjusting nicely; Dunston continues to improve; Tseng battles with less than best stuff
Suddenly it looks like fortunes have changed.  It’s Tennessee that seems headed for the playoffs while Iowa’s recent tailspin has them on the outside looking in.  That is good news for those who want to see Jorge Soler come up sooner rather than later.  Soler, however, is in a tailspin of his own.  An 0... Read more »

Mets not the only team eyeing Cubs shortstops. And expect Cubs to ask for established MLB pitching

Mets not the only team eyeing Cubs shortstops. And expect Cubs to ask for established MLB pitching
Much has been made of the Mets interested in Starlin Castro or Javier Baez.  The teams match up well in that the Mets need hitting and the Cubs need starting pitching.  Each has what the other team wants. But Mets GM Sandy Alderson has proven difficult to extract value from in the past.  The Cubs... Read more »
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Whammy! Cubs 4 Mets 1

Whammy! Cubs 4 Mets 1
Your browser does not support iframes. I could watch that all day. Anthony Rizzo‘s was impressive as well, but Javier Baez‘s home runs are never cheap it seems. I am not sure if Javier Baez is going to be a unicorn or a bust, but it is fun to watch him destroy baseballs. The other... Read more »

EconoBall: The Benefits of Speed

EconoBall: The Benefits of Speed
For those who don’t know, many scouts specifically look at five tools on a position player: hit, power, fielding, arm strength, and speed.  We’ve argued before that the Cubs are picking up players focusing on the first two tools and worrying about position after they develop into hitters.  Along this line, I’d like to explore... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Bryant is day to day; Jeffrey Baez HRs twice; Daury Torrez dominant

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Bryant is day to day; Jeffrey Baez HRs twice; Daury Torrez dominant
We can all exhale. Kris Bryant has a foot contusion and is listed as day-to-day.  Nothing serious enough to consider shutting him down for the rest of the year.  He’ll play as soon as he is ready. Now that we can all relax, let’s do the recap… Salt Lake 3 – Iowa 2 Felix Doubront... Read more »
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Maybe I Would Rather Settle Down With You: Cubs 2, Mets 1

Maybe I Would Rather Settle Down With You: Cubs 2, Mets 1
Okay, so today’s game wasn’t necessarily exciting baseball, but it saw yet another dominating pitching performance by Jake Arrieta, as well as a clutch home run by Starlin Castro. We also saw some maturity in the Cubs’ young second baseman, Javier Baez, who drew not one, but two walks! We also saw the first of... Read more »
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