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Scouting mental makeup is integral change in Cubs process

Scouting mental makeup is integral change in Cubs process
While I missed much of the frustration before last night’s victory calmed things down, one thing I have been made aware of is how some fans and media have started to compare the suddenly expected failure of this current crop of prospects to those of the past. That is pure nonsense. I’ve never talked much... Read more »

Mid Season Prospect Report, part 1: Top 5, Stock up, and more

Mid Season Prospect Report, part 1: Top 5, Stock up, and more
With plenty of plate appearances, we are starting to see some performance stabilize and the cream is beginning to rise to the top. It’s mid-season at the minor-league level so it’s a good time to look back. The Top 5 Prospects  Kyle Schwarber, 22, C, Iowa: .311/.423/.573 with 14 HRs and 44 walks vs. 58... Read more »

Daily Minors Recap: Jimenez HRs, Null debuts in Myrtle Beach; Candelario gets 4 hits

Daily Minors Recap:  Jimenez HRs, Null debuts in Myrtle Beach; Candelario gets 4 hits
The Cubs win.  And I caught a double header as I headed over to Sloan Park to catch the rookie Cubs where there was a walk-off win. There were also a couple of notable debuts: Null in Myrtle Beach and David Berg in Eugene. Round Rock 6 – Iowa 4 Dallas Beeler continued his resurgence... Read more »
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Maddon Works Magic, Hendricks Follows Suit; Cubs 1, Mets 0

Maddon Works Magic, Hendricks Follows Suit; Cubs 1, Mets 0
A lot was made during (and after) tonight’s game about Cubs manager Joe Maddon bringing in a magician to loosen things up.  To me, these things can end up being a good thing, or just another hokey trick by the manager.  I remember reading about the psychiatrist being brought in to talk to the team... Read more »

Reader Post: A look at the Cubs potential trade partners

Editor’s Note: You’ve heard my various takes on potential trade possibilities, so here is a different one by reader David McKenzie. – John A look at potential trade partners  by:  David McKenzie (@dmcken22)   It’s that time of year again. What has been the most exciting month of the season for almost half of a... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Soler rehabs, Kellogg debuts, draft picks showing well

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Soler rehabs, Kellogg debuts, draft picks showing well
Jorge Soler made his first rehab start at Iowa and drove in the team’s only run.  He also had a deep fly out and looked comfortable in the outfield.   In case you’re wondering or worried, Soler left the game early by design.  He’s fine. Here is the rest of the recap… New Orleans 2... Read more »
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Cubs Notes and Rumors: Marlins looking to deal pitching, Angels looking for hitters

Cubs Notes and Rumors: Marlins looking to deal pitching, Angels looking for hitters
As I mentioned in the minor league recaps, I have been oblivious to social media the past 3 days.  I have family in town and I have not caught a single inning in the last 4 games. Fast forward to today.  My parents are still in town — or more accurately, 20 miles away in... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Cease pitches well; Happ, Vogelbach, Torres go deep

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Cease pitches well; Happ, Vogelbach, Torres go deep
I missed the Cardinals-Cubs debacle this weekend — the first two because I was out with family, this last one because I went out to watch the Mesa Cubs, though they did not fare much better. Iowa 6 – New Orleans 5 This game started really well for Felipe Paulino.  He pitched 5.2 scoreless innings... Read more »

Chicken Little Peeks Outside; Cardinals 4, Cubs 1

Chicken Little Peeks Outside; Cardinals 4, Cubs 1
This super late recap is brought to you by two rain delays and a “writer” who spent some time thinking about how to approach this post.  What I decided to do was to keep the recap short and pretty sweet (though not much about the game was sweet), and then add a couple of personal... Read more »
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Draft picks creating movement at minor league level -- and MLB as Ramirez appears ready

Draft picks creating movement at minor league level -- and MLB as Ramirez appears ready
UPDATE 12:15 PM Ok, this one is not so fun.  Underwood had his worst outing of the season — and maybe one of the worst of his young career.  Now it appears he is hurt, but to what degree is uncertain right now. Class-A Myrtle Beach RHP Duane Underwood Jr. and OF Shawon Dunston Jr.... Read more »