The Evolution of the Ryno

The Evolution of the Ryno
On July 19, 1992, during a nationally televised Sunday Night Baseball game, the Cubs were in the process of doing what all Cubs teams of the early 90s did best: blowing a late lead. As anyone who watched the team from 1990-92 could tell you, the bullpen of that era was so grisly that as... Read more »

Stop Me If You've Heard This One...

Stop Me If You've Heard This One...
The Cubs claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox today: The #Cubs today claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox. pic.twitter.com/wEuZPW9kTI — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 16, 2019 They did the same in November: The #Cubs today announced the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/QLPEPXJKgR — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 21,... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Keegan Thompson

Offseason Prospect Overview: Keegan Thompson
Season Review The most experienced and polished hurler from the Cubs college pitching heavy 2017 draft class, Thompson earned an assignment to High-A right out of spring training and then pitched well enough to receive a midseason promotion to AA, making him the only arm from the group to reach that level in their first... Read more »
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Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 14

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 14
Good morning! It was a limited week for the Cubs in the off-season leagues, as many teams were eliminated in post-season play. To find out who remains playing and how they fared, take a look at today’s report. Dominican Winter League Leones del Escogido The pace in round-robin play continues to be blistering as Escogido... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Tyson Miller

Offseason Prospect Overview: Tyson Miller
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Add velocity 2) Improve consistency of his offspeed pitches Season Review One of the breakout performers from the system in 2018, Miller made across-the-board improvements by taking advantage of his 6’5″ frame with a drop-and-drive delivery to create good extension. His velocity and stuff ticked up as well as he came into... Read more »

Update on salary arbitration process

Update on salary arbitration process
Today marks the day when clubs and representatives for arbitration eligible players present their requested salary figures for the 2019 season and schedule an arbitration hearing date for early February. As this is the first day when both sides can see what the other is asking for in the process, many deals are struck today that... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Aramis Ademan

Offseason Prospect Overview: Aramis Ademan
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Given Cubs aggressively assigning him to Myrtle Beach at 19, I just wanted to see him hold his own and not look overmatched 2) Improve plate discipline 3) Decrease youthful mistakes like running into outs, throwing to wrong base, etc. Season Review It is impossible to look back on... Read more »

Northside Nostalgia 1940-50

Northside Nostalgia 1940-50
Northside Nostalgia Part 1: The Beginning Part 2: 1870-1900 Part 3: 1900-1910 Part 4: 1910-1920 Part 5: 1920-1930 Part 6: 1930-1940 Baseball at War After three pennants in the 30’s the Cubs struggled early the next decade. They failed to break the 80 win plateau from 1940-44 as the stars of the past generation began... Read more »

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments
The Cubs announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season. First, the coaching staffs at each level include few surprises, with all of the managers for the club’s full season affiliates returning. You won’t find a pair of managers more experienced than Marty Pevey and Buddy Bailey. Each has coached for 30 years... Read more »
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2018 Prospect Review: Jhonny Pereda

2018 Prospect Review: Jhonny Pereda
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Increased strength 2) Improved launch angle and more willingness to turn on pitches he can drive Season Review Back in 2015 I had a conversation with John regarding then recent draftees and infield prospects in South Bend. He was most excited about Chesny Young, who we both regarded as a solid... Read more »