To spree, or not to spree...

We all have things we look forward to in the spring. Pitchers and catchers reporting, the first televised game of spring, and of course Opening Day. An odd quirk I’ve had since my childhood is keeping my eyes on the dormant ivy, eagerly awaiting those first visible pops of green. That’s usually a few weeks... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 2

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 2
Good Morning! In today’s edition of Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues, Iowa pitcher Casey Coleman becomes a workhorse in the Mexican Pacific League, while first round pick Nico Hoerner continues to enjoy playing in the Arizona Fall League. For all that and more, take a look inside. Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox It was a... Read more »

End of Season Prospect Review: Dakota Mekkes

End of Season Prospect Review: Dakota Mekkes
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Improve his secondary offerings to not be so fastball dependent 2) Improve fastball command so that he can get ahead of hitters more frequently Season Review Mekkes proved that the deception created by his motion and the extension created by his 6’7″ 250 pound frame as he drives... Read more »
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Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1
Good morning, and welcome to Cubs Den’s comprehensive coverage of off-season baseball. Three leagues, the Arizona Fall League, the Dominican Winter League, and Venezuelan Winter League, all began play this week. Note: Coverage runs from Sunday through Saturday. Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox Opening night on Tuesday saw the Solar Sox rally from a... Read more »

2018-2019 Free Agent Class: What's the Worst Starting Lineup Possible?

2018-2019 Free Agent Class: What's the Worst Starting Lineup Possible?
Now that the Cubs are out of the postseason (were they ever really in it?), it’s inevitably time to turn our focus, as fans, to the offseason. This is always a fun time. But this year in particular is going to be even funner (fine, “more fun”). The 2018-2019 free agent class is pretty stacked (understatement). There are... Read more »

I Know the Pieces Fit

I Know the Pieces Fit
Mike Banghart: The Cubs are currently analyzing their organization top to bottom trying to find ways to improve. Here at Cubs Den the analysis might not be nearly as in depth, but we also are trying to improve the site for what should be one of the most exciting offseasons in several seasons for the... Read more »
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Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches
Good morning! This afternoon starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the pitchers and coaches assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Bailey Clark, RHP As Bailey Clark continues to make his way through the Cubs’ minor league system, the biggest question surrounding... Read more »

The Den Podcast - Ep 30: Jared and Luis, Cubs Postseason, and Pending Free Agents

The Den Podcast - Ep 30: Jared and Luis, Cubs Postseason, and Pending Free Agents
Jared Wyllys and Luis Medina joined me to talk about what we thought of the Cubs season as a whole. We talked both good and bad. Plus we recap some pending free agents the the Cubs should target this offseason.

Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players

Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players
Good morning! Tomorrow starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the position players assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Trent Giambrone, INF/OF For those who enjoyed the seemingly out-of-nowhere rise of David Bote, they will no doubt try to draw comparisons of... Read more »
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It's Supposed to Hurt--Rockies 2 Cubs 1 (13 innings)

The Cubs had to win one game in October to get to play at least three more. The starting pitching was good as it had been down the stretch. The bullpen was good enough, but the Cubs scored just one run or fewer the same number of times the Baltimore Orioles did this year with... Read more »