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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 »

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 »

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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Cubs Prospect 2018 Statistical Overview - The Pitchers

Cubs Prospect 2018 Statistical Overview - The Pitchers
The Top 15 The Middle The Youngsters The Olds The Fringe The Graduates The Departed

Cubs Prospect 2018 Statistical Overview - The Hitters

Cubs Prospect 2018 Statistical Overview - The Hitters
The Top Ten The Middle The Youngsters The Fringe The Graduates The Departed

The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year

The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year
The John Arguello Awards conclude today, as our panel of minor league reporters at Cubs Den now turn their attention to Minor League Player of the Year. The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year: Jason Vosler, 3B If you are a 16th round draft choice and 469th player selected overall, how do you get... Read more »
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The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Pitchers of the Year

The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Pitchers of the Year
The John Arguello Awards continues today, as our panel of minor league reporters at Cubs Den now turn their attention to Minor League Pitchers of the Year. The Cubs’ Minor League Pitchers of the Year: Duncan Robinson, RHP and Dakota Mekkes, RHP For the second straight year, the abundance of pitching talent the Cubs have... Read more »

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline
Major League teams are no longer waiting until the trade deadline to begin making major moves. It is quite clear after the past couple of seasons that the All-Star break is now a key time of year in the trade market. With that in mind, lets take a look at the players throughout the Cubs organization the... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory
Player graduations, trades and a focus on acquiring pitching depth during the 2016 and 2017 drafts has thinned the upper levels of the Cubs Minor League system to the point that among the four full season affiliates there are only a four bats I currently consider to have a good shot at becoming full-time starters and that includes recent 1st... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Roundup: Projecting potential pitcher promotions

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Projecting potential pitcher promotions
South Bend Cory Abbott, Tyler Thomas, and Rollie Lacy are the three most obvious candidates from the South Bend staff. They are experienced college arms taken in the 2017 draft and have dominated Midwest League hitters for most of the season. The only thing they have not done is go deep into ball games, but that... Read more »