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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 »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class

Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class
Due to their free agent spending binge on Jason Heyward and John Lackey the year before the Cubs had surrendered their top two draft picks and had the least amount of draft capital in all of baseball heading into the 2016 draft. With just over $2.2M dollars to spend in the entire draft, or nearly $1M less than they had given just Ian... Read more »

Happy Opening Day, Part 2!

Happy Opening Day, Part 2!
I nearly labeled today as the real Opening Day for baseball but I know most don’t hold my view on the matter. Sure, the Majors are more important, but in my mind the season doesn’t get into full swing until we get the baseball overload of not just the dozen or so MLB games, but... Read more »
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Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape

Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape
It appears the Cubs four full-season affiliates will enter the season at near-full health, just as the big club did. The organization has enough healthy depth that the they were able to release ten players and trade another last week, yet have not gone outside the organization to bring in additional help, save the signing of veteran utility man Chris Coghlan.... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: De La Cruz and Alzolay

Spring Training Prospect Notes: De La Cruz and Alzolay
Oscar De La Cruz One of the big prospect stories out of Major League spring training has been the return of Oscar De La Cruz. The big righty entered 2017 as one of the hottest prospects in the Cubs system and then looked strong out of the gate with Myrtle Beach featuring a fastball (91-95,... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Outfielders

Cubs Organizational Depth: Outfielders
Chicago Cubs The Cubs received a mixed bag of results from this group in 2017 but significant upside still exists. Kyle Schwarber rebounded with a strong second half. The departure of Jon Jay means Ian Happ should receive a bump in playing time which should help him become more comfortable and take better routes on baseballs in CF.... Read more »
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Cubs Organizational Depth: Infielders

Cubs Organizational Depth: Infielders
Chicago Cubs I may be beginning to sound like a broken record in this series, but the potential roster stability the Cubs could enjoy over the next few years is astonishing. If the mix of players the Cubs currently have assembled works out well, there is no reason they can’t keep them all together. Of... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Catcher and First Base

Cubs Organizational Depth: Catcher and First Base
Chicago Cubs The Cubs are in the enviable position of having one of the top offensive catchers in the game under club control for the next five seasons. Willson Contreras does more than contribute on offense however. His pitch framing and game calling are still works in progress, but few backstops can control a running... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Relief Pitching

Cubs Organizational Depth: Relief Pitching
Chicago Cubs After a postseason bullpen meltdown many fans were anxious to see a complete tear down and rebuild. The opportunity certainly presented itself. Wade Davis and Brian Duensing were scheduled to become free agents. Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm were scheduled to receive potentially onerous raises in arbitration. Trade rumors swirled around Mike Montgomery after he... Read more »
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Cubs Organizational Depth: Starting Pitching

Cubs Organizational Depth: Starting Pitching
Chicago Cubs Plenty has been written in recent days about how the Cubs should line up their impressive starting quintet and even whether they should consider making it a sextet. I won’t rehash any of those debates. We all have a pretty good handle on the situation by now. It should also make for an even... Read more »