Category: AA Tennessee Smokies

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Winter League Wrap-up

Winter League Wrap-up
It was a rather lackluster group that took the field in the winter leagues, as only 26 players that belonged to the Cubs system at one time or another in the 2017-18 offseason would play winter ball. The notable performers are inside today’s report. Organizational Player of the Winter David Bote, INF/OF: After six long... Read more »

A Closer Look: The Cubs new look bullpen depth

A Closer Look: The Cubs new look bullpen depth
This offseason may be slow when it comes to big name free agents flying off the board, but changes to the makeup of the bullpens in Chicago and Iowa have been rapid. After a postseason bullpen meltdown littered with walks and punctuated by home runs, the front office made a public proclamation they would look to improve the situation... Read more »

Winter Leagues Report: Week 12

Winter Leagues Report: Week 12
A Happy New Year to everyone at Cubs Den! In the first article of the new year, we see the winter leagues all moving into the post-season, with the Caribbean world Series on the horizon. The recently signed Ryan Court is making an impact in the Dominican Winter League, while Williams Perez keep putting up... Read more »
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Winter Leagues Report: Week 11

Winter Leagues Report: Week 11
Happy Holidays to all! In this past week, the Dominican Winter League finished it’s regular season, with both the Mexican Pacific League and the Venezuelan Winter League entering their last week of regular season play. With teams jockeying for playoffs spots and a chance to represent their country in the Caribbean World Series, some Cubs... Read more »