Category: AAA Iowa

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Spring Training Prospect Notes: David Bote

Spring Training Prospect Notes: David Bote
It has been easy to overlook David Bote throughout his career. An 18th round pick out of a community college in Kansas, he entered the Cubs system in 2012 as a utility infielder and failed to hit above .235 his first three seasons. He certainly didn’t light the world on fire during his fourth season... 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 »