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Posts in category "Analysis"

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Catchers

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Catchers
Fall instructs will be different this year. Not only will we lack John’s eyes and ears but the organization is also taking a slightly different approach as well. There is no longer a group of Advanced Instructs participants that will compete in formal games against other squads. In recent years the Cubs shared a team with... Read more »

Jen-Ho Tseng receives award and then an unexpected reward from the Chicago Cubs

Jen-Ho Tseng receives award and then an unexpected reward from the Chicago Cubs
Yesterday proved to be quite an eventful day for Jen-Ho Tseng. First, he came to Chicago in order to accept the 2017 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award from the Chicago Cubs organization, the second time the 22-year old has received that recognition in his four year Minor League career. But the award was... Read more »

Cubs announce first round of September call ups and acquire Leonys Martin from Seattle

Cubs announce first round of September call ups and acquire Leonys Martin from Seattle
UPDATE: Rob Zastryzny was not added to the roster today and will likely have to wait until the Iowa season concludes. Leonys Martin will also not be added right away so only two 40-man roster moves were necessary. The club has designated Seth Frankoff and Jose Rosario for assignment to make room for Dillon Maples and... Read more »
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A Look Ahead: Potential September Call Ups

A Look Ahead: Potential September Call Ups
Lets get the easy decisions out of the way. To help out the pitching staff Felix Pena, Rob Zastryzny and Eddie Butler (health dependent, currently on DL) will be recalled to provide both rotation and multiple-inning relief depth. Outfielders Mark Zagunis and Jacob Hannemann will be summoned as well to provide additional depth among position players. All except Hannemann have... Read more »

A Look Ahead: Arizona Fall League Roster Considerations

A Look Ahead: Arizona Fall League Roster Considerations
Roster selections for the upcoming Arizona Fall League will be announced later this month. For those in the area interested in checking out any of the action the schedule was released two weeks ago. Play begins October 10th. Once again, the Cubs will be among the teams stocking the roster of the Mesa Solar Sox... Read more »

2017 Midseason Cubs Prospect Rankings - Tiers 1 and 2

2017 Midseason Cubs Prospect Rankings - Tiers 1 and 2
UPDATE: I have fixed the formatting issue so the full list should now be viewable on mobile devices. I’ve never been much for numerical rankings. It leaves far too much open for interpretation and misrepresentation while also lacking key information that makes prospect comparisons difficult, not just between players within the same system, but especially... Read more »
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Duncan Robinson: A Game Study

Duncan Robinson: A Game Study
A recent trip back to Four Winds Field provided the opportunity to see one the hottest pitching prospects in the Cubs’ system this season, right-handed starter Duncan Robinson. Here then is one game snapshot of Robinson. Background: Selected by the Cubs in the ninth round of the 2016 draft, Robinson had been named the MVP... Read more »

The Show So Far: Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee

The Show So Far: Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee
Good Morning, and welcome to the show so far! Today, we look at two of the four full-season minor league squads as they complete their sixth week of play. The end of May is one of the major landmarks in the minor league season, as organizations ready themselves for the upcoming MLB Draft and the... Read more »

Lots of Reasons and Few Answers for Cubs Struggles

Lots of Reasons and Few Answers for Cubs Struggles
These days it seems everyone in every circle of the sports media are trying to dissect what is wrong with the Cubs. There is truly a plethora of reasons why the wheels have come off the once humming blue sports car. We all know some of the issues too well by now. The Cubs are... Read more »
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Les is More

Les is More
In some ways, Jon Lester has become the forgotten man of the Cubs rotation. In 2015, after signing one of the richest contracts in Cubs history, Lester was the center of a media firestorm. A slow start, combined with his difficulty holding runners on, led to more than a few members of the media declaring... Read more »