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Posts in category "Fall/Winter Baseball"

AZ Cubs Recap: Catchers Caratini, Amaya, and Matos excel at instructs; Edwards throws heat

AZ Cubs Recap: Catchers Caratini, Amaya, and Matos excel at instructs; Edwards throws heat
Lots of Cubs got into the Fall League action tonight in Mesa.  Meanwhile the Cubs are building a cache of catchers at Riverview Park… Thank you to reader “Buzz” who supplied the pictures above, the velo readings on CJ Edwards, and some of the specifics on Gerardo Concepcion and Dan Vogelbach. Instructs (stats from The... Read more »

AZ Cubs Recap and notes: Zagunis, Sands excel in instructs; Hannemann has solid fall league game

AZ Cubs Recap and notes: Zagunis, Sands excel in instructs; Hannemann has solid fall league game
One note to take care of first.  A Cubs Den reader, Kevin, has two tickets to the On Deck 2015 Event at the Oriental Theater for Saturday, 4:30 PM.  I am going to the event as well but I will be there for the Friday noon presentation.  If you are interested in going, please contact... Read more »

Arizona Cubs recap: Schwarber rakes, Russell drives in two; Clifton, Conway, Burks off to solid starts

Arizona Cubs recap: Schwarber rakes, Russell drives in two; Clifton, Conway, Burks off to solid starts
We will try to recap the AZ Leagues as much as we can.  Unfortunately I am not there as I have in years past, but AZ Phil from the The Cub Reporter is and we have box scores.  We hope to be covering the Winter Leagues as well, but more on that at another time. AZ... Read more »
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Cubs Fall League Recap: Szczur heating up

Cubs Fall League Recap: Szczur heating up
So among other new experiences, I got my first foul ball while at a baseball game.  Sort of.  The odd thing was that I wasn’t even in the stadium.  My wife and I left an inning early because we had to get back to Phoenix in time to have dinner with friends.  As we were... Read more »

Photos of Cubs in Arizona: Instructs and Fall League

I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures while I was in AZ, but here are a few.  They were all taken with my cell phone so the  quality is a bit inconsistent…well, that and I’m not a photographer.  I was often too busy watching the game or practice and would suddenly remember that maybe... Read more »

Cubs Fall League Recap: Javier Baez goes yard (VIDEO)

Cubs Fall League Recap: Javier Baez goes yard (VIDEO)
For as much fun as I’ve had in Arizona, I have to admit I would have been disappointed if I didn’t see one thing before I left: A Javier Baez bomb. Well, on my last game here for the year, Baez came through, launching a monster blast deep into LF. It easily cleared the wall between... Read more »
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Cubs international signee Marck Malave could one day be the kind of impact player team needs

Cubs international signee Marck Malave could one day be the kind of impact player team needs
Since we were talking about getting impact players for the future yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to take a break from all the offseason rumors to take a look at one such player who may already be in house.  That player is Marck Malave, whom the Cubs signed as a 16... Read more »

Is Junior Lake for real?

Is Junior Lake for real?
It seemed to be a big question yesterday as Lake played SS and batted 3rd or the AFL rising stars game last night. The bombardment of questions obviously obviously bothered Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein as he seemed to gleefully report anything that Lake did wrong during the game.  Meanwhile Keith Law has said on multiple... Read more »

Instructional League Recap

Courtesy of AZ Phil at the Cubs Reporter, there is some actual Cubs baseball to talk about today.  Granted, it’s just the instructional league where there are no trophies –or official stats for that matter– but what happens in instructs can help determine a player’s readiness to advance.  Cubs fans are eagerly awaiting big impact... Read more »
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LaHair, Jackson, Beliveau making their cases for 2012 Opening Day Roster

LaHair, Jackson, Beliveau making their cases for 2012 Opening Day Roster
Yesterday we talked about the Arizona Fall League but today the focus is on three lefties who are also playing excellent baseball this fall: Bryan LaHair, Brett Jackson and Jeff Beliveau. Bryan LaHair is tearing up the Venezuelan League, hitting 4 HRs in 5 games while batting .381 and posting a 1.482 OPS.  While the... Read more »