Category: Fall/Winter Baseball

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1
Good morning, and welcome to Cubs Den’s comprehensive coverage of off-season baseball. Three leagues, the Arizona Fall League, the Dominican Winter League, and Venezuelan Winter League, all began play this week. Note: Coverage runs from Sunday through Saturday. Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox Opening night on Tuesday saw the Solar Sox rally from a... Read more »

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches
Good morning! This afternoon starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the pitchers and coaches assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Bailey Clark, RHP As Bailey Clark continues to make his way through the Cubs’ minor league system, the biggest question surrounding... Read more »

Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players

Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players
Good morning! Tomorrow starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the position players assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Trent Giambrone, INF/OF For those who enjoyed the seemingly out-of-nowhere rise of David Bote, they will no doubt try to draw comparisons of... 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 »

The Cubs’ Off-Season Player Development Decision

The Cubs’ Off-Season Player Development Decision
A funny thing happened to the Cubs’ minor league organization on its way to being a perennial National League contender. A system that was painstakingly built from 2012 to have “position redundancy” was suddenly finding itself lacking in talent. While the graduation to the major leagues of first round draft picks Albert Almora, Kris Bryant,... 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 »

Winter Leagues Report: Week 10

Winter Leagues Report: Week 10
With the winter meetings taking center stage last week, it was time for the Winter League Report to step aside. This week, we are back to catch up with all the action in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela. Dominican Winter League Toros del Este Este failed to capitalize on ten hits Thursday, December... Read more »

Winter Leagues Report: Week 8

Winter Leagues Report: Week 8
The Cubs system was sparsely represented this week in the winter leagues, but did include an outstanding performance from pitcher Williams Perez. This week’s report also saw the Cubs debut of newly signed left-handed pitcher Dario Alvarez.   Dominican Winter League Toros del Este Dominican Winter League basement dwellers Este got a lift on Saturday... Read more »
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Winter Leagues Report: Week 7

Winter Leagues Report: Week 7
It was a quiet holiday week in the winter leagues, with the action primarily in Mexico and Venezuela. With the league entering its second half of play, Manuel Rodriguez had mixed results in the LMP while Carlos Penalver remained consistent in the VWL.   Mexican Pacific League Caneros de los Mochis Los Mochis closed out... Read more »