Category: Infielders

The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year

The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year
The John Arguello Awards conclude today, as our panel of minor league reporters at Cubs Den now turn their attention to Minor League Player of the Year. The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year: Jason Vosler, 3B If you are a 16th round draft choice and 469th player selected overall, how do you get... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Defense

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Defense
Previously, I have looked at where the Cubs might improve for 2018 in terms of their pitching and plate discipline, and for the last piece of this mini-puzzle, it’s time to focus on defense. The Cubs were historically good in 2016, so some retreat this season in their defensive performance was inevitable, but they were still... 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 »
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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 »