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Posts in category "Infielders"

Andruw Monasterio, One Year Later

Andruw Monasterio, One Year Later
Last season for another website, I produced a piece on what looked like an exciting new double-play combination for the Cubs, Carlos Sepulveda and Andruw Monasterio. While Sepulveda opened the season with Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, he has been out since early May with an injury. Only 20 years old, Monasterio was held back in extended... Read more »

Elliot Soto: The Prospect Next Door

Elliot Soto: The Prospect Next Door
Emerging from the clubhouse at Principal Park in Des Moines, IA, a slight look of surprise was detected on the face of Elliot Soto. Not that Soto didn’t deserve the attention, but on a roster that contained major league players such as Jeimer Candelario and Tommy LaStella, along with prospects such as Victor Caratini, Chesny... Read more »

Up Next? Chesny Young Makes His Play

Up Next? Chesny Young Makes His Play
Against a gray mid-May sky, a wiry figure stands in the batting cage at Principal Park in Des Moines, IA. As the batting practice pitcher begins to make his tosses, Chesny Young produces one humpback liner after another. First to right field, then to right-center, and so on down the line, almost as if Young... Read more »
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Jeimer Candelario: Patience in the Moment

Jeimer Candelario: Patience in the Moment
Note: On behalf of Cubs Den, Tom U would like to thank the Iowa Cubs and Manager of Media Relations Shelby Cravens, along with her interns Alex and Molly, for graciously allowing us to interview several players as part of our ongoing minor league coverage. We would also like to thank broadcasters Randy Wehofer and... Read more »

Versatility a Short Path to the Majors

Versatility a Short Path to the Majors
Since taking over in 2012, the Cubs’ current front office has made it a seemingly never-ending search to find players that can add versatility to their roster. They first tried veterans such as Jeff Baker, Emilio Bonifacio, Chris Coghlan, Joe Mather, and Luis Valbuena before scoring big in free agency with Ben Zobrist. Management also... Read more »

The fight for the last bench spot

The fight for the last bench spot
This is a battle I know all too well. In fact, given my extensive personal history of watching a lot of high school games from some of the closest seats in the house with a uniform on, I feel I am perhaps extra qualified to delve into this topic, and it might explain my interest... Read more »
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The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara

The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara
I am probably guilty at times of getting overly attached to a prospect and hoping he will pan out even a while after the evidence has begun to point to the contrary. This might be the case with Arismendy Alcantara, but I am still holding out hope for a resurgence on his part, and the... Read more »

No Defense For Castro's Defense

No Defense For Castro's Defense
In the picture Cubs fans dream about—you know, that one where the rebuilding effort has flourished and Wrigley Field is rocking with excitement on a nightly basis as Chicago prepares for a pennant chase—Starlin Castro is the short stop.  But that image becomes blurred, and seems further and further from reality, when he continues to... Read more »

Cubs News and Notes: Scrappy infielder version

Cubs News and Notes: Scrappy infielder version
Back when I was a kid playing baseball, and by kid I mean 7 years old, I had dreams of being a ballplayer.   I was the opposite of what you see today where parents hold back their kids a grade so they can succeed in sports.  I was a full year younger than many... Read more »
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Candidates to be Starlin Castro's future DP partner

Candidates to be Starlin Castro's future DP partner
Tinkers and Evers.  Kessinger and Beckert. Dunston and Sandberg. Castro and ??? Barring a setback or complete lack of progress, Starlin Castro figures to remain a fixture at SS for the Cubs for the foreseeable future.  He’s 21 years old.  He’ll be here for a while.  The real question is who will be he his... Read more »