Category: International players

Cubs IFA and Draft signings update

Cubs IFA and Draft signings update
Today marks the first day of the 2018-19 international signing period and it also marks the beginning of the end for the 2018 draft signings, as the deadline to sign most players comes this Friday. IFA Signings I gave a preview of the Cubs potential targets last week and the team did indeed sign all... Read more »

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer
Under penalty the past two years, the Cubs have taken a roundabout approach during the international free agency periods, focusing the majority of their limited resources on Mexico and other non-traditional markets like Panama and Colombia. Their signings out of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela have mostly focused on polished, but lower ceiling players. Come this July,... 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani

Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani is the most anticipated free agent signing of the offseason. He is perhaps the most unique player of the modern era. Ohtani is one of the youngest Japanese players to come over, and so any comparisons to previous imports is apples to oranges. He can hit 100 mph with his fastball, but is... Read more »

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 »
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Winter Leagues Report: Week 6

Winter Leagues Report: Week 6
Another week, another league starts play! Good morning and a Happy Thanksgiving week to all! Inside today’s edition, the Australian Baseball League begins play with an old friend to Cubs minor league followers, Ryan Kalish. Inclement weather stalled play in the Dominican Republic, and Manuel Rodriguez remains rock-steady in Mexico. Mexican Pacific League Caneros de... Read more »