Category: Interviews

Buddy Bailey Takes Over

Buddy Bailey Takes Over
As the press gathered on a sunny media day in South Bend, they were greeted by a new sight. Emerging from the dugout was the leathery visage of Buddy Bailey, like a well broken-in baseball mitt. As Bailey gathered his team in a semicircle behind him and had them introduce themselves to the crowd, a... Read more »

Dakota Mekkes Stands Above

Dakota Mekkes Stands Above
A quick glance at Dakota Mekkes and you would think you’re looking at a football player rather than a baseball pitcher. Think again. Mekkes has arguably been one of the Cubs most successful “homegrown” pitchers in recent years and appears to be at Wrigley’s doorstep. The Cubs selected Mekkes in the 10th round of the... Read more »

The rise of Jared Young

The rise of Jared Young
Several names jump out within the Cubs organization for those who had a great season with the 2018 regular season for minor league baseball officially at an end. Arguably, one of the best performances of the season came from first base prospect and recently named Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year, Jared Young.... Read more »
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Baseball Biomechanics

Baseball Biomechanics
As the off-season moves away from the winter meetings and the ever-pounding drumbeat of the rumor mill, the thoughts of many turn to preparing for the upcoming 2018 season. When you ask baseball followers about off-season training, it often conjures images of players in endless lines of teammates playing long toss, coaches with a stream... Read more »

Kevonte Mitchell: From Beginning to End

Kevonte Mitchell: From Beginning to End
South Bend Cubs outfielder Kevonte Mitchell was one of the first players I interviewed at the beginning of the 2017 season, so it was fitting that Mitchell was the last player I talked with to end the season. In 2014, the Cubs selected the 6-foot-4, 185- pound Mitchell in the thirteenth round out of Kennett... Read more »

Zack Short Leads the Way for Myrtle Beach

Zack Short Leads the Way for Myrtle Beach
Take a look at Myrtle Beach Pelicans shortstop Zack Short and you’ll notice he almost always has a smile on his face when he’s on the field. He certainly has plenty of reasons to smile. The 22-year-old had an outstanding run in South Bend during his first full year of professional baseball, and hasn’t seemed to... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Jesse Hodges: How Baseball Shaped Him into the Person He is Today

Cubs Prospect Jesse Hodges: How Baseball Shaped Him into the Person He is Today
Jesse Hodges can be found manning third base for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans almost every night. While he has been a key player for the Pelicans this season, it’s hard to believe that professional baseball almost didn’t seem to be in Hodges’ future at one point. Hodges appeared to be a sure bet to be selected in the 2012... Read more »

The Non-Linear Ascent of Seth Frankoff

The Non-Linear Ascent of Seth Frankoff
Observing the Cubs over the past few seasons, it’s kind of hard not to get the sense of talented newcomers whizzing their way up the charts and assisting the big league club in a winning season. But not all prospects have such a rise through the system, as Cubs president Theo Epstein noted shortly after... Read more »

After playing just about everywhere, PJ Higgins finding a home behind the plate

After playing just about everywhere, PJ Higgins finding a home behind the plate
It’s no secret that versatility is a highly valued trait the Cubs love to see in their prospects, just ask current Myrtle Beach Pelicans catcher PJ Higgins. Higgins played multiple positions in high school and into college: first, second, shortstop, third, but catching wasn’t exactly a regular position for him. During his high school and college... Read more »
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The Quiet Competence of the Tennessee Smokies

The Quiet Competence of the Tennessee Smokies
Deep in the off-season, there was a murmur of anticipation for the Tennessee Smokies in 2017. The core of the team had unexpectedly won the Mills Cup, the Carolina League championship the previous year. There was also some uncertainty over whether top prospect Ian Happ would be back following a less than stellar second half... Read more »