Category: Minor League Previews

Iowa Cubs Preview

Iowa Cubs Preview
Position Players Top prospects to watch: All eyes will be glued to Ian Happ as he attempts to make adjustments at the plate to increase his contact rate. Expect him to see time in both the infield and outfield for Iowa. Beyond the attention paid to Ian Happ, the middle infield tandem of Zack Short and Trent Giambrone... Read more »

Tennessee Smokies Preview

Tennessee Smokies Preview
As we speculated all offseason, top prospect Nico Hoerner will indeed skip over High-A Myrtle Beach and begin the 2019 season in Tennessee. His presence gives a big boost of interest to a less than stellar cast of position players scheduled to play for the Smokies this season, although Jared Young will be another highlight... Read more »

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Preview

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Preview
After a disappointing 2018 season, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans will feature a dozen returning players, but that group being asked to repeat the High-A level still includes a few top prospects such as Aramis Ademan and Alex Lange. They will also be bolstered by a strong contingent coming up from South Bend led by Miguel... Read more »
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Minor Leagues Notes: Eugene Emeralds Preview

Minor Leagues Notes: Eugene Emeralds Preview
Eugene Emeralds The big story to follow on the pitching staff will be whether Jose Albertos can re-establish his release point and throw enough strikes. His stuff is still there so his issues really are mechanical/mental, which means they could turn around at any point, or they could linger all season. He continued to struggle in EXST, but he... Read more »

Happy Opening Day, Part 2!

Happy Opening Day, Part 2!
I nearly labeled today as the real Opening Day for baseball but I know most don’t hold my view on the matter. Sure, the Majors are more important, but in my mind the season doesn’t get into full swing until we get the baseball overload of not just the dozen or so MLB games, but... Read more »

Eugene Emeralds Season Preview

Eugene Emeralds Season Preview
The defending Northwest League champs kicked off their new season on Thursday. As you would expect there are few returning players, but a number of intriguing youngsters will be getting their first crack stateside in the Pacific Northwest, skipping the rookie level Arizona League. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to... Read more »
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Minor League Preview – Low-A South Bend Cubs

Minor League Preview – Low-A South Bend Cubs
Good morning to everyone! Today is the final (for now) installment previewing the 2017 minor league season.  Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated spring training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion of spring training. Low-A – South Bend... Read more »

Minor League Preview – Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Minor League Preview – Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Good morning to everyone! Today is the next installment previewing the 2017 minor league season.  Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated spring training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion of spring training. Advanced-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Can... Read more »

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee
Good morning to everyone! Today is the next installment previewing the 2016 minor league season.  Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated spring training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion of spring training. Double-A – Tennessee Smokies Last season... Read more »
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Minor League Preview – Triple-A Iowa

Minor League Preview – Triple-A Iowa
Good morning to everyone! Today is the first installment previewing the 2017 minor league season.  Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated spring training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion of spring training. Triple-A – Iowa Cubs Although Manager Marty... Read more »