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Posts in category "Minor Leagues"

Sorting through the hype: The love of prospects and the minor league game

Sorting through the hype: The love of prospects and the minor league game
I have probably been as guilty as anyone on this. I’ve been a prospect hound since I discovered this little baseball rag called Baseball America in the early 80s.  I’ve been regularly attending minor league games since I was an undergrad in Peoria. We watched players like Jerome Walton and Frank Castillo make their way... Read more »

Pierce Johnson promoted to Daytona; Cuban fireballer Armando Rivero goes to Kane County

Pierce Johnson promoted to Daytona; Cuban fireballer Armando Rivero goes to Kane County
Not that it’s much of a surprise since we’ve been thinking Pierce Johnson‘s Father’s Day start in Kane County would be his last,  but it’s official now.  The Cubs have promoted Pierce Johnson to Daytona and have called up Cuban fireballer Armando Rivero to replace him on the Kane County roster. Johnson is widely considered... Read more »

Sickels ranks Cubs system as top 10 in the game

Sickels ranks Cubs system as top 10 in the game
We expected Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod to turn this system around in a hurry, but did anyone expect this type of turnaround?  Just over a year ago, the Cubs system was considered devoid of impact prospects.  Gradually, that has begun to change.   Jim Callis of Baseball America recently mentioned that he... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Notes: Soler, Almora, Vogelbach, Paniagua, Candelario, Watkins

Cubs Prospect Notes: Soler, Almora, Vogelbach, Paniagua, Candelario, Watkins
Well the minors recaps are done except for Boise, but there continues to be increasing interest in Cubs prospects, particularly those at the lower levels.  The Cubs don’t have much at AA and AAA, but the good news is that there is talent in the A leagues and below. CSN’s David Kaplan wrote an excellent... Read more »

6th Round Pick RHP Trey Lang signs; Mesa, Boise set rosters; update on Puig

6th Round Pick RHP Trey Lang signs; Mesa, Boise set rosters; update on Puig
Some quick notes for you including an update on Yasiel Puig, who I first wrote about yesterday.  It’s curious that there’s not a lot of information out there… The Cubs signed 6th round pick Trey Lang, according to his Twitter account.  Lang is a 6’3″, 235 lbs, hard-throwing righty who has touched 96 mph and... Read more »

Cubs Minors Recap: Rusin, Rosario shut down opposition

Cubs Minors Recap: Rusin, Rosario shut down opposition
There were only two games today as Daytona had the day off and the Tennessee game was postponed.  The two teams that did play were both victorious, led by strong pitching performances from their starting pitchers… Iowa 4 – Sacramento 3 Chris Rusin is a lock to be put on the Cubs 40 man roster... Read more »
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Burke makes seamless transition to the mound

Burke makes seamless transition to the mound
As a prep player at Ooltewah High School in Tennessee, Kyler Burke was a star two-way player. He was ready to go to Vanderbilt as an outfielder/pitcher when the San Diego Padres made him a supplemental first round pick in 2006 and lured him away from college life and the mound. Most teams seemed to... Read more »

Cubs Minors Recap: Rizzo, Vitters hit HRs, Raley solid in loss, Jensen bounces back

Cubs Minors Recap: Rizzo, Vitters hit HRs, Raley solid in loss, Jensen bounces back
After a mentally exhausting Cubs game we can take solace in some good performances by prospects today.  Anthony Rizzo hit his 11th HR while Bryan LaHair got his first action in the outfield in Milwaukee.  Of course, the Cubs had little choice, but it was not hard to look ahead and wonder what it’ll be... Read more »

Cubs Minors Recap: Rizzo hits HR but Iowa bullpen implodes, Hoilman extends hitting streak to 22

Cubs Minors Recap: Rizzo hits HR but Iowa bullpen implodes, Hoilman extends hitting streak to 22
I want to start this piece by thanking all those who have told me recently  through the comments, twitter, or email that they appreciate these minor league recaps and the occasional mini-profiles on the prospects.  Great to hear because I like doing them! After a big offensive day yesterday by the Cubs affiliates, there was... Read more »
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Cubs Minor League Recap: Rizzo with 2 HRs as Iowa, Daytona, and Peoria all have big offensive days

Cubs Minor League Recap: Rizzo with 2 HRs as Iowa, Daytona, and Peoria all have big offensive days
It was an offensive explosion for three of the affiliates as Iowa (13), Daytona (12) an Peoria (7) combined to score 32 runs.  There were 2 HRs from Anthony Rizzo, and one each from Josh Vitters, Justin Bour, and Rubi Silva while Peoria just received a big arm from Extended Spring Training. Iowa 13 –... Read more »