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Posts in category "Minor Leagues"

Winter Leagues Report – 01/23/17

Winter Leagues Report – 01/23/17
By Tom U. It is pretty much becoming the Chesny Young show in the winter leagues, as Cibaenas ditched their starting third baseman and quickly signed Young for the DWL finals after his team was eliminated. Now with the Aguilas, Young did what he always seems to do, and that is hit! In Puerto Rico,... Read more »

Cubs Winter Leagues Report – 01/16/17

Cubs Winter Leagues Report – 01/16/17
Welcome to the internet’s only full coverage of Cubs’ prospects participating in the winter leagues. To get you started, there are four leagues that operate from October through January, culminating with the Caribbean World Series in February. Those leagues are the Dominican Winter League (DWL), the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), the Roberto Clemente League in... Read more »

Hello!

Hello!
My name is Tom Usiak, known on the internet as Tom U. I have been covering the Cubs’ minor league system for over six years on another website. When that site’s manager recently announced he was cutting back on his content, he gave his blessing to me to look for other places to write. I’ve... Read more »
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2016 a season to remember for Cubs prospect Trevor Clifton

2016 a season to remember for Cubs prospect Trevor Clifton
Myrtle Beach Pelicans pitcher Trevor Clifton could be found throwing with his fellow pitchers last Sunday as they prepared for a game against the Potomac Nationals. The Cubs eighth-ranked prospect was all smiles and really, what reason was there to not smile? His team had just clinched the second half Southern Division the previous night,... Read more »

Ian Happ keeps making waves in Myrtle Beach

Ian Happ keeps making waves in Myrtle Beach
With five grueling games to play in less than three days this past weekend, one might have expected the atmosphere in the ballpark to be tense, but Pelicans’ second baseman Ian Happ appeared relaxed as he sat quietly in the dugout at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. There’s no denying Happ has thrived in high-A... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »