Category: Minor Leagues

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9
Good morning! As the calendar turns to December, some of the half-season contracts for Cubs in the off-season leagues begin to expire, while others are heading home for the holidays. However, the games do go on and players like Ryan Court are looking for a chance to hook-up with an MLB team, quite possibly a... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8
Good morning! The Cubs are seeing a rising force in the off-season leagues, as Kwang-Min Kwon is emerging as a player in far off Australia. For more about Kwon and the rest of the Cubs, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Aguilas Cibaenas Despite pounding out 9 hits on Monday, Cibaenas could... Read more »

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019
For all the talk of fixing the offense this offseason, there is hidden danger lurking within the other half of the roster that has not received enough attention. Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Brandon Morrow, Steve Cishek, Pedro Strop, Brandon Kintzler, Brian Duensing. What do these seven pitchers have in common? They will all turn 34 or older during the 2019 season. Even if the... Read more »
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Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates
Pitching Coach Search I promised to provide further thoughts on the Cubs Pitching Coach search after the team announced Jim Hickey was stepping away due to personal reasons just before the Thanksgiving break and so here we go. It appears that the early front runner for the gig is an internal option. According to Sahadev... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 7

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 7
Good morning! Week 7 saw some unlikely stars for the Cubs in the off-season leagues, as Vimael Machin and Kwang-Min Kwon were practically unstoppable at the plate. For more information, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Aguilas Cibaenas In a close game on Tuesday, pitching mattered as Cibaenas dropped a 3-2 decision... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 6

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 6
Good morning! While the sun set on the Arizona Fall League in the west in week 6 of Cubs in the off-season leagues, it rose both in the east and far east with the start of the Roberto Clemente League and the Australian Baseball League. To see how thing both ended an began, take a... Read more »
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Cubs Rumors, Minor League Deals, and a Look Around the Division

Cubs Rumors, Minor League Deals, and a Look Around the Division
The hot stove isn’t hot or even tepid at this point. Room temperature, maybe? I think that may be the best descriptor for the current situation as the front office took the temperature of the room at the GM meetings and now has an idea of who is available, at what price, and when movement in... Read more »

A Breakdown of the Cubs Prospect Pipeline

A Breakdown of the Cubs Prospect Pipeline
The Top Tier Is empty. The organization doesn’t have a high profile prospect with a sustained track record wrecking the Collegiate or the Minor League ranks the way Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber did. They do have some talents capable of building themselves into a prospect of this caliber, something we recently saw Willson Contreras accomplish, but as of... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 5

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 5
Good morning, and Happy Veteran’s Day! A special thanks to Staff Sergeant Robert Usiak, United States Air Force, 5th Communications Group, Panama Radio Relay Station, Korea.  Week 5 for Cubs in the off-season leagues saw some dominant performances out of Erick Leal, Trent Giambrone, and Casey Coleman as well as others. For more, take a look... Read more »
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End of Season Prospect Review: Trevor Clifton

End of Season Prospect Review: Trevor Clifton
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Return to pre-2017 trajectory, forget about 2017 second half 2) Consistency Season Review Check and check as far as the goals I had in mind for Trevor Clifton in 2018. Clifton was drafted as a raw athlete out of high school in 2013. The team immediately went to work on... Read more »