Category: Minor Leagues

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 »

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 »
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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 »

A look at the Cubs 2019 depth chart

A look at the Cubs 2019 depth chart
Starting Rotation Order the top five however you like… Jon Lester Kyle Hendricks Cole Hamels Yu Darvish Jose Quintana Tyler Chatwood Mike Montgomery Alec Mills (40) Adbert Alzolay (40) – Will begin season on IL Duane Underwood, Jr. (40) – Currently in piggyback role Jen-Ho Tseng (40) Duncan Robinson Matt Swarmer Mike Montgomery would be the obvious... Read more »

Cubs Den Top Prospects: Rookie Level Players to Watch

Cubs Den Top Prospects: Rookie Level Players to Watch
Right-Handed Pitchers When it comes to intriguing right-handed arms competing in extended spring training and the AZL for the Cubs the past few years, one of the trends has been that some of the pitchers that get most of the attention have ended up getting hurt after brief appearances. First, it was Jose Albertos in... Read more »
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Cubs Den Top Prospects: Just Missed (and others to keep an eye on)

Cubs Den Top Prospects: Just Missed (and others to keep an eye on)
First off, I apologize to Dillon Maples and Alec Mills. They still hold rookie eligibility in the Majors, so technically they should still be considered prospects, but they are both 27-years old this season. At some point a prospect becomes a veteran. It is certainly arbitrary, but I make the rules around here, and I... Read more »

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 1-5

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 1-5
Take your pick at the top Call them 1A and 1B. Nico Hoerner and Miguel Amaya have a strong case as the top prospect in the system. Hoerner is the more advanced of the two and the older, safer bet to be a consistent MLB contributor and starter, but he may also end up at second... Read more »

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 6-14

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 6-14
We’ve now reached a group of players who, barring injury or something unexpected, should receive more than just a cursory look in the Majors. They include versatile power arms that could develop into valuable mid-rotation starters or high-leverage relievers, a pair of premium defenders at shortstop with offensive upside, and a few high-probability backend starters... Read more »
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Cubs Den Top Prospects: 15-24

Cubs Den Top Prospects: 15-24
Today we will cover a diverse cast of prospects. They all possess the talent to make an impact in the Majors but they are either raw or have some other major roadblock ahead on their development path. Several certainly fall into the boom-or-bust category. So, if you are risk averse or value production over potential most of... Read more »