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Posts in category "Minor Leagues"

Kevonte Mitchell: From Beginning to End

Kevonte Mitchell: From Beginning to End
South Bend Cubs outfielder Kevonte Mitchell was one of the first players I interviewed at the beginning of the 2017 season, so it was fitting that Mitchell was the last player I talked with to end the season. In 2014, the Cubs selected the 6-foot-4, 185- pound Mitchell in the thirteenth round out of Kennett... Read more »

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Outfielders

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Outfielders
We’ll begin with the biggest name on the list, Eddy Martinez. Not only is he the most high profile signing or draft pick among the players but he is also the oldest and the only one to start a game at Myrtle Beach. Heralded as a potential 5 tool CF in some scouting reports prior... Read more »

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Middle Infielders

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Middle Infielders
It is important to keep in mind that a player’s ultimate defensive position, or positions as is often the case with this organization, can be difficult to gauge at the age many of the players participating in Fall Instructs. On Wednesday I covered the corner infielders, but included in that article are three of guys that... Read more »
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2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Corner Infielders

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Corner Infielders
In our first segment on Fall Instructs Tuesday I discussed briefly the changes, not just in the coverage we will be able to provide, but in the approach that the Cubs organization will be taking as well. The largest change is that there will be no formal games against other organizations, only sim games. For... Read more »

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Catchers

2017 Fall Instructs Breakdown - The Catchers
Fall instructs will be different this year. Not only will we lack John’s eyes and ears but the organization is also taking a slightly different approach as well. There is no longer a group of Advanced Instructs participants that will compete in formal games against other squads. In recent years the Cubs shared a team with... Read more »

Aramis Ademan Attains “A’s” All Around

Aramis Ademan Attains “A’s” All Around
At only 5-foot-11 and 160-pounds, Aramis Ademan appears almost cartoonish when among his South Bend teammates. Resembling a ballboy more than a Top Twenty prospect, Ademan even appeared dwarfed by his interpreter, the similarly sized Alberto Mineo, due to his youthful mien. The fact that he was days away from his nineteenth birthday may something... Read more »
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A Look Behind: Iowa Cubs 2017 Season Review

A Look Behind: Iowa Cubs 2017 Season Review
A fourth place finish and 67-72 record were a disappointment for a club that began the year with a number of the organization’s top hitting prospects as well as a stable of hard throwing relievers, but for the second straight season the starting rotation was destroyed by injuries and inconsistency. The early promotion of Iowa’s... Read more »

Austin Upshaw Continues a Trend

Austin Upshaw Continues a Trend
 Authors Note: Although the regular season for the minor leagues is now over, please enjoy these profiles over the next few weeks to tide you over until the fall and winter leagues begin. It seems as if almost from the start of the current front office’s tenure, the development of a multi-positional player was a... Read more »

The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Co-Pitchers of the Year

The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Co-Pitchers of the Year
This is the final of a series of articles naming minor league players and pitchers of the year. For consideration for Minor League Pitcher of the Year , a pitcher would have to be assigned to one of the four full season minor league teams (Low-A South Bend, Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, Double-A Tennessee, and Triple-A... Read more »
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The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year

The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year
This is the second in a series of articles naming minor league players and pitchers of the year. For consideration for John Arguello Minor League Player of the Year Award, a position player would have to be assigned to one of the four full season minor league teams (Low-A South Bend, Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, Double-A... Read more »