Category: Minor Leagues

Michael Cruz: The Heartbeat of the South Bend Cubs

Michael Cruz: The Heartbeat of the South Bend Cubs
As a reporter standing on the field prior to pregame drills and batting practice, you get a number of reactions as the players come out of the clubhouse. Many just pass by, some nod, and you also get a few “how’s it going’s”. But on opening night for the South Bend Cubs, this reporter experienced... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory
Player graduations, trades and a focus on acquiring pitching depth during the 2016 and 2017 drafts has thinned the upper levels of the Cubs Minor League system to the point that among the four full season affiliates there are only a four bats I currently consider to have a good shot at becoming full-time starters and that includes recent 1st... Read more »

Cubs IFA and Draft signings update

Cubs IFA and Draft signings update
Today marks the first day of the 2018-19 international signing period and it also marks the beginning of the end for the 2018 draft signings, as the deadline to sign most players comes this Friday. IFA Signings I gave a preview of the Cubs potential targets last week and the team did indeed sign all... Read more »
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What to expect from Duane Underwood, Jr. in his MLB debut

What to expect from Duane Underwood, Jr. in his MLB debut
It may be hard to believe, as 2018 is his 7th season with the organization, but Duane Underwood, Jr. will not turn 24-years old until the end of next month. That makes him only a couple of years older than most of the players from the Cubs most recent draft class. While those players will be... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Midseason Statistical Update

Cubs Prospect Midseason Statistical Update
The Pitchers We’ve seen a number of promotions among the Cubs top pitching prospects already this season. None have gotten the call to the big leagues as yet, but the talent is now beginning to accumulate in the mid-levels of the Cubs system and there are also a few that are now knocking on the... Read more »

Minor Leagues Notes: Eugene Emeralds Preview

Minor Leagues Notes: Eugene Emeralds Preview
Eugene Emeralds The big story to follow on the pitching staff will be whether Jose Albertos can re-establish his release point and throw enough strikes. His stuff is still there so his issues really are mechanical/mental, which means they could turn around at any point, or they could linger all season. He continued to struggle in EXST, but he... Read more »
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An Interview with Bailey Clark

An Interview with Bailey Clark
In an organization that is starved for pitching, Bailey Clark is quietly making a name for himself each time he steps on the mound in 2018. Armed with a fastball that has the potential to top 95 mph, the right-hander has become one of the more talked about pitchers during the first half of the... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Projecting potential pitcher promotions

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Projecting potential pitcher promotions
South Bend Cory Abbott, Tyler Thomas, and Rollie Lacy are the three most obvious candidates from the South Bend staff. They are experienced college arms taken in the 2017 draft and have dominated Midwest League hitters for most of the season. The only thing they have not done is go deep into ball games, but that... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class

Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class
Due to their free agent spending binge on Jason Heyward and John Lackey the year before the Cubs had surrendered their top two draft picks and had the least amount of draft capital in all of baseball heading into the 2016 draft. With just over $2.2M dollars to spend in the entire draft, or nearly $1M less than they had given just Ian... Read more »
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Happy Opening Day, Part 2!

Happy Opening Day, Part 2!
I nearly labeled today as the real Opening Day for baseball but I know most don’t hold my view on the matter. Sure, the Majors are more important, but in my mind the season doesn’t get into full swing until we get the baseball overload of not just the dozen or so MLB games, but... Read more »