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Posts in category "MLB Draft"

Looking back at how Cubs built their pitching inventory: The Top 11 moves and the areas that still need work

Looking back at how Cubs built their pitching inventory: The Top 11 moves and the areas that still need work
When Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod took over the organization, the pitching cupboard was almost bare.  There were no front line pitching candidates on the horizon — there really weren’t any good bets even lower in the system.  There were a few good arms: Trey McNutt, Dillon Maples, Dallas Beeler, and Ben Wells... Read more »

2014 MLB Draft: UA Game Roster and Preview - Plus more Tickets and Meet-Up Information

2014 MLB Draft: UA Game Roster and Preview - Plus more Tickets and Meet-Up Information
Too soon? As many of you know, the Under Armour All-Star Game, presented by The Baseball Factory is coming to Wrigley Field on August 24th at 1:30 p.m.  It was a great time last year as I learned a lot about the game from some of the most knowledgeable, experienced from the baseball industry and... Read more »

Looking ahead to the 2014 (and 2015) MLB Draft: Notes from the Collegiate National Team games

Looking ahead to the 2014 (and 2015) MLB Draft: Notes from the Collegiate National Team games
While we all wait to see what happens with Matt Garza, I decided to write a bit about some of the players I saw in the past two days as Team USA came to visit Kane County for a pair of games against some local all-stars. The MLB draft is a great passion of mine... Read more »
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Trevor Clifton is your newest Cub; Update Cubs also sign C Will Remilliard

Trevor Clifton is your newest Cub; Update Cubs also sign C Will Remilliard
Well, according to the man himself via Twitter. I’m officially a CUB!!! According to Baseball America, Trevor Clifton needs some tweaks to his mechanics but can already generate 97 mph velocity out of his 6’4″, 185 lbs. frame. The Cubs believe there is plenty of projection left in Clifton as he fills out that thin frame... Read more »

Cubs officially sign Bryant

Cubs officially sign Bryant
Well, it’s all over but the shouting now. Kris Bryant is a Cub, as this picture from Carrie Muskat shows. Bryant was all smiles throughout the press conference and said all the right things.  Bryant said he will first go to Arizona to shake off the rust and then head to Boise.  He also said... Read more »

UPDATE: Cubs agree to terms with Kris Bryant for $6.7M

UPDATE: Cubs agree to terms with Kris Bryant for $6.7M
UPDATE 4:50 PM Just checked the Baseball America Draft Database – which is a great tool, by the way, and it appears that the Cubs have about $440K to sign Trevor Clifton without incurring a draft pick penalty.  However, it should be noted that they don’t have the Tyler Alamo signing worked into the equation,... Read more »
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Why Kris Bryant will sign

Why Kris Bryant will sign
I’m not among those wringing my hands about the Kris Bryant negotiations.  We saw some of that last year with Albert Almora, but I wasn’t worried then either. More than anything, it’s annoying because Bryant could have gotten his career started already and should be hitting 450 foot HRs for the Boise Hawks right now... Read more »

Interview with Cubs draft pick Zak Blair

Interview with Cubs draft pick Zak Blair
Recently I had the opportunity to correspond with Zak Blair. The Cubs drafted Blair as a 2B with their 20th round draft pick. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. I chose 9 questions, well, because 9 is a good baseball number. We hear so much about the first round draft... Read more »

Cubs Post Draft Top 20 Prospects

Cubs Post Draft Top 20 Prospects
The draft is over and we’ll track signings as they come, but now it’s time to see how those picks will impact the Cubs organization.  What I see now is that the Cubs are still top heavy in position players with two players joining the big 3 as potential  top 100 prospects.   Pierce Johnson... Read more »
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Cubs to sign 12th round overslot RHP Trevor Clifton

Cubs to sign 12th round overslot RHP Trevor Clifton
We thought Trevor Clifton was one of the most likely “overslot” candidate to sign and apparently it’s already agreed on. Clifton chose the Cubs over a scholarship to Kentucky.    Clifton has the raw arm strength (clocked as high as 97 mph) to make an impact but needs to tweak his delivery, improve his command, and... Read more »