Category: News and Notes

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 »

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer
Under penalty the past two years, the Cubs have taken a roundabout approach during the international free agency periods, focusing the majority of their limited resources on Mexico and other non-traditional markets like Panama and Colombia. Their signings out of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela have mostly focused on polished, but lower ceiling players. Come this July,... Read more »

Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape

Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape
It appears the Cubs four full-season affiliates will enter the season at near-full health, just as the big club did. The organization has enough healthy depth that the they were able to release ten players and trade another last week, yet have not gone outside the organization to bring in additional help, save the signing of veteran utility man Chris Coghlan.... Read more »
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Cubs reclaim Mazzoni off waivers; Sign Coghlan to Minor League deal

Cubs reclaim Mazzoni off waivers; Sign Coghlan to Minor League deal
Remember when the Cubs, Rangers and Phillies shuffled David Rollins between their organizations several times in November-December of 2016, all in an effort to stash the lefty reliever in AAA? I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t, because it was the offseason, and it… well it involved David Rollins, an obscure LOOGY. But it happened,... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Alzolay, Hatch (and Strop) all debut during backfields action

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Alzolay, Hatch (and Strop) all debut during backfields action
On Monday afternoon the Cubs AA and AAA teams traveled to Tempe to take on the Angels affiliates. Adbert Alzolay made his 2018 debut and according to an Angels blogger on hand Alzolay was his usual mid-90s with a plus curve. I have no reports regarding how he looked, but Thomas Hatch also made his... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: David Bote

Spring Training Prospect Notes: David Bote
It has been easy to overlook David Bote throughout his career. An 18th round pick out of a community college in Kansas, he entered the Cubs system in 2012 as a utility infielder and failed to hit above .235 his first three seasons. He certainly didn’t light the world on fire during his fourth season... Read more »
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Spring Training Prospect Notes: Little and Lange

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Little and Lange
Minor League camp opened this past weekend. Not much word has leaked out at this point, and unfortunately a recent illness and time away from work has forced me to cancel my travel plans to Arizona this spring so I won’t be able to provide the first hand reports that I hoped, but there are... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: De La Cruz and Alzolay

Spring Training Prospect Notes: De La Cruz and Alzolay
Oscar De La Cruz One of the big prospect stories out of Major League spring training has been the return of Oscar De La Cruz. The big righty entered 2017 as one of the hottest prospects in the Cubs system and then looked strong out of the gate with Myrtle Beach featuring a fastball (91-95,... Read more »

Rule 5 Draft Recap: Cubs lose Pedro Araujo in MLB portion along with 3 Minor Leaguers

Rule 5 Draft Recap: Cubs lose Pedro Araujo in MLB portion along with 3 Minor Leaguers
For the Cubs it could have been worse. It also could have been better. Yes, every once in a while your club hits on a Hector Rondon, or loses a Marwin Gonzalez, but in the end the Rule 5 Draft rarely has a significant impact on the fortunes of a club. For the players involved... Read more »
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Winter Leagues Report: Week 3

Winter Leagues Report: Week 3
The big story once again this past week in the winter leagues were the Tigres de Aragua, which improved their record to 12-4 and a three game lead in the Venezuelan Winter League. Double-A Tennessee Shortstop Carlos Penalver has played a pivotal role in the Tiger’s succcess this season.   Dominican Winter League  Aguilas Cibaenas... Read more »