Category: position by position analysis

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 »

Position-by-Position Preview: Castro and Baez subplot bears watching

Position-by-Position Preview:  Castro and Baez subplot bears watching
We’ve taken a brief Tanaka-imposed hiatus on our position by position analysis, but we resume today with the position of shortstop. Shortstop is spoken for at the moment by 23 year old two time all-star Starlin Castro, but things are about to get very interesting.  Javier Baez will begin the year at AAA and he... Read more »

Position by Position Spring Training Previews: Second Base

Position by Position Spring Training Previews: Second Base
This particular position is getting near a state of flux for the Cubs.   There is the current starter coming off a bad year, a few MLB ready alternatives, and at least one top 10 prospect knocking on the door. The Incumbent The Cubs love Darwin Barney’s defense, especially the pitchers.  He’s also been a... Read more »
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Position-by-Position Spring Training Preview: RF-CF

Position-by-Position Spring Training Preview: RF-CF
First off, congrats to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas for their election to the Hall of Fame.  All three are worthy choices though I think there are at least 10 more who deserve enshrinement. Now on to the Cubs article of the day… Yesterday we combined the LF and CF previews because there... Read more »

Cubs Position-by-Position Spring Training Preview: LF and CF

Cubs Position-by-Position Spring Training Preview: LF and CF
I’m going to jump around with this series rather than go in any kind of order.  We did 3B last time, so today we’re going to take a look at LF and CF.  For the past 6 springs, there was no real question as to who would play LF, it was going to be Alfonso... Read more »

Cubs position-by-position analysis: CF

Cubs position-by-position analysis: CF
The team has much more organizational depth at CF than in the corners.  The team is building from the middle out.  There is more value in up the middle positions and it’s easier to move a player from CF to the corners than vice-versa, so it makes sense philosophically. The problem is that most CF’er... Read more »
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Cubs position by position analysis: Corner OF

Cubs position by position analysis: Corner OF
I’ve decided to combine LF and RF since corner outfielders, especially left-fielders aren’t a central part of an organization’s development plan.  Every so often you’ll draft a big bat, as the Diamondbacks did with Justin Upton, or sign a big international free agent, as the Cubs did with Jorge Soler.  But a lot of corner... Read more »

Cubs Position-by-Position Analysis: Shortstop

Cubs Position-by-Position Analysis: Shortstop
A true shortstop is a rare commodity in baseball.  We saw the Diamondbacks give up a premium arm in Trevor Bauer to acquire a good defensive SS in Didi Gregorious.  We’ve seen Texas and Atlanta refuse to give up a young SS (Jurickson Profar and Andrelton Simmons, respectively) for a big bat in Justin Upton.... Read more »

Cubs position-by-position analysis: 3B

Cubs position-by-position analysis: 3B
This is the 4th in a series of position-by-positional analysis of the Cubs organizational depth.  Yesterday we covered one of the deepest positions (2B).  Today it’s a position in which the Cubs have a lot of depth, some top talent, yet no certain answers.  It’s one of the reasons you can’t rule out the idea... Read more »
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Cubs Position-by-Position Analysis: 2B

Cubs Position-by-Position Analysis: 2B
Hope everyone had a happy holiday! I just spent two days completely away from my laptop and spent that time with family and friends.  It was nice, but after two days, I already miss baseball. The Cubs figure to resume their shopping and they have one more roster spot to open up, so we should... Read more »