Category: Profiles

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield
As we continue our ongoing delve into the various areas of haves, wants, and needs of our beloved Cubs, I turn my attention to the outfield. I began this series with a look at the bullpen situation because I feel that unit has the most question marks and may receive the most attention, at least... Read more »

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches
Good morning! This afternoon starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the pitchers and coaches assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Bailey Clark, RHP As Bailey Clark continues to make his way through the Cubs’ minor league system, the biggest question surrounding... Read more »

Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players

Arizona Fall League Preview – Position Players
Good morning! Tomorrow starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the position players assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Trent Giambrone, INF/OF For those who enjoyed the seemingly out-of-nowhere rise of David Bote, they will no doubt try to draw comparisons of... 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 »

Winter League Wrap-up

Winter League Wrap-up
It was a rather lackluster group that took the field in the winter leagues, as only 26 players that belonged to the Cubs system at one time or another in the 2017-18 offseason would play winter ball. The notable performers are inside today’s report. Organizational Player of the Winter David Bote, INF/OF: After six long... Read more »

Jen-Ho Tseng receives award and then an unexpected reward from the Chicago Cubs

Jen-Ho Tseng receives award and then an unexpected reward from the Chicago Cubs
Yesterday proved to be quite an eventful day for Jen-Ho Tseng. First, he came to Chicago in order to accept the 2017 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award from the Chicago Cubs organization, the second time the 22-year old has received that recognition in his four year Minor League career. But the award was... Read more »
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Elliot Soto: The Prospect Next Door

Elliot Soto: The Prospect Next Door
Emerging from the clubhouse at Principal Park in Des Moines, IA, a slight look of surprise was detected on the face of Elliot Soto. Not that Soto didn’t deserve the attention, but on a roster that contained major league players such as Jeimer Candelario and Tommy LaStella, along with prospects such as Victor Caratini, Chesny... Read more »

The Non-Linear Ascent of Seth Frankoff

The Non-Linear Ascent of Seth Frankoff
Observing the Cubs over the past few seasons, it’s kind of hard not to get the sense of talented newcomers whizzing their way up the charts and assisting the big league club in a winning season. But not all prospects have such a rise through the system, as Cubs president Theo Epstein noted shortly after... Read more »

Up Next? Chesny Young Makes His Play

Up Next? Chesny Young Makes His Play
Against a gray mid-May sky, a wiry figure stands in the batting cage at Principal Park in Des Moines, IA. As the batting practice pitcher begins to make his tosses, Chesny Young produces one humpback liner after another. First to right field, then to right-center, and so on down the line, almost as if Young... Read more »
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Jeimer Candelario: Patience in the Moment

Jeimer Candelario: Patience in the Moment
Note: On behalf of Cubs Den, Tom U would like to thank the Iowa Cubs and Manager of Media Relations Shelby Cravens, along with her interns Alex and Molly, for graciously allowing us to interview several players as part of our ongoing minor league coverage. We would also like to thank broadcasters Randy Wehofer and... Read more »