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Posts in category "Profiles"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

A look back at the Cubs 2015 IFA class

A look back at the Cubs 2015 IFA class
I will be writing a bit more about the Cubs minor leagues even as the MLB team flourishes.  I’m enjoying the MLB success as much as anyone, but to stay successful, you have to remember how you got their in the first place and just as importantly, how to stay there.  Today we’re going with... Read more »
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Reviewing my early observations of Jorge Soler and what we can expect going forward

Reviewing my early observations of Jorge Soler and what we can expect going forward
Quick Note: I will be on The Game 87.7 today at 12:30 pm CT to talk about Jorge Soler. I probably have seen as much or more of Jorge Soler than I have of any Cubs prospect and so I am going to focus on what I have observed and evaluated first-hand.  The first thing... Read more »

Jorge Soler or Javier Baez: Who has the higher ceiling and who would your rather have?

Jorge Soler or Javier Baez: Who has the higher ceiling and who would your rather have?
Last year about this time, this wouldn’t have even been a question.  Javier Baez was tearing up AA and Jorge Soler was injured and losing a half season of much needed development. Baez hasn’t done anything to hurt his stock.  In fact, he is developing nicely.  However, Jorge Soler is shooting up the prospect charts... Read more »

Paul Blackburn has all the tools to be an impact starter in the majors

Paul Blackburn has all the tools to be an impact starter in the majors
I’ve been a fan of Paul Blackburn for awhile.  Since before the 2012 MLB Draft.  I wrote this about him in a draft preview in May of 2012, Blackburn is a bit more polished than (Hunter) Virant, but he does have some projectablity left.  He stands 6’2″, 180 lbs. and is athletic with a clean... Read more »
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Sleeper prospect Kyle Hendricks opening some eyes

Sleeper prospect Kyle Hendricks opening some eyes
We tend to get excited about hard-throwing prospects.  Cubs fans are already salivating at the thought of drafting one of two hard-throwing pitchers — Mark Appel or Jonathan Gray.  And that is with good reason.  The ability to throw hard simply gives you more margin for error.  You miss your spots and you can often... Read more »