Category: prospects

Michael Cruz: The Heartbeat of the South Bend Cubs

Michael Cruz: The Heartbeat of the South Bend Cubs
As a reporter standing on the field prior to pregame drills and batting practice, you get a number of reactions as the players come out of the clubhouse. Many just pass by, some nod, and you also get a few “how’s it going’s”. But on opening night for the South Bend Cubs, this reporter experienced... Read more »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

Cubs Prospect Midseason Statistical Update

Cubs Prospect Midseason Statistical Update
The Pitchers We’ve seen a number of promotions among the Cubs top pitching prospects already this season. None have gotten the call to the big leagues as yet, but the talent is now beginning to accumulate in the mid-levels of the Cubs system and there are also a few that are now knocking on the... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Pitchers
The safest bet An ankle injury held Adbert Alzolay back this spring so he is still playing catch up. He has taken a no-hitter into the middle innings twice already but has also been bounced relatively early a couple of times in his four starts. Once he is fully stretched out and into mid-season form Alzolay is... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters

Cubs Prospect Statistical Update - The Hitters
The top two Don’t expect too much production from this pair of teens, at least in the 1st half of the season. Aramis Ademan and Miguel Amaya are being aggressively pushed to levels intended to challenge them. They are also projected to be starters as much for their defensive potential than they are for their offensive ceiling. With... Read more »

Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class

Cubs Prospect Roundup: A look back at the emerging 2016 draft class
Due to their free agent spending binge on Jason Heyward and John Lackey the year before the Cubs had surrendered their top two draft picks and had the least amount of draft capital in all of baseball heading into the 2016 draft. With just over $2.2M dollars to spend in the entire draft, or nearly $1M less than they had given just Ian... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Giambrone homers and Kelli makes presence known

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Giambrone homers and Kelli makes presence known
  Fernando Kelli, given the opportunity to replace Albert Almora in CF for the second half of the game, went 2-for-2. His first hit was a chopper up the middle and his second a looping liner into center. However he was caught in a run down on the base paths, committing the cardinal sin of making... Read more »
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The Cubs’ Off-Season Player Development Decision

The Cubs’ Off-Season Player Development Decision
A funny thing happened to the Cubs’ minor league organization on its way to being a perennial National League contender. A system that was painstakingly built from 2012 to have “position redundancy” was suddenly finding itself lacking in talent. While the graduation to the major leagues of first round draft picks Albert Almora, Kris Bryant,... Read more »