Category: Scouting/Observation

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 »

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 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 »
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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 »

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Rookie Level Prospects to Watch

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Rookie Level Prospects to Watch
We already discussed a few of the most exciting players deployed in the lower levels of the system in previous installments. Starting pitchers Jeremiah Estrada and Brailyn Marquez have been praised by many outlets for their MOR upside. Two other teenagers, athletic outfielders Nelson Velazquez and Jonathan Sierra possess as much raw power as any... Read more »

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 4

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 4
In previous entries I took you on a tour of the higher upside players throughout the Cubs system. Prospect Series Links: TOR/All-Star Regular, MOR/Above Avg Regular, BOR/LIR, Avg Regular/Semi-Regular In today’s installment we focus on the players with ceilings likely to top out as spot or swing starters, middle relievers or bench players. It is... Read more »
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2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 3 Pitchers

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 3 Pitchers
I am going to keep this intro to a minimum due to the amount of player reports contained in this post but be sure to check out my previous installments of this series, beginning with a rundown of the Cubs system and a breakdown of the one potential top-of-the-rotation starter, as well as five middle-of-the-rotation... Read more »

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 3 Position Players

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 3 Position Players
In the first entry of this series I gave an overview of the entire system along with a scouting report on my top prospect, Jose Albertos. I moved on to the next tier of prospects earlier this month, covering five potential middle of the rotation starters and three teenage position players with the raw tools necessary to thrive... Read more »

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 2 Scouting Reports

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 2 Scouting Reports
Last week I released my prospect rankings including an organizational watch list of well over one hundred players. It also included my full scouting report on the Cubs lone Tier 1 prospect, Jose Albertos. Today, I examine the next tier of prospects, comprised of five potential mid-rotation starters and three position players capable of securing long term everyday... Read more »
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2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings
I write this first installment of the Cubs Den Offseason Prospect Rankings series with a heavy heart. John graciously accepted my input over the past three years when compiling these lists and even allowed me to write some of the reports. As Cubs Den expanded and more writers have joined the site, John migrated more... Read more »