Category: Spring Training

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Mazzoni lost on waivers, Cubs release 10 other Minor Leaguers

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Mazzoni lost on waivers, Cubs release 10 other Minor Leaguers
Less than a week after losing left handed reliever Dario Alvarez on waivers to the Seattle Mariners, Cory Mazzoni was claimed today by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both pitchers were acquired in the offseason, Alvarez as a six-year Minor League free agent and Mazzoni on waivers from San Diego, which means both exit the organization... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Who's the next Isaac Paredes?

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Who's the next Isaac Paredes?
I’m not a fan of entitling articles by asking a question, but I promise you my intention behind the choice was not meant as click bait. There is competition playing out in Minor League camp among some of the Cubs young prospects for an opportunity to skip a level in the system and put themselves on the... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Alzolay, Hatch (and Strop) all debut during backfields action

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Alzolay, Hatch (and Strop) all debut during backfields action
On Monday afternoon the Cubs AA and AAA teams traveled to Tempe to take on the Angels affiliates. Adbert Alzolay made his 2018 debut and according to an Angels blogger on hand Alzolay was his usual mid-90s with a plus curve. I have no reports regarding how he looked, but Thomas Hatch also made his... Read more »
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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 »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Backfields action and a few thoughts on the new pace of play changes

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Backfields action and a few thoughts on the new pace of play changes
Before I get to the backfields action, I’ll touch briefly on the new pace of play guidelines put in place for every level of the Minor Leagues this season. I won’t go into detail, but it basically boils down to tightening of the previously implemented pitch clock rules, and then the adoption of changes to extra... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Roster and Statistical Update

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Roster and Statistical Update
The Cubs sent nine players to the Minors on Tuesday, leaving 40 players remaining in Major League camp, including ten Non-Roster Invites: Pitchers: Anthony Bass, Justin Hancock, Kyle Ryan Catchers: Taylor Davis, Chris Gimenez, Ali Solis  Infielders: Ryan Court, Mike Freeman, Efren Navarro Outfielders: Peter Bourjos Chris Gimenez (.280/.357/.400 in 28 PA this spring) is all but assured a 40-man roster slot and the backup catcher... Read more »
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Spring Training Prospect Notes: De La Cruz and Alzolay

Spring Training Prospect Notes: De La Cruz and Alzolay
Oscar De La Cruz One of the big prospect stories out of Major League spring training has been the return of Oscar De La Cruz. The big righty entered 2017 as one of the hottest prospects in the Cubs system and then looked strong out of the gate with Myrtle Beach featuring a fastball (91-95,... Read more »

2/27 Cubs vs. White Sox Game Thread

2/27 Cubs vs. White Sox Game Thread
Today will be an experiment for the Cubs Den. Today’s spring training game will be the first game broadcast on Chicago television. So there will be a game post for the festivities for the Denizens. I think this will be the standard procedure for the remaining five games that will be televised on Chicago broadcast... Read more »

Visiting Mesa: An Experience Every Cubs Fan Must Have

Visiting Mesa: An Experience Every Cubs Fan Must Have
A trip to Mesa for Spring Training was never on my agenda this year, but with reasonable airfare and a chance to escape winter in Maryland for a few days to watch some baseball, how could I turn it down? I was lucky enough to have John Arguello meet me at Spring Training complex after my... Read more »
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A glimpse into the organization and thoughts on Spring Training

A glimpse into the organization and thoughts on Spring Training
Almost a year ago, I had the chance to listen to Horst Schulze, former president of the Ritz Carlton Hotels, speak on leadership and his organizational philosophy, and one of the things that was emphasized was the importance of empowering his employees at every level. His focus was on using this to provide exceptional customer... Read more »