Sorting through the right-handed bullpen competition

Sorting through the right-handed bullpen competition
The Closer I’m not going to dig too deep into Craig Kimbrel‘s status right now. We know he is a little behind in his preparation for Opening Day, but it is still far too early to be concerned, especially with a veteran who has been around for a long time and knows how to get... Read more »

Early looks at second base, centerfield, and bench competitions

Early looks at second base, centerfield, and bench competitions
Second Base The one guy we know will be in the mix is David Bote. He’s gotten off to a good start this spring and no doubt understands he has an opportunity for a larger role this season than ever before. He does have an option remaining, but barring an unexpected circumstance Bote is a... Read more »

Notes on the starting rotation from the first week of Spring Training

Notes on the starting rotation from the first week of Spring Training
Starting Rotation Kyle Hendricks looked comfortable while going two innings in his debut after reportedly changing his offseason workouts to better prepare him for the start of spring. Early on he appears to be the “most ready” among the veterans to open the season and there is some buzz growing that 2020 could be a... Read more »
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Early Morning Dabs: Face

Early Morning Dabs: Face
The First Hundred The Cubs offseason consisted of two major league signings. The troubling trend of quiet offseasons means that positive regression is going to have to be a major component of the 2020 success story. Javier Báez recent comments about the previous decline in performance give the easy narrative to follow and the face... Read more »

Projecting The 2020 Cubs

Pitchers and catchers have reported, and position players have arrived or are en route. I would jump for joy and yell “spring is in the air!”, except I live in Chicago and had to knock a foot of snow off my truck to go to work the other morning (and spent the weekend nursing an... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Riley Thompson

Offseason Prospect Overview: Riley Thompson
Season Review Riley Thompson wasn’t the best starter for South Bend in 2019 (Cam Sanders). Nor was he the flashiest prospect (Brailyn Marquez). He wasn’t even one of the rotation workhorses (Faustino Carrera and Derek Casey). Despite that, he remained a key cog throughout the year and once Marquez moved up to Myrtle Beach, Thompson... Read more »
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Welcome (Back) to Chicago, Jason Kipnis

Welcome (Back) to Chicago, Jason Kipnis
The Cubs have signed former Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis to a minor league deal. Did you know that he’s from Chicago? Yes, that is sarcasm. Everyone knows he’s from Chicago (specifically, Northbrook), and everyone remembers the home run he hit off of John Lackey in Game 4 of the 2016 World Series. But he’s... Read more »

Early Morning Dabs: Tinker

Early Morning Dabs: Tinker
The First Hundred Rob Manfred is at it once again.  The latest in his seemingly endless obsession with tinkering around the edges of the game manifested itself in the most recent attempt to dilute the value of the regular season. Manfred released another trial balloon, this time increasing the number of postseason teams by another... Read more »

Early Morning Dabs: Rip

Early Morning Dabs: Rip
The First Hundred Here we are mere hours away from the start of yet another season. Hope springs eternal as they say, but this is an organization that is supposed to be beyond merely hoping. At least, that is what it appeared like on November 3, 2016. If you pulled a Rip Van Winkle between... Read more »
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Cubs Release Spring Training Roster

Cubs Release Spring Training Roster
The Cubs officially invited 21 non-roster players to big league camp this year. Two thirds of the invitees have previous MLB experience. Former closer Brandon Morrow is the most prominent name on the list. Camp opens next Wednesday for pitchers and catchers, with full squad workouts kicking off on Monday, February 17th. If you are... Read more »