Tag: Andrew Ely

The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year

The John Arguello Awards: The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year
The John Arguello Awards conclude today, as our panel of minor league reporters at Cubs Den now turn their attention to Minor League Player of the Year. The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year: Jason Vosler, 3B If you are a 16th round draft choice and 469th player selected overall, how do you get... Read more »

Austin Upshaw Continues a Trend

Austin Upshaw Continues a Trend
 Authors Note: Although the regular season for the minor leagues is now over, please enjoy these profiles over the next few weeks to tide you over until the fall and winter leagues begin. It seems as if almost from the start of the current front office’s tenure, the development of a multi-positional player was a... Read more »

Impressions from the First Half Of the Minor League Season

Impressions from the First Half Of the Minor League Season
Last week, the Cubs Den minor league reports gave you their take on the Mid-Season  All-Prospect team for the Cubs’ system. Today’s, I give five things I have taken away from the first half of the minor league season. Don’t look back Albert Almora, Charcer Burks is gaining on you! This is not meant to... Read more »
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The Cubs Den Mid-Season All-Prospect Team

The Cubs Den Mid-Season All-Prospect Team
With the minor league season reaching its midpoint last Monday, the Cubs Den minor league crew decided to get together and come up with the prospects that are having the best 2017 at this point. The panel included minor league update reporter Michael Ernst, along with feature writers Stephanie Lynn and me, Tom U. All... Read more »

The Quiet Competence of the Tennessee Smokies

The Quiet Competence of the Tennessee Smokies
Deep in the off-season, there was a murmur of anticipation for the Tennessee Smokies in 2017. The core of the team had unexpectedly won the Mills Cup, the Carolina League championship the previous year. There was also some uncertainty over whether top prospect Ian Happ would be back following a less than stellar second half... Read more »

Versatility a Short Path to the Majors

Versatility a Short Path to the Majors
Since taking over in 2012, the Cubs’ current front office has made it a seemingly never-ending search to find players that can add versatility to their roster. They first tried veterans such as Jeff Baker, Emilio Bonifacio, Chris Coghlan, Joe Mather, and Luis Valbuena before scoring big in free agency with Ben Zobrist. Management also... Read more »
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Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee
Good morning to everyone! Today is the next installment previewing the 2016 minor league season.  Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated spring training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion of spring training. Double-A – Tennessee Smokies Last season... Read more »