Tag: Chesny Young

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 5

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 5
Good morning, and Happy Veteran’s Day! A special thanks to Staff Sergeant Robert Usiak, United States Air Force, 5th Communications Group, Panama Radio Relay Station, Korea.  Week 5 for Cubs in the off-season leagues saw some dominant performances out of Erick Leal, Trent Giambrone, and Casey Coleman as well as others. For more, take a look... Read more »

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 »
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The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year

The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year
This is the second in a series of articles naming minor league players and pitchers of the year. For consideration for John Arguello Minor League Player of the Year Award, a position player would have to be assigned to one of the four full season minor league teams (Low-A South Bend, Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, Double-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 »

Elliot Soto: The Prospect Next Door

Elliot Soto: The Prospect Next Door
Emerging from the clubhouse at Principal Park in Des Moines, IA, a slight look of surprise was detected on the face of Elliot Soto. Not that Soto didn’t deserve the attention, but on a roster that contained major league players such as Jeimer Candelario and Tommy LaStella, along with prospects such as Victor Caratini, Chesny... Read more »
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Up Next? Chesny Young Makes His Play

Up Next? Chesny Young Makes His Play
Against a gray mid-May sky, a wiry figure stands in the batting cage at Principal Park in Des Moines, IA. As the batting practice pitcher begins to make his tosses, Chesny Young produces one humpback liner after another. First to right field, then to right-center, and so on down the line, almost as if Young... Read more »

The Show So Far: Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee

The Show So Far: Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee
Good Morning, and welcome to the show so far! Today, we look at two of the four full-season minor league squads as they complete their sixth week of play. The end of May is one of the major landmarks in the minor league season, as organizations ready themselves for the upcoming MLB Draft and the... 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 »
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The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla

The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla
For those not familiar with the analogy of the 800-pound gorilla, it is describing something that is so obvious that no one can ignore it, but at the same time so frightening and terrible that it is incomprehensible to acknowledge. The Cubs are now living with an 800-pound gorilla, and what they do with it... Read more »