Tag: Duane Underwood

Cubs @ Dodgers: Series Preview (6/25-6/28)

Cubs @ Dodgers: Series Preview (6/25-6/28)
The Cubs four-game series in Cincinnati was a complete disaster, a sweep culminating in blowing a five-run lead on Sunday afternoon. A doubleheader and a paternity leave threw the starting rotation into disarray. Disarray that continues into Monday, when Duane Underwood makes his major league debut in a spot start. Things certainly don’t get easier... Read more »

The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Co-Pitchers of the Year

The John Arguello Awards – The Cubs’ Minor League Co-Pitchers of the Year
This is the final of a series of articles naming minor league players and pitchers of the year. For consideration for Minor League Pitcher of the Year , a pitcher 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 Tennessee, and Triple-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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Armed and Ready

Armed and Ready
While the Chicago Cubs organization has produced several exciting young position players recently, including last year’s MVP Kris Bryant, the question has been over the past five years “Where is the pitching?” Cubs’ fans have gotten a glimpse of that in the past few seasons in witnessing such top prospects such as Trevor Clifton, Oscar... Read more »

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 »

My Conversation with Derek Johnson, Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator

My Conversation with Derek Johnson, Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator Derek Johnson about pitching,  Cubs prospects, and his new book, “The Complete Guide to Pitching“. A Quick Review of the Book Here’s a short summary of why I  loved this book and why I would recommend it highly, especially if you… are... Read more »
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Javier Baez ranks as BA's 25th best prospect; notes on Soler, Jackson, Vitters, Candelario and Szczur

Javier Baez ranks as BA's 25th best prospect; notes on Soler, Jackson, Vitters, Candelario and Szczur
Javier Baez is making quite the leap forward in terms of prospect status.  After barely sneaking in some top 100 lists at the start of the year, Baez is now considered among the top prospects in the game just one year after being drafted. Baseball America ranked Baez as MLB’s #25 overall prospect. The likelihood... Read more »

Cubs go for high upside in Duane Underwood in 2nd round

Cubs go for high upside in Duane Underwood in 2nd round
With their 2nd round pick the Cubs select.. Duane Underwood RHP 6′ 2″ 185 lbs. Pope High School, Marietta, Ga Now this is the kind of pick many of us were hoping for.  Heck, I didn’t even have to find a new picture from my preview piece this morning.  The Cubs rolled the dice on... Read more »