Category: Observations

An Update on South Bend Cubs Pitchers

An Update on South Bend Cubs Pitchers
Over the weekend I was able to catch a three game set of South Bend Cubs games, and here are my thoughts on the pitchers I saw. A similar piece but for the hitters will go up tomorrow. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the arms I saw, and project at least a... Read more »

Cubs March 18th Game Notes

Cubs March 18th Game Notes
Well, Joe Maddon decided to forgo the designated hitter on Friday and Travis Wood took advantage of the opportunity, plating the Cubs’ lone RBI in a 3-2 loss to the Sox. Suffice it to say the bats weren’t exactly hot; the team only managed one hit the entire game which came off the bat of... Read more »

Cubs March 17th Game Notes

Cubs March 17th Game Notes
With many of the Cubs’ Spring Training games on TV broadcast from here on out, we’re going to try to give you our daily observations and points of interest following each game, so stay posted for some daily nuggets. Schwarber Going into yesterday’s ballgame, I was excited to be able to watch Schwarber work behind... Read more »
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The Jump From AAA to the Majors- Understanding the Talent of Major League Pitchers

The Jump From AAA to the Majors- Understanding the Talent of Major League Pitchers
The trek through the minor leagues is a long and winding developmental process for players. With each level increase, the competition improves. In terms of the minors, the toughest jump is from A+ to AA. In AA, the pitchers “throw a little bit harder and their pitches have a little more movement,” and its usually... Read more »

Willson Contreras: Road to Top Prospect

Willson Contreras: Road to Top Prospect
With the Winter Meetings in the rear view mirror and the anticipation of where big name free agents will sign, I wanted to take a moment to turn your attention to Cubs catching prospect Willson Contreras. The 23-year-old Venezuelan was recently named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospect Team. Through 14 games with the... Read more »

Decision Time for Jason Heyward

Decision Time for Jason Heyward
Well if we are to believe reports from Andrew Baggarly, the Giants expect Heyward to sign with a team by the end of the day. Baggarly also says the Giants won’t be that team. It would seem this means the decision is now between the Cubs and the Cardinals–how poetic. Some believe the Cubs are... Read more »
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Iowa Cubs vs. Round Rock Express (7/23)

Iowa Cubs vs. Round Rock Express (7/23)
What’s a trip to Iowa without stopping at Principal Park? The stadium is located near downtown Des Moines, a growing city in its own right, and the park is very well constructed. As with most minor league parks, there’s an Iowan craft beer section, kids area, and more. I came away very impressed with the... Read more »

South Bend Cubs vs. Lansing Lugnuts 6/30

South Bend Cubs vs. Lansing Lugnuts 6/30
With a free afternoon on tap, my friend and I ventured down to South Bend. For those living in Chicago, it’s an easy two hour drive and as long as the traffic isn’t bad it flies by. Definitely worth a weekend visit if you have the time. Also, Four Winds Field is an incredible minor... Read more »

The End: Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Biloxi Shuckers

The End: Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Biloxi Shuckers
As a precursor to the baseball, Chattanooga is a very underrated city. The architecture was surprisingly sublime, to go along with the pleasant Tennessee river and a magnificent view from a nearby mountain. If you ever get the the chance, I recommend you visit. I even ate a burger with a biscuit bun, in between... Read more »
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Observations: Tennessee Smokies vs. Mobile BayBears

Observations: Tennessee Smokies vs. Mobile BayBears
We were treated to a gorgeous drive through the Appalachians this afternoon, and I arrived at the Smokies Field just in time for batting practice. Unsurprisingly, Schwarber was hitting bombs on to the concourse in RF, with Vogelbach right behind him in the power department. I was able to interview Billy McKinney and Corey Black... Read more »