Archive for 2015

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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New Contributor Introduction: Josh Murray

New Contributor Introduction: Josh Murray
Hello, fans of Cubs Prospect Watch. My name is Josh Murray and I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to contribute to such a great platform. The thing I find most interesting among Cubs fans is the how and why we came to root for these “lovable losers”. There were 30 teams I could’ve... Read more »

Chicago Cubs: Starlin Castro Headed to the New York Yankees in Trade

Chicago Cubs: Starlin Castro Headed to the New York Yankees in Trade
Man, oh man have the dominoes fallen in place tonight. At 6:40 tonight, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports broke the news that the Chicago Cubs struck a deal with free agent, Ben Zobrist. Source: Zobrist in agreement with #Cubs on four-year, $56M contract, pending a physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2015 Moments later... Read more »

Chicago Cubs: The Center Field Question

Chicago Cubs: The Center Field Question
Two storylines have been vying for center stage in the North Side of Chicago this offseason: free agent pitchers, and free agent center fielders. Certainly these two positional needs are not exclusive of one another, as a trade for young pitching would likely see the Cubs parting ways with a high profile outfielder, thus increasing... Read more »
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Trading from Depth, What the Cubs Have to Offer

Trading from Depth, What the Cubs Have to Offer
Recently the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres concocted a deal which sent Craig Kimbrel to the east coast and four prospects, including two top 100 players, to the west. The move was criticized by the majority of media outlets, suggesting the Red Sox could have received a bigger package for the prospects they... Read more »

Arizona Fall League Report Part 2: Headline Hitters

Arizona Fall League Report Part 2: Headline Hitters
Well, the time to submit 40-man rosters has come and gone, and our two headline hitters were fortunate enough to make the cut—not that this came as any surprise. Jeimer Candelario and Willson Contreras stayed hot swinging the lumber in the Southwest desert this fall. Again, I want to point out the small sample sizes... Read more »

Arizona Fall League Report Part 1: Headline Pitchers

Arizona Fall League Report Part 1: Headline Pitchers
Saturday marks the end of Arizona Fall League for 2015 and the Cubs’ AFL representative, the Mesa Solar Sox, finished off at a less than impressive 9-21. Luckily, no one cares about their record—or at least they shouldn’t. The Arizona Fall League is simply a time to give players more reps or a final look.... Read more »
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New Contributor Introduction: Joe Morgan

New Contributor Introduction: Joe Morgan
Hello, fellow farm club devotees! My name is Joe Morgan, and I am more than honored to start contributing to Cubs Prospect Watch. I started writing my preliminary version of this little “get-to-know-you” in an attempt to convince readers of my legitimate status as “Cubs enthusiast.” The result was an overly-sentimentalized reminiscence of my first... Read more »