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2017 Cubs Convention: Down on the Farm

2017 Cubs Convention: Down on the Farm
Yesterday, at the last day of the Cubs Convention, I had the pleasure of watching the panel “Down on the Farm.” The panel included Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting Jason Mcleod, Director of Player Development Jaron Madison, as well as Director of Amateur scouting Toney Dorsey. What follows are bullet points... Read more »

Breaking News out of Cuba: Gurriel Brothers Defecting

Breaking News out of Cuba: Gurriel Brothers Defecting
As Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com and El Nuevo Herald has reported, two of the most well-known and talented players in Cuba are defecting. They are believed to have left Cuba’s team following the Caribbean Series that ended Sunday, and they are looking for MLB contracts. Lourdes and Yulieski Gurriel are brothers of perhaps the most... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

A Season in Review: Iowa Cubs

A Season in Review: Iowa Cubs
The Cubs ended the season 16 games over .500, but were still six games back of the loaded Oklahoma City Dodgers team. The Iowa Cubs’ roster was in a constant flux this season, with many players contributing to the MLB club in some form. The Cubs play in the heart of Des Moines, and Principal... Read more »
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A Season in Review: Tennessee Smokies

A Season in Review: Tennessee Smokies
A team that features both of the Cubs Minor League Players of the Year in Ryan Williams and Willson Contreras, the Smokies finished 3rd in a prospect-laden Southern League North and just missed out on the playoffs. From my visit there, the Smokies had a free-flowing club house even through a lot of transition. The... Read more »

A Season in Review: Eugene Emeralds

A Season in Review: Eugene Emeralds
With just a few games left in the season, the Cubs new short-season affiliate is in the thick of a playoff race, leading their division by just a game. Unlike some short-season rosters, the Eugene Emeralds have a fair amount of big name prospects that have performed well. For reference, the rosters for teams in... Read more »

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 »
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An Interview with Charcer Burks of the South Bend Cubs

An Interview with Charcer Burks of the South Bend Cubs
While in South Bend a couple weeks back I was able to interview Charcer Burks, the Cubs 9th rounder in 2013 out of high school. Although he hasn’t hit for much power yet, Burks’ quick hands and knack for putting balls in play has led to a solid season for the South Bend Cub. He... Read more »