Last Raps

Last Raps
Good morning! A little more than twelve years ago, the internet was a different place. Things were a bit more freeform, and the motivations more straightforward. That was especially true in the burgeoning market of Cubs related websites. You could tell the difference between whether a site was going to be “primal scream” for the... Read more »

Thoughts on Cubs hiring of Carter Hawkins as GM, and the statement from Tom Ricketts to season ticket holders

Thoughts on Cubs hiring of Carter Hawkins as GM, and the statement from Tom Ricketts to season ticket holders
Carter Hawkins continues a trend of recent hires by the Cubs from outside the organization which have been widely acclaimed throughout the industry. Among those hires: Dan Kantrovitz as VP or Scouting, Justin Stone as the Director of Hitting, and Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives (who has since been promoted to Assistant GM/VP... Read more »

The John Arguello Awards: Minor League Player of the Year

The John Arguello Awards: Minor League Player of the Year
Good morning! Today is the last in a series of three articles recognizing outstanding performances in the Cubs’ minor league system. On Monday, Cubs Den named their Short Season Pitcher and Player of the Year. Thursday saw Cubs Den name their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Now, we turn our attention to the Player... Read more »
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The John Arguello Awards: Minor League Pitcher of the Year

The John Arguello Awards: Minor League Pitcher of the Year
Good morning! Today is the second of a series of three articles recognizing outstanding performances in the Cubs’ minor league system. On Monday, Cubs Den named their Short Season Pitcher and Player of the Year. Now, we turn our attention to pitching. Minor League Pitcher of the Year: DJ Herz, LHP Prior to the 2021... Read more »

The John Arguello Awards: Short Season Pitcher and Player of the Year.

The John Arguello Awards: Short Season Pitcher and Player of the Year.
Good morning! Today, Cubs Den renews it’s tradition of awarding prospects in the Cubs’ minor league system for their outstanding performance. Without a minor league season last year, the Arguello awards had to take a one year hiatus. With everyone back on the field competing, Cubs Den will start as we traditionally have; with the... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Iowa falls 3-1; Catching up on Instructs and DSL action

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Iowa falls 3-1; Catching up on Instructs and DSL action
Jason Adam (photo by Stephanie Lynn) I apologize for no articles this week. I’ve had a lot on my plate and just couldn’t carve out the time each morning, even with so little action currently happening in the system now that Iowa is the only full-season affiliate still in action. AAA St. Paul 3, Iowa... Read more »
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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Pinango and Washer homer as South Bend wins in extras; Jordan reaches base 4 times; All affiliates except Iowa conclude their Minor League season

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Pinango and Washer homer as South Bend wins in extras; Jordan reaches base 4 times; All affiliates except Iowa conclude their Minor League season
Yohendrick Pinango (Photo by Stephanie Lynn) AAA Omaha 10, Iowa 3 Game Recap Iowa went with a bullpen day yesterday, and it didn’t go well. Omaha hit four home runs and scored at least once against each of the first five Iowa pitchers to take the mound. The offense kept pace for a few innings,... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Triantos homers twice to conclude ACL campaign; Chalmers, Espinoza, Palencia, Little show off strikeout stuff; Franklin hits first pro homer

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Triantos homers twice to conclude ACL campaign; Chalmers, Espinoza, Palencia, Little show off strikeout stuff; Franklin hits first pro homer
Christian Franklin (photo by Stephanie Lynn) I’m running a little behind schedule today, so I can’t give a full write up despite a ton a great action and interesting developments in the system yesterday. For a quick summary, James Triantos gets the headlines, as his 2-homer and 10-total base final game completed the ACL campaign... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Iowa and Myrtle Beach bullpens shine in victories; Hearn has a nice game at the plate as Pelicans score 11 runs in one inning; Gray puts up good numbers again

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Iowa and Myrtle Beach bullpens shine in victories; Hearn has a nice game at the plate as Pelicans score 11 runs in one inning; Gray puts up good numbers again
Ethan Hearn (Photo by Stephanie Lynn) AAA Iowa 6, Omaha 5 (12 Innings) Game Recap Joe Biagini pitched well, striking out 7 over 6 innings. The bullpen backed him up with another 6 strong innings of work as the game stretched into extras. Iowa was down 3-0 heading into the 7th, but got RBI singles... Read more »
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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Davis hits 3rd homer in 3rd AAA game; Velazquez and Herz continue breakout seasons; Triantos reaches base 6! times

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Davis hits 3rd homer in 3rd AAA game; Velazquez and Herz continue breakout seasons; Triantos reaches base 6! times
Nelson Velazquez (photo by Rikk Carlson) AAA Iowa 8, Omaha 5 Game Recap Matt Swarmer wasn’t as dominant as he’s been at times over the past couple of months, but after getting roughed up a bit the first two innings he recovered and gave the Cubs solid work into the middle of the game. By... Read more »