Category: Analysis

A Guess At The Cubs 30-Man Roster For Opening Day

A Guess At The Cubs 30-Man Roster For Opening Day
Like many baseball fans, I’ve looked forward to projecting Opening Day rosters since I was a young kid. I’ve maintained a tried and true method: 25 names written on paper (always), ink pen for the sure’s and pencil for the maybe’s, from 1B around the horn, through the OF, and back to C. 5 starting... Read more »

Which players will form the Cubs taxi squad in 2020?

Which players will form the Cubs taxi squad in 2020?
With MLB implementing a 60-game schedule set to kick off in late July, and the MLBPA signing off on a July 1st report start date for a three week ramp up for training, lets assume all of the health and safety protocols will be met and break down which 60 players the Cubs could bring... Read more »

Projecting The 2020 Cubs

Pitchers and catchers have reported, and position players have arrived or are en route. I would jump for joy and yell “spring is in the air!”, except I live in Chicago and had to knock a foot of snow off my truck to go to work the other morning (and spent the weekend nursing an... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Brennen Davis

Offseason Prospect Overview: Brennen Davis
Season Review It was difficult to get a read on what to expect from Brennen Davis heading into 2019. He came to the Cubs organization with huge upside as an athlete but beyond a good understanding of the strike zone and hand-eye skills he was fairly unrefined as a baseball player having spent just one... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cole Roederer

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cole Roederer
Season Review After setting the AZL on fire during his 2018 pro debut, expectations were sky high for Cole Roederer heading into 2019. The organization showed confidence in him by installing the 19-year old as the everyday centerfielder for South Bend coming out of spring training. Many fans were expecting big numbers once again, but... Read more »

A look at the Cubs current infield depth

A look at the Cubs current infield depth
Incumbents Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez There isn’t much to say about this trio. Rizzo has shown no signs of slowing down, even if he is prone to a bad month each season and needs the occasional week off to rest his back. Injuries have interrupted seasons for both Bryant and Baez, but both... Read more »
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A look at the Cubs current outfield depth

A look at the Cubs current outfield depth
Incumbents Kyle Schwarber Jason Heyward Let me start off by saying I believe Kyle Schwarber’s second half breakout is real. He provides balance for the lineup as a second left-handed power source beyond Anthony Rizzo. While his defense remains a sore spot, you can continue to live with it while he produces offensively. The question... Read more »

Cubs add four players to 40-man roster

Cubs add four players to 40-man roster
I’m not going to go into too much depth regarding the decisions to add Miguel Amaya, Tyson Miller and Zack Short to the 40-man roster yesterday. I covered the reasoning behind each in my preview of the Rule 5 deadline. In summary, Amaya is one of the Cubs top prospects, Miller is a near MLB-ready... Read more »

A look at the Cubs current rotation depth

A look at the Cubs current rotation depth
Incumbents Yu Darvish Kyle Hendricks Jon Lester Jose Quintana Tyler Chatwood The Cubs hoped their rotation would prove to be an advantage over their NL Central competition in 2019. It was an experienced group, and an expensive one. They entered the year with 7 experienced starting pitchers on the 25-man roster, including Tyler Chatwood and... Read more »
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A look at the Cubs current bullpen depth, Part 2: RHP

A look at the Cubs current bullpen depth, Part 2: RHP
Incumbents Craig Kimbrel Rowan Wick (1 option year remaining) There isn’t much to say about this duo. Rowan Wick was one of the more pleasant surprises for the Cubs in 2019. The Craig Kimbrel signing, and his struggles upon arrival, were a surprise of a different nature. There is no doubt both figure to play... Read more »