Category: position by position analysis

Cubs Den Top Prospect Audit: Corner Infield

Cubs Den Top Prospect Audit: Corner Infield
Top Prospects Christopher Morel doesn’t swing at everything, but aggressive is certainly an apt description of his current approach at the plate. Thankfully, the 20-year old also shows good barrel control, allowing him to square up pitches even when reaching out of the zone to get to them. He did make strides on waiting for... 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 »

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 »

A look at the Cubs current bullpen depth, Part 1: LHP

A look at the Cubs current bullpen depth, Part 1: LHP
Incumbents Kyle Ryan Brad Wieck (1 option year remaining) A former starter in the Detroit system, Kyle Ryan eventually settled in as a solid swingman and depth arm for the Tigers bullpen in the 2015-16 seasons, but as a guy who relied heavily on command and an ability to induce weak contact his success was... Read more »

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Infield

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Infield
For long-time Cubs fans the promise of a 95-win season and a spot in the postseason, any shot at October baseball, would have been welcomed with open arms. We’d have a magical season or two that would pop up and reinforce our false beliefs that we were an actual MLB team, but those oddities were interspersed... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory

Cubs Prospect Roundup: Taking stock of position player inventory
Player graduations, trades and a focus on acquiring pitching depth during the 2016 and 2017 drafts has thinned the upper levels of the Cubs Minor League system to the point that among the four full season affiliates there are only a four bats I currently consider to have a good shot at becoming full-time starters and that includes recent 1st... Read more »

Position-by-Position Preview: Castro and Baez subplot bears watching

Position-by-Position Preview:  Castro and Baez subplot bears watching
We’ve taken a brief Tanaka-imposed hiatus on our position by position analysis, but we resume today with the position of shortstop. Shortstop is spoken for at the moment by 23 year old two time all-star Starlin Castro, but things are about to get very interesting.  Javier Baez will begin the year at AAA and he... Read more »

Position by Position Spring Training Previews: Second Base

Position by Position Spring Training Previews: Second Base
This particular position is getting near a state of flux for the Cubs.   There is the current starter coming off a bad year, a few MLB ready alternatives, and at least one top 10 prospect knocking on the door. The Incumbent The Cubs love Darwin Barney’s defense, especially the pitchers.  He’s also been a... Read more »
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Position-by-Position Spring Training Preview: RF-CF

Position-by-Position Spring Training Preview: RF-CF
First off, congrats to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas for their election to the Hall of Fame.  All three are worthy choices though I think there are at least 10 more who deserve enshrinement. Now on to the Cubs article of the day… Yesterday we combined the LF and CF previews because there... Read more »