Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

Photo: Bryan Lynn, Chicago Tribune

On the minor league rehab trail, it’s been tough sledding for some Cubs.  Tommy La Stella has been put back on the shelf after aggravating an injury with Tennessee.  Dallas Beeler has been optioned to Iowa after struggling during his Continue reading

Minor League Recap: Baez Getting Back into the Swing of Things

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  With the season wearing on, the affiliates are starting to normalize.  Players are starting to show some regression to their means, while others (like Dan Vogelbach and Kyle Schwarber) still have monster numbers fueled by early season video game-like Continue reading

South Bend Cubs: fundraising and updates


I guess you could file this one under “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”. To be fair, we really care about how well they play baseball not how well they refill our diet Pepsi. On Tuesday, May 12, the South Bend Continue reading

Keeping an eye on Javier Baez; Contingencies

The Cubs' Javier Baez hits a double during the fifth inning against the Sounds at Principal Park.

Prior to Javier Baez’s 1-4, 0 strikeout performance today, he was batting .265 with an OBP of .357.  That’s nearly a 100 point split between his average and on base percentage in his first 56 plate appearances this season.  That’s Continue reading

Minor League Recap: All They Do is Win

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With 3 of the 4 full season teams above .500 and 2 of them in first place, things have gotten off to a good start down on the farm.  South Bend has been powered by great pitching, the Smokies have Continue reading

Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players


Yesterday, I blogged up my thoughts on what teams like the Chicago Cubs might consider trying transactions-wise in the wake of Major League Baseball’s announcement that teams could trade their recent draftees sooner.  While this isn’t necessarily the same as Continue reading

Corey Black Adds to List of Power Arms for Cubs Bullpen

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Early in this major league season, the Cubs have had some issues with injuries in the bullpen.  Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez are both on the shelf, which has caused overuse of the reliable Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.  It’s Continue reading

South Bend Cubs: miscellaneous bits


The SB Cubs are currently in Fort Wayne, Indiana preparing for the rubber game in their series with the Tin Caps. Ryan Williams (@rhynowilliams) gets the start. After losing game one, the baby Cubs took game two with a score Continue reading

South Bend Cubs: series updates


The other day I promised I’d get my updates, well, up to date. So here is what’s up with the South Bend Cubs: After the Opening series at home, the Cubs went on the road and their first stop was Continue reading

Minor League Recap: One Prospect Goes; Another Makes His Return

Photo: Roger C. Hoover)

Like Kris Bryant only a week ago, the Cubs made the call to add Addison Russell to the major league roster.  That means the projected insane infield of Bryant, Russell, and Baez will never come to pass in Iowa.  Because Continue reading