Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

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Before we dive into new Cubs reliever, Wade Davis, let’s talk about new (again) Yankees closer, Aroldis Chapman and what he meant to the Cubs bullpen.  Chapman came to the Cubs as a rigid one inning closer who preferred to start an inning with no inherited runners and shut it Continue reading Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

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The Cubs’ new short season affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, starts play in less than a week with a June 18th start at Everett.  There has not been a roster released for the Emeralds as of yet, but it shouldn’t be too far from coming out.  The Cubs have a lot Continue reading Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

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Full season minor league baseball is a week old already, with all four of the Cubs teams kicking off.  And before the painted lines could dry, it seems as though Kris Bryant is being called to Chicago. On another note, Javier Baez is still away from the Iowa Cubs, as he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

Duane Underwood Emerging as a Top Pitching Prospect

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Since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over the front office, the Cubs have had a draft strategy of taking the best hitter possible in the first round.  That strategy is what makes the hitting prospects the toast of the town, bringing Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, and Kyle Schwarber to Continue reading Duane Underwood Emerging as a Top Pitching Prospect

Minor League Recap: Full Season Rosters Announced

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The Cubs and their affiliates have announced full season minor league rosters.  The new Single A affiliates, South Bend (MWL) and Myrtle Beach (Carolina League) replace the Kane County Cougars and the Daytona Cubs (now, Tortugas).  Generally speaking, there are solid prospects worth keeping an eye on at every level.  The Continue reading Minor League Recap: Full Season Rosters Announced

Garza’s Arm Cannot Cash a Check His Mouth Wrote

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We all know what happened with Matt Garza. After a failed contract negotiation (which might have only been for show), the Chicago Cubs traded Garza to the Texas Rangers for Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm. After a failed playoff run, Garza hit free agency and eventually Continue reading Garza’s Arm Cannot Cash a Check His Mouth Wrote

Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Finally Loses a Crown; Teams Keep Winning

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With all of the full season teams either currently in first place or holding a tie for it, the minor league season has a chance to extend across the organization.  While Daytona and Iowa had rocky or up and down starts, both have righted the ship, especially Daytona, who was Continue reading Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Finally Loses a Crown; Teams Keep Winning

Minor League Recap: Moving On Without Javy

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With Javier Baez getting the call to the Chicago (via Colorado), the system has had one of its most important crops picked.  That should cause a refocus on prospects, such as Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, the returning C.J. Edwards, and of course, Kris Bryant. Injuries of Note: Cael Brockmeyer (7 Day DL), C.J. Continue reading Minor League Recap: Moving On Without Javy

Cubs Dominate Mid-Season Prospect Listings

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The last of the significant mid-season prospect lists was revealed last night, with the MLB.com list being loaded, and again, the Cubs did spectacularly well.  So well, that the prevailing wisdom is that the Cubs have the best system in the minors.  And, for those of us who have paid Continue reading Cubs Dominate Mid-Season Prospect Listings

Minor League Recap: Promotions, Demotions, and Short Season All-Stars

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It was a busy week in the minor league system, with a number of significant names making moves over the course of the week.  Jorge Soler was promoted to AAA Iowa after dominating AA, albeit over a short period of time.  Albert Almora was aggressively promoted to AA Tennessee after Continue reading Minor League Recap: Promotions, Demotions, and Short Season All-Stars