Why Should We Designate a Hitter?

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One of the greatest things about sports is the way rules change as human participants evolve into faster, smarter, and stronger athletes.  While we are all creatures of habit and have an appreciation for tradition and nostalgia, it often ends up working out in that we can’t fathom why the game Continue reading Why Should We Designate a Hitter?

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

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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 of the extended absence to grieve the loss of his Continue reading Minor League Recap: One Prospect Goes; Another Makes His Return

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

The WAY TOO EARLY Predicting a Cubs 2015 Starting Lineup

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I know we are still in early December and the Winter Meetings are still underway, but I am a guy who loves playing around with rumors, making trades in my head [often bad ones] and constructing lineups when trades are made or rumored to be made. If you follow me Continue reading The WAY TOO EARLY Predicting a Cubs 2015 Starting Lineup

Minor League Recap: WE’RE GOING STREAKING!

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The theme of the week has been streaks in the Cubs’ system, as Kane County has a 10 game win streak going at the moment, Albert Almora has hit in 8 of his last 9 games, Addison Russell has homered in 3 straight games, and Pierce Johnson had a 23 Continue reading Minor League Recap: WE’RE GOING STREAKING!

D(h) Day is Likely Coming in 2017

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There is a day coming in baseball that many National League fans likely will not be happy to see. In 2016, when the current Major League Baseball Collevtive Barganing Agreement comes to an end, there will likely once again be some big changes coming that will once again change the Continue reading D(h) Day is Likely Coming in 2017

Minor League Recap: Debuts and Returns

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This past week has been one noted, mostly, by some of the existing minor league players making debuts with the big league club.  Tsuyoshi Wada, Kyle Hendricks, and Arismendy Alcantara all made their ML debuts this week in Cincinnati. Alcantara got the call when Darwin Barney went on paternity leave Continue reading Minor League Recap: Debuts and Returns

Minor League Recap: 5/22 – 5/28

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Starting with the important things in the minors this week… Jesus can walk on water but @KrisBryant_23 can swim through land #KrisBryantFacts — Dustin Geiger (@D_Geiger) May 29, 2014 @KrisBryant_23 shouldn't even have to walk to the plate anymore just trot around the bases straight out of the dugout #KrisBryantFacts Continue reading Minor League Recap: 5/22 – 5/28

Minor League Recap: 5/15 – 5/21

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Too much injury news this week.  Pierce Johnson strained his calf.  Jorge Soler strained his right hamstring (the “other one”).  But on the positive side, Cubs farm director Jaron Madison said C.J. Edwards is on a throwing program in AZ. Hope is he'll be back at Double-A around All-Star break. Continue reading Minor League Recap: 5/15 – 5/21

Building a Consensus On Cubs Prospects

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When individual prospect listings come out from the different ranking services, often times we talk about those rankings without putting them into any context.  The reality is, different scouts value different things.  Some may rank a prospect based on having a higher floor, some may value a higher ceiling, and Continue reading Building a Consensus On Cubs Prospects