Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

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In between the very impressive showing by the Chicago Cubs rotation and their bullpen brethren so far, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have built an enviable pitching staff with depth and redundancies across levels.  We have already seen guys like Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler get extended outings in games Continue reading Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

Pretty Good Tune-Up For the Cubs Regulars

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Most of the regulars had a rest day in the Cactus League opener, but came back to put in their first few innings of the spring on Saturday afternoon. Our #SpringTraining home opener at @SloanParkMesa! pic.twitter.com/n1lvmcXS6x — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 24, 2018 Even GameDay is in spring training mode Continue reading Pretty Good Tune-Up For the Cubs Regulars

2018 Cubs Break Out Candidates

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After deploying to South Korea for a little over three months, returning home, starting the process of buying my first home, and clearing the Christmas hurdle, there’s something peaceful about sitting down and writing about baseball again on a day where the temperature is finally above zero in the middle Continue reading 2018 Cubs Break Out Candidates

Cubs Bullpen Rebuild (UPDATE)

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In the 2017 season, the biggest weakness for the Chicago Cubs was their bullpen. While they showed stretches of dominance, in the playoffs they were clearly showing signs of being worn down. Going into the offseason you knew fixing the broken bullpen would be a top priority, in addition to Continue reading Cubs Bullpen Rebuild (UPDATE)

Down on the Farm: Checking in on In-Season Promotions

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As the middle of the season is upon us, and some of the all-star breaks have concluded, it is moving time for players who have performed well in the first half.  The Cubs’ system has seen a number of players promoted to new levels after their league’s all-star break and Continue reading Down on the Farm: Checking in on In-Season Promotions

Minor League Recap: All-Stars, Cycles, Promotions, and Rehab

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As it pertains to the major league team, the biggest news on the farm are the rehab assignments of Emilio Bonifacio (AA Tennessee) and Kyuji Fujikawa (Low A Kane County).  As both work their ways back from injury, we may be inching closer and closer to the return to Chicago Continue reading Minor League Recap: All-Stars, Cycles, Promotions, and Rehab

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: AAA All-Stars and Prospects Raking

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The AAA All-Stars were announced today, and the I-Cubs get four representatives… Alcantara, Hendricks, Parker, Wada named to PCL All-Star team: http://t.co/nDvYpqoSrX pic.twitter.com/0KugfqGmUX — Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) July 3, 2014 No real surprises in the group there.  And all of them have been quite good this season, so they are Continue reading Minor League Recap: AAA All-Stars and Prospects Raking

Minor League Recap: June 12 – June 19

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I take this free moment to address some nonsense on WSD’s Facebook page.  Like the nutcase in that particular piece, I am also a veteran.  We’re not all like that.  Please don’t lump us all in with that dipshit. Moving on to the system, not a whole lot has happened Continue reading Minor League Recap: June 12 – June 19

Minor League Recap: All-Star Selections and 1st Half Overviews

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After taking a break on the minor league recaps to focus a little more closely on the Rule 4 Draft last week, there is plenty of good news to catch up on over the last couple of weeks in the system.  Kris Bryant continues to defend his Southern League Player Continue reading Minor League Recap: All-Star Selections and 1st Half Overviews