The Cubs Roster Roulette Wheel Spins Again (UPDATE)

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First, let us set up the BIG news of the day: The #Cubs today recalled LHP Rob Zastryzny from @IowaCubs. OF Matt Szczur has been designated for assignment. — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 6, 2017 Anderson came out of the game because of low back tightness. He's being evaluated. #Cubs Continue reading The Cubs Roster Roulette Wheel Spins Again (UPDATE)

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all. This year we have plenty to be thankful for. I want to start by saying thank you to each and every one of you who have read and shared this blog over the years. I want to thank the almost 21,000 of you who have Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

The Cubs’ Science Experiment

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As we sit in a rain delay and wait anxiously for another Chicago Cubs game to begin (they’re in Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies), it bears repeating how well Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have constructed this roster, and how well manager Joe Maddon has maximized matchups to Continue reading The Cubs’ Science Experiment

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 performances.  In general, all of the teams are playoff competitors Continue reading Minor League Recap: Baez Getting Back into the Swing of Things

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

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

Minor League Recap: 4/12 – 4/17

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After slow starts in the first week for all but the Cougars (who remained red hot) most of the system has started to pick it up and win some games.  Just don’t look at Daytona.  The biggest headline of the week was the Javier Baez sprained ankle, which sent a Continue reading Minor League Recap: 4/12 – 4/17

Minor League Report: June 4-10, 2012

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Jorge Soler will sign a contract with a Major League Baseball team by tomorrow, and the Cubs are the front-runners.  Perhaps an Japanese NPB team will swoop in and sign him to spite me for trying to go as broad as possible, yet still being wrong.  In all seriousness, major Continue reading Minor League Report: June 4-10, 2012