Cubs Spring Training Figures to be Fun…and Uneventful

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The Cubs, as a championship caliber team, report to spring training this week without a lot left to decide.  In total, the World Series Champions return essentially all of their contributing starters, with the exceptions of Dexter Fowler and Jason Hammel.  What’s more, they return Kyle Schwarber as a full time Continue reading Cubs Spring Training Figures to be Fun…and Uneventful

2017 Cubs Debuts Figure to be Less Impactful Than Years Past

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There is a level of disinterest that comes with prospect writing for a team who has a Major League roster full of young players who are pretty recent call-ups themselves that just won the World Series.  And the disinterest isn’t mine.  There’s an understanding that the people who read these Continue reading 2017 Cubs Debuts Figure to be Less Impactful Than Years Past

The Ian Happ Watch

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The Arizona Fall League title game was played on Saturday afternoon, with the Mesa Solar Sox taking the prize with a few Chicago Cubs prospects in tow: Your browser does not support iframes. As you can see, Cubs pitcher James Farris nailed down the final out, and Eloy Jimenez and Continue reading The Ian Happ Watch

South Bend Cubs: Apparently Theo is happy with us

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Apparently Theo & Co. are happy with what the South Bend Cubs organization has been doing. BREAKING: Chicago Cubs Ink New Deal with South Bend Cubs. PDC extended through 2020 https://t.co/QQ2sGTVEie #Cubs pic.twitter.com/mIViR3woa5 — South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) June 23, 2016   First six South Bend Cubs were named to Continue reading South Bend Cubs: Apparently Theo is happy with us

Down on the Farm: Off-Season Top Ten Prospects

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While the last couple of off-seasons have put a renewed focus on the major league product, the Cubs still feature a robust and healthy minor league system.  As players like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber have all graduated out of the system, a new Continue reading Down on the Farm: Off-Season Top Ten Prospects

Down on The Farm: Adjustments Being Made as Season Winds Down

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The Cubs’ organization is littered with players who have been promoted to new levels over the course of this season.  It is also littered with players who are altering their approach to hitting or are adjusting to new roles on the mound.  None of that is to mention players who Continue reading Down on The Farm: Adjustments Being Made as Season Winds Down

South Bend Cubs: Erick Leal – “yes” to the no-no but “no” to the win?

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So when is a no-hitter not a no-hitter? Tuesday evening I was looking forward to seeing Ian Happ’s home debut with the South Bend Cubs but was treated to so much more. What a bizarre game! Erick Leal was spectacular – pitching 9 full innings of no hit baseball. Unfortunately, Continue reading South Bend Cubs: Erick Leal – “yes” to the no-no but “no” to the win?

South Bend Cubs: late July road trip ends

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    The South Bend Cubs are coming home after a nine game road trip that saw them make visits to West Michigan, Great Lakes and Dayton. The baby Cubs are currently 18-19 in the second half of the season, 4 games back of Fort Wayne. Despite a five game Continue reading South Bend Cubs: late July road trip ends

Down on the Farm: Mid-season Top Ten Prospects

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Because the All-Star break has just come and gone, it is en vogue to rerank the system’s top prospects.  2015 has shown that, in spite of some very high profile call-ups, the system is still very strong.  There were some other names who, while deserving, just couldn’t fit onto a Continue reading Down on the Farm: Mid-season Top Ten Prospects

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