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

Now THAT is How You Start an Offseason

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The Chicago Cubs started their 2015 off season with a bang. Three members of the Cubs organization were nominated for awards, and all three of them walked away with some hardware. Kris Bryant was named the National League Rookie of the Year, collecting all the first place votes. Joe Maddon Continue reading Now THAT is How You Start an Offseason

With Season Over, Off-Season Moves Coming Fast

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With the 2015 season coming to an abrupt end at the hands of the New York Mets, now is as good a time as any to look ahead to the off-season.  After all, it’s getting close to the end of October and there are a lot of key decisions to Continue reading With Season Over, Off-Season Moves Coming Fast

What A Ride So Far

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So far it has been a very entertaining 2015 baseball season for the Chicago Cubs.  When Tom Ricketts was able to hire Theo Epstein, I told a lot of people that by 2015 the Cubs would be starting to contend and by 2020 the Cubs would win at least 1 Continue reading What A Ride So Far

Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms

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Since Theo Epstein has run the Cubs’ baseball operation, the strategy has been to target high upside hitting prospects in the draft.  As year four winds down, that strategy seems to be paying off.  Kris Bryant leads the National League in fWAR.  Addison Russell (1.5) and Kyle Schwarber (1.4) are Continue reading Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms

Adding at the Deadline Not as Simple as Just Making a Deal

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As the Chicago Cubs reach the end of June and move ever closer to the non-waiver trade deadline, discussions about whether or not they should make a move to improve the team are growing stronger. There is no doubt that the Cubs are in serious need of another starting pitcher, Continue reading Adding at the Deadline Not as Simple as Just Making a Deal

These Cubs Man… WOOW

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These Chicago Cubs man, all I can say is wow. They continue to surprise me as the season goes on, they continue to win; even when the odds appear to be stacked against them. Going into the month of June, I saw a tough month. They were four games over Continue reading These Cubs Man… WOOW

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

Dear Jeff Samardzija, thanks for throwing batting practice for the Cubs today

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Well, the Chicago Cubs defeated their South Side brethren today.  Former Cub Jeff Samardzija said a bunch of stuff, but ultimately, even if these games don’t “count,” it’s gotta sting that his new team got swept in Cactus League play by his former team.  At least a little bit. Anyway, Continue reading Dear Jeff Samardzija, thanks for throwing batting practice for the Cubs today

After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed

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Since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in October of 2011, the Cubs have been stockpiling assets at a startling rate.  All of it was part of building a healthy organization, starting with foundation pieces in the minor league system, working up through the major league club.  After all of Continue reading After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed