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The Chicago Cubs are always looking for improvements to their squad, so 12 days before the trade deadline, they made the previously rumored trade official: Montgomery is expected to join the #Cubs on Friday in Milwaukee while Pries will report to @IowaCubs. pic.twitter.com/puLNtc9J9q — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 20, 2016 Continue reading The New Guy

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

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

Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

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As the season progresses to the end of June, it is starting to get close to trade season.  The Cubs figure to make a least a couple of moves, and will need to use their minor league surpluses to do so.  The substance of those moves could depend on the Continue reading Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

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Full season minor league baseball is a week old already, with all four of the Cubs teams kicking off.  And before the painted lines could dry, it seems as though Kris Bryant is being called to Chicago. On another note, Javier Baez is still away from the Iowa Cubs, as he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

Minor League Recap 5/8 – 5/15

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Well, let’s get right into it…C.J. Edwards is still being held out with shoulder stiffness.  Obviously, that’s not exactly what we wanted to hear about Edwards.  However, with the abundance of caution taken with Jake Arrieta, this isn’t a big surprise.  In the mean time, let’s continue to hope that’s Continue reading Minor League Recap 5/8 – 5/15

Minor League Recap 4/18 – 4/23

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The most eventful week of the minor league season brought the return of Javier Baez from the disabled list, the debut of Pierce Johnson with the Smokes at Double A, and Corey Black taking another no-hitter to his pitch limit.  Albert Almora and Kris Bryant both brought six game hitting Continue reading Minor League Recap 4/18 – 4/23

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 Recap: 4/3 -4/11

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All of the Cubs’ full season minor league clubs have started their seasons in the last week, and only the Kane County Cougars have gotten out of the gate with a winning mark.  While it is still so incredibly early and there is not a lot of substance to discuss, Continue reading Minor League Recap: 4/3 -4/11

Young Pitching Can Accelerate Cubs Timeline

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All we have heard about since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have taken over is a business plan and a baseball plan matching up and this magical time of “the plan” all coming together.  The baseball side of that has revolved around Javier Baez, who Epstein and Hoyer inherited, followed Continue reading Young Pitching Can Accelerate Cubs Timeline