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The Chicago Cubs’ 2015 All-Prospect Team

April 1st, 2015 at 3:31 PM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs “bright future” is just around the corner as the team’s top prospects are now reaching the higher levels of the minor leagues and even the big leagues. Here is a look at what the Chicago Cubs’ all-prospect team looks like heading into the 2015 season (*MiLB levels are projected starting point in 2015. Only players with rookie status still intact are eligible).

Player

Org. Rank

MiLB Rank

MiLB Pos. Rank

Kris Bryant

#1

#2

#1

Addison Russell

#2

#5

#3

Jorge Soler

#3

#23

#3

CJ Edwards

#4

#48

N/A

Kyle Schwarber

#5

#50

#3

Albert Almora

#6

#58

N/A

Gleyber Torres

#7

N/A

N/A

Billy McKinney

#9

N/A

N/A

Dan Vogelbach

#16

N/A

#8

(Rankings per MLB.com)

Of the players listed above, all but Gleyber Torres, who is just 18-years-old, look to be within striking distance of the major leagues (AA or higher). Jorge Soler is the only one is the list that has actually made the jump and after an impressive debut in 2014 and a like Spring Training performance it appears that rightfield will be his for the foreseeable future. Kris Bryant, who also had a fantastic spring should join Soler before the month is over.

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What Number Will Kris Bryant Wear in the MLB?

April 1st, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Kris Bryant was sent down to the minors earlier this week but we all know that he will be back in the big leagues in a few weeks time. The good news of the situation is that this gives us time to speculate about what number he will wear when he finally makes his Cubs debut. Jon Lester and Miguel Montero had to adopt new numbers for the 2015 season because their old numbers are retired up on the foul poles at Wrigley Field (26 and 31 respectively, something that Kris Bryant will have to deal with as well.

So far Bryant has worn #23 and #17 during his time in the Chicago Cubs’ organization (regular season only) but both are held high in Cubs’ history. #23 was retired back in 2005 in honor of, Hall of Fame second baseman, Ryne Sandberg, where as #17 was worn by Mark Grace for 13 seasons. Gracie’s number isn’t retired and it’s been worn a handful of times since his departure in 2000; Will Bryant be next?

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The Impact of Javier Baez’s Absence

April 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The news that Javier Baez will start the 2015 season in AAA appears to have set a number of changes to the Chicago Cubs roster in motion. It has been thought all winter that Baez would be the Cubs’ Opening Day second baseman but now that he will be with the Iowa Cubs there is an opportunity for either Arismendy Alcantara or Tommy La Stella to get an opportunity.

Looking at the way that the Cubs roster is set up right now it appears as though Mike Olt will start at third base, Tommy La Stella will start as second base and Arismendy Alcantara will serve in a super utility role, picking up spot starts and substitutions all over the diamond. For starters, if Baez were on the roster this trio would likely be unable to exist on the Cubs’ 25-man roster.

Player

Games

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

Alcantara

17

.244

.300

2

5

La Stella

19

.356

.431

0

1

Olt

20

.289

.396

3

7

(Stats per Cubs.com)

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Cubs’ Bullpen is Starting to Take Shape

March 31st, 2015 at 11:45 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that 32-year-old LHP Phil Coke has made the Opening Day roster. The Cubs signed Coke to a minor league deal at the start of Spring Training and in eight games (7.1 IP) he has allowed zero runs on just four hits and two walks. According to baseball-reference.com, Coke's opponent quality this spring has been an 8.8.

According to Cubs.com the Chicago Cubs have 31 players on their active roster which means that they will need to shed six more (mostly OF and P's) this week to get that number down to 25. Last season the Cubs carried two lefties in their bullpen in James Russell and Wesley Wright and if they plan on doing the same thing this year then that leaves one roster spot open for Drake Britton, Zac Rosscup or Tsuyoshi Wada. Felix Doubront was released earlier this week and Joseph Ortiz and Eric Jokisch were reassigned to minor league camp.

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The Misconception About the Chicago Cubs’ Depth of Pitching Prospects

March 31st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

It is believed by many that the Chicago Cubs’ pitching pipeline has run dry since the debuts of Kerry Wood in 1998, Carlos Zambrano in 2001, and Mark Prior in 2002, particular given the team's hitter-heavy system right now, but that is a common misconception. The Chicago Cubs have actually produced a plethora of talented pitchers over the past decade; however, many of them have ended up achieving success in their careers with other teams. In fact, the Chicago Cubs will have three of their homegrown products starting opening day for other teams next week:

Jeff Samardzija – Chicago White Sox

The Chicago Cubs made Jeff Samardzija their fifth round pick in the 2006 amateur draft but parted ways with the big right-hander in a trade with the Oakland Athletics last summer that netted the team two top prospects: SS Addison Russell and OF Billy McKinney. Samardzija went 31-42 with a 3.97 ERA in parts of seven seasons on the north side and was named an all-star for his efforts last summer. Due to the injury to Chicago White Sox ace, Chris Sale, Shark has been given the nod to take ball on opening for the southsiders.

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