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The Drive Home, Addison Russell is the Best Defensive SS in the Cubs’ Organization
October 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Addison Russell is the best defensive shortstop in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, hands down. That’s not meant to take anything away from the improvements that Starlin Castro has made every year or from Javier Baez’s impressive athleticism; it’s just a fact. Addison Russell is so sure handed at...

Bold Predictions: Starlin Castro Collects 200 Hits in 2015
October 6th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Welcome to our first edition of Bold Predictions, a new segment that will be published every Monday morning during the off-season. Today’s bold prediction is that, Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro will collect 200 hits in 2015. 2015 will be the second season in which the Cubs’ 24-year-old...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Youth on the Roster
October 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. By mid-summer next year the Cubs starting lineup projects to look something like this: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, CF Arismendy Alcantara, RF Jorge Soler. When that lineup takes the field, the average age of...

Sunday Spotlight: the Chicago Cubs Closers
October 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs closer situation has been a bit of a mess since the decline of Carlos Marmol, but it looks like they may have finally found their answer this year in Hector Rondon. Since Marmol’s disappearance as an effective closer the Cubs have turned guys like Kevin Gregg,...

A Second Look at the Cubs’ Mid-Summer Blockbuster
October 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It’s always fun to look back on big trades and evaluate who made out better in the exchange. We now have enough information to make an accurate first judgment of this summer’s blockbuster that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Addison Russell,...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Minor League Studs
October 4th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Last month, Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, Kris Bryant was named the 2014 minor league player of the year thanks to an incredible campaign between AA and AAA. Here is a look at what the past winners of the award (hitters only) have done since being promoted to the big...

Down on the Farm: Rookies to Watch for in 2015
October 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs saw a huge influx of rookies on their roster in 2014 and that trend looks to continue in 2015 as they continue to progress with their total rebuild. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Cubs’ still have an unbelievably deep farm system, even without Javier Baez,...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ Catcher(s) of the Future
October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Some people think that the most important position in baseball is the shortstop, some think it is centerfield, some think it is the starting pitcher. They are all wrong. The most important position on the field is your catcher because he is involved in every play and he is in...

Anthony Rizzo Looks to Add More Hardware to His Collection
October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Award season is only just beginning and, already, Chicago Cubs first baseman, Anthony Rizzo is making out like bandit. In the last month, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest player to ever win the Branch Rickey Award; now Rizzo is up for the Hank...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ October 2nd Edition
October 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The trio of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler need to be better if the Cubs are going to compete in 2015. In 146 games between the three of them, they posted cumulative WAR of 0.6, according to baseball-reference.com. Looking at three similar players; SS Jhonny Peralta, CF...

Theo Epstein Believes the Cubs Can Win the NL Central in 2015
October 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ president, Theo Epstein stated this week that he believes his team can win the National League central division in 2015. The Cubs finished in last place in the central this season with a record of 73-89 and were marked by wild inconsistency all summer. That’s not...

Is Jorge Soler the Real Deal?
October 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs rookie, Jorge Soler took the league by storm when he was promoted to the big leagues on August 27th, but a slow decline in the final weeks of September has us wondering, is he the real deal or not? Period At bats .ave HR RBI August 15 .533 3 7 September 74 .243 2 13 Last seven 21 .143 0 2 Total 89 .292 5 20 (Stats per ESPN.com) Soler wasn’t the only Cubs’ rookie...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, October 1st
October 1st, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Even after the major league debuts of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in 2014, the Chicago Cubs still have five prospects ranked in the top 100 by MLB.com; Kris Bryant (3), Addison Russell (5), Albert Almora (36), CJ Edwards (53) & Kyle Schwarber (72). 2. Anthony Rizzo...

Players the Cubs Should Cut Ties with in 2015
October 1st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When your team finishes the season 16 games under .500, there are plenty of changes that can and should be made. The Chicago Cubs will have a number of players cement their roles as starters in 2015 and they have their eye on a number of high-profile free agents, so...

Potential Free-Agent Targets Duel in AL Wild Card Game
September 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Two of the most common names thrown around when discussing the Chicago Cubs’ potential free-agent targets are, Oakland Athletics starter, Jon Lester and, Kansas City Royals starter, James Shields and tonight we have the opportunity to get a look at both of them. Both Lester and Shields will start...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 30th
September 30th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. According to Ace of MLB Stats (@Aceballstats): Cincinnati Reds Closer, Aroldis Chapman struck out 85 of the first 239 batters he faced this season. Atlanta Braves Closer, Craig Kimbrel struck out 94 of the first 239 batters he faced this season. Chicago Cubs shortstop, Javier Baez struck out in...

Minor League Wrap-Up: Cubs’ Top Prospects
September 30th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday we discussed the Cubs’ rookies who made their major league debut in 2014; today we discuss the Cubs’ top prospects to are on the verge. It was a great year for the Cubs’ minor league teams; the Kane County Cougars (A) won the Midwest League championship, the Daytona...

Chicago Cubs’ 2014 Rookie Wrap Up
September 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 2014 was the “year of the rookie” for the Chicago Cubs with 10 players making their major league debuts this summer. The majority of whom figure to play a role in the team’s future plans. Player Games .ave .obp HR RBI Arismendy Alcantara 70 .205 .254 10 29 Javier Baez 52 .169 .227 9 20 Rafael Lopez 7 .182 .286 0 1 Jorge Soler 24 .292 .330 5 20 Matt Szczur 33 .226 .273 2 5 (Stats per Cubs.com) The Cubs’ rookie bats left something to be desired...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 29th
September 29th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo had three hits in yesterday’s 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the ninth time in 2014 that Rizzo had recorded three or more hits in a game. His season high was four (4/9 vs. PIT) 2. In 2014 Starlin Castro played...

Chicago Cubs’ 2014 Year End Wrap-Up
September 29th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ season came to an end yesterday with their 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving them a 73-89 mark on the year. The Cubs’ didn’t exactly have a year to write home about but there were certainly a number of highlights in, Manager, Rick Renteria’s first...