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Chicago Cubs Kick the Tires on Arizona’s Montero
November 20th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since missing out on Russell Martin earlier this week, it appears that the Chicago Cubs have turned their attention to Arizona Diamondback’s catcher Miguel Montero, according to arizonasports.com. Welington Castillo, the Cubs’ current catcher, came under fire this summer when he failed to reproduce the success he had in 2013,...

Passing on Martin was the Right Call
November 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** News broke yesterday that C Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a five-year, $82 million dollar deal. The Chicago Cubs were believed to be in the running until as late as Sunday night, but it appears that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer came to their senses and...

Why the Chicago Cubs Should Avoid Russell Martin
November 6th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There have been mixed reports over the past few days concerning the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates’ catcher Russell Martin. Assuming that Martin turns down the Pirates $15.3 million dollar qualifying offer, there will be no shortage of suitors for his services, but will the Cubs be one of them?...

The Drive Home: Why Kyle Schwarber Will Become a Usable MLB Catcher
October 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Going off our Sunday Spotlight, today we are driving home why Kyle Schwarber will develop into a usable MLB catcher. Schwarber, the Chicago Cubs’ 2014 first-round draft pick, split his time between catching and the outfield in 2014 but this weekend it was announced that the Cubs will commit to...

Sunday Spotlight: Kyle Schwarber’s Progression as a Catcher
October 12th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ 2014 first round draft pick, Kyle Schwarber is making news for his play nearly a month after the end of the minor league season. Schwarber has been participating in the Arizona Fall League this month and according to Theo Epstein, in addition to dropping bombs, he is really...

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...

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...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 24th
September 24th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs manager, Rick Renteria announced yesterday that Starlin Castro will not return in 2014. Castro has been out since September 2nd with a high ankle sprain. Originally, Castro thought he could beat the four-week recovery time, but it appears that the decision has been taken out...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Catching Prospects
September 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this week, Chicago Cubs catching/outfield prospect, Kyle Schwarber made it known that he believes he can catch at the big league level. A particularly notable announcement given his dwindling time behind the plate as he progressed up through the Cubs’ minor league system and Welington Castillo’s struggles this...

Cubs’ Prospect Schwarber Wants to Catch in the Big Leagues
September 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Kyle Schwarber believes he has what it takes to be a big league catcher. Schwarber, the Cubs’ first round pick in this summer’s amateur draft, had a dominant summer at the plate and advanced through three levels of the Cubs’ minor league...

Down on the Farm: Kyle Schwarber
September 6th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been an impressive summer the Chicago Cubs’ first round draft pick, Kyle Schwarber. The 21-year-old catcher/outfielder, out of Indiana University, has already advanced through three levels of the Cubs’ farm system and on Thursday was named the Cubs’ minor league hitter of the month for August by hitting...

Minor League Spotlight: Schwarber & Zagunis
August 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** In the spirit of yesterday’s addition of C Victor Caratini, lets take a look at how the Chicago Cubs’ incumbent catching prospects have been performing lately.  After getting off to a red-hot start Schwarber, the Cubs first round pick in this summer’s amateur draft, has cool off significantly since being...

Down on the Farm: Kyle Schwarber Update
July 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs 2014 first round draft pick, Kyle Schwarber, is back in the news today.  After destroying the pitching at (A-) Boise and (A) Kane County, Schwarber has earned his second promotion of the summer began playing for (A+) Daytona earlier this week.  Schwarber now joins top prospects Albert...

Prospect Update: Chicago Cubs’ Catchers Can Crush
July 12th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs used their first and third round selections in this year’s draft to select two college catchers who have impressed so far in the minor leagues.  We have written plenty about how, first round pick, Kyle Schwarber has been embarrassing minor league pitching, and now that, third round...

“Slumping”: Update on Chicago Cubs 2014 1st Round Pick
June 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Lately, Kris Bryant has been the talk of the Chicago Cubs minor leagues with his impressive home run total at AAA (already) but there is an update on Kyle Schwarber’s season as well; “slump”.  The Cubs’ 2014 first round pick has now been with A Kane County for seven games...

Cubs Begin Shopping Samardzija and Hammel
June 15th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Here we are six weeks before the July 31st trade deadline and the market for Chicago Cubs Starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel is beginning to take shape, per Charlie Wilmoth of mlbtraderumors.com and others.  The buzz is that the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are the...

Reviewing the Chicago Cubs Draft: Picks 2 & 3
June 11th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Today we will be taking a look at the Cubs second and third round picks from last Thursday’s MLB draft, Jake Stinnett and Mark Zagunis.  According to Bleacher Report, players drafted in the second round have a 49% chance of making it to the big leagues, and for those drafted...

What to Make of Welington Castillo
June 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Welington Castillo, the Chicago Cubs starting catcher, has been deemed the catcher of the future by many, but is that really the right call?  So far this season Castillo has posted a slash line of .242/.287/.385, which is below the league average of .250/.317/.391, according to baseball-reference.com.  This season has...

Chicago Cubs Claim Pitcher Carlos Gutirrez Off Waivers; Designate Anthony Recker for Assignment
October 24th, 2012 at 9:45 PM
On Wednesday the Chicago Cubs announced that they have added Carlos Gutirrez to the team's 40-man roster. Gutirrez was drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins. In order to make room for their new pitcher, Chicago designated catcher Anthony Recker for assignment. ***PHOTO1*** Gutirrez has been...

Wellington Castillo Deserves to Be Named Chicago Cubs’ Starting Catcher
October 8th, 2012 at 7:32 PM
After trading Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers in 2012, the Cubs need to fill the void he left. Soto was not living up to his early success and a move needed to be made, which the Chicago rightly did. Following the departure, Wellington Castillo stepped up to fill the...