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Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training Breakout Performers
March 16th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training has been full of surprises for the Chicago Cubs, from Kris Bryant destroying Cactus League pitching to the Cubs’ staff throwing up zeros, and it’s about time we take a minute to recognize the guys who are outperforming our expectations. Matt Szczur – OF Matt Szczur entered Spring Training...

Cubs’ Prospect Schwarber Celebrates Birthday in Style
March 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***VIDEO1*** Yesterday was an exciting day for the Chicago Cubs as they held their Spring Training opener(s) against the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics but, Cubs’ prospect, Kyle Schwarber stole the show. Schwarber, the Cubs’ first round pick from last summer’s amateur draft, turned 22 yesterday and he celebrated...

Let Spring Training Begin! Cubs Welcome Pitchers and Catchers to Camp
February 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The long awaited day is finally here! The Chicago Cubs’ pitchers and catchers will report to the team’s Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona today and will have their first workout tomorrow. Only about half of the Cubs roster will be present (position players are scheduled to report on the...

Spring Training Count Down: Players to Watch Part 1
February 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers will report to the team's Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona in just eight days, and with that in mind lets take a look at some pitchers and catchers who we should keep an eye on. Welington Castillo - C Many thought that Welington Castillo would...

Bold Predictions: Miguel Montero Makes the All-Star Team
February 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Miguel Montero made the National League all-star team in 2014 but his season stats were skewed by a dreadful second half performance. Playing in Chicago should help Montero maintain a high level of performance because of the roster's projected depth and because of the presence of David Ross, who...

Down on the Farm: Schwarber and Vogelbach are Making a Name for Themselves
January 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For the past year or so, whenever anyone has mentioned the Chicago Cubs’ farm system the names that came to mind were Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara. Now that that entire group is either in the major leagues or knocking at the door, the...

Potential Landing Spots for Welington Castillo
January 20th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs proved with yesterday’s trade for Dexter Fowler that they are not done making moves before the start of the season. A deal that is still on the docket is the one involving C Welington Castillo. Castillo became obsolete after the acquisitions of David Ross and...

Bold Predictions: 2015 Will Be David Ross’ Year
January 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When the Chicago Cubs signed C David Ross on December 23rd there were concerns about giving a 37-year-old, backup catcher $5 million over two years, especially after back-to-back season in which he hit below .220. Ross’ primary purpose on the team, obviously, isn’t to be an offensive juggernaut, but...

Cubs Continue to Search for Sleepers: Add Former Red Sox C Lavarnway
December 22nd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Following in the footsteps of low-cost, high-upside acquisitions like Mike Olt, Jacob Turner and Felix Doubront, the Chicago Cubs claimed C Ryan Lavarnway off waivers last week. Lavarnway, 27, was once one of the Boston Red Sox’ top prospects, but after significant trouble adjusting to major league pitching, he...

Cubs Sign Ross Amid Mixed Reports, Develop Catching Logjam
December 20th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Jon Heyman the San Diego Padres snatched David Ross away from the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon thus putting a damper our morning article about Ross’ ability to get the most out of Jon Lester. However, later in the day that report was shot down and, per Carrie Muskat,...

David Ross: the Importance of a Personal Catcher
December 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Amidst all the moves that the Chicago Cubs made this week there are whispers that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are also pursuing, catcher, David Ross. David Ross has been average at best over the course of his 13-year career, but the draw on signing the soon-to-be 38-year-old catcher...

Breaking Down the Cubs’ New Catcher Miguel Montero
December 16th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs acquired Miguel Montero last week when they struck a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but what are they really getting? As we discussed last week, Miguel Montero is not a huge statistical upgrade over the Cubs’ current backstop, Welington Castillo, but his resume is very impressive. Montero...

Bold Predictions: Welington Castillo is Here to Stay
December 1st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs catcher, Welington Castillo has received more than his fair share of criticism this year and many people around Chicago, fans and media alike, have been calling for his job. We discussed previously how, although Castillo did not have an impressive 2014 campaign, much of the criticism against him...

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...