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Category: ‘Outfielders’

CUBS NEWS: 2015 First Rounder Promoted to A-ball
July 25th, 2015 at 3:57 AM
***PHOTO1*** Ian Happ joined the Chicago Cubs organization less than two months ago and he has already earned his first promotion. After spending the first 29 games of his career with the Eugene Emeralds (A-) Happ's performance has earned him a spot with the South Bend Cubs, in the eyes...

Chicago Cubs’ Future Lies in the Outfield
June 22nd, 2015 at 4:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs had the best minor league system heading into the 2015 season due, in large part, to their abundance of quality infielders but now that Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and the rest of the crop have had their first taste of the big leagues the strength of the...

Cubs News: Injury Bug Bites Again
June 4th, 2015 at 12:21 AM
***PHOTO1*** CUBS NEWS: Wednesday was a tough day for the Chicago Cubs. In addition to the beating the received from the Miami Marlins, a combination of Jon Lester's worst start of 2015 and a too-little-too-late effort from the offense, the team learned that RF Jorge Soler will be heading...

Cubs Hope Szczur’s Talent Transfers to MLB This Time Around
June 2nd, 2015 at 8:55 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ outfielder, Matt Szczur has had a very up and down 2015 season, literally. After tearing up the Cactus League during Spring Training and making the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, Szczur has been sent to Iowa and recalled to Chicago more than anyone in the organization. The...

Down on the Farm: Strong up the Middle
May 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ minor league system was named baseball’s best in the month of April thanks to the fantastic starts by quite a few of their top prospects. In addition to the Tennessee Bash Brothers, the Cubs’ have gotten great production out of a trio of younger players; Albert...

Down on the Farm: Baez and Alcantara
May 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday we discussed a Chicago Cubs’ duo making waves in the Southern League (AA) and today we shift our attention to a duo making a comeback in the Pacific Coast League (AAA). Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara have gotten a late jump on the AAA season for various reasons but...

Soler Power Outage: Cubs Rookie Scuffling
May 5th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When Jorge Soler made his Major League debut last summer he took the league by storm, hitting monster home runs and picking up RBI’s like a veteran right out of the gate. Soler continued his success in the early weeks of this season but has fallen on hard times...

MLB NEWS: Cubs’ Choose Lake Over Szczur and Alcantara
April 28th, 2015 at 10:02 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs announced last night that OF Junior Lake will join the big league team today in response to the demotion of RHP Brian Schlitter. Schlitter, 29, has struggled in his seven outings this year, posting a 9.53 ERA and picking up the loss twice. Lake, on...

Soler Proving That Playing Well Silences All Critics
April 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Thanks to Javier Baez’s strikeout performance last summer the issue of punch-outs has taken center stage in all discussions about the Chicago Cubs’ offense. Baez’s strikeout totals, aside from being at historic levels, were such an issue because he had become completely unreliable on the offensive side of the...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Release Ryan Sweeney
April 7th, 2015 at 1:26 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to the Chicago Tribune and Bleacher Report, the Chicago Cubs have released OF Ryan Sweeney. Sweeney had been in competition with OF Matt Szczur and INF Jonathan Herrera for the final two spots on the Chicago Cubs' Opening Day roster and was the odd man out...

What to Expect from Dexter Fowler Out of the Leadoff Spot
March 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Dexter Fowler will be the Chicago Cubs leadoff hitter in 2015, giving the team a legit threat atop the order for the first time in years. Fowler has led off 404 times in his career but he spent a fair number a games hitting in the middle of the...

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...

Potential Trade Partners for Edwin Jackson
February 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
To the chagrin of Cubs fans everywhere, Edwin Jackson and his $13 million salary are still part of the Chicago Cubs. Jackson will be a hard man to move because of the huge dollar amount that is still owed to him over the next two seasons and because of his...

Spring Training Count Down: Players to Watch Part 2
February 11th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** This morning we covered some of the storylines to watch for when the Chicago Cubs' pitchers and catchers arrive at Spring Training next week and now we're going to take a look at which position players we should keep an eye on when they report to camp on February 24th. Arismendy...

Cubs Earn Representation on Top-10 Outfield Prospect List
January 29th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday it was announced that the Chicago Cubs have the best minor league system in all of professional baseball and today MLB.com released their final top-10 list of the year, outfielders. Chicago Cubs’ rookie right fielder, Jorge Soler landed on the list at number three, behind just Byron Buxton...

Chicago Cubs’ Winter Ball Playoff Wrap-up
January 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Winter ball is officially over. Leagues in the Dominican, Mexico and the Caribbean wrapped up their winter seasons this week (Puerto Rico will finish tonight or tomorrow) allowing us to get one final look at the Chicago Cubs’ players progress before Spring Training starts. Playoff Stats Only Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR - - - - - - Baez PR 14 .217 .266 0 4 3 Lake DR 23 .256 .367 3 12 3 Ramirez DR 15 .224 .367 3 6 0 (Stats per MLB.com) ***PHOTO1*** Overall, it was...

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs and Dexter Fowler Avoid Arbitration
January 23rd, 2015 at 12:28 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs and, newly acquired CF, Dexter Fowler have agreed to a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration. Fowler will make $9.5 million in 2015. He is still scheduled to be an unrestricted free-agent following this season. Fowler was acquired by the Chicago...

Dexter Fowler’s Impact on the Cubs’ Outfield Defense
January 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of the Chicago Cubs acquisition of CF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros there has been some criticism about the 28-year-old’s ability to play defense. Cubsinsider.com has a good article about how Fowler plays the shallowest centerfield in baseball as a possible reason but today we are...

The Chicago Cubs Most Under & Overrated Acquisitions of the Off-Season
January 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have really turned up the heat on their off-season activity in the past month and a half, adding eight new major league players via free agency or trade. All of those moves were made with the intention of improving the club’s chance of winning in 2015...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Meet Dexter Fowler
January 20th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***VIDEO1*** 1. Yesterday the Chicago Cubs acquired switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in an attempt to satisfy their need for a legitimate leadoff hitter. If Fowler is able to reproduce the success he had in 2014 this trade will be remembered as a slam-dunk. .ave vs. LHP .327 .obp vs. LHP .419 .ave...