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How to Alter Javier Baez’s Approach at the Plate
December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez is an incredibly talented kid with a whole box full of tools; a bold statement about someone who didn’t hit his weight and had nearly three times as many strikeouts as hits last year, but hear me out. Those around Chicago who aren’t freaking out about Javier Baez’s...

In the Wake of Boston’s FA Signings, Cubs Look Like Favorites to Land Lester
November 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This afternoon the Boston Red Sox will introduce SS Hanley Ramirez and 3B Pablo Sandoval, thus officially opening the free agent flood gates of the 2014 off-season. The signings will cost the Sox nearly $200 million over the next five years. But how does this relate to the...

Bold Predictions: Chicago Cubs Will Trade Javier Baez Before Opening Day
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of yesterday’s trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs, the mathematicians among us have realized a problem. The Chicago Cubs now have four young, quality middle-infielders in Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and now La Stella. Something has to...

Chicago Cubs Send Scout to See Cuban Stud Moncada
November 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to MLBtraderumors.com, the Chicago Cubs have sent a scout to take a look at Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada. This may be the first that you are hearing of the 19-year-old stud, but it will certainly not be the last. Moncada is expected to make the jump to the major...

Bold Predictions: Javier Baez Will Hit 30 Home Runs
November 10th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez proved to be one of the most dichotomous figures in Chicago this past summer, driving fans wild with his longball potential and pushing them to the brink with his strikeout totals. Who knows when it will all finally click for Javy, but his power is truly impressive. If...

Cubs Send #2 Prospect Russell Home
October 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have decided to cut number two prospect Addison Russell’s fall short and send him home. Russell had been participating in the Arizona Fall League in a effort to gain valuable experience against some of baseball’s best young talent, as well...

Sunday Spotlight: the Importance of Starlin Castro
October 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As the Cubs begin the “turn” in their rebuilding plan (the phase where they begin to compete), the most important player to keep an eye on will be Starlin Castro. So much of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan hinges upon, and will be dictated by, Castro. It appears that...

Addison Russell Taking Reps at Second Base
October 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There is no doubt that Chicago Cubs’ prospect Addison Russell has the best hands in the Cubs’ organization, and it has long been thought that he would be the team’s shortstop of the future. However, that may not be the plan anymore. Since reporting to the Arizona Fall League, Addison...

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 shortstop that...

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 shortstop will...

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...

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 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...

Who is the Better Defensive SS, Castro or Baez?
September 23rd, 2014 at 5:45 AM
***PHOTO1*** The debate over who the Chicago Cubs’ shortstop of the future should be has been put on the backburner since the organization announced that Javier Baez would play second this season, but now that he has logged more than 20 games at shortstop, due to Starlin Castro’s injury, it’s worth...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 22nd
September 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ shortstop, Starlin Castro will finish the 2014 season with 154 hits if he does not return for the team’s final six games. It would be his fourth consecutive season leading the Cubs in hits (2011-’14). 2. Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, Luis Valbuena (a seven-year MLB veteran) has...

Comparing Baez & Soler Through Their First 14 Games
September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The two biggest call-ups made by the Chicago Cubs this year have been Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, without a doubt, but their performances have been drastically different. Javier Baez made a statement during his first two weeks in the big leagues but then fell off quickly; is the same...

Sunday Spotlight: Javier Baez is Showing Improvement
September 14th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Things may finally be turning around for, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez. Baez snapped a 17-game homerless streak on Friday when he hit his eighth bomb of the season off of, Pittsburgh Pirates starter, Gerrit Cole. The Cubs 21-year-old shortstop kept in rolling again last night by hitting a laser...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 11th
September 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez has now played in 36 games at the major league level. After last night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Baez has now recorded at least one strikeout in 30 games. His season high for consecutive games with a punch-out is 13 (he currently...

Props to Rick Renteria for Sticking with Javier Baez
September 9th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been a rough month for, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez. Since his exciting first week, Baez has struggled mightily, racking up gaudy strikeout totals and has been unable to get on base with any kind of consistency. Entering play yesterday, the Cubs’ 21 year old is...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 5th
September 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro is from the city of Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic. However, if you look at his bio on Cubs.com the name of his home town is misspelled; it says he is from “Monte Cristy”. 2. Despite the Chicago Cubs label as the...