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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...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Makes Opening Day Roster
March 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant’s status within the Chicago Cubs organization has been one of the most hotly contested topics of the off-season and has even gained the attention of the MLB player’s union. Kris Bryant, himself, has stoked the fire with his unbelievable performance during the first two weeks of Spring...

Kris Bryant’s Rank Among MLB Third Basemen
February 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant’s status on the MLB roster will be one of the most hotly debated topics of the Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training this year. Bryant, currently ranked as the no. two prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, is the best third basemen in the entire Cubs organization but he...

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...

Mike Olt & the Chicago Cubs’ 3B Situation
February 10th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** As it stands right now, Mike Olt is the only player on the Chicago Cubs' roster with experience at third base and looks to be the favorite to start for the Cubs on opening day. Mike Olt was the Cubs' starting third baseman on opening day in 2014 but...

The Drive Home: Why Mike Olt Benefits Most from Fowler Trade
January 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs made a Splash by acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros and, hopefully, solving their leadoff problem yesterday. This move has all the potential to benefit the Cubs as a team but tonight we are driving home why it will also benefit 3B Mike Olt. Mike Olt...

Down on the Farm: the Cubs’ Rookie Trio for 2015
January 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 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 rebuilding plan. Even after the promotions of Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara last summer the Cubs still have an...

Down on the Farm: Bill James’ Projections for Kris Bryant
December 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to pumping out his 2015 projections for the Chicago Cubs’ current lineup, Sabermetric guru Bill James also calculated what to expect from Kris Bryant in 2015. Predicting Bryant’s stats in 2015 are particularly difficult because he has no prior MLB experience and we do not know how the...

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: 2015 Will Be Valbuena’s Last in Chicago
November 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When talking about the valuable trade assets that the Chicago Cubs have, most think of the organization’s minor league hitters (the young shortstops in particular). However, many will overlook the major league talent that the Cubs have that could be made available in mid-2015. The most valuable of...

Down on the Farm: Bryant is a True Pro
November 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The chemistry element of baseball is often overlooked because of the sports individualized nature. Believe it or not, though, the way that players get along has a huge impact on how well a team performs. That’s why Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have made a conscious effort to add quality...

Down on the Farm: First Round Picks
October 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we head into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ roster will continue to be flooded with young talent from their farm system, many of which have very impressive minor league résumés. Since Theo Epstein took over as President before the 2012 season, the Chicago Cubs have made five first...

The Grind of a Full MLB Season
October 7th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It takes a real man to play the game of baseball. It takes a man, not because the game itself is tough, but because playing 162 games in a summer is incredibly taxing on a player’s body and mind. Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, Luis Valbuena knows this better than most....

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 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 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...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 19th
September 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. It was announced yesterday that, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo has won the 2014 Branch Rickey Award. The Branch Rickey Award “honors individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people”1. At 25 years old, Rizzo is the youngest...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 16th
September 16th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Announced this week, Kris Bryant and Jen-Ho Tseng have been named the Chicago Cubs minor league player and pitcher of the year for 2014. Bryant hit .325 with 43 home runs, 114 RBI, 34 doubles and 15 steals between AA and AAA, while Tseng, 19, went 6-1 with...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 9th
September 9th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs top Prospect, Kris Bryant was named as Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year yesterday after putting up incredible numbers all summer long; .325, 43 HR, 110 RBI, 118 R, 15 steals in 138 games between AA and AAA. Bryant is the first Cub to ever...

Kris Bryant is MiLB Home Run King
September 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, Kris Bryant had an unbelievable summer that managed to exceed the, already high, expectations placed upon him. The Iowa Cubs ended their season on September first with Kris Bryant sitting atop the minor league leader board for home runs. Bryant’s 43 long balls were...