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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...

Luis Valbuena is a Force to Be Reckoned With
August 28th, 2014 at 3:55 PM
***PHOTO1*** Early on in the 2014 season it looked like, Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, Luis Valbuena had finally shaken his label of being a “4-A” player (a player who succeeds at AAA but not in the major leagues). Valbuena was hitting in the .280’s through the month of May and was...

Cubs’ Prospect Kris Bryant Reaches Another Milestone
August 15th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Meet the new captain of the Bomb Squad. His name is Kris Bryant. In case you have been under a rock all summer, the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect has been disgracing the family names of minor league pitchers all summer and he has reached yet another milestone. Bryant’s...

Kris Bryant is More than Ready for the MLB
August 7th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that Javier Baez has made his major league debut many fans have begun to shift their attention to the next big call-up.  Chances are that it will be Jorge Soler, possibly as soon as September, but it is Kris Bryant who continues to captivate baseball fans.  Bryant, 22, is...

Baez Moves to 2B & Bryant is Forcing His Way to the MLB
July 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
The Chicago Cubs’ plans for the future became a little clearer this week when Iowa Cubs’ manager Marty Pevey told Tommy Birch that Javier Baez would be “playing the majority of the time” at second base for the remainder of the season.  Baez has already played four games on the...

Prospect Update: Kris Bryant Hits 30th Home Run
July 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Remember when everyone was a bit nervous about Kris Bryant’s first week with the Iowa Cubs.  He got off to a slow start (aside from hitting home runs) hitting about .217 and was striking out A LOT.  Well, I think it’s safe say that Bryant has figured it out.  He...

The Killer B’s are Heating Up
July 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Killer B’s nickname was made famous by the Houston Astros of the early 2000’s but it looks like it may be the Chicago Cubs who take on that nickname going forward.  Cubs’ top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant are both tearing up AAA and hope to be doing...

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Theo Epstein is Lying to Us
June 26th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last week, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein said that, top prospect, Kris Bryant will not be playing in Chicago this season.  That is a blatant lie.  Now, Theo is absolutely saying the right thing but that is not how it is going to play out.  We mapped out Kris Bryant’s...

Javier Baez & Kris Bryant Selected to Play in Futures Game
June 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It was reported yesterday by Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago that Chicago Cubs top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have been selected to play in the Futures Game on Sunday July 13th, part of  the MLB all-star weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Baez and Bryant are both with the Cubs AAA...

Chicks Dig the Long Ball: Kris Bryant Update
June 25th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant must have really taken the phrase, “Chicks dig the long ball,” to heart because all he has done since arriving at the Cubs AAA affiliate (Iowa) is hit home runs.  Literally, that’s all he has done.  The 22-year-old third baseman has played five games for the Iowa Cubs...

Chicago Cubs Promote Kris Bryant to AAA
June 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Its official, the Chicago Cubs promoted top prospect Kris Bryant to AAA Iowa today (per Matt Snyder of CBS Sports).  The move doesn’t come as a surprise to most but the sight of progress is what is making Cubs fans everywhere get a little giddy.  Bryant has been destroying AA...

The Cubs 3rd Base Problem: Mike Olt… Ugh
June 13th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Thank goodness for Luis Valbuena’s emergence as a stud for the Chicago Cubs at the hot corner because Mike Olt has been painful to watch.   Over his last ten games, Valbuena is hitting .419 and has raised his season average from .263 to .288.  Mike Olt on the other hand,...

When Will Kris Bryant Be Called Up?
June 9th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is having an incredible year at AA Tennessee.  He’s playing so well (and given the Cubs current situation at 3rd base) that many are wondering when we could see him manning the hot corner at Wrigley.  So far this season Bryant is hitting a monstrous...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 3
June 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Here in part three of “Cubs that Need to Go” we have two more moves that the Chicago Cubs need to make before the July 31st trade deadline.  Take a look.   Emilio Bonifacio: Emilio Bonifacio may be the Cubs most valuable trade chip (aside from Jeff Samardzija) at this point in time. ...