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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...

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...