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The Chicago Cubs’ Minor League Excellence
November 18th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s youngest teams and have yet to reach their collective potential at the big league level; however, big things are expected from the 2015 group, and for good reason. A number of the Cubs’ current players put up outstanding numbers in their final minor...

Anthony Rizzo’s 5K for Cancer a Huge Success
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo has proven to be one of the most upstanding men in baseball since he began his big league career in 2011. This season, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest winner of the Branch Rickey Award. Yesterday morning, he...

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...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Will Hit 25 Big League HRs
November 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Regardless of whom the Chicago Cubs bring in this off-season, the story of 2015 will be Kris Bryant. Cubs fans have been waiting to see this kid at Wrigley Field since the team selected him second overall in the 2013 amateur draft. The way that he has destroyed minor league...

Chicago Cubs Shake up the 40-Man Roster
October 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Amidst all the rumors and speculation that surrounded the Joe Maddon Situation yesterday, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made some concrete moves with concern to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster. Per CBS Chicago, The Cubs removed OF Ryan Kalish, RHP James McDonald, INF Chris Valaika and INF Josh Vitters from...

What Ever Happened to Bryan LaHair?
October 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Back in 2011, the Chicago Cubs thought they had found a diamond in the rough in 28-year-old first baseman Bryan LaHair. He was relatively unproven at the big league level, but LaHair had proven to be one of the best minor league talents in baseball: Year Team Level .ave .obp HR RBI 2009 SEA AAA .289 .354 26 85 2010 CHC AAA .308 .385 25 81 2011 CHC AAA .331 .405 38 109 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) LaHair began the...

The Evolution of the Chicago Cubs’ Lineup
October 22nd, 2014 at 6:47 AM
***PHOTO1*** The last time the Chicago Cubs made the playoffs feels like a lifetime ago, but the reality of the situation is that the Cubs were one of baseball’s best teams back in 2008. The team’s decline after that season was swift and devastating, as they went from finishing 7.5 games...

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...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Prospects Who Will Be Moved
October 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Reading into Chicago Cubs’ president Theo Epstein’s comments over the past month, it looks like the Cubs are just about ready to compete for a division title. Part of making that push could involve favoring major league talent over minor league talent, which means that the Cubs could look to...

Bold Predictions: the Cubs Will Be a Top-5 NL Offense in 2015
October 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ biggest shortcoming in 2014 was their offensive production. The Cubs ranked near the bottom in almost every offensive category in the National League this past summer, but we predict that they will turn it around in 2015. Stat .ave .obp .slg HR K’s Runs/g NL Rank 12th 13th 7th 2nd 15th 12th (Stats per baseball-reference.com) The whole offensive approach will be different...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Youth on the Roster
October 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. By mid-summer next year the Cubs starting lineup projects to look something like this: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, CF Arismendy Alcantara, RF Jorge Soler. When that lineup takes the field, the average age of...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Minor League Studs
October 4th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Last month, Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, Kris Bryant was named the 2014 minor league player of the year thanks to an incredible campaign between AA and AAA. Here is a look at what the past winners of the award (hitters only) have done since being promoted to the big...

Down on the Farm: Rookies to Watch for in 2015
October 4th, 2014 at 6:00 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 total rebuild. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Cubs’ still have an unbelievably deep farm system, even without Javier Baez,...

Anthony Rizzo Looks to Add More Hardware to His Collection
October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Award season is only just beginning and, already, Chicago Cubs first baseman, Anthony Rizzo is making out like bandit. In the last month, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest player to ever win the Branch Rickey Award; now Rizzo is up for the Hank...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ October 2nd Edition
October 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The trio of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler need to be better if the Cubs are going to compete in 2015. In 146 games between the three of them, they posted cumulative WAR of 0.6, according to baseball-reference.com. Looking at three similar players; SS Jhonny Peralta, CF...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, October 1st
October 1st, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Even after the major league debuts of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in 2014, the Chicago Cubs still have five prospects ranked in the top 100 by MLB.com; Kris Bryant (3), Addison Russell (5), Albert Almora (36), CJ Edwards (53) & Kyle Schwarber (72). 2. Anthony Rizzo...

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’ 2014 Year End Wrap-Up
September 29th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ season came to an end yesterday with their 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving them a 73-89 mark on the year. The Cubs’ didn’t exactly have a year to write home about but there were certainly a number of highlights in, Manager, Rick Renteria’s first...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ First Baseman, Anthony Rizzo
September 28th, 2014 at 1:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been an uphill battle for the Chicago Cubs’ offense all season long but Anthony Rizzo has persevered though it all. The Cubs’ bats went silent last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, mustering only one run on five hits. The lone RBI and two of those hits...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 26th
September 26th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Of the nine players who started for the Chicago Cubs on opening day (Welington Castillo, Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Mike Olt, Junior Lake, Emilio Bonifacio, Nate Schierholtz and Jeff Samardzija) only three have spent the entire 2014 season with the Chicago Cubs (Castillo, Rizzo & Castro). The...