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Why Trading Justin Ruggiano was the Right Move
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Per Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs finalized a deal to send OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for, minor league RHP, Matt Brazis yesterday. The deal does not come as a huge shock as we have been talking about the Cubs logjam in the outfield for...

Chicago Cubs Off-Season Report: Winter League Updates
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League has come and gone but the various winter leagues of the Caribbean are well under way. The Chicago Cubs have plenty of young players getting extra reps before spring training, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez in particular: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 4 .357 .412 1 3 0 Lake DR 38 .256 .405 2 12 20 Ramirez DR 38 .300 .402 6 25 0 (Stats per MLB.com) Alcantara, Lake and...

Bold Predictions: Bill James’ Projections for the 2015 Cubs
December 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Projecting future performance in baseball has traditionally been about gut feeling and roughly right science, but thanks to Bill James’ sabermetric calculations we now have shockingly accurate projections for modern players. Here are what James’ calculations predict for some of the Chicago Cubs’ hitters in 2015: Player .ave .obp 2B HR RBI SB Alcantara .259 .317 38 19 70 32 Baez .242 .298 33 32 75 18 Rizzo .274 .362 39 34 99 6 Castro .284 .329 34 12 63 9 Soler .247 .330 36 28 94 2 Valbuena .241 .328 25 12 45 n/a Castillo .259 .323 23 14 53 n/a (Projections per cubbiescrib.com) As you can...

Down on the Farm: Where the Cubs Rank in the NL Central
November 29th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We have been hearing for over a year now about how talented the Chicago Cubs’ farm system is and in 2014 we got to see a number of the organization’s top prospects make their MLB debuts. But just how good is the Cubs’ system? Here’s a look at how they...

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...

MLB Whispers: Cubs in “Serious” Talks for Nats’ Zimmerman
November 12th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times and other sources, the Chicago Cubs are in “serious” talks with the Washington Nationals about starting pitcher,Jordan Zimmerman. Talks are still in the preliminary stages, but it is believed that the Nats want a package including one of the Cubs' young middle-infielders...

Making the Jump to the Big Leagues
November 11th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** There is overwhelming optimism surrounding all of the Chicago Cubs’ young talent, and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement. All of the Cubs’ rookies and soon-to-be rookies have performed well at the higher levels of the minor leagues, but those numbers are by no means a...

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...

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...

Making Manny Ramirez’s Case to Join the Cubs’ MLB Staff
October 9th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have begun their search for a new hitting coach after Bill Mueller’s departure and, although Theo Epstein said that Manny Ramirez is not being considered for the position, there is a solid argument to be made for adding Manny to the Cubs’ staff in another capacity. ...

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...

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,...

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...

Theo Epstein Believes the Cubs Can Win the NL Central in 2015
October 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ president, Theo Epstein stated this week that he believes his team can win the National League central division in 2015. The Cubs finished in last place in the central this season with a record of 73-89 and were marked by wild inconsistency all summer. That’s not...

Is Jorge Soler the Real Deal?
October 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs rookie, Jorge Soler took the league by storm when he was promoted to the big leagues on August 27th, but a slow decline in the final weeks of September has us wondering, is he the real deal or not? Period At bats .ave HR RBI August 15 .533 3 7 September 74 .243 2 13 Last seven 21 .143 0 2 Total 89 .292 5 20 (Stats per ESPN.com) Soler wasn’t the only Cubs’ rookie...

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’ 2014 Rookie Wrap Up
September 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 2014 was the “year of the rookie” for the Chicago Cubs with 10 players making their major league debuts this summer. The majority of whom figure to play a role in the team’s future plans. Player Games .ave .obp HR RBI Arismendy Alcantara 70 .205 .254 10 29 Javier Baez 52 .169 .227 9 20 Rafael Lopez 7 .182 .286 0 1 Jorge Soler 24 .292 .330 5 20 Matt Szczur 33 .226 .273 2 5 (Stats per Cubs.com) The Cubs’ rookie bats left something to be desired...

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...

Chicago Cubs Have Shown Flashes in 2014
September 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** On the whole, 2014 has been a disappointing year for the Chicago Cubs. With four games left in the regular season, the team is 18 games under .500, their two best players have missed nearly a month a piece, two of their regular starting pitchers have ERA’s over 5.00 and...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 23rd
September 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ starter, Travis Wood allowed six earned runs in last night’s 8-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. With that start, Wood has now allowed five or more earned runs in nearly a quarter (22.6%) of his starts this season. 2. Former Chicago Cubs’ centerfielder, Emilio Bonifacio stole...