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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...

Down on the Farm: Breakout Prospects for 2015
February 28th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have one of baseball’s best minor league systems and should be pumping out quality major leaguers for years to come. We are all familiar with the prospects who made their debuts in 2014: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Jorge Soler, and we know plenty...

MLB NEWS: Youk and Manny to Be Part of 2015 Staff
February 24th, 2015 at 10:28 AM
***PHOTO1*** Announced this morning by Carrie Muskat and Bruce Levine, Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez will serve as consultants to the Chicago Cubs in 2015. News broke last week that Kevin Youkilis would be joining the Cubs as a special assistant to the GM but we weren’t 100% sure about...

Bold Predictions: Homegrown Products Will Dominate Cubs’ Future
February 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have proven in recent years that the key to building a contending team, year after year, is a strong minor league system. Having a system that is continuously pumping out major league talent allows teams to reload, as opposed to rebuild,...

Over or Under on Key Cubs’ 2015 Projections
February 14th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this off-season we took a look at what Bill James projects for each player in the Chicago Cubs' lineup but now that the roster has been (more or less) finalized it's time to take another look. Bill James' projections have proven to be eerily accurate over the years and...

Fan of the Week: 2014 Struggles Will Enable 2015 Success
February 13th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** We have made it through another week and the weekend is upon us once again! This week's Fan of the Week comes to us from our pack of twitter followers and has been our most engaged reader over the past few weeks. Congratulations to Scott Griffith (@illini_dad) for...

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...

Predicting the Chicago Cubs’ Opening Day Roster
February 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that football is officially over it’s time for us to turn our attention to baseball! There are so many storylines to follow as the Chicago Cubs prepare for Spring Training but today we are going to take a look at who should be on Joe Maddon’s opening day...

Bold Predictions: Cubs Will Tear up the Base Paths in 2015
February 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs were not a big base stealing team in 2014 but with the roster changes that they have made this off-season 2015 could be a different story. The addition of Dexter Fowler and the prospect of having Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, and possibly Matt Szczur and Junior...

Down on the Farm: Chicago Cubs’ Prospects Pepper the Top-100 List
January 31st, 2015 at 4:46 AM
***VIDEO1*** All week MLB.com has been putting out their lists of the top-10 prospects by position and last night they came out with the, much anticipated, top-100 overall. The list was originally presented live on MLB Network. The Chicago Cubs were recently voted the top minor league system in...

Chicago Cubs’ Winter Ball Playoff Wrap-up
January 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Winter ball is officially over. Leagues in the Dominican, Mexico and the Caribbean wrapped up their winter seasons this week (Puerto Rico will finish tonight or tomorrow) allowing us to get one final look at the Chicago Cubs’ players progress before Spring Training starts. Playoff Stats Only Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR - - - - - - Baez PR 14 .217 .266 0 4 3 Lake DR 23 .256 .367 3 12 3 Ramirez DR 15 .224 .367 3 6 0 (Stats per MLB.com) ***PHOTO1*** Overall, it was...

It is Time to Begin the Countdown to Spring Training 2015
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The winter is a great time of the year if you spend it in the right place but wherever you are, I bet you’re beginning to get antsy at the thought of spring training. The Chicago Cubs have had one heck of an off-season and Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer...

Arismendy Alcantara’s Versatility May Be His Downfall
January 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have a very rare commodity in Arismendy Alcantara. The 23-year-old has the ability to hit from both sides of the plate, hit for average and power, runs well, and has professional experience at four different defensive positions. He’s the kind of player that every manager...

MLB Ramblings: Speculating on Future Moves
January 21st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are not done making moves this off-season. They simply can’t be. Aside from rumors that the Cubs are shopping Welington Castillo & Travis Wood, they still need to solve their outfield logjam. We’re about to throw a lot of moving pieces at you here so hang on: Dexter...

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...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire CF from Houston
January 19th, 2015 at 10:10 AM
***VIDEO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have just acquired CF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in exchange for RHP Dan Straily and 3B Luis Valbuena. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight home runs and 11 steals in 2014. Fowler broke into the league with the Colorado...

Bold Predictions: “We’re Going to Win the N.L. Central”
January 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This past weekend’s Cubs Convention was a huge success and the event gave fans an opportunity to become acquainted with the new-look Cubs but the biggest news of the weekend came out of, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. When asked about his expectations for 2015 Rizzo responded with: “We're...

MLB Comparisons for Chicago Cubs’ Top Prospects
January 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The story of the off-season has been the future of the Chicago Cubs and all the elite prospects that they have working their way through the minor leagues. In 2014 we got our first taste of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler and we won’t have to wait too...

Why Adding Jonny Gomes No Longer Makes Sense
January 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We have previously discussed, on multiple occasions, why OF Jonny Gomes would be a great fit for the Chicago Cubs; he’s a big right-handed bat, has experience coming off the bench & in the playoffs, and he’s a fantastic personality to have in the clubhouse (especially a young one). ...