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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...

Cubs to Implement Mental Skills Training: Importance of the Mental Side of the Baseball
February 26th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For a long time baseball has neglected the mental side of the game and for a long time talented players have lost their careers to weak mental states. This week, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon will begin the implementation of the Chicago Cubs’ new mental skills program. The...

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...

Cubs Miss Chance at SS Monopoly
February 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com was the first to break the news yesterday that the Chicago Cubs have missed out on the opportunity for a complete monopoly at the shortstop position. By this we mean that, Cuban phenom, Yoan Moncada has decided to sign with the Boston Red Sox. Don’t feel...

Kris Bryant’s Rank Among MLB Third Basemen
February 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant’s status on the MLB roster will be one of the most hotly debated topics of the Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training this year. Bryant, currently ranked as the no. two prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, is the best third basemen in the entire Cubs organization but he...

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...

Spring Training Preview: Cubs’ Non-Roster Invitees
February 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With pitchers and catchers set to report to Spring Training in less than three weeks the Chicago Cubs announced the non-roster invitees who will be attending camp. According to Comcast Sports Net, the list is as follows: Pitchers Catchers Infielders Outfielders Daniel Bard Kyle Schwarber Kris Bryant Albert Almora Corey Black Taylor Teagarden Jonathan Herrera Mike Baxter Anthony Carter Addison Russell Adron Chambers Jorge de...

Ten Reasons the Cubs Will Be Better than the White Sox in 2015
February 5th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** After a plethora of off-season moves by both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox it looks like .500 baseball is on its way back to Chicago. Both teams finished with a record of 73-89 in 2014 and should improve this year but we have a feeling that the...

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...

Fan of the Week: South Bend Connection
January 30th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
(Photo credit to Rikk Carlson) We have reached the end of another week and it is now time, once again, for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week come to us from our Twitter following and may be the most excited person for the 2015 season;...

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...

Chicago Cubs’ Odds to Sign Cuban Stud Grow Longer
January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
One of the stories lingering just below the headlines for most of the off-season has been the MLB future of, 19-year-old Cuban shortstop, Yoan Moncada, and although no one has been allowed to make any official progress, because of immigration issues, the Chicago Cubs’ chance of landing him appear to...

Fan of the Week: Why the Cubs Should Get David Price
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** Whether you have had a long week or a short week, it’s finally over! This week’s Fan of the Week is a special one for two reasons, 1) today marks the first time that one of our Twitter followers will receive the honor, and 2) he absolutely kill it...

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...