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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,...

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 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’ 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...

Possible Off-Season Targets for the Chicago Cubs (Non-Pitchers)
September 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a big off-season ahead of them as they look to move out of the cellar in 2015 and compete for a title in 2016. We have discussed the options and possible moves regarding the team’s pitching staff, but we have yet to dive into the...

Cub Fan Friday: Fan of the Week
September 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Happy Friday everyone!! This week’s Fan of the Week is Leah Bell D, who invited the most friends to join our group on Facebook! Like many of us, Leah has already begun to reflect on 2014 and look forward to 2015. Here is her paragraph of airtime: I’m looking for Kris...

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...

Who is the Better Defensive SS, Castro or Baez?
September 23rd, 2014 at 5:45 AM
***PHOTO1*** The debate over who the Chicago Cubs’ shortstop of the future should be has been put on the backburner since the organization announced that Javier Baez would play second this season, but now that he has logged more than 20 games at shortstop, due to Starlin Castro’s injury, it’s worth...

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Catching Prospects
September 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this week, Chicago Cubs catching/outfield prospect, Kyle Schwarber made it known that he believes he can catch at the big league level. A particularly notable announcement given his dwindling time behind the plate as he progressed up through the Cubs’ minor league system and Welington Castillo’s struggles this...

Tonight’s Pitching Match-up: Jackson Vs. Kershaw
September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Tonight Edwin Jackson will face Clayton Kershaw in game two of the Chicago Cubs’ three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the surface, it looks like a lopsided battle, with Jackson in the midst of the worst season of his career and making his first start in nearly a...

Comparing Baez & Soler Through Their First 14 Games
September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The two biggest call-ups made by the Chicago Cubs this year have been Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, without a doubt, but their performances have been drastically different. Javier Baez made a statement during his first two weeks in the big leagues but then fell off quickly; is the same...

Sunday Spotlight: Javier Baez is Showing Improvement
September 14th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Things may finally be turning around for, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez. Baez snapped a 17-game homerless streak on Friday when he hit his eighth bomb of the season off of, Pittsburgh Pirates starter, Gerrit Cole. The Cubs 21-year-old shortstop kept in rolling again last night by hitting a laser...

Wada’s Future with Chicago Cubs is Uncertain
September 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** As we discussed yesterday, the Chicago Cubs have an abundance of internal options to fill out their 2015 starting rotations. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, that field may have just gotten a little smaller. Reports came out yesterday that the Cubs’ will not pick up, 33-year-old starter,...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 11th
September 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez has now played in 36 games at the major league level. After last night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Baez has now recorded at least one strikeout in 30 games. His season high for consecutive games with a punch-out is 13 (he currently...

Props to Rick Renteria for Sticking with Javier Baez
September 9th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been a rough month for, Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Javier Baez. Since his exciting first week, Baez has struggled mightily, racking up gaudy strikeout totals and has been unable to get on base with any kind of consistency. Entering play yesterday, the Cubs’ 21 year old is...