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Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, by the Numbers
October 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs retired the number 31 in honor of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux. Only two other teams have retired the same number for multiple players; the Cincinnati Reds retired number 5 in honor of Johnny Bench and Willard Hershberger, and the New York Yankees retired number 8...

Down on the Farm: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015, Part 1
October 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, we mentioned a number of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects who are on the verge of making their major league debuts (or joining the big league squad full-time in the case of Vizcaino): Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, CJ Edwards, Arodys Vizcaino, Pierce Johnson, and Albert Almora. All are capable...

Fan of the Week: Prospects to Watch in 2015
October 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Another week has flown by and it’s already Friday! This week’s Fan of the Week is Sam Griffin. Sam has been on top of his game lately, being the first person to "LIKE" almost all of our articles on Facebook this week! Here is Sam’s paragraph of airtime: Thank you for...

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...

Addison Russell Taking Reps at Second Base
October 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There is no doubt that Chicago Cubs’ prospect Addison Russell has the best hands in the Cubs’ organization, and it has long been thought that he would be the team’s shortstop of the future. However, that may not be the plan anymore. Since reporting to the Arizona Fall League, Addison...

Javier Baez Does not Have a Strikeout Problem
October 16th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** All fall, we have been discussing Javier Baez’s excessive and exorbitant strikeout totals. The facts are that Baez struck out 95 times in 213 at bats (52 games) and set a major league record for the most strikeouts in a 43 game period (78 strikeouts). Baez’s numbers and swing have...

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. ...

The Drive Home, Addison Russell is the Best Defensive SS in the Cubs’ Organization
October 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Addison Russell is the best defensive shortstop in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, hands down. That’s not meant to take anything away from the improvements that Starlin Castro has made every year or from Javier Baez’s impressive athleticism; it’s just a fact. Addison Russell is so sure handed at shortstop that...

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...