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Soler Proving That Playing Well Silences All Critics
April 25th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Thanks to Javier Baez’s strikeout performance last summer the issue of punch-outs has taken center stage in all discussions about the Chicago Cubs’ offense. Baez’s strikeout totals, aside from being at historic levels, were such an issue because he had become completely unreliable on the offensive side of the...

Youth Movement: Chicago Cubs Just Keep Getting Younger
April 23rd, 2015 at 10:44 AM
***PHOTO1*** When the Chicago Cubs sent Arismendy Alcantara, 23, back to Iowa for some remedial work, one would think that the team would replace him with a veteran on the bench. However, this is the Chicago Cubs we are talking about, so naturally Alcantara’s replacement was, 21-year-old, Addison Russell. It seems...

Addison Russell’s Underwhelming Debut a New Trend for Cubs
April 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Addison Russell, the Chicago Cubs’ #2 prospect, made his Major League debut last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates but didn’t contribute much to the team’s 9-8 victory. Russell, like Kris Bryant, struggled in his first big league game going 0-5 with three strikeouts and three men left on base....

The Impact of Javier Baez’s Absence
April 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The news that Javier Baez will start the 2015 season in AAA appears to have set a number of changes to the Chicago Cubs roster in motion. It has been thought all winter that Baez would be the Cubs’ Opening Day second baseman but now that he will be with...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Send Bryant, Baez, Russell Down to Minor Leagues
March 30th, 2015 at 12:29 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have optioned Javier Baez to AAA and sent down, top prospects, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. Player Games .ave .obp HR RBI Baez 16 .173 .218 1 1 Bryant 14 .425 .477 9 15 Russell 12 .324 .359 1 6 (Stats per Cubs.com) There has been intense speculation over the past couple of weeks about Javier Baez’s status on this year’s roster given his struggles this spring,...

The Importance of the Mental Side of the Baseball
March 28th, 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 wasted away their careers because of mental weakness. Former Chicago Cubs like Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, who were supposed to be Major League stars, ended up as...

How Kris Bryant to LF Impacts the Cubs’ Lineup
March 27th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant made his first ever appearance in the outfield for the Chicago Cubs in last night’s Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Angels and his evening went off without a hitch. People around baseball have speculated that Brant would end up in the outfield since the Cubs drafted...

Chicago Cubs Hitters Who are on the Bubble
March 26th, 2015 at 12:09 PM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this week news broke that Joe Maddon told Javier Baez that he would make the Chicago Cubs’ Opening Day roster; however, Maddon came out a few days later calling the report untrue. Javier Baez will have to play the waiting game a bit longer to find out if he...

How “Legit” Has Kris Bryant’s Breakout Spring Been?
March 26th, 2015 at 5:55 AM
***PHOTO1*** The age-old argument against Spring Training success is that players aren’t playing against major league talent everyday and therefore their numbers aren’t as impressive as they may seem. Kris Bryant, for example, has been out of his mind the past three weeks posting a line of .464/.531/1.500 with nine home...

MLB News: Baez not a Lock to Make Opening Day Roster
March 20th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When asked this week about Javier Baez’s chances to make the Major League roster, Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon responded with, “of course there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team”. In reality, Maddon’s response was more to the effect of dispelling any sense entitlement, not just with Baez, but with...

What to Make of Slow Starts by Cubs’ Core
March 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Spring Training is always full of ups and downs, over and under-performers, and 2015 has been no different. Earlier this week we discussed some of the Chicago Cubs’ players who are having breakout performances, and today we’re going to touch on the slow starts by a number of guys...

How to Solve Joe Maddon’s #2 Hitter Dilemma
March 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday Carrie Muskat reported that, Cubs’ skipper, Joe Maddon has been wrestling with a number of options to fill the two-hole in the lineup but has little idea what he will, ultimately, end up doing. So far Maddon has commented on his use of Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella...

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...

Sunday Spotlight: “Cubs University” Would Be an NCAA Powerhouse
March 8th, 2015 at 11:29 AM
***PHOTO1*** This week, Chicago Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon made reference to his team feeling like a college ball club saying, "It's like running almost an amateur group that's trying to become professionals”. But imagine for a minute if the Cubs actually put out a lineup of college-age players. It’s...

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,...