Willson Contreras Gets the Call

On Thursday it was announced that catcher Willson Contreras was being promoted from AAA Iowa while Tim Federowicz was being designated for assignment. The move is very interesting for numerous reasons due to the timing as well as the need for a catcher at this point in the season. But first let’s dig into Contreras. Continue reading

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2016 First Year Player Draft

This year’s draft may have been the the draft with the least amount of hype going in for Cubs fans in nearly a decade. The Cubs didn’t make their first selection until the third round of the draft which means the team was absent from the entire first day. No top 10 pick meant there was no big name prospect that would be heading into the farm system. There was also less hype due to the emphasis being put on the Major League roster. When the team is performing like it is right now, people don’t really care as much about what is going on in Rookie ball in Eugene.

So now that I have just completely turned you off of all draft day excitement, let me tell you that every single draft is important. It doesn’t matter how well your Major League roster is doing or how many straight years you pick at the bottom of the draft, the first year player draft still means so much. Look at the big league roster now. Of course there are first round picks like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and Addison Russell on the lineup card every night, but there are also players that weren’t highly regarded draft prospects. Jake Arrieta (5th), Anthony Rizzo (6th), Ben Zobrist (6th), and Dexter Fowler (14th) were all players that were not highly regarded, but still are making impacts today.

With that being said, there was still plenty to gain for the Cubs the past couple of days when they went out and drafted 38 very talented baseball players. Some will make an impact at the Major League level like Arrieta and Rizzo and some won’t even make it to Double-A. But 40 rounds later, here is your 2016 Chicago Cubs draft class. Continue reading

Plenty of Promotions to Go Around on the Farm

It was a busy day across the entire Cubs system on Wednesday as it was a big day for promotions. With the 2016 MLB Draft starting today, some room needed to be made in the lower levels to account for the new draftees coming in. Obviously the shuffling of players began for entirely different reasons on Monday with the promotion of Albert Almora Jr. to Chicago, but I’ll take you through the moves in the minor leagues that were made yesterday. Continue reading

What to Expect from Albert Almora Jr.

Albert Almora Jr. got his call to the big leagues on Tuesday with Jorge Soler hitting the DL due to his hammy. It has been a roller coaster ride for Almora since he was the first draft pick of the Hoyer and Epstein era in Chicago in 2012. He has gone from future superstar to draft dud back to being a possible MLB starter in just a matter of 4 years. Through all of this though, we seem to forget that the kid is still just 22 years old and has a long career ahead of him. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the Miami native moving forward. Continue reading