Contreras Hits the DL, Vic Caratini Back Up to Chicago

The trade that involved veteran catcher Alex Avila coming over to Chicago is making Theo Epstein look like a bigger genius than what we already knew he was. Avila will step into the starting role following an injury to hot hitting Willson Contreras on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Montero DFA, Caratini Gets the Call

What a day for the boys in blue. Tuesday night, after a game that saw three different Washington Nationals swipe a total of seven bases, Miguel Montero exploded in his interview with the media. He pinned the blame for the stolen bases on his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, who is known for being exceptionally slow in his delivery to home plate.

In the interview, Montero said “It really sucks because the stolen bases go on me,” and followed by making a jab at Arrieta, “Yeah, but my pitchers don’t hold anybody on.”

While no one is going to say that Miggy is lying, his 0-31 caught stealing record is not helping his side of the story. The main problem here is that Montero was basically throwing his teammate under the bus to the national media. The conversation could have and should have taken place behind closed doors. With Cubs fans all over still talking about what Montero had to say, a much more important voice hopped into the conversation early Wednesday morning. Continue reading

Promotions, Injuries, and Awards

Monday brought all sorts of action down on the farm, with Iowa providing most of the news updates.

First of all, Cubs closer Wade Davis was placed on the paternity list. To shore up the bullpen with Davis out, Dylan Floro was called back up the Chicago. This was his third stint with the Cubbies and it was a short one as Floro was sent back down on Tuesday to make room for The Machine to return. 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