July Has Been the Month of Promotions

The MLB All-Star break is typically the time of year where we tend to see the bulk of the Minor League roster shuffle. At this point, organizations have seen enough and the small sample size alerts are thrown out the window. Half of a season at any particular level is normally enough time for the front office to decide on moving a guy up or down a level in the Minor Leagues.

The 2018 halfway point has been no different. In fact, over the last month or so, we have seen a flurry of roster moves from South Bend all the way up to Iowa. While the number of moves has been impressive, the names that have been moved may be even more crucial to the organization.

Below I’ll give you a rundown of all the moves that have occurred since June 23rd with a brief explanation of why the move is important.

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Here to Confirm that Miguel Amaya is a Top Prospect

Miguel Amaya came into the 2018 season as a hipster pick for some of the Cubs prospect junkies as a guy primed for a breakout season. Absent from several top prospect lists in the preseason, Amaya is now proving that those Cubs prospects hipsters were absolutely right for being so high on him. Continue reading

Baez (the other one) Goes Yard, Hatch & Mekkes Shine for Smokies

It was all about the pitching on Monday night in Tennessee as the Smokies brought home the W in a low scoring 2-1 matchup. It took the former 3rd rounder Thomas Hatch and a trio of high-upside bullpen arms to lock it down. The offense was supplied by one swing, a home run off the bat of the red-hot Jeffrey Baez (no relation to the other red-hot, Javy Baez).  Continue reading

Guess Who’s Back, Corey Black’s Back

Tell a friend. The man who was once acquired by the Cubs as a part of the Alfonso Soriano deal is set to make his return to the diamond on Saturday. According to his Twitter account, he will be throwing to live hitters for the first time since his Tommy John Surgery that kept him off the field for the entirety of the 2017 season. Continue reading

Arizona Fall League Recap & 40-Man Roster Shuffle

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up Saturday afternoon with the Mesa Solar Sox, the squad with all of the Cubs’ prospects, falling to the Peoria Javelinas by a score of 8-2. While watching Cubs prospects make it all the way to the league’s championship game is fun, the most important thing is seeing each player’s individual success (or lack thereof) while down in Mesa. Continue reading