In the middle of the offseason following a World Series championship, the Chicago Cubs went to work to improve their team and work toward defending their title and maintain their role as the team to beat for the 2017 season. How did Theo & Co. do that? By signing Brian Duensing. Continue reading
Now that the Cubs have wrapped up the Crosstown Cup series against the White Sox, we would be missing out on a great opportunity if we did not bring up one of the greatest heroes (or villains) the series has ever seen. Michael Barrett spent three and a half seasons on the North Side between from 2004 to 2007 but may be most well-known for the punch heard round the world. Continue reading
Today we take a look back to the days of TOOTBLANs, funny sounding names, and skinny middle infielders. The gritty double-play combination of Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot often get lumped together as players that overachieved during their time spent at the Friendly Confines. But while neither was a guy that was an All-Star caliber player, they were two players that were fan favorites during their time in Chicago. Continue reading
The 2017 MLB Draft is now just a little more than two weeks away and the Cubs are getting closer to making their decision as to who they will take with picks 27, 30, and beyond. While many people are making their predictions as to who Theo & Co. might select, I figured we could take a look at picks of the past. Going year by year all the way back to Theo Epstein’s first season at the helm in 2012, I will lay out each of the top five Cub selections that season as well as the player that has been the biggest steal of each draft class thus far. Continue reading
To say that the Cubs rotation this season has been less than ideal would be an understatement. We have grown accustomed to seeing the starters allow run after run to score in the first innings of games for the last week or so, but the struggles extend further than just the first inning. The starting rotation ERA currently sits 22nd in all of Major League Baseball (4.28), the WHIP a tad worse than that at 23rd on the list (1.36), and batting average against at an abysmal .259 which sits 26th in the league. Continue reading
Last night was one of my favorite baseball events of the year: the Futures Game. Once a night, every All-Star break, each team across Major League Baseball gets to send a player or two to the game in which some of the best prospects in all of baseball are assembled to face off against each other in a game of USA vs. The World. Every season, the most untouchable prospects are involved, and this year was no different with the likes of Alex Bregman, Andrew Benintendi, and Yoan Moncada to name a few.
This year’s Cubs players included Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario, both representing the World team in the event. While Candelario could not participate due to the fact that he was already called up to The Show. Jimenez on the other hand got to participate and did not disappoint. Jimenez, going 2-3 with a homerun, a double, 4 RBI and an incredible catch in the outfield, made his best case to take home MVP honors only to fall short to Moncada.
With Eloy now directly in the spotlight as the next big Chicago Cubs prospect, it got me thinking about the players the Cubs have sent to the Futures Game in the past and what those players are doing now. I took a look back at the past 10 seasons to see who the represented the Cubs in the Minor League showcase and also looked at their career stats and where they are now. Continue reading
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