Just three years ago, almost to the day, Cole Hamels was throwing the first no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years. Now he will be suiting up for the Cubs his next time around in the rotation. Late on Thursday night, the team agreed to trade multiple prospects for the four time All-Star. Continue reading
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.
The second half of the season kicks into gear on Thursday with the Cubs taking on the faltering St. Louis Cardinals and that means that we get to kiss the unofficial first half of the season goodbye. But man oh man what a first half it was! Statistically the Cubs have been the best team across the board in the National League, with a record of 55-38 (1st in NL) and team stats of 476 runs, 106 wRC+, .265 AVG, .345 OBP, .771 OPS, and a 20.8 WAR (all best in the NL). The team has proven to be able to hang with a pace that was set by the 2016 World Champion team, but for some reason, it just has not felt that way sometimes.
Adbert Alzolay is the top prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system. The 23 year old right hander profiles as a middle of the rotation starter at the big league level and has the repertoire and pure stuff to get him there. Continue reading
I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, people. “Kris Bryant at leadoff is an abomination” you say?! Well I’m going to break it to you that I think you are dead wrong on this one. My apologies in advance.
First I need to address why I am just now coming out and saying this. Continue reading
The free agent market has been ice cold this year, but that has not stopped the Cubs from making a flurry of minor moves to shore up their pitching depth going into the 2018 season. They may not be flashy transactions, but as we all know, it is much more than just the Opening Day roster that makes an impact throughout the season.
It is often the pitchers that start the season as the number seven or eight starter in the organization or the pitcher stuck in a middle relief role in Iowa that end up playing crucial roles for the team in the dead of the summer. Continue reading
It is no mystery to anyone that the Chicago Cubs front office will be on the lookout for starting pitching options to fill out the voids left in the rotation made by free agents Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. The real question is regarding the way in which Theo & Co. wish to fill out the back end of that rotation. Will it be with top of the rotation starters? Two middle of the rotation guys? Will they let guys come in on “prove it” deals? Continue reading