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
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