Cubs Futures Game Participants of the Past

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

System Recap 4/11

Yesterday was a crazy day all across the board for the Cubs system, headlined by a game named Addison Russell. Here is how each team performed on Monday. Continue reading

Kawasaki Added to 40-Man and Optioned, 4 Players to DL

There were quite a few roster moves made Sunday, which isn’t all that surprising with Opening Day today. (Wait Opening Day is today? I hadn’t heard.)

Munenori Kawasaki has had a crazy last few days. After being released and then re-signed to a brand new Minor League contract all in the same day, the middle infielder was added to the 40-man roster yesterday and optioned down to AAA Iowa. It wasn’t covered much when he was picked up, but Kawasaki had one more option year left which can be utilized this season. That can be very helpful when it comes to moving him up and down between Chicago and Iowa due to injuries or other reasons.

Four players were added to the DL yesterday, all of them being of the 15-day variety. Javier Baez will probably start to get some action rehabbing fairly soon as he comes back from his thumb injury.

Christian Villanueva is on the 15-day DL but will definitely be out much longer as he returns from his fractured leg that he suffered early on in the spring.

Dallas Beeler will miss some time due to an arm problem. There isn’t a whole lot of information yet on the injury so the timetable is up in the air, although he did miss the whole spring so that can’t be a good sign.

Newly acquired Aaron Brooks is the last of the quartet to hit the DL, and he is listed as having a hip bruise. Doesn’t sound too serious obviously but people have been out longer for less so we will see. All are retroactive to March 25.

Weekend Recap 3/28

The longest week of our lives are upon us. For some of us that is because we are just getting back from Spring Break and are sitting in class reading this. For others, each day of the next  week is going to drag on because the light at the end of the tunnel that is Opening Day is here. Seven days people, we can do it.

But before we look too far ahead, let’s recap the weekend that was. Continue reading

What to Expect from Ben Zobrist

We all know how big of a free agent signing Ben Zobrist was for the Cubs this offseason. The 10 year veteran adds an element to the lineup that the young and powerful Cubs didn’t really see last season. For a roster sporting a lot of all-or-nothing swingers, Zobrist provides the stability of a high contact guy that actually had more walks than strikeouts last season between Oakland and Kansas City that can also hit at the top of the order and be an on-base guy for Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant to drive in. While the Zorilla provides a lot of positives at the plate for the Cubbies, the real question is how will the utility-loving manager Joe Maddon utilize him this season? Continue reading

Lineup Notes 3/10 vs. Mariners

Joe Maddon is trotting out a team this afternoon against the M’s that actually doesn’t have too many prospects. With nearly all of the starters having some type of Major League experience, here is what the lineup card looks like today: Continue reading