Eight years ago I attended a Peoria Chiefs baseball game that featured Junior Lake and Josh Vitters. It was my first ever taste of the crazy experience they call Minor League Baseball. At the time, the aforementioned Vitters and a guy by the name of Brett Jackson (oof.) were the two of the top rated prospects in the Chicago Cubs minor league system. Not only that, but the two prospects were among the best in all of baseball. 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
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.
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
So the lineup for the first real Spring Training game on Thursday against the Brewers was released and there are a few things to look out for: Continue reading