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

Lineup Notes 4/4 vs. Angels

Today is the day. Opening Day for the 2016 Chicago Cubs. I, like many others, am excited to be writing what could be the first post of a year that ends all of the pain and suffering for Cubs fans and players alike on their journey to the World Series.

While there is plenty of time to get sentimental throughout the year about Chicago Cubs baseball, the first game is tonight and we have important things to get to such as Lineup Notes: Opening Day edition! Continue reading

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