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Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/17/13

Only one Cub played today. Albert Almora 1-4, SO, CS Albert Almora pops out to second baseman Cory Spangenberg. Albert Almora singles on a ground ball to left fielder Stefen Romero. With Addison Russell batting, Albert Almora caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Austin Hedges to second baseman Cory Spangenberg. Albert Almora flies out to center […]

What Happened To Castro?

Last season was a lost year for Starlin Castro. While many were optimistic about his ability to take a step forward (myself included), quite the opposite happened. Castro got worse, appreciably, in essentially every way.   OBP BB% K% wOBA Castro 2011 0.341 4.9% 13.4% 0.338 Castro 2012 0.323 5.2% 14.5% 0.323 Castro 2013 0.284 […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/16/13

Mesa 3 v Peoria 1 Kris Bryant: 0-3, BB, 2 SO, SB Kris Bryant walks. With Steven Souza Jr batting, Kris Bryant steals (2) 2nd base. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Kris Bryant flies out to right fielder Jorge Bonifacio in foul territory. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Wes Darvill: 1-4 Wes Darvill singles on […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/15/13

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 4 Albert Almora: 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO Albert Almora grounds out, third baseman Peter O'Brien to first baseman Angel Villalona. Albert Almora walks. With Taylor Lindsey batting, missed catch error by Angel Villalona on the pickoff attempt, Albert Almora to 2nd. Albert Almora hits a ground-rule double […]

Cubs 2013 Positional Breakdowns

It's time to start actually dissecting the major league club (and it's failure to produce at the plate, specifically). I think a good first step is to measure the production they received from each position relative to the other teams in baseball. Catcher The Cubs were near the top of the league in production from […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/14/13

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 6 Kris Bryant: 1-4, R, RBI Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Alen Hanson. Brian Goodwin to 3rd. Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by right fielder Cory Vaughn. Devon Travis to 3rd. Kris Bryant […]

Minor League Roundtable Part 1: The Top 4 Prospects/Trading Assets/Playing SS

This is the first of a many-part roundtable between sitrick, dmick, and myself. We touch on many minor league topics (so many, in fact, that we still haven't finished the roundtable!), the first of which is presented today. Myles: I'm here. What would you like to discuss first? dmick: Our Top 4s? Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge […]

Star of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/10/13

Mesa 8 v Salt River 1 Only Almora and Armando Rivero played.  Albert Almora: 2-5, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI Albert Almora grounds out, third baseman Jake Lamb to first baseman Andy Burns. Albert Almora flies out to left fielder Todd Glaesmann. Albert Almora singles on a ground ball to third baseman Jake Lamb. Albert Almora grounds […]

New York Giants @ Chicago Bears (8:25 ET, NFL Network, 10/10/2013)

I'm going to do a different format for these games. I didn't really like the old one very much. QB Jay Cutler (198 DYAR, 4.7% DVOA, 68.9 QBR, 1,295 yards) Eli Manning (fuck this guy) (-181 DYAR, -24.4% DVOA, 34.2 QBR, 1,338 yards) Eli Manning is my least favorite player in all of sports. Growing […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/9/13

Glendale 9 v Mesa 13 Albert Almora: 4-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI Albert Almora homers (1) on a line drive to left field. Albert Almora doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Jared Mitchell. Adrian Nieto scores. Dixon Machado scores. Albert Almora singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Brent Keys. Albert […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/8/13

I thought it'd be nice to go over the AFL on a daily basis. I can't say I'll get to it every day; however, since many of the Cubs' very best prospects are on the Mesa Solar Sox, it's prudent to discuss. Mesa 8 v Glendale 8 (11 innings) Jorge Soler: 1-6, 2B, RBI, 2 […]

Cano – Barney = 78 Runs

I was reading the solidly-above-replacement-level Yankees blog rlyw.net this morning, and I came across a very interesting table. It listed the Runs Created at 2B for each team this year. I won't reproduce the whole list (seriously, check out that blog, it's interesting), but I share one thing: NYY: 123 RC CHC: 45 RC That's a […]

New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears (1:00 ET, FOX, 10/6/2013)

Last Week The Saints blew the doors off of the Miami Dolphins 38-17. The Bears lost 40-32 the Lions in a game that wasn't very close at all. Bears Run Versus Saints Run Defense Forte had a pretty nice game, but again it was pretty much the result of one really long run (53). 14/95, […]

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (1:00 ET, FOX, 9/29/2013)

Last Week The Lions pulled away in the 4th quarter en route to a 27-20 win at the hapless Redskins. The Bears dominated the Steelers 40-23, though it was closer than the score indicated. Bears Run Versus Lions Run Defense Matt Forte finally broke out against the Steelers, sort of. The bulk of his 87 […]

Cubs Dominate Northwest League Top Prospect List

The first "wave of talent" is almost here, and by that, I mean Baez/Alcantara. The next wave may not be that far afterwards. Baseball America placed 6 Cubs on the list of the Top 20 Prospects of the Northwest League. #1 Kris Bryant #7 Paul Blackburn #9 Yasiel Balaguert #10 Dillon Maples #12 Shawon Dunston, Jr. […]

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