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2014 Assume the Position: 2B

2014 Assume the Position: Catchers First Base 2013 Assume the Position: Second Base       Last Year 2014 Career (MLB)   Name Age (2014 season) AVG OBP SLG wOBA Oliver wOBA AVG OBP SLG wOBA MLB Barney 28 .208 .266 .303 .252 .279 .246 .293 .336 .278 AAA Watkins 24 .243 .333 .379 .325 […]

2014 Assume the Position: C

It's the second annual (holy shit, I've been blogging over a year) installment of Assume the Position! I don't plan on making many changes since last year, though I imagine I'll have to edit these a bit as the last few signings or so trickle in. The one thing I will do is just remove the […]

Baseball Prospectus' Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Jason Parks has published his top 10 Cubs prospects list with scouting reports and it's fairly impressive. I'll only quote Baez's future potential since it's a subscription site.  Baez might lack Buxton’s overall athleticism or Bogaerts’ polish, but the 21-year-old Puerto Rican might have the highest offensive ceiling of any player in the minors, a […]

BP's top 10 Cubs prospects + consensus Top 14 prospects

The BP list came out, and it's a great read. Here it is, but a sub is required. I recommend getting a subscription; it really is great work. I won't share any of the bits besides the Top 10 list: 1. Baez 2. Bryant 3. Almora 4. Soler 5. Edwards 6. Alcantara 7. Johnson 8. […]

Marc Hulet's Top 10 prospects

I'm not a huge fan of the Hulet rankings, but they are still worth something. His Cubs list is right here, and it's interesting at the end. 1. Javier Baez (70) 2. Kris Bryant (70) 3. Albert Almora (65) 4. Jorge Soler (60) 5. Arismendy Alcantara (60) 6. Pierce Johnson (55) 7. C.J. Edwards (55) […]

John Sickels' Top 40 Prospects, by position

John Sickels whittled his Cubs prospect list from 49 to 40. Here's the list, not sorted alphabetically or via actual ranking, but just by what position they play. First Base Rock Shoulders Daniel Vogelbach Second Base Arismendy Alcantara Gioskar Amaya Logan Watkins Shortstops Javier Baez Gleyber Torres Third Base Kris Bryant Jeimer Candelario Mike Olt […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 11/4/13 and 11/5/13

Mesa 5 V Salt River 4 (8 innings – rain) Jorge Soler: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SO Jorge Soler grounds out, second baseman Ryan Brett to first baseman Kyle Parker. Jorge Soler grounds out, third baseman Richie Shaffer to first baseman Kyle Parker. Jorge Soler doubles (5) on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Tim […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 11-1-13

Peoria 5 @ Mesa 4 Albert Almora: 2-4, 2B, 3B, BB, K Albert Almora doubles (5) on a line drive to right fielder Lane Adams. Albert Almora walks.  Albert Almora flies out to center fielder Aaron Altherr. Albert Almora strikes out swinging. Albert Almora triples (2) on a line drive to center fielder Aaron Altherr. Wes […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10-31-13

Lots of the Cubs top prospects getting game action on this Halloween. Kris Bryant: 1-4, BB, 2K, 2 R Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Kris Bryant grounds out, shortstop Alen Hanson to first baseman Angel Villalona. Kris Bryant walks. Kris Bryant singles on a soft ground ball to catcher Peter O’Brien. David Freitas to 3rd. […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/30/13

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 0 Wes Darvill: 1-5, 2 R, SO Wes Darvill strikes out swinging. Wes Darvill singles on a line drive to right fielder Cory Vaughn. Wes Darvill reaches on a fielding error by second baseman Tommy La Stella. Tyler Collins scores. Wes Darvill to 2nd. Wes Darvill grounds out, second baseman Tommy […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recaps 10-26-13

No Cub did much of importance, but here they are anyway. Surprise 6 @ Mesa 1 Albert Almora: 0-4 Albert Almora flies out to right fielder Dariel Alvarez. Albert Almora grounds out, second baseman Mookie Betts to first baseman Brett Nicholas. Albert Almora strikes out swinging Albert Almora grounds out to first baseman Brett Nicholas. […]

Do Arizona Fall League (AFL) Stats Mean Anything?

Be sure to enter the OV Free Agent Contest. It ends when the World Series ends. The Cubs, along with all the other teams, have several well known prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) right now. They're about 10 games into their season and we've been recapping those games here. There are a […]

Kris Bryant is good at sports: Cubs minor league recap 10-25-13

Big days for Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler. Mesa 7 @ Peoria 5 Albert Almora: 0-4, BB Albert Almora flies out to left fielder Stefen Romero. Albert Almora grounds into a force out, shortstop Nolan Fontana to second baseman Cory Spangenberg. Max Muncy out at 2nd. Albert Almora walks. Max Muncy to 2nd. Albert Almora […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/22/13

Kris Bryant now leads the league in avg, HR, and RBI. Triple Crown! Kris Bryant: 2-4, RBI, 2 SO Kris Bryant singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder Tyler Naquin. Brian Goodwin scores. Tyler Collins to 2nd. Kris Bryant called out on strikes. Kris Bryant singles on a sharp ground ball to left […]

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