Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-10-13

Iowa Cubs 3 @ Round Rock Express 2 The Cubs got their first win of the season behind a decent start from Drew Carpenter. Carpenter pitched 5 innings, allowed 3 hits and walked 2 while striking out 4. He gave up 2 runs, both of which were earned. Yioannar Negren pitched 2.2 innings and gave […]

Better Know a Cub: Nate Schierholtz

When Nate Schierholtz signed with the Cubs, he was coming off of two pretty identical seasons:         G PA AB         HR           AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+             2011 27 SFG NL 115 362 335 42 93 22 1 9 […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-9-13

Iowa Cubs 2 @ Round Rock Express 4 The Iowa Cubs are off to a fantastic 0-6 start after losing yet again last night. Chris Rusin threw 6 innings and allowed 7 hits and 4 runs. He walked 4, hit a batter, allowed a home run and struckout only 2. To give up only 4 […]

Jim Callis on Albert Almora

Baseball America's Jim Callis answered a reader's question in one of his recent articles. Asked which of Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, David Dahl and Yasiel Puig had the the best chance for succes, Callis said it was easy. Which is the best bet for success is easy. Almora has the highest floor among that group, […]

Cubs minor leaguers compared to league median age

Baseball America was nice enough to publish the median age for each league in the minor leagues. This is useful information. We often talk about a prospect being young or old for his level. Just look at my writeup on the Kane County Cougars pitching staff. As Baseball America notes, it's rare to find a […]

Chance to win $200 gift card at The Outside Corner on Bloguin

We're glad that we're among your go to destinations for Cubs blogs. Despite my occasional attempts to cover MLB more thoroughly, it ends up failing. Since we don't cover MLB thoroughly, we wanted to suggest you spend some time over at The Outside Corner every now and again. They're in our 5 site rotation of […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-8-13

Iowa Cubs 5 @ Round Rock Express 13 Barrett Loux got the start for the Cubs and he didn't last long. Only an inning. He gave up 3 hits and 3 walks. All of the baserunners scored. He allowed a home runs, struckout 2 and walked 3. Jaye Chapman pitched 2.2 innings, allowed a couple […]

Series Preview: Brewers (1-5) at Cubs (2-4)

The Cubs open their first homestand against a team that is in even worse shape than they are. The Brewers are already missing first basemen Corey Hart and Mat Gamel due to injuries suffered before the season, and in the past week 3B Aramis Ramirez, LF Ryan Braun, and SS Jean Segura have all been banged […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-7-13

Iowa Cubs 3 @ Albuquerque Isotopes 7 Nick Struck walked none, but only struck out 1 and scattered 8 hits across 4 innings en route to a 4 ER performance. Casey Coleman picked up where Struck left off, surrendering 2 ER in 2 IP on a 2-R HR by Scott Van Slyke. Jensen Lewis gave […]

Prospect Profile: Ben Wells

After we started doing the minor league recaps, I quickly noticed that Ben Wells was absent from the list. He's certainly not the best pitching prospect the Cubs have, but he might be the one who is closest to making an impact at the big league level. I'm planning to write at least one of […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: Week 1 Prospect Watch

Each Saturday, I'm going to summarize the weekly performance top prospects at each level. Hopefully, this will give more of a snapshot of how our future Cubs are doing. AAA Brett Jackson's new swing hasn't exactly set the world on fire yet. In 10 PA, Jackson has a line of .111/.200/.111 with a HBP and […]

Cubs short list for 2013 MLB Draft

The 2013 MLB Draft gets under in under 2 months now. The draft is held June 6-8 and the Cubs have the 2nd pick in the draft. It appears the Cubs may have narrowed their choice down to 6 players according to cubs.com. The Cubs have narrowed the list of players they're looking at for […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-6-13

Iowa Cubs 3 @ Alburquerque Isotopes 8 There’s not a whole lot to like about the Iowa pitching staff. Brooks Raley threw 4 innings, allowed 7 hits and 4 runs. He struckout 3 and walked 2. Soon to be 29 year old Yoanner Negrin struckout 3 and walked 1 over 2 innings of work. Zach […]

Postgame Thread: Cubs 5, Braves 1, Cubs Bullpen -5

The Cubs got a good start from Carlos Villaneuva, who struck out 6 and gave up one run in 6.2 innings. Rizzo and Valbuena homered off of Braves starter Julio Teheran, and Nate Schierholtz was inches from adding one of his own. The Cubs were prepared to pour even more on, loading the bases in […]

Anthony Rizzo vs left-handed pitching

Let me start by saying that this post is not the least bit inspired by Anthony Rizzo's 3 strikeouts in 6 plate appearances vs lefties this season. It's 6 plate appearances. That's it. This is something I've been meaning to write since the 2012 season ended and I'm just finally getting around to it. We […]

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