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Minor League Recap: 4-9-14

Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur is off to a slow start with another 0-5 night and he struck out 3 times. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-3 with a  walk and Javier Baez was 2-4 with a double and a strikeout. Josh Vitters hit his 2nd home run of the season and was 1-3 with a walk and […]

Minor League Recap 4-5-14

Iowa Cubs It was a long night for the Iowa Cubs as they were beaten 11-1. Matt Szczur was 1-3 with a walk, run scored and a strikeout. Arismendy Alcantara was also 1-3 with a double. He also had an error. Javier Baez was 0-2 with 2 strikeouts and was thrown out of the game […]

Minor League Recap for April 4, 2014

I know Myles includes the Cubs, in part because they’re essentially a minor league team and in part because someone requested it. I’m not going to include them. It’s not because I have so much to say about the minor leagues. It’s because I just don’t want to write about them. Emilio Bonifacio? Seriously? No […]

OV Daily Facepalm

Lots of HRs, lots of walks Baez and Olt both hit bombs off of Randy Wolf (video here and here), a not uncommon occurance for Randy Wolf. Olt later hit another bomb against against a Mariners reliever. Likely fifth starter James McDonald issued five walks in 2 2/3 innings in his start last night. First round of […]

OV Daily Facepalm

BA Review of Cubs international signings Ben Badler put up a recap of the Cubs international signings over at BA ($). Most of it is just a collection of scouting stuff we saw back at signing time, but still a good read since I don't remember any of it. Most of what seems new to me […]

OV "Daily" Facepalm

Ted Lilly Added to Cubs front office Ted Lilly signed on with the Cubs FO as a special assistant, and should be around as an instructor in spring training as well as doing some scouting and stuff during the season. Even though he struggled with injuries last year and retired this offseason, he might still […]

Kris Bryant: Good at Baseball

There was very little about today's Cubs game versus the Angels that was worth talking about, but there was a seedling of hope burrowed in the manure of this game. After the "starters" were mostly pulled in the 5th inning or so, we got to see Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, and Kris […]

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. […]

Javier Baez and projections

It's the season of projections and they're all starting to come out or already have. About ten days ago I was looking at Javier Baez's page on Fangraphs and saw that Oliver projected him to have a .336 wOBA (109 wRC+) and 4.2 fWAR. Of course, about 15 runs of that was defense and from […]

Daytona Cubs named Baseball America's 2013 Minor League Team of the Year

In what seems to me to be a fairly unsurprising choice, Baseball America named the Daytona Cubs as 2013's Minor League Team of the Year. The article is free here, and absolutely worth a read. The important part: The season included special moments such as shortstop Javier Baez’s four home run effort on June 10 […]

Cubs shopping Castro for pitching?

Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog is reporting that the Cubs are looking for pitching in a Starlin Castro trade, 'according to people familiar with the organization'. With Javier Baez breathing down his neck much more quickly than expected and the equally fast-moving Kris Bryant blocking Baez from moving to 3b, the Cubs might have to make up their […]

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 […]

Stars of Tomorrow: 10/24/13

Scottsdale 4 v Mesa 7 Jorge Soler: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, SO Jorge Soler singles on a ground ball to left fielder Robby Hefflinger. Brian Goodwin scores. Devon Travis scores. C. Cron to 2nd. Jorge Soler singles on a line drive to left fielder Robby Hefflinger. Tyler Collins to 2nd. Jorge Soler singles on a […]

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 […]

Kris Bryant, Man: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/21/13

Only 2 Cubs played. Kris Bryant is a good baseball player. Kris Bryant: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SO Henry Urrutia grounds into a double play, third baseman Kris Bryant to first baseman C. J. Cron. Garin Cecchini out at 3rd. Kris Bryant walks. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Kris Bryant walks. Kris Bryant doubles […]

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