OV "Daily" Facepalm 03-07-2014

Minor League Camp is open 4 squads were on the field yesterday, Iowa down to Kane County. Full rosters courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil. A few words: Due to numbers, some people are a fair bit higher than they will be when the season opens. This is because some of the fringe talent is still […]

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. […]

Minor League Roundtable Part 2: Breakouts and Busts

Part 2 of our Roundtable series discussing all sorts of things relevant to the Cubs Minor League system. Let's get into it, shall we?   Myles: Who do you guys think could breakout next year? I think there's a slam-dunk answer to breakout candidates, but I have a few I'd like to talk about. The one I'm […]

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 […]

2013 Cubs Prospects In Review: Albert Almora

Albert Almora is a right-handed center fielder, and just finished his age 19 season. He stands 6'2-180. He came to the Cubs as the first round pick in the 2012 draft. Taken sixth overall, Almora signed for an overslot $3.9 million to pry him away from a commitment to the University of Miami. Soon thereafter, […]

2013 Cubs Prospects In Review: Christian Villanueva

Christian Villanueva came to the Cubs in the Ryan Dempster deal at the 2012 trade deadline. A J2 signing by the rangers in 2008, Villanueva cuts a less than imposing figure, standing 5'11-160. His 2011 campaign hinted at the potential for surprising pop, however, as he ISO'd .186 for the Rangers' Low-A Hickory affiliate. Combined with his […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-31-13

Iowa Cubs 2 @ Nashville Sound 7 This is what I get for talking up Mike Olt yesterday. He went 0-4 with 4 Ks. Yikes. Jae-Hoon Ha went 2-3 with a double and a walk. The pitching was fucking terrible. Tennessee Smokies 4 @ Chattanooga Lookouts 3 Javier Baez doing Javier Baez Things. 2-5 with […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-30-13

Iowa Cubs 2 @ Nashville Sounds 3 If I were the type of person to find a narrative in chaos, I would suggest that Mike Olt has realized that if he wants to not be in the PCL for the third season in a row next year, he better start hitting, and fast. He was […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-24-13

Better late than never, it's yesterday's JOT. Sorry for the delay. Chicago Cubs 3 @ San Diego Padres 2 Is it April? Because Jeff Samardzija just put together two good starts in a row. 8 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 7 Ks. PETCO helps, but he's almost got his ERA back under […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-23-13

Memphis Redbirds 0 @ Iowa Cubs 2 Kyle Hendricks got the win by tossing 7 strong shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk on 3 Ks. Zach Rosscup and Eduardo Sanchez had 3 Ks between them in a perfect 8th and 9th. Mobile BayBears 3 @ Tennessee Smokies 2 Dim the lights and put […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-17-13

Iowa Cubs 0 @ New Orleans Zephyrs 3 Offense: DNP (shittiness) Justin Grimm worked 7 strong, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, no walks and 8 Ks. Most of his damage came on a 2 run homer in the 4th. Zach Rosscup worked the 8th and struck out three, allowing a hit in the middle […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-16-13

St Louis Cardinals 0 @ Chicago Cubs 7 How 'bout that Jake Arrieta, huh? I'm starting to think we won the Feldman trade. Arrieta tossed 7 shutout innings against the cards, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks against 7 Ks, and was dominating. Someone asked Keith Law on Twitter if Arrieta could be "a […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-10-13

Chicago Cubs 6 @ St Louis Cardinals 5 Anyone else kind of baffled that this Cubs team has 13 walks in a two game stretch? I really don't get it. The Junior Lake Show was 2-4 with a double yesterday. He just keeps going.  Welington Castillo's quietly solid second half is becoming less and less […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-9-13

Chicago Cubs 3 @ St Louis Cardinals 0 The Cubs shut out the Cards in St. Louis for the first time since '97 last night. Perhaps more surprisingly, Chris Rusin was most responsible for it. 6 innings of 7 hit, 2 walk, 5 K scoreless ball? A 3.08 ERA? The regression is going to be ugly […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-3-13

Iowa Cubs 0 @ Tacoma Rainiers 5 Another day, another Iowa snoozefest. Luis Flores was 2-3. Darnell McDonald was 1-4 with a double. Mike Olt was 0-4 and made his 16th error on the year, but no Ks at least. Dave Sappelt got a hit. Something something Edwin Mayonnaise. Brooks Raley got the start and […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-2-13

Iowa Cubs 4 @ Salt Lake Bees 5 Ty Wright went 2-2 with 2 homers. Mike Olt has a .249 OPS and has an ISO of 0 over his last ten. Edwin Mayonnaise had a double. Nobody else is remotely worth mentioning. Tennessee Smokies 0 @ Jacksonville Suns 1 Matt Szczur was 2-4. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-4 […]

JOT Cubs Minor League Recap 7-27-13

Chicago Cubs 1 @ San Francisco Giants 0 The Cubs are playing well enough lately that they're suddenly in danger of losing out on a protected top 10 draft pick next year. They've got three days to trade away talent though, and I'd be shocked if the team finished the year in that mediocre 10-20 […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-26-13

Chicago Cubs 3 @ San Francisco Giants 2 Starlin Castro was 2-5 and continues his return to form. He's not walking any more than usual of late, so maybe the organization decided to just stop messing with him and let Starlin be Starlin. Unfortunately, despite having the game winning ROE yesterday on a liner right […]

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-20-13

Iowa Cubs 2 @ Round Rock Express 5 Jake Arrieta got dinged up for 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings, mostly due to a 3-run homer given up to Mike Olt. He struck out 3, and must be slow to the plate, as he gave up 4 stolen bases. Yoanner […]