Wow! A little after 5:30 Central, it was very cool to see pitcher Marcus Stroman tweet out that he was going to be signing with the Cubs! Stroman’s yet-to-be-undisclosed-deal really deepens the Cubs’ rotation giving the Cubs a very solid 1-2-3 with Hendricks and Miley. The best thing about this deal is that the Cubs… Read More Cubs Sign Marcus Stroman!
Normally on Tuesdays in the offseason, I would write a mailbag post or the offseason series. However, that’s not going to happen today…sort of. For the past few weeks, I have felt like the tail has been wagging the dog as I’ve been extremely busy writing for two websites. Keeping North Side Bound and Cubs… Read More Time to for Me to Move On…to North Side Bound
The Fall of Nelson Velazquez and the Rise of Caleb Kilian Yesterday was a big day for two Cubs prospects. Before the championship game, Nelson Velazquez was named MVP of the Arizona Fall League. He hit .385 with 9 HRs and drove in 24 in 26 games. But Velazquez was not the star of the… Read More The Weekly – A Giant Day in the AFL, Getting an Early Start, PCA Lives, the Smokies Get a New Home, and I Get Back
The Cubs protected outfielder Nelson Velazquez and Ethan Roberts from the Rule 5 Draft today by placing them on the 40-man roster. It was probably the worst kept secret of the fall as Velazquez is tearing up the Arizona Fall League with a .385 average and a 1.191 OPS to go along with a league… Read More Velazquez and Roberts Are Now on the 40-Man!!!
Welcome to this year‘s debut episode of the “Position Breakdown Series” where I will be taking a look at each position in the Cubs’ system. I am going to be releasing the positions one week at a time based upon the order in which I ranked them from having the least depth and talent to… Read More Position Breakdown Series – Who’s on Second Base in 2022?
In a typical Cubs move, OF Narciso Crook was signed to a MiLB deal today to provide some OF depth and security until some of the Cubs own prospects can be ready. The 26-year-old was taken by the Reds in the 2013 draft at 17-years-old. He went to Rowan College in New Jersey and was… Read More Cubs Add OF Narciso Crook in MiLB Free Agency
One of the most pleasant surprises in the second half of the 2021 season was the emergence of Kevin Made at the plate for Myrtle Beach. The 2019 international free agent made his professional debut andt was pretty surprising to see him in Low-A as he was just 18-years-old. Basic Information Age – 19 Bats… Read More Prospect Profile: Kevin Made’s “To Do List” for 2022 Is Pretty Small
I will have more on the hats over at North Side Bound in the morning! Initial thoughts…I love them!
It is that time of year where I kick off my offseason series. Each week I’ll have three different posts. On Mondays or Tuesdays, I will answer some questions about the Cubs’ minor league system. On Wednesdays, I will profile several prospects based on this year‘s theme – “2022 To Do List.” On Fridays, the… Read More MiLB Mailbag – Episode I: The Cubs Look Like They Got Some Guys Last Summer
It is getting to be that time of year where I take a couple days a week off and I just relax for a little bit now that the season is pretty much complete. I’m pretty sure I’m going to write about five days a week for a while. My three off-season series will be… Read More The Weekly – Rule 5 Draft News, Kilian Video, Injury Updates, Picking Up Some Hardware, and a Jazzy Jam