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Where are the 2015 Cubs Now? Part 2

July 27th, 2015 at 10:34 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Building off this morning’s part 1 of where are they now, we continue with the exploration of where the Chicago Cubs 2015 Opening Day roster is now.

Tommy La Stella – Injured, April 8th

After a decent rookie season for the Atlanta Braves in 2014, Tommy La Stella figured to be a solid left-handed bat off the bench and possible spot starter for the Cubs in 2015. An impressive Spring Training put La Stella in a comfortable position to earn some real playing time early but just two games into the season the 26-year-old landed on the disabled list with a rib/oblique injury and hasn’t been back in the big leagues since. La Stella was three games into a rehab stint with the Tennessee Smokies (AA) before reinjuring himself.

Mike Olt – Injured, April 14th

Mike Olt lasted a little longer than Tommy La Stella did, but not much. A fractured wrist landed the 26-year-old on the DL and has kept him out of action for most of 2015. Olt’s rehab, however, has gone much smoother as he has slashed .283/.364/.500 with four home runs in 31 games between AA and AAA. Olt is a possible trade candidate this week if the Cubs make a move to bring in a starting pitcher.

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Where are the 2015 Cubs Now? Part 1

July 27th, 2015 at 10:04 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The Cubs have yet to make a splash with the trade deadline fast approaching but that doesn’t mean that 2015 has been without a handful of roster moves. Here is an update on where those guys who were on the team’s opening day roster are now.

Arismendy Alcantara – Demoted, April 21st

Arismendy Alcantara was part of the first wave of Cubs’ prospects to reach the big leagues last summer and many expected him to make great strides forward in 2015; however, Alcantara struggled mightily out of the gate. The 23-year-old was sent down after a 2-26 (.077) start and has hit .239 with 11 home runs, 10 triples and 13 steals for the Iowa Cubs since.

Welington Castillo – Traded, May 19th

As soon as the Cubs signed David Ross this off-season Welington Castillo became the odd man out. The 28-year-old hit .163 in 24 games with the Cubs before he was sent to the Seattle Mariners, in exchange for Yoervis Medina, where he hit .160 in six games before being traded, once again, to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Castillo has found his groove again in the desert, slashing .269/.356/.481 with five home runs in 33 games.

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CUBS NEWS: 2015 First Rounder Promoted to A-ball

July 25th, 2015 at 3:57 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Ian Happ joined the Chicago Cubs organization less than two months ago and he has already earned his first promotion. After spending the first 29 games of his career with the Eugene Emeralds (A-) Happ's performance has earned him a spot with the South Bend Cubs, in the eyes of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Happ slashed an impressive .283/.406/.491 with three home runs, nine steals and 23 walks against 28 strikeouts during his time with the Emeralds and will look to continue to improve in the final month and a half of the minor league season.

Ian Happ certainly has not put up the same type of power numbers that Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber have, the Cubs' two first round picks before him, but he is following their developmental path and could find himself knocking on the door of the big leagues before too long if he keeps it up. Both Bryant and Schwarber finished their first professional seasons with the Cubs A+ affiliate (then the Daytona Cubs, now the Myrtle Beach Pelicans) and it is entirely possible that Ian Happ could find himself there very soon.

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Chicago Cubs Get Much Needed Relief with Additions of Rafael Soriano and Yoervis Medina

July 23rd, 2015 at 5:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Despite what you have been reading in the media and on baseball betting sites about the Chicago Cubs' bullpen lately, they have actually been one of the better corps in baseball in 2015. However, baseball is very much a "what have you done for me lately" business and lately the Cubs bullpen has been downright bad. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer added Rafael Soriano and Yoervis Medina to the big league roster this week in hopes that their presence will help re-stabilize a bullpen that has lost its direction.

Rafael Soriano made his first appearance for the Cubs against the Cincinnati Reds this week and emerged unscathed after one inning of work. The 35-year-old was not overwhelmingly sharp, but for a guy who hasn't faced major league hitters in nearly 10 months, he looked pretty good.

Medina, on the other hand, was not quite as sharp as he was in his last big league stint with the Cubs. After allowing fur runs in one inning on the 22nd, the 26-year-old's ERA sits at 6.00 in six innings on the season.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cubs DFA Richard, Recall Medina

July 22nd, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: According to MLB.com the Chicago Cubs have designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment and recalled Yoervis Medina from AAA Iowa. Richard was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month posted a 1-0 record and a 5.40 ERA in three appearances (two starts) for the Cubs. However, given the team's current need for bullpen help the move to call up Medina, who threw five scoreless (two hits) innings for the team earlier this season, was made. Medina will give the Cubs some much needed depth in the team's middle-relief corps and, along with Rafael Soriano, will help take the pressure off Pedro Strop, who is having a dreadful month of July.

The Chicago Cubs acquired Yoervis Medina earlier this spring from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Welington Castillo. Medina owns a 2.73 ERA across 142.0 innings (out of the 'pen) in the big leagues. He has two career saves.

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