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The Misconception About the Chicago Cubs’ Depth of Pitching Prospects

March 31st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

It is believed by many that the Chicago Cubs’ pitching pipeline as run dry since the debuts of Kerry Wood in 1998, Carlos Zambrano in 2001, and Mark Prior in 2002, particular given the team's hitter-heavy system right now, but that is a common misconception. The Chicago Cubs have actually produced a plethora of talented pitchers over the past decade; however, many of them have ended up achieving success in their careers with other teams. In fact, the Chicago Cubs will have three of their homegrown products starting opening day for other teams next week:

Jeff Samardzija – Chicago White Sox

The Chicago Cubs made Jeff Samardzija their fifth round pick in the 2006 amateur draft but parted ways with the big right-hander in a trade with the Oakland Athletics last summer that netted the team two top prospects: SS Addison Russell and OF Billy McKinney. Samardzija went 31-42 with a 3.97 ERA in parts of seven seasons on the north side and was named an all-star for his efforts last summer. Due to the injury to Chicago White Sox ace, Chris Sale, Shark has been given the nod to take ball on opening for the southsiders.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Send Bryant, Baez, Russell Down to Minor Leagues

March 30th, 2015 at 12:29 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have optioned Javier Baez to AAA and sent down, top prospects, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.

Player

Games

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

Baez

16

.173

.218

1

1

Bryant

14

.425

.477

9

15

Russell

12

.324

.359

1

6

(Stats per Cubs.com)

There has been intense speculation over the past couple of weeks about Javier Baez’s status on this year’s roster given his struggles this spring, despite being pegged as the team’s starting second baseman by many. Baez struck out 20 times in 55 plate appearance.

The demotions of Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are far less surprising given their contract statuses but both proved, without a doubt, that they have the ability to hang with big leaguers and should make their major league debuts in early or mid season this year.

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Wrigley Field Renovations Suffer Another Setback

March 30th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

We all know that the Wrigley Field bleachers will not be fully completed until June of this year and, although there was quite a bit of backlash when it was announced, most Chicago Cubs fans have come to terms with the reality of the situation. However, Cubs nation was spurred by the hot poker again this week when Tom Ricketts announced that the entire renovation project will likely take until 2019 to complete. The Wrigley Field renovation plan was originally supposed to be completed in four years, by 2018, but it appears as though the brutal Chicago winter and unforeseen issues in the process have added another year on to the project’s life.

There are going to be issues of all size in any project, especially a project of this magnitude, but one would think that for $500 million someone could have thought of a way to minimize the setbacks. The real blunder though may have been shooting for such an aggressive completion date at the outset. It’s always better to be pleasantly surprised than disappointed and the Cubs’ reputation could have saved itself a few blows if the completion date was set for 2019 when the project first broke ground.

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Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Inexperience is Overplayed

March 29th, 2015 at 9:50 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Heading into the 2015 season, the expectations that have been placed upon the Chicago Cubs could not be any higher. Much of the hype has been created by the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s off-season additions; guys like Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Dexter Fowler, and David Ross, but there is a sliver that has been player driven; Anthony Rizzo’s bold prediction, for example. Despite all the hype to win now and win big, there are a number of critics who are saying that the Chicago Cubs are too young to win in 2015. To that we say, “Give me a break”.

There is no denying that the Chicago Cubs are an incredibly young team; their 2015 roster looks to have as many as ten players who have been in the league less than two seasons, of which six were born in the ‘90’s. There are many things that could prevent this team from reaching its goals but youth and inexperience is not one of them. Often times when young players struggle their age or experience is the scapegoat when, in reality, the culprit is poor discipline or poor coaching.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Release LHP Doubront

March 28th, 2015 at 3:19 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have released LHP Felix Doubront. Doubront posted a 11.57 ERA across four appearances this spring (seven IP) and had a .472 batting average against.

Doubront was acquired by the Chicago Cubs in late 2014 and went 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in four starts. Doubront was believed to be one of the favorites to land one of the Cubs' bullpen spots when Spring Training opened because of his relationship with Theo Epstein and his experience pitching out of the bullpen and rotation.

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