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Down on the Farm: Chicago Cubs’ Prospects Pepper the Top-100 List

January 31st, 2015 at 4:46 AM
By Tim Duxbury

All week MLB.com has been putting out their lists of the top-10 prospects by position and last night they came out with the, much anticipated, top-100 overall. The list was originally presented live on MLB Network. The Chicago Cubs were recently voted the top minor league system in all of baseball and there was no shortage of Cubs’ prospects on MLB.com’s list last night. Here are the Cubs’ who made the cut:

Player

Rank

Position

Age

Kris Bryant

2nd

3B

23

Addison Russell

5th

OF

21

Jorge Soler

22nd

SS

22

CJ Edwards

47th

RHP

23

Kyle Schwarber

49th

C

21

Albert Almora

57th

OF

20

(Per MLB.com)

In total, the Chicago Cubs landed six prospects on the top-100 list, all of which were in the top 2/3 of the group. 1B Dan Vogelbach, who was ranked at the #8 first baseman, did not make the top-100.

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Fan of the Week: South Bend Connection

January 30th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

(Photo credit to Rikk Carlson)

We have reached the end of another week and it is now time, once again, for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week come to us from our Twitter following and may be the most excited person for the 2015 season; congratulations to Rikk Carlson (@rikkcarl10)! Rikk has been keeping us up to date on all the happenings out in South Bend and has supplied us with plenty of info and pictures (including the one above of Javier Baez). Here is Rikk’s paragraph of airtime:

Being a long time Cubs fan from South Bend feel's like winning the baseball lottery. You see, I am an illustrator and also the team photographer for the South Bend Cubs. I'm at every game, in the dugouts and around the field taking pics for team cards, program covers and team file photo's. This season will be unreal…! So happy to be a part of this . It’s what I always wished for but never thought possible. So as I mentioned before on twitter… Stay tuned , will be sharing photos of our Cubs prospects and Cubs illustrations, in between following my son playing baseball for Purdue this season. Welcome to my field of dreams…! Just need to see Cubbie blue come draft time. Seriously… if you’re around SB, come see what I deem to be "Wrigley East". Thanks to Cubs101 and all who keep us going.

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Quick Hits: Remembering a Baseball Icon, Mr. Cub

January 30th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

This weekend the city of Chicago will celebrate the life of Ernie Banks with a procession through the city and speeches by the likes of Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a number of Banks’ former teammates, according to Carrie Muskat. In Ernie’s memory, here are some quick facts about the Cubs’ Icon that you may or may not know:

· Leads the Chicago Cubs, all-time, in games (2,528), total bases (4,706), extra-base hits (1,009) sac flies (96) and ranks second in hits (2,583), home runs (512), hit by pitch (70).

· Was the first African-American player to play on the Chicago Cubs.

· Holds the MLB record for most home runs by a shortstop with 264 of his 512 career long-balls.

· Played his best baseball in the month of June: .284/.341/.525 with 102 HR, 326 RBI in 464 career games.

· Was always a better hitter at Wrigley Field, hitting .290 with 290 HR and 909 RBI’s in 1285 games versus .259 with 222 HR and 727 RBI in 1243 games on the road.

· Was the most dangerous in the first and third innings, slugging .524 and .580 respectively for his career.

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Cubs’ 2015 Rotation Could Rival That of the 2003 Team

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

All the excitement surrounding the Chicago Cubs’ 2015 season has fans reminiscing of the 2003 squad, the last Cubs’ team to make some noise in the post season. I don’t think any of us need a reminder of how that season ended but the talent on that roster and the 2015 roster are very comparable, their pitching staffs in particular. Earlier in the week we wrote about how the Chicago Cubs have only had four starters make 30+ starts once in the past 11 years; the 2003 team was the reason for that arbitrary time period.

Pitcher

Age

Starts

IP

W-L

ERA

WHIP

Kerry Wood

26

32

211.0

14-11

3.20

1.23

Carlos Zambrano

22

32

214.0

13-11

3.11

1.32

Mark Prior

22

30

211.1

18-6

2.43

1.10

Matt Clement

28

32

201.2

14-12

4.11

1.23

Shawn Estes

30

28

152.1

8-11

5.73

1.74

(Stats per Cubs.com)

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Cubs Earn Representation on Top-10 Outfield Prospect List

January 29th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Yesterday it was announced that the Chicago Cubs have the best minor league system in all of professional baseball and today MLB.com released their final top-10 list of the year, outfielders. Chicago Cubs’ rookie right fielder, Jorge Soler landed on the list at number three, behind just Byron Buxton (the reigning #1 prospect in all of baseball) of the Minnesota Twins and Joc Peterson of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Soler had an incredible year in 2014, both at the minor league and major league levels:

Level

Games

.ave

.obp

.slg

HR

RBI

Rk, AA, AAA

62

.340

.432

.700

15

57

MLB

24

.292

.330

.573

5

20

(Stats per baseball-reference.com)

Soler entered the 2014 season as the 49th overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, and he certainly did not disappoint, hitting a home run off Matt Latos in his first major league at bat. Soler is expected to be the Chicago Cubs’ starting right fielder on opening day and is already considered one of the favorites for the National League Rookie of the Year.

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