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Fan of the Week: Prospects to Watch in 2015

October 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Another week has flown by and it’s already Friday! This week’s Fan of the Week is Sam Griffin. Sam has been on top of his game lately, being the first person to "LIKE" almost all of our articles on Facebook this week! Here is Sam’s paragraph of airtime:

Thank you for choosing me. All I can say about the 2015 cubs is I'm looking forward to the young players like Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and the minor league players coming up as well. We need a veteran, starting pitcher. I am real excited about the upcoming season.

There is so much to be excited about heading into the 2015 season! In addition to the two veteran starters that Theo Epstein promised earlier this month, the Cubs should continue to push exciting rookies towards the major leagues. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler were worth the price of admission in 2014, and here are some guys who could electrify the Wrigley Field crowds in 2015:

Player

Position

2015 Age

Highest Level Reached (games)

Org. Rank

Kris Bryant

3B

23

AAA (70)

1st

Addison Russell

SS

21

AA (63)

2nd

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Cubs Send #2 Prospect Russell Home

October 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have decided to cut, number two prospect, Addison Russell’s fall short and send him home. Russell had been participating in the Arizona Fall League in a effort to gain valuable experience against some of baseball’s best young talent, as well as make up for missed playing time due to injuries. Russell ends his fall with a final line of .196/.260/.348 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games.

Russell’s departure from the AFL is nothing to be worried about because it is not due to injury, but rather, the Cubs’ think that Russell has had enough baseball for 2014. It is a similar decision to the one the organization made when they opted to leave Dallas Beeler off of the September roster. The hope is that Russell, 20, will be able to take some time to rest and then dive into his off-season workouts. His 2015 campaign will most likely begin at AAA and could turn into a MLB debut by September if he continues to impress. Russell has yet to play more than 110 games in a season since being drafted in 2012 and the Cubs are hoping that the right combination of rest and conditioning will help their young stud last at least 130 games in 2015.

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What Ever Happened to Brian LaHair?

October 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Back in 2011 the Chicago Cubs thought they had found a diamond in the rough in, 28-year-old first baseman, Brian LaHair. Relatively unproven at the big league level, but LaHair had proven to be one of the best minor league talents in baseball:

Year

Team

Level

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

2009

SEA

AAA

.289

.354

26

85

2010

CHC

AAA

.308

.385

25

81

2011

CHC

AAA

.331

.405

38

109

(Stats per baseball-reference.com)

Brian LaHair began the 2012 season as a starter for the Cubs and appeared to be the solution to a struggling offense, hitting .390 with five home runs in the month of April and finishing the first half by hitting .286 with 14 home runs en route to his first career all-star appearance. However, the second half was a different story. All the magic of the first half was gone and he quickly fell out of the Cubs’ starting lineup thanks to his .202 average and two home runs in 109 at bats after the all-star break.

After the 2012 season the Cubs decided to let Lahair walk. They didn’t need him anymore, thanks to his lack of consistent production and the emergence of Anthony Rizzo.

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Cubs’ & Rooftops Moving Towards a Deal

October 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

The rooftop bleachers are one of the staples of Wrigley Field and help make the atmosphere what it is. However, since the release of the Wrigley Field renovation plan, things between the Cubs and rooftop owners have gotten particularly ugly. Both sides have engaged in public sniping and legal threats over the past year in an attempt to capture their fair share of revenue generated by the ballpark. According to CSN Chicago, though, the two sides appear to be moving closer to a compromise. Apparently, the Ricketts family is “nearing” a deal to purchase a number of the rooftops on both Waveland and Sheffield Avenue. Both sides hope to have a deal done by opening day 2015.

A deal is still far from being signed, but the fact that both sides appear to be on the same page and willing to negotiate is great news. One of the biggest issues regarding the rooftops has been the impending addition of a left field Jumbotron/scoreboard that would obscure the view from many of the Waveland rooftops. With tensions at an all-time low between the two sides, it could make the addition go over much more smoothly. Nearly every stadium in major league baseball has some type of modern video board, even Fenway Park, and it is about time that the Cubs caught up with the rest of the league.

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What are the Chicago Cubs’ Players up To?

October 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Baseball’s final hurrah of 2014 began last night with game one of the World Series in Kansas City, but most major leaguers have been “out of the office” for nearly a month. So what have they been doing? After a grueling eight-month season that began in February with Spring Training, it is important for ballplayers to take some time off and get away from the game of baseball. Some guys need to get away from the game to forget their struggles, such as Edwin Jackson, and others should get away from the game for a while in order to keep that fire burning. Pitchers, in particular, shouldn’t even pick up a baseball until November so as to allow their arms time to fully recover from throwing so many innings.

In all honesty, the month of October is really the only month for baseball players to be “normal” people. It is a time where they don’t have to be in the gym or at the field for eight hours a day, and for once, they get to watch baseball. They have time to play golf, be with their families, take a vacation or just hang out. However, come November, many players will begin to dive into their off-season workouts and prepare for the 2015 season. It’s a well-deserved, albeit short, break from the grind of being a ballplayer, but it takes twice as much hard work to stay in the league as it does to make it, so one month of down time is really all that most players can afford.

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