Baez, Russell, Bryant, Soler, Rizzo. That’s the front five in the lineup tonight. On ESPN. Nice.
No real surprises in this one, though Ortiz and Parker had outside shots at making the bullpen.
Yes, the Cubs will be playing at Wrigley Field for the first game of the season. Yes, there’s still a lot of work being done.
Reviewing the 29 other depth charts behind the plate reveals that there are really a significant number of teams that should want Castillo.
The Cubs and Cardinals will be lighting mups.
Epstein told Dave Kaplan: “I have never once put a young prospect on an Opening Day roster when he had to make his Major League debut.”
If Denorfia has to miss time, the Cubs would be able to keep one or more of those three on the Opening Day roster.
The Cubs have to decide what’s best for Baez’s short and long-term development, and balance that against the need to perform as a team in 2015.
The star third base prospect is expected to make his debut in the outfield tonight against the Angels.
The Cubs couldn’t do anything off of Taijuan Walker. Arismendy Alcantara saw some time at shortstop, by the way.
A couple (reasonable) tweaks to playing time later and the Cubs’ win total pops up quite a bit.
Travis Wood starts and bats eighth. Starlin Castro is back in the lineup for this CSN game.
Officially, nothing has yet been decided on that front.
The Tigers are talking to David Price’s camp about an extension.
The pitching at High-A Myrtle Beach will rightly get a lot of attention this year, but don’t sleep on the Cubs’ position prospects at that level.
Boras believes the integrity of the game is damaged when the best players aren’t on the field. The issue here is much broader than Bryant.
Lester will pitch in minor league games to build up his pitch count in advance of Opening Night, but he may be limited in that game.