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And, At Last, Keith Law’s Top Ten Chicago Cubs Prospects for 2015

And, At Last, Keith Law’s Top Ten Chicago Cubs Prospects for 2015

The final major top Cubs prospect list of the rankings season, and it comes with some surprises.

by January 30, 2015 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Kris Bryant Was the Most Valuable Minor Leaguer Last Year and Other Bullets

Kris Bryant Was the Most Valuable Minor Leaguer Last Year and Other Bullets

I’m sure you already expected that, but here’s a fun slice of data to back it up.

Details for Saturday’s Ernie Banks Memorial Service and Procession

Details for Saturday’s Ernie Banks Memorial Service and Procession

Tomorrow’s service will begin at 10 a.m., and the procession will pass by Ernie Banks’ statue at Daley Plaza and by the Wrigley Field Marquee.

by January 30, 2015 Chicago Cubs News
Increase Offense and Improve Pace By Requiring Pitchers to Face at Least Two Batters?

Increase Offense and Improve Pace By Requiring Pitchers to Face at Least Two Batters?

This is definitely something to think about. And the suggestion reportedly came from none other than Theo Epstein.

by January 29, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Latest on Yoan Moncada and the Government Clearance Mystery

The Latest on Yoan Moncada and the Government Clearance Mystery

A superprospect’s future is up in the air as MLB and the U.S. Government try to come together on how Cuban players will be cleared to sign.

by January 29, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Addison Russell is the Third Best Shortstop Prospect, Per MLB Pipeline

Addison Russell is the Third Best Shortstop Prospect, Per MLB Pipeline

That may sound like a knock, but it really says more about the crazy talent at shortstop right now than it does about Russell being “worse” than two other guys.

by January 29, 2015 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
BP’s PECOTA Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs Are Out

BP’s PECOTA Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs Are Out

Decent depth and so-so performances all around give the Cubs an 82-80 record. That sounds like I’m knocking it, but this is actually fairly positive when you dig in.

by January 29, 2015 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Keith Law’s Top 100 is Out: Bryant on Top, Russell 4th, Soler 14th, Schwarber 90th

Keith Law’s Top 100 is Out: Bryant on Top, Russell 4th, Soler 14th, Schwarber 90th

The gap between Soler and Schwarber is surprising, as is the presence of only four Cubs. Then again, having three so high is fantastic.

by January 29, 2015 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Tom Ricketts Isn’t Crazy for Saying Cubs World Series Prediction Isn’t Crazy and Other Bullets

Tom Ricketts Isn’t Crazy for Saying Cubs World Series Prediction Isn’t Crazy and Other Bullets

At long last, it simply isn’t totally nuts to say you think the Cubs can win it all this year. They probably won’t, but it’s not nuts to say it.

Lukewarm Stove: Moncada, Ibanez, Papelbon, Janssen, White Sox

Lukewarm Stove: Moncada, Ibanez, Papelbon, Janssen, White Sox

More unraveling of the Yoan Moncada story, and how MLB will proceed with Cuban players.

by January 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Keith Law Tabs the Chicago Cubs as the Top Farm System in Baseball

Keith Law Tabs the Chicago Cubs as the Top Farm System in Baseball

It’s no surprise, but it sure is swell.

by January 28, 2015 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Your Must-Watch of the Day: Anthony Rizzo’s Journey

Your Must-Watch of the Day: Anthony Rizzo’s Journey

From a kid with a dream to a young man fighting cancer to a star with the Cubs. And a special connection with new teammate Jon Lester in there, too.

by January 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs News
Reminder: Hiring Part-Time Cubs Writer, Evenings

Reminder: Hiring Part-Time Cubs Writer, Evenings

Applications will be accepted until this Friday at 5pm CT. Thanks.

by January 28, 2015 Meta
Perhaps a Tough Market for James Shields Should’ve Been Expected, Cubs Still Unlikely

Perhaps a Tough Market for James Shields Should’ve Been Expected, Cubs Still Unlikely

Maybe the age, the draft pick compensation, and the robust pitching market next year should have been warning signs all along. Can the Cubs get a steal?

by January 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Former Cubs Catcher John Baker Off to Make New Fans in Seattle

Former Cubs Catcher John Baker Off to Make New Fans in Seattle

Baker was a lot of fun in 2014, and now he’s off to the Mariners on a minor league deal.

by January 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Who Bats Second for the Cubs? And Other Bullets

Who Bats Second for the Cubs? And Other Bullets

Starlin Castro seems like the obvious answer to bat behind Dexter Fowler, but there are other options.

by January 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs News

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