Heading into the 2012 season, improving the Minor League coverage here at Bleacher Nation was one of my top priorities. The Cubs’ Minor League teams, the Draft, and the Cubs’ top prospects have always been important, but, with change afoot in the organization, they may never have been as important as they are now.
But, I knew my own limitations. I know a fair bit about the Cubs’ Minor League operations and the prospecting game, but it’s not my forte. And, in the spirit of providing the best Cubs’ coverage, I wanted to bring in a real expert to join the BN team (which, like, was just me) and cover the Minor Leagues.
So I put out the call for a Minor League writer, and, after a multiple-week process, I think we all just landed someone who is as good as it gets: Luke Blaize.
The caliber of applicants for the position was extraordinary (going through them and making the necessary decisions may have been the most difficult thing I’ve yet done at BN – the applicants were that good), and I once again thank all who applied.
At the end of the process, it was clear to me that Luke was the man for the job.
You will hopefully recognize Luke as “that guy who always says thoughtful stuff about Cubs Minor Leaguers in the comments,” as he’s been a valuable member of the community here for a long time now. When he wasn’t teaching us a thing or two here, he was writing excellent pieces for Cubbies Crib as the Minor League guy there for over a year. Indeed, Luke has stood out to me for some time now as the pre-eminent Cubs Minor League writer. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a writer by trade, either.
I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Luke to what I can actually now call “the team.” He’ll be the “Minor League Editor” here at BN, and, as his title suggests, Luke is going to be our Minor League guru – our Jason McLeod, as it were. When the season rolls around, Luke will offer daily coverage of the Cubs’ Minor League teams, and he’ll also be offering thoughtful analysis, prospect introductions, and more, from time to time.
Luke will be around here in the comments, as usual, but you should also follow him on Twitter – @ltblaize.
Congrats, and welcome, Luke.