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  • The Arizona Fall League kicked off yesterday, and the Mesa Solar Sox – the team on which Cubs prospects play – dropped their opener to the Glendale club. Big-time shortstop prospect Addison Russell was the DH, batting third, and went 1-4 with a single, a strikeout, reached on an error, and drive in a couple. Dan Vogelbach got in late at first base, and struck out in his only at bat. Jacob Hannemann played late in left field, and had a sac fly in his one plate appearance. It’s not much, but it’s BASEBALL!
  • And on the instructional, intrasquad side, some Cubs prospects beat other Cubs prospects. Soundly, in fact.
  • We talked about the first set of 2015 projections yesterday, and how well some of the Cubs’ youngsters fared. Just how well do they fare? Well, Carson Cistuli ranked the top 10 prospects by projected 2015 WAR (in terms of guys who have a realistic shot of playing a lot in the bigs in 2015), and two of the top three are Cubs prospects, with Jorge Soler at number 3 and Kris Bryant at number 1.
  • MLBTR offers its offseason run-down for the Cubs.
  • The Diamondbacks, who picked up Brett Jackson from the Cubs back in August, have now outrighted him to AAA. Jackson, now 26, didn’t do much in his short time with Arizona. He’ll likely try to keep working at AAA Reno.


  • Some Cardinals fans didn’t exactly do their team proud this week when squaring off with Ferguson-related protesters. Keep in mind: every fan base probably has embarrassing turds like these folks.


  • Jeff Passan writes about the Dodgers’ NLDS loss in the kind of grandiose terms that always seem to accompany the 3 little losses that follow a full season with 94 wins. Not that I blame Passan, because winning this series – and series like it – is pretty much the only thing that matters to a club that spent $235 million on their 2014 payroll (plus a healthy luxury tax bite). So, being grandiose after a loss like that is probably the right way to be. The question now is whether ownership overreacts and starts cleaning house. From a purely schadenfreudey, turnover-on-other-teams-is-exciting perspective, I hope they do go nuts and blow the thing up from top to bottom. If they’ve got a lick of sense, though, they won’t. The team won 94 damn games.
  • Speaking of regime change, it sounds like the Rockies will finally do something about their internal troubles:

  • According to some reports I’ve read, the owner is as much an issue as the front office, though, and promoting a new front office head from within might not do a lot to change the direction of the org.





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