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Minor League Staffs Announced

We already knew that Ryne Sandberg was being promoted to manage the AAA Iowa Cubs, but now the rest of the minor league system teams’ staffs have been announced. Among the notable items: The Cubs named their Minor League coaching staffs on Thursday. Ryne Sandberg was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, Bill Dancy takes over at Double-A […]

Cubs Sign Undrafted Free Agent Derek Helenihi

The Cubs made a move! Details? Bah. Don’t worry about that. Ok, if you must: the Chicago Cubs have signed former LSU third baseman Derek Helenihi to a minor league deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Helenihi, 22, was a stud defensively at third base for the National Champion Tigers, and has very good […]

Cubs Snake Michael Parisi from Cardinals in Rule 5 Draft

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Michael Parisi from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft. Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins and Cubs scout Mark Servais both recommended Parisi, 26, who is 40-39 with a 4.27 ERA in 115 career Minor League starts. He was originally the Cardinals’ ninth-round pick in […]

The Rule 5 Draft is Today

The Rule 5 Draft takes place today, and the Chicago Cubs are expected to consider drafting a player or two. You would have to believe if a solid-looking outfielder were available, for example, the Cubs would take a chance. “My gut feeling is we have a few people we would consider,” GM Jim Hendry said. […]

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Jeff Gray, Ronny Morla, and Matt Spencer Are Chicago Cubs

Welcome to the three news members of the Chicago Cubs organization, acquired yesterday for Jake Fox, Aaron Miles, and $1 million of wheel-greasing: reliever Jeff Gray, and prospects Ronny Morla and Matt Spencer. Gray is the guy you’ll immediately notice from this trade, because he’s very likely to be a part of the Cubs’ pen […]

Chicago Cubs Are Over the Freaking Moon with Starlin Castro

It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs love Starlin Castro, a 19 year old shortstop who was signed outside the draft a few years ago. But they apparently think they’ve got an Alex Rodriguez/Hanley Ramirez type on their hands, because they are seriously considering making room for him on the big team this year. Castro […]

The Chicago Cubs’ Top Ten Prospects

As the Arizona Fall League winds down and the minor league season officially closes up show, it’s time to talk about Chicago Cubs prospects. Baseball America is out with its list of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects, and if you’ve been following the system at all over the past few weeks, the top should not […]

Starlin Castro and Blake Parker are Rising Stars

The Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game was played yesterday – think of it as an All Star game, with the players selected out of a crop of very good prospects. So if you’re playing in this game, you’re probably a stud. Or, you’re an older guy who is maybe or maybe not still a […]

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Starlin Castro is on Fire – Literally – Ok, Not Literally

At this time last year, shortstop Starlin Castro was considered a solid, but by no means studly, Chicago Cubs prospect. At present, it’s hard not to consider him the top prospect in the Chicago Cubs system. Starlin Castro hit his first homer and added a triple in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 2-1 loss Tuesday to […]

Cubs Prospect Kyler Burke Had Himself a Swell Year

The Chicago Cubs acquired a moderately nondescript outfielder from the San Diego Padres in the summer of 2007 when they unburdened themselves of uniballing, Zambrano-fighting catcher, Michael Barrett. That outfielder, youngster Kyler Burke, had struggled in his time in the low minors, but was still very young, so the collective shrug of Cubs nation at […]

Josh Vitters is Getting Better Defensively

Considered the Chicago Cubs’ top positional prospect, and top overall prospect since the moment the team made him the third pick in the 2007 draft, the primary knock on Josh Vitters has been his defense. A third baseman by trade, few scouts give him much of a chance to stick at the position when he […]

Starlin Castro is a Stud Cubs Prospect

If you follow the Chicago Cubs’ farm system at all, that shortstop Starlin Castro is getting hyped will be no surprise. All he’s done is play excellent defense at the most difficult defensive position, and hit very well at high A Daytona, as well as AA Tennessee – all while playing competition, on average, three […]

Chicago Cubs Top Prospects Start Fall League Today

The Arizona Fall League – a post-regular-season league for minor leaguers, noteworthy for typically hosting several top prospects – kicks off today in, um, well, Arizona. This year, the Cubs will send several of their brightest, including the clear cut top three prospects in the system. Those three: Shortstop Starlin Castro rocketed up the prospect […]

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Jeff Samardzija to Mexico

Jeff Samardzija, a candidate to join the Chicago Cubs’ rotation next year, is headed off to Mexico to play winter ball. The Cubs are hoping he can continue to develop, and will put himself in a much better position to compete for a rotation spot than he was this year. Jeff Samardzija didn’t get much […]

Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

Cubs Give Hitting Coach the Boot

The Chicago Cubs made a midseason switch from Gerald Perry to Von Joshua as hitting coach, in the hopes it would spark the beleaguered offseason. It did not. And now Von Joshua is out. “Basically I told him it wasn’t anything that I was upset with him,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “He didn’t do […]

Cubs Minor Leaguer Busted for Steroids

A youngster in the Chicago Cubs organization, participating at the Dominican Summer League level (read: really, really far away from ever having an impact on the big team), has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone. Commercially, the steroid is known as Deca-Durabolin. You know. In case you were shopping. […]

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Tyler Colvin to Chicago

The youngster call-ups continue, and this one may be of a little more moment than the others. The Chicago Cubs will today call up outfielder Tyler Colvin from AA Tennessee. “We’ll get another outfielder and we’ll get a look at our future,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “We’ll put him in the outfield and let […]

Jeff Samardzija Will Be Heading to Chicago Soon, Wants to Start

With expanded rosters, the Cubs are going to be seeing a lot of familiar faces. Just in time for college football season. That was supposed to be some kind of Jeff Samardzija quip. But it failed. Grumble. He’s going to be coming back is all I’m saying. Mark Riggins, the Cubs’ Minor League pitching coordinator, […]

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Samardzjia to Iowa

In case you missed the move yesterday (and missed the guy pitching at the end of yesterday’s game), the Cubs optioned pitcher Jeff Samardzija back to AAA Iowa in favor of reliever Justin Berg, who finally got to make his MLB debut after being shuffled up and down previously without an appearance. Samardzija will likely […]

Ted Lilly Beats the Crap Out of Minor Leaguers

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, whose return to the team becomes more inconsequential by the day, had a very successful rehab outting yesterday for Class A Peoria. Lilly threw five shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Of course, that’s probably how it should be, given that […]

Former Cubs Prospect is Probably Going to the Big House

No, he’s not going to a Michigan football game. Former Chicago Cubs prospect Julio Castillo was convicted of felonious assault after he threw a baseball into the stands during a brawl last year. Castillo, of the Dominican Republic, was pitching for the Peoria Chiefs — a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs — against […]

Justin Berg to Chicago

After placing starting pitcher Ted Lilly on the disabled list, the Chicago Cubs called up pitcher Justin Berg to take his spot on the roster. Berg, 25, has been absolutely dominant out of the pen at AAA Iowa this year – as have many of the Iowa relievers – to the tune of a 2.06 […]

DJ LeMahieu is a Chicago Cub

Following his excellent performance in the College World Series, DJ LeMahieu was looking a little bit more like a solid second round pick for the Cubs, and a little less like a Jim Hendry LSU special. And now he’s a Cub. The Cubs added another LSU Tiger to the team. On Saturday, the Cubs announced […]