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Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

Analyzing Minor League Offensive Data for Major League Indicators

Analyzing Minor League Offensive Data for Major League Indicators

We know minor league walk rates and strikeout rates matter, but at what levels? And in what relationship to each other?

The Important Middle of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

The Important Middle of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

The front of the rotation is exciting, but the Cubs have a very interesting middle of the rotation, too.

Cubs Minor League Signings: Chris Valaika, Taylor Teagarden, Andres Santiago, Jorge De Leon

Cubs Minor League Signings: Chris Valaika, Taylor Teagarden, Andres Santiago, Jorge De Leon

Valaika returns, the Cubs get a couple arms, and a solid back-up-back-up catcher.

Prospect Notes: Schwarber, Stinnett, Johnson, Burks, Prospect Value, So Much More

Prospect Notes: Schwarber, Stinnett, Johnson, Burks, Prospect Value, So Much More

Quite a bit to say about a number of top Cubs prospects this week. That’s always fun in January.

by January 8, 2015 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Marcos Mateo to the Padres, Which Makes Me Think of Injuries and Other Bullets

Marcos Mateo to the Padres, Which Makes Me Think of Injuries and Other Bullets

The former Cubs reliever will get a chance elsewhere, and it makes me remember a couple things.

Chicago Cubs Prospects Progress: Kyle Schwarber

Chicago Cubs Prospects Progress: Kyle Schwarber

The Cubs know they have a potential impact bat in Kyle Schwarber. But does it come from a catcher or an outfielder?

by January 7, 2015 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Cubs Confirm Flurry of Minor League Signings: Chambers, Cruz, Camargo, Sepulveda

Cubs Confirm Flurry of Minor League Signings: Chambers, Cruz, Camargo, Sepulveda

Chambers, 28, was a long-time Cardinals outfield prospect.

Baseball America Releases Its Top Ten Chicago Cubs Prospects for 2015

Baseball America Releases Its Top Ten Chicago Cubs Prospects for 2015

No big surprises at the top, but a few differences there in the next tier. So much quality, so much depth.

by January 5, 2015 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Kris Bryant is Someone to Watch in 2015 and Other Bullets

Kris Bryant is Someone to Watch in 2015 and Other Bullets

It’s very legitimate to be excited about getting to see what Bryant can do next year. Just remember, though: he’s young, he’s a prospect, and most guys go through adjustment periods.

More Support for the Sustainability of Jake Arrieta and Other Bullets

More Support for the Sustainability of Jake Arrieta and Other Bullets

Looking ahead to a repeat of sorts in 2015. Also, folks want the Cubs to be good, and farewell to a Cubs pitching prospect.

Happy New Year and Other Leisurely Bullets

Happy New Year and Other Leisurely Bullets

A good time last night means the Bullets show up a little later than usual. Lefty bullpen stuff, Chris Denorfia stuff, and more.

The Pros and Cons of a Crazy Draft Strategy for the Cubs in 2015

The Pros and Cons of a Crazy Draft Strategy for the Cubs in 2015

You’d never advocate blowing the budget in the draft, right? And losing two first rounders for doing it? Probably not, but there’s an interesting angle to discuss.

Don’t Forget About Christian Villanueva Redux and Other Bullets

Don’t Forget About Christian Villanueva Redux and Other Bullets

Villanueva fell off the prospect radar a bit last year, but he’s still a guy to be following.

Prospecting Love for Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler

Prospecting Love for Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler

And dreaming on the fun of fighting about how to accommodate all of the Cubs’ talent.

by December 26, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

A power lefty who hasn’t quite broken through at the big league level. Might the Cubs see what he can do in relief?

Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

This figures to be one of the least fun topics over the next few months. I’ll do my best to keep our collective heads on straight.

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