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Cubs Prospect Positivity, Hall of Fame Candidates, Maddux Wisdom, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

I have not had a serious flare-up of a back issue for months. Maybe even a year. Then, without any kind of reason or warning, the thing just started spasming on me on Saturday, and it hasn’t really abated since then despite a combination of rest, stretches, and light activity, which had worked for me in the past. This sucks. Gonna try some more exercise today to loosen things up, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll probably just go without a back.

Also, I swear it’s like the rest of my body is trying to make it worse. “Oh, you’re bent over right now in a vulnerable position doing some task? I’m gonna make you sneeze, bitjc!”

  • The Veteran’s Committee will get a chance to vote in some additional Hall of Famers, including former Cubs reliever Lee Smith, former Cubs manager Lou Piniella, and former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
  • We hit on Javy Baez getting an MVP finalist spot last night, but here’s the full list of awards finalists if you want to check it out.
  • Sure enough, the Giants DO want Dodgers number two man Farhan Zaidi to take over their baseball operations department. What a tricky spot for the Dodgers to be in. I don’t hate it.
  • Have you been ground down a bit by the Cubs-related news and rumors this early offseason? Well, here’s something nice and positive to read instead:

  • There’s so much goodness in there that you’ll want to read, but I especially liked the texts Cubs 6th rounder Kohl Franklin sent his dad when checking in: “Dad, I just want to tell you, I’m in love.” His dad thought Kohl was talking about having met a girl in Arizona. Nope: “This whole thing. I’m in love with the fact that I’m a Cub.”
  • Franklin, by the way, was an over-slot 6th round signing (got about 3rd round money), and the 19-year-old will likely work out of extended Spring Training next year before a short-season assignment in his first full professional year.
  • Speaking of Cubs prospects, more love for the top pick from that draft:

  • And another Cubs prospect who continues to perform very well in the Arizona Fall League, lefty Justin Steele:

  • Steele, 23, is not a guy with front-of-the-rotation big league upside – few guys are – but he has emerged on the other side of Tommy John surgery as an obvious 40-man roster add this winter, and a guy who could absolutely show up as a depth starter as soon as next year, with a chance thereafter to break into a regular starting role in 2020 and beyond if his development in 2019 is as impressive as 2020. With the return of Adbert Alzolay next year, the Cubs will have some prospect starters in the upper minors with big league futures, not something they’ve had a lot of over the past half decade.
  • We mentioned Cubs minor leaguers who have now ventured off into free agency, though the Cubs can re-sign some of them. One of them is Corey Black, who will return to the Cubs after rehabbing a cleanup procedure in his elbow:

  • Gotta love Greg Maddux:

  • Heh. This is fun:


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.