Cubs Position Analysis – Shortstop

Similarly to the first base review, there was a lot of uncertainty going into this season at shortstop due to a poor 2013 by incumbent Starlin Castro who struggled to a .245/.284/.347 average with 34 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and nine stolen bases. Castro quieted his critics with a resurgent year by […]

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Addison Russell Plays Final Game in Arizona Fall League, Cubs Cut Fall Season Short

According to reports from Mark Gonzales and Patrick Mooney, Thursday was Addison Russell last game in the Arizona Fall League. The Cubs said that Addison Russell is healthy but he was being shut down after 11 games after seeing enough playing time this year. The team would like for Russell to take a short breather […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/23/14

Position Analysis – Shortstop The third installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis looks at a position which will probably have most fans and media members talking about this off-season: Shortstop. Shortstop The fans of the Iowa Cubs can sing a version of […]

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The Daily CCO: Addison Russell Goes Deep, Cubs Rumors and a Wrigley Field Restoration Update

Addison Russell had a good Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League and he helped Mesa beat Surprise 11-6. Russell was the Solar Sox’s DH and went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, his first longball in the fall league. Russell smacked a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Russell is 7-for-36 in nine […]

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FanGraphs Ranks the Top 31 Prospects in Cubs System

FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel posted a comprehensive look at the prospects from a Cubs system that could be the best in baseball, at the very least top five in the game. McDaniel pointed out the Cubs are the deepest system he has looked at to this point and he was holding off naming the Cubs the […]

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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro is One of Two Staples in the Cubs Lineup

Starlin Castro had a very good season before he suffered a high ankle sprain on an awkward slide into home on Sept. 2. Castro bounced back from a subpar 2013 campaign in which he hit only .245/.284/.347 while looking very lost in the field. Castro earned his third trip to the Mid-Summer Classic in four […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/20/14

Good morning! Week two of winter baseball saw the opening of the Dominican Winter League and the re-emergence of familiar veterans Manny Ramirez and Junior Lake, among others. Meanwhile in the Venezuelan Winter League, reliever Loiger Padron remains perfect while swingman Eduardo Figueroa had his ups and downs. As for the Arizona Fall League, Bijan […]

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Baseball America Grades Addison Russell, Ranks Kyle Schwarber and News from Down on the Cubs Farm

Addison Russell is spending a majority of his fall in Arizona playing against several of the top prospects in the game. Russell is making up some of the development time he missed early in the season prior to the Cubs acquiring him in the deal with Oakland for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. After the […]

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Addison Russell is Adding to Resume in the AFL and News from the Cubs Farm

Theo Epstein was asked what the team’s plans were for the position-player talent during his season-ending press conference. The Cubs appear to have a very good problem, too many players and not enough positions on the field. Epstein said at the time and has reiterated since that the Cubs plan for the players to be […]

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The Daily CCO: Addison Russell Started at Second Base in the AFL and Other Cubs News

Over three minor league seasons, Addison Russell has played in 233 games and only one position in the field, shortstop. Addison Russell made his first start of the fall at second base Monday night, hitting fifth for the Mesa Solar Sox. Russell went 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk on Monday night. Addison Russell […]

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