The Cubs received good news on Tuesday in regards to Matt Garza. The MRI on Monday revealed a mild left lat strain where the lat meets the oblique and Jed Hoyer said they are probably going to let Garza rest for about a week. The week layoff is not expected to keep Garza off the [...]
As the last few position players made their way to camp on Saturday ahead of the first full squad workout on Sunday, Dale Sveum announced Travis Wood will start the Cubs Cactus League opener against an Angels split squad team in Tempe on Saturday. Jeff Samardzija will start the home opener against the Giants in [...]
Day Five of Cubs Camp: Feldman and Wood in the Rotation, Lillibridge on the Bench and Jackson to Triple-A?
It is the middle of February, several players on the Cubs’ Spring Training roster have not reported to camp and the first game of the Cactus League schedule is still eight days away … so as Dale Sveum said on Thursday, nothing is guaranteed. Dale Sveum told the media on Thursday that Scott Feldman will [...]
The week long look at the Cubs farm system continued Wednesday when Jonathan Mayo and MLB.com published their rankings of the top prospects in the National League Central. As expected Javier Baez topped MLB.com’s Cubs list with Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Brett Jackson and Arodys Vizcaino rounding out the top five. Seven of the 21 [...]
The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ farm system continues with Baseball America’s ranking of the top 31 prospects in the organization. Baseball America’s 2013 Prospect Handbook arrived on Wednesday with the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar on the cover. Baseball American ranked the Cubs’ system 13th in baseball, up one spot from last year. Theo Epstein, [...]
The cream began to rise to the top as the playoffs neared their end in the Caribbean Leagues. As the Caribbean World Series nears, one of the hottest players has to be Luis Valbuena. Valbuena has almost single-handedly lifted Cardenales de Lara to the top spot in the Venezuelan Winter League. Meanwhile “Down Under”, Ryan [...]
The ups and downs that are part of a baseball season blew their way through the winter league playoffs this past week. Esmailin Caridad pitched well as his team lost a series. Luis Valbuena’s good games didn’t seem to coincide with his team’s victories while Junior Lake, Nelson Perez and the rest of the Estrellas [...]
FanGraphs posted the Cubs’ ZiPS projections for the upcoming season last week … and if the projections are anywhere near accurate three players on the Cubs’ roster will have an excellent 2013 season. ZiPS is projecting All-Star type seasons from Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo with Jeff Samardzija posting a 3.62 ERA and a 1.22 [...]
Baseball America released their list of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system for the upcoming season on Monday. To no surprise, Javier Baez topped BA’s ranking with Albert Almora and Jorge Soler rounding out the top three. Last year’s top prospect in the Cubs’ system, Brett Jackson, slipped to fifth while Arodys Vizcaino was [...]
With the start of a New Year, the playoffs in the winter leagues are now in full swing. While in losing efforts, the organization received excellent pitching performances out of Ty’Relle Harris and Ryan Searle this past week, while infielders Diory Hernandez and Luis Valbuena stayed on a roll.