MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released MLB.com’s pre-season ranking of the Cubs top 20 prospects earlier in the week, along with five more players and a sleeper for the upcoming season. As with the case with nearly all of the off-season rankings, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped MLB.com’s list of the top prospects in […]

Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

Vizcaino, Jackson and Vitters Among Latest Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the fourth round of spring roster cuts Tuesday afternoon. Arodys Vizcaino, Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Zac Rosscup and Christian Villanueva were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Mitch Maier, Rafael Lopez and Armando Rivero were reassigned to minor league camp. With Tuesday’s roster cuts, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 45 players.

Best Tools in the Cubs Farm System

The big names in the Cubs minor league system are well known. From the ‘Core Four’ to the ‘Gang of Four’, the players and stats are followed and dissected daily throughout the year. Evaluating and keeping track of minor league players is easier now than ever before. But how do the players in the organization […]

The CCO’s Top 20 Cubs Prospects for 2014

The Cubs farm system has improved dramatically over the last three years. As the current president of baseball operations said, the Cubs finally got it in 2011. And Tim Wilken’s last draft pointed the organization in the right direction. Over the last three years the Cubs have added projectable impact talent to what was considered […]

Cubs Pen a Spring Loss on the Giants – Cubs 3, Giants 2

Spring Training Game Twelve – Cubs 3, Giants 2 WP – Chris Rusin (1-2) LP – Jeremy Affeldt (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jonathan Sanchez (2) The Cubs improved to .500 in Cactus League play Monday on a day the offense did not pick up its first hit until the sixth inning. Matt Cain started […]

The Cubs Need More Jeff Samardzijas, Not Less and Other News from Spring Training

Theo Epstein would like Jeff Samardzija to stay with the Cubs. Jed Hoyer reiterated this week the Cubs need more Jeff Samardzijas on the team, not less. And Jeff Samardzija would like to stay with the team he has a lot invested in. But the two sides remain apart on a long term extension for […]

Cubs Throw Away A Long, Sloppy Spring Training Game – Rockies 7, Cubs 5

Spring Training Game Six – Cubs 5, Rockies (ss) 7 WP – Chris Martin (1-0) LP – Chris Rusin (0-2) Save – Scott Oberg (1) Javier Baez and George Kottaras hit back-to-back spring jacks in the sixth inning that tied the game at three but Rosell Herrera hit a Little League Grand Slam in the […]

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]

Cubs Storylines of the Spring

Regardless of the win-loss expectancy at the big league level, this spring and the upcoming season are important steps in the building process for the organization. And the Cubs take another step Thursday afternoon when Rick Renteria’s team kicks off the Cactus League schedule against Kirk Gibson’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Several players that are coming off […]