Javier Baez Takes a Leave of Absence to be with Family

Javier Baez has taken a leave of absence from the Iowa Cubs to be with his family. Baez’s sister, Noely died Wednesday night at the age of 21. Noely was born with spina bifida. Javy and was very close to his sister. Those unfamiliar with their bond should read this link. Every day with sister […]


Share on Fancred

Cubs Explain Decision to Start C.J. Edwards in Bullpen and It’s Opening Day in the Minor Leagues

Mick Gillispie broke the news Tuesday night the top pitching prospect in the system would begin the year in Double-A Tennessee’s bullpen. And the beat writers asked Jed Hoyer about the Cubs decision to start C.J. Edwards in the pen, not in the rotation. The Cubs are not ruling out Edwards returning to a starting […]


Share on Fancred

Joe Maddon Talks Cubs on MLB Network Radio

Joe Maddon joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden during Tuesday’s Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio) for his now weekly segment. Maddon had a weekly spot on Inside Pitch while he was with the Rays. It’s good to see the Cubs allowed him to continue his conversations with Stern and Bowden in what is appointment radio. […]


Share on Fancred

Shortstop Situation Reportedly Close to Being Front and Center for the Cubs

Since acquiring Addison Russell last summer, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have maintained publicly that Starlin Castro is the Cubs’ shortstop.  Castro is a unique talent, one that puts up the numbers at the plate in the big leagues and is often underappreciated by the media and fan base. Starlin Castro had a full Spring […]


Share on Fancred

Cubs Plan is to Play Bryant, Russell and Baez at Multiple Positions with I-Cubs and News from the Farm

The front office would like for the position players coming up through the system to be able to play at least two positions in the field. The Cubs are so focused on position flexibility that they’ve added it to each player’s development plan. Jaron Madison, the Cubs farm director, spoke with the Des Moines Register […]


Share on Fancred

Iowa Cubs Announce 2015 Opening Day Roster

The Iowa Cubs released its initial roster for the 2015 season Monday and it features two of the top prospects in not only the Cubs system but in all of baseball, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. The trio of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Javier Baez will make the Iowa Cubs a must-follow team at […]


Share on Fancred

Jed Hoyer Talks Cubs Prior to the Season Opener

Jed Hoyer joined Bruce Levine and Mike Esposito Saturday morning on Inside the Clubhouse (670 The Score). Hoyer was in Oklahoma City driving back to Chicago from Arizona. The Cubs GM took time to answer several questions about his ball club on the eve of Opening Night. Jed Hoyer talked about the front office’s decision […]


Share on Fancred

Cubs Spring Training Ends with a Loss – Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Thirty-Three – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 4 WP – Anthony Banda (1-0) LP – Travis Wood (1-2) Save – Jimmie Sherfy (1) Travis Wood gave up two runs in an inning of work. Kyle Hendricks tossed a scoreless second inning. But the prospect filled lineup couldn’t dig out of the early hole as […]


Share on Fancred

Rambling about the Cubs on the Eve of the Eve

Hello again, everybody. Real games are so close I can almost taste them. Well, to be fair, I just had some hot dogs, so I like, literally just tasted baseball. And yes, I am very well aware that is an erroneous use of “literally.” The North Side is abuzz with the excitement of baseball, video […]


Share on Fancred

Theo Epstein Discusses the Cubs Decision to Send Down Bryant, Baez and Russell

The Cubs sent down three of the best young players in the system Monday and two, in Kris Bryant and Addison Russell that are ranked among the top five prospects in baseball. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell were extremely impressive this spring and will be part of the big league team in the near future. […]


Share on Fancred