Still Buzzing about the Olt and Baez Blasts and Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt and Javier Baez picked the right time to make the Peoria Sports Complex look rather small. Olt and Baez launched three home runs late Wednesday night that traveled close to 1200 feet combined. As Len Kasper said during the broadcast, the ball does not travel as well at night in the Cactus League […]

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 […]

Bryant, Soler and Almora Among First Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the first round of spring roster cuts on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs reduced their spring roster to 56 with the ten moves that were made. The Cubs optioned Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur to minor league camp. Alcantara, Watkins and Szczur will likely begin the season with Triple-A […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]

Cubs Spring Training Videos

The CCO was in Arizona for the opening weekend of  Cactus League games (Feb. 27 – March 2) and was able to see several of the top prospects in the system as well as the tremendous new facility. I posted several photos of Cubs Park and the facility on the CCO’s Facebook page earlier this […]

Jed Hoyer Takes to the Airwaves and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Jed Hoyer discussed a variety of topics and players such as Jeff Samardzija, Javier Baez, Josh Vitters and Mike Olt as well as Tom Ricketts and ‘the reset button’ during interviews on MLB Network Radio and 87.7 The Game. Hoyer also reiterated during both interviews that the Cubs believe in Starlin Castro and he is […]

Cubs Strikeout Against the Indians – Indians 7, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Eight – Cubs (ss) 2, Indians 7 WP – Carlos Carrasco (2-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-2) Save – None Half of the Cubs’ spring roster struggled against Indians’ pitching for the second day in a row as the Cubs lost to the Tribe 7-2 on Friday afternoon at Cubs Park. Kris […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/09/14

Spring Training Game Eight: Cubs (ss) (2-5) vs. Indians (7-1) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Edwin Jackson (0-1, 4.50, 1.50) vs. Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.25, 1.00) Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (ss) (2-5) vs. Angels (ss) (3-3-1) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage […]

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 […]

Baez and Ibarra Lead Cubs to First Win of the Spring – Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Spring Training Game Four – Cubs 4, Brewers 2 WP – Marcus Hatley (1-0) LP – Mike Fiers (0-1) Save – Alberto Cabrera (1) Javier Baez homered, Eric Jokisch tossed three innings of no-hit, shutout baseball and Walter Ibarra broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh with a two-run single as the Cubs topped the […]