Practice, Practice, Practice and News from Day 11 of Cubs Camp

The Cubs completed their last weekend for seven months without an actual game. Rick Renteria’s team squares off Wednesday at Cubs Park in an Intrasquad game and the team begins play in the Cactus League on Thursday. Mike Olt is off to a good start this spring. According to a report from Gordon Wittenmyer, Mike […]

Vizcaino Throws BP, Let the Exhibition Games Begin and News from Day 10 of Cubs Camp

Arodys Vizcaino threw live batting practice Saturday off the mound at Field 1. This is a good sign for Vizcaino and the Cubs. Vizcaino has thrown his bullpen sessions this spring. Saturday was the first time news surfaced that he threw batting practice. Rick Renteria told ESPN Chicago that Vizcaino “looked very, very good” on […]

Cubs Have Power in the Minors and Other News from Down on the Farm

The top prospects in the Cubs’ system continued making headlines this past week. Baseball America included seven of the top players from the Cubs’ organization in its ranking of the top 100 prospects in the game. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant were ranked in the top eight with Baez listed as the fifth best prospect in […]

A Full Squad, Starlin Castro, Live Batting Practice and News from Day Seven of Cubs Camp

The Cubs first full squad workout of the spring took place Wednesday after physicals and meetings pushed back the team’s normal start time. Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein and Rick Renteria addressed the 66 players in big league camp. Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva, Neil Ramirez, Chris Rusin, Armando Rivero, Kyle Hendricks and Justin Grimm […]

Pitchers and Catchers Continue Pitching and Catching and News from Day Five of Cubs Camp

Pitchers and catchers continued getting their work in Monday while position players rolled in early in advance of Tuesday’s reporting day. According to reports, the second group of pitchers that includes Edwin Jackson, Carlos Villanueva, Jason Hammel, Pedro Strop and Jose Veras completed their second bullpens of the spring with no issues. Javier Baez was […]

Position Players Report Tuesday, Castro a Leadoff Candidate and News from Day Four of Cubs Camp

Position players do not have to be in Mesa until Tuesday. The first full squad workout of the spring is not until Wednesday and the forecast is looking good in Arizona for the entire spring roster getting on the field (81 degrees with a slight chance of rain). Many of the position players are already […]

An Optimistic Arrieta, PFPs and News from Day Two of Cubs Camp

The Chicago Cubs held their first official workout of the spring Friday at Cubs Park. Several pitchers not only completed bullpen sessions but there was pitchers fielding practice, always one of the first signs that Spring Training is actually underway. There is apparently no shortage of cameras at the Cubs new facility, at least according […]

It’s Almost Time for Cubs Pitchers and Catchers to Report to Spring Training

Weekend Update With the Cubs avoiding arbitration with Jeff Samardzija on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him $5.345 million and Darwin Barney last Thursday on a $2.3 million contract, the Cubs have all of the players currently on the 40-man roster under contract for the upcoming season and can focus on […]

Baseball America’s Top 31 Cubs Prospects for 2014

Baseball America’s 2014 Prospect Handbook arrived Wednesday with the Twins’ Miguel Sano on the cover and more positive news about the Cubs’ farm system. Like Baseball Prospectus (No. 2) and Keith Law (No. 4), Baseball America ranked the Cubs’ organization in the top five in baseball. The Cubs system came in at No. 4 in […]

Keith Law’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2014

ESPN’s Keith Law concluded his week-long look at the best prospects in the game Friday with his top 10 lists for each of the National League teams. Keith Law, as has been the case with nearly every Cubs prospects list, ranked Javier Baez at the best young player in the Cubs’ system followed by Kris […]