Ricketts to Meet with Tim Wilken

According to a report from Bruce Levine, Tom Ricketts will meet with scouting director Tim Wilken over the weekend of September 16 to discuss his future with the team. Wilken still has a year remaining on his contract. According to Levine’s sources, Ricketts and Wilken will “discuss the state of the scouting department and his […]

Share on Fancred

From the Wire … Ricketts Extended Contract of Oneri Fleita

According to a report from Bruce Levine, Tom Ricketts extended the contract of Oneri Fleita earlier in the week. Ricketts gave the Cubs’ Vice President of Player Personnel a new four-year contract to keep him in the organization. During the press conference following the dismissal of Jim Hendry, Ricketts said he would recommend to the […]

Share on Fancred

Recap of the Cubs 2011 First-Year Player Draft

The 2011 MLB First-Year player draft took place last week and the Cubs selected players in all 50 rounds. The Cubs made Javier Baez their first round pick with the ninth overall selection in the draft. In all, Tim Wilken and his staff selected 29 college players and 21 high school players … 29 pitchers […]

Share on Fancred

Catching Up on Cubs News and Notes

Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in 22 days and the first pitch of the spring is just 36 days away … Baseball is just around the corner. WGN and Comcast SportsNet have not released their spring broadcast schedules yet but at least two of the Cubs Cactus League games will be carried on […]

Share on Fancred

Cubs Convention Day Three: All About the Young Cubs

The final day of the 26th Annual Cubs Convention focused on the young players in the system … both at the Major League level and down on the farm. Tyler Colvin, Darwin Barney and Scott Maine talked about being 25 and in the majors. The final session of the weekend, “Down on the Farm presented […]

Share on Fancred

Ramblings while watching the Home Run Derby

Ahhh … the All-Star break. Time for a few days off from actual games and time for the players to relax, recoup and re-focus. And I think the Cubs could really use some of this R & R. Also, like many of you, I look forward to a bit of break of this baseball team. […]

Share on Fancred

Hayden Simpson in the Fold … and Cubs 2010 Draft Update

Hayden Simpson officially signed with the Cubs Saturday … a deal worth $1.06 million. Simpson threw a bullpen session at Wrigley and will report to Mesa before going to Boise (Class-A short season). Simpson said he will finish the summer with the Boise Hawks before going to the instructional league this fall. The Cubs took […]

Share on Fancred

The Chicago Cubs Select … Hayden Simpson

The 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft began Monday evening. With the 16th pick of the first round, Tim Wilken selected Hayden Simpson a right-handed pitcher out of Southern Arkansas, a Division II school. Baseball America labeled the Cubs’ pick as the “biggest shocker so far”. Baseball America ranked Simpson 191 on their Top 200 […]

Share on Fancred

On the Air: Jim Hendry

After meeting with the media on Tuesday, Jim Hendry spent time at the end of the week on the radio. Thursday it was Waddle and Silvy (ESPN 1000), Friday morning Mully and Hanley (The Score) and Friday night, Hendry finished up with Sports Central (WGN Radio). The three interviews on Hendry’s radio tour were very […]

Share on Fancred

Cubs Convention Day Three: Depth Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm … presented by the VineLine was the final session of the weekend. Mike Huang, editor of the VineLine hosted the session that featured Oneri Fleita (Vice President of Player Personnel) and Tim Wilken (Cubs Scouting Director) … along with Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, James Adduci and Welington Castillo.

Share on Fancred