Scouting Reports and Video on RHPs Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo

The Cubs acquired two intriguing arms in Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo from the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Tony Campana and added pitching depth to the system. While both pitchers are just 17 years old and have only pitched in the Dominican Summer League, Leal and Castillo have big upsides and project as big leaguers.

From the Wire … Cubs Trade Tony Campana to Arizona for RHPs Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo

The Cubs traded outfielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday for right-handed pitchers Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo. The Cubs designated Campana for assignment on February 10 to make room on the 40-man roster for Scott Hairston. Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo pitched in the Dominican Summer League last season and both pitchers […]

Day Five of Cubs Camp: Feldman and Wood in the Rotation, Lillibridge on the Bench and Jackson to Triple-A?

It is the middle of February, several players on the Cubs’ Spring Training roster have not reported to camp and the first game of the Cactus League schedule is still eight days away … so as Dale Sveum said on Thursday, nothing is guaranteed. Dale Sveum told the media on Thursday that Scott Feldman will […]

Day Four of Cubs Camp: Who’s Backing Up Rizzo and All Eyes on the Throwing Sessions

Three-fifths of the Cubs projected rotation and a majority of the backend of the pen completed bullpen sessions at Fitch Park on Wednesday. Jeff Samardzija, Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson, Shawn Camp, Carlos Marmol and James Russell threw off the practice mounds on Wednesday with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Dale Sveum and Chris Bosio […]

News and Notes from Day One of Cubs Camp

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum met with the media at Fitch Park on Sunday as pitchers and catchers officially reported to Spring Training. The Cubs’ brass addressed the ‘State of the Cubs’ as the team prepares for an extended camp. The Cubs made two announcements and addressed their plans for Javier Baez’s first […]

From the Wire … Cubs Announce Two-Year Deal with Scott Hairston, DFA Tony Campana

According to multiple reports from Fitch Park, the Cubs announced the signing of Scott Hairston to a two-year contract on Sunday. As expected, Tony Campana was designated for assignment to make room for Hairston on the 40-man roster.

Spring Training is Near and Other Cubs News and Notes

Five days until pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park … The Cubs first workout of the spring is scheduled for one week from today (Feb. 12) but many of the players are already at Fitch Park working out and preparing for the start of Spring Training. Position players do not have to report until […]

Three Cubs Prospects Ranked Among the Top 50 in Baseball and Other News, Notes and Rumors

Three of the top players in the Cubs’ system were ranked among the top 50 prospects in the game by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. Javier Baez made quite a leap in one year and made it into the top 20. The top prospect in the Cubs’ system checked in at number 16 while Albert Almora (39) […]

The Roster, Spring Broadcasts and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs did not announce the signings of Carlos Villanueva or Scott Hairston on Thursday but there was plenty speculation of which two players would be removed from the roster in order to add the right-handed pitcher and outfielder. Scott Hairston reportedly agreed to a two-year deal that could be worth up to $6 million, […]

ZiPS Projections for the 2013 Chicago Cubs

FanGraphs posted the Cubs’ ZiPS projections for the upcoming season last week … and if the projections are anywhere near accurate three players on the Cubs’ roster will have an excellent 2013 season. ZiPS is projecting All-Star type seasons from Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo with Jeff Samardzija posting a 3.62 ERA and a 1.22 […]