Wow, what an incredibly busy weekend for the Chicago Cubs, and that was just the off the field news.
On the field, Joe Maddon’s team took two of three from the Braves in the Cubs final series at Turner Field. The Cubs had a Homer Party on Saturday afternoon, and there is video to prove it. The Cubs outscored the Braves 22-9 in the three games, 21-4 in the two victories. The Cubs improved to a season-high 25 games over .500 with a 43-18 record.
The front office made a trade to bring back a familiar face, signed a veteran reliever to a minor contract and claimed a hard-throwing right-hander off waivers.
There was a lot of movement in the minor league system with several notable promotions. And a few veterans were let go.
All-Star rosters were released for three of the Cubs’ affiliates. One of the Cubs’ top prospects kept streaking.
The Major League First-Year Player Draft took place and the Cubs used 27 of the 38 available picks to select pitchers.
Here are the headlines from the last three-plus days jam packed with all of the news and recaps, and a few videos for your viewing pleasure …
Six South Bend Cubs Named Midwest League All-Stars
As a team, Low-A South Bend have played well this season. In fact, Jimmy Gonzalez has his team at the top of the standings. The minors are about player development … with the obvious out of the way, players play the games to win them.
Eloy Jimenez and Donnie Dewees headline the list of SB Cubs that will be representing the organization in the Midwest League All-Star Game.
Trevor Clifton, Zach Hedges, Jake Stinnett Named Carolina League All-Stars
The Cubs have several intriguing arms in the system, especially starters, that have not garnered the attention they deserve … until recently.
Trevor Clifton could be the best young starter in the Cubs’ system that not many are talking about, and that Zach Hedges is pretty good, too. Jake Stinnett has pitched better than his traditional numbers.
Seven Tennessee Smokies Names Southern League All-Stars
If you’re late to the party or just now understanding the plan (#ThePlanSucks), there is a lot of talent and projectable impact talent throughout the Cubs’ system. Seven players were named to the Southern League All-Star team. Two of them have already been promoted to Triple-A Iowa, and the Smokies replaced one with a pitcher.
Chesny Young, Victor Caratini and Paul Blackburn headline the list of now six Tennessee Smokies that will be representing the organization in the Southern League All-Star Game.
Cubs 2016 First-Year Player Draft
Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft kicked off Thursday night. The Cubs had to sit out the first day (Round 1, Round 2) after signing free agents RHP John Lackey and OF Jason Heyward.
The Cubs drafted a [blank]load of pitchers.
Here are the previews for each day with information that is still relevant and links with comments from Jason McLeod.
- Cubs 2016 First-Year Player Draft
- Cubs 2016 First-Year Player Draft – Day Two
- Cubs 2016 First-Year Player Draft – Day Three
From the Wire: Cubs Acquire Chris Coghlan from the A’s for Arismendy Alcantara
The front office did not take Thursday off and made another deal with the Oakland A’s. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer reacquired Chris Coghlan from Billy Beane and sent former top prospect to Oakland. Coghlan should help and definitely lengthens Joe Maddon’s bench. And Alcantara should benefit from a fresh start with the A’s … just too much talent there for him not to succeed in the majors.
Cubs Sign RHP Joel Peralta to Minor League Contract
The Cubs inked another veteran reliever and one that has a history with Joe Maddon. The Cubs signed RHP Joel Peralta to a minor league contract. Peralta reported to Principal Park on Saturday but has not been activated. The Cubs want to see if he has anything left in the tank.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/10/16
Tom recapped all of the action down on the farm … and the moves in the system.
Several players were finally promoted, and Jeimer Candelario was among those that were bumped up a level.
Click on the link to find out if any of your favorites are wearing new uniforms as the middle of June approaches.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Reacquire Chris Coghlan, Shake Up Iowa’s Roster
Chris Coghlan is back with the team that he had a lot of success with the previous two seasons. Coghlan and his family were surprised when he was traded in the spring … and pleasantly surprised he was dealt back to the Cubs.
The front office made numerous changes to Iowa’s roster in the wake of Albert Almora Jr.’s promotion and two veteran relievers being released.
Willson Contreras kept rolling offensively and extended his hitting streak. And Matt Murton avoided the disabled list.
Corey Black was promoted. The Cubs released Brandon Gomes and Jean Machi. And Machi’s stay in Des Moines was extended by the local Police Department.
The Cubs traded Shawon Dunston Jr.
The Daily Report includes all of the news, notes and links … plus This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Select RHP Thomas Hatch in Third Round of Draft
The Cubs first pick of the 2016 draft was for RHP Thomas Hatch. The Cubs made a safe pick that could pay off in a couple years. The reports and numbers look good … the real work will begin soon for Hatch.
Click on the link for scouting report and video.
From the Wire: Cubs Place Tommy La Stella on 15-Day DL, Add Chris Coghlan to 25-Man Roster
As was expected, the Cubs placed Tommy La Stella on the 15-day DL prior to Friday’s opener in Atlanta. Reports indicated at the time the deal was announced with the A’s that one of the reasons the Cubs reacquired Chris Coghlan was due to a right hamstring injury to Tommy La Stella.
One of Those Days, One of Those Games – Braves 5, Cubs 1
The Cubs opened the weekend series in Atlanta with a dud against the Braves. The offense could not figure out Bud Norris and Jason Hammel left too many pitches up in the zone early in the game. For one of the few times this season, the Cubs did not play a competitive game.
Cubs Select Seven Pitchers and a Catcher on Second Day of 2016 Draft
Jason McLeod said the Cubs would take a lot of pitchers in the draft. And, well, he’s a man of his word. The Cubs had eight picks on the second day of the draft, seven were used on pitchers.
Click on the link for detailed reports on each pitcher, and catcher, the Cubs selected on the second day of the draft.
The Daily CCO: Contreras Runs Hitting Streak to 16 Game, Rizzo Sidelined and Cubs News and Rumors
Willson Contreras is doing pretty cool things at the plate for Triple-A Iowa while he is working on his defense and receiving skills. Contreras has since extended his hitting streak to 18 games, setting a new career-high. But the Willson Watch as of Saturday morning focused on his 16-game streak.
Anthony Rizzo missed Friday’s game with back tightness. And the Cubs missed him in the field and at the plate. Rizzo’s status was unknown at the time. He returned to the lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game.
Ridiculous Yankees and Aroldis Chapman rumors were shot down.
The Daily Report includes all of the news, notes, links and of course the mega-popular This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs Bats Heat Up Behind Arrieta – Cubs 8, Braves 2
It’s a wonder what four home runs and Jake Arrieta will do for a team that looked lifeless the night before. Jason Heyward, Miguel Montero, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant hit home runs. And Jake Arrieta took care of the rest.
The Cubs lineup just works so much better with Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in the middle.
Cubs Select 27 Pitchers in 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft
Major League Baseball’s draft concluded Saturday with rounds 11-40. And the Cubs are getting ready to add a lot of pitchers to the system
There are some intriguing players that could pay off for the Cubs down the road.
Click on the link for the complete list of the 38 players the Cubs selected in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The Daily CCO: Arrieta in the Home Run Derby? And Cubs Sunday News and Notes
Jake Arrieta went 2-for-3 with a run scored on Saturday afternoon and was asked what he thought about Madison Bumgarner wanting to participate in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. Arrieta would like to and he can really hit. But unless the rules are changed, there is no way the Cubs or any other team can allow a pitcher to take part in the Home Run Derby … no matter how fun it would be to watch.
The Willson Watch continued, and the young catcher had another good night at the dish.
Anthony Rizzo returned to the lineup. There is a video of a pretty awesome catch from Albert Almora Jr. And of course, the Daily Report includes all of the news, notes and links … and This Day in Cubs History.
From the Wire: Cubs Claim RHP R.J. Alvarez Off Waivers from Oakland
While the Cubs were playing the Braves on Sunday afternoon, the front office announced it claimed RHP R.J. Alvarez off waivers from the Oakland A’s.
The Cubs 40-man roster stands at 39 players and Alvarez was optioned to Double-A Tennessee.
Cubs Turn a Sloppy Game into a Blowout Win Over Braves – Cubs 13, Braves 2
Jon Lester pitched another excellent game and really kept the Cubs in it until the offense took over. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning thanks to a single from David Ross and a safety squeeze from Jon Lester.
The Cubs scored three runs in the seventh and scored a touchdown, but missed the extra point in the eighth. Javier Baez smacked a three run homer. Six different Cubs drove in runs … Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant all had a big day at the plate.