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How Will Darvish’s Contract Impact the Cubs’ MiLB Starting Pitching?

When the Cubs signed Yu Darvish to a six-year contract, it filled a void in the starting rotation for 2018 and 2019. In addition, Darvish was given a two-year opt-out clause after 2019. Taking those two things into consideration, I began to think about how the signing and contract could impact several of the Cubs’ […]

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Minor League Spring Training Preview: Several Great Storylines Ahead

Not all of the Cubs’ top prospects will be in spring training with their peers. Instead, Adbert Alzolay, Ian Rice, and others will be playing with the big boys in the MLB camp. Despite that difference, the Cubs MiLB camp will still contain several storylines of interest. With close to 300 players in camp, it’s hard […]

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The 2018 Draft Is Shaping Up to Be an Important One for the Cubs

On January 26th, baseball practice began for many NCAA Division I schools. In just two weeks, play will begin. Then, in just a little over four months, Major League Baseball will hold its annual amateur draft. The Cubs will have their first-round selection at number 24 and they will likely have two compensation picks between […]

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Cubs Convention Turned the Spotlight on Caratini, Zagunis, and Maples

I have been going to Cubs Conventions for quite a while. Every convention has a different vibe, a unique energy—whether it be excitement or a sense of urgency. This year was no different. On the drive home Sunday afternoon, I thought a lot about what I would take away most from 2018. Considering I spent most […]

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The Double-A Test Is Coming for 6 Touted Cubs Prospects in 2018

Advancing to the Class AA Southern League is a huge test for many of the Cubs’ top prospects. It is a place where the prospects are a little bit more polished than the levels before. In the past 10 years, there has been a trend in the majors of players skipping Triple-A after success at […]

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BP’s Top 10 Cubs Prospect List Bears Some Harsh Realities and Some Hope

Baseball Prospectus can be a bit bold when ranking Cubs prospects. In 2015, they ranked Addison Russell at number one ahead of Kris Bryant. In 2015, BP placed Gleyber Torres first and followed that up with Eloy Jimenez last year. Heading into this year’s list, I figured that one of three prospects would grace the top of the list: Adbert […]

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Why Have the Cubs Not Developed Some Pitching by Now?

Yes, Rob Zastryzny and Jen-Ho Tseng have each filled in, but the Cubs in the Theo Era have not yet developed one permanent starting pitcher for the rotation. Through six drafts and six International Free Agent signing periods, nothing. Simply put, why have the Cubs failed, so far, to produce big league pitching on their own? Let’s […]