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The 2017 Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   1. Eloy Jimenez, LF/RF                                                   Born: 11/27/96 Age: 20 Bats: R Top CALs: Zoilo Almonte, Anthony Santander, Jem Argenal,…

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The 2016 Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: After peaking as the #3 book among all baseball books on Amazon last year, my new book, The 2016 Prospect Digest Handbook, is on sale! Check it out here! And for those wondering what CALs are, here’s an article on the Comparison And Likeness program I designed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Albert Almora, CF                                                       Born: 04/16/94…

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Surprise Teams for 2015

The 2014 season has passed the three-quarter mark and with more than a handful of teams playing for nothing but pride, let’s take a look at some of the potential surprising teams for 2015: New York Mets: The organization, hamstrung by some monetary issues, has nonetheless laid the foundation for a potentially dominant rotation. Even…

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The Chicago Cubs: The Right Way to Rebuild

Note: This article appeared in my first book: The 2014 Prospect Digest Annual, which is currently on sale on Amazon for $2.99. The Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects ____________________________________________________________________________ October 12, 2011, the day that the fortunes of the Chicago Cubs took a dramatic, Boston-like shift back towards respectability. Former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein…

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2014 Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

After a long delay – something measured in the months, not days –  I have a bit of an announcement to make: I will be publishing the first ever Prospect Digest Annual sometime late January/early February. The Prospect Digest Annual will feature each organization’s Top 30 Prospects, ranking the farm systems, and several additional articles….

Chicago Cubs Top MiLB Tools

With the minor league season officially wrapped up, it’s time to look back at the each organization’s top tools. Note: only everyday players with 250+ plate appearances, starting pitchers with 80+ innings, and relievers with 40+ innings were considered. For more Top MiLB Tools click here. Chicago Cubs Top Prospects for 2013 [pullquote]   Hit…

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Next Great Wave of Shortstops

The late 1990s to the early 2000s was arguably the golden era for offensive shortstops. The group, spearheaded by the trio of Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Derek Jeter, also featured Edgar Renteria, who peaked in 2003, Rafael Furcal, Jose Reyes, and Jimmy Rollins. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin also chipped in back-to-back five-win seasons…

Prospect Digest All Minor League Team

With the major league rosters expanding to 40 and the minor league regular season officially over, here’s a look at the first annual Prospect Digest All Minor League Team. To qualify, a position player must have accumulated 350+ plate appearances, a starting pitcher needed 130+ innings, and the relievers with 30+ innings were considered.  …

Surprise Teams for 2015

  After losing 93 games two years ago, the Baltimore Orioles shocked the baseball world by winning 93 last 2012 before eventually losing to the Yankees in the ALDS. The Oakland A’s improved upon their record in 2012 by 20 games while winning the AL West last season too. Quick turnarounds are hardly an uncommon…

Scott Hairston Trade Reaction

After struggling through much of the season, at least in terms of meeting preseason expectations, the Washington Nationals swung a deal for outfielder Scott Hairston, adding needed depth to their much maligned bench. Heading back to the Cubs is 21-year-old right-hander Ivan Pineyro. Chicago will reportedly add less than $500K towards Hairston’s contract next season….

Savvy Cubs Acquire Some Potential Big League Value

  In a move that’s slightly reminiscent to the prude deals that came to define the Theo Epstein-era in Boston, the Chicago Cubs have acquired hard-throwing right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Washington Nationals for minor league hurler Ian Dickson. After being designated by the Nationals on June 4, due to the same inconsistent control…

College Draft Profile: Chris Anderson

  Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville University Class: Junior; Height: 6-4; Weight: 225 Updated: 06/02/13 After two unimpressive seasons with the Dolphins, Anderson finally took the developmental step forward that the Cubs envisioned when they drafted him in the 35th round in 2010. The big right-hander was used as the team’s primary closer during his freshman…