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Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects for Week 8

May 27, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs turned in a 3-3 performance last week, splitting series with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. However, that wasn't enough for them to climb out of the No. 30 spot in this week's MLB power rankings. As we make our way through what will likely be another long year on the North Side, more and more attention will be paid to a farm system that was ranked No. 4 in all of baseball by Baseball America entering the season. What follows is a look at the team's current top 10 prospects and how they performed at the minor league level over ...

Latest Expert Predictions on Who Chicago Cubs Will Draft

May 24, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

With the 2014 MLB draft just about a month away, the Cubs once again have a top-five pick. Last season they appeared to hit a home run by taking 3B Kris Bryant with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, and this season they hold pick No. 4. There are several different directions the club could go, but pitching is likely to be a top priority.  Based on expert projections from various baseball writers and reporters, including Bleacher Report's Mike Rosenbaum, here are the three players the Cubs are most likely to take when their turn comes up in the ...

Cubs Are Set Up Perfectly to Grab Huge Jeff Samardzija Trade Bounty

May 22, 2014 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs don't have to trade Jeff Samardzija this summer. He's not a free agent until after 2015. And as a non-penniless organization, the Cubs still have a shot at extending him. But as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and many others have already opined, the Cubs should trade Samardzija this summer. And if they do, be warned: The package they get in return could be big enough to shake the earth. The recipe for a perfect trade situation is simple. If you have a highly desirable player, you're good. If you have some desperate suitors, you're better. If said suitors are lacking in ...

Jeff Samardzija Remains Winless Despite 7 Shutout Innings vs. Yankees

May 22, 2014 by R. Cory Smith · Leave a Comment 

It's been a horrendous season for the Chicago Cubs already, but it's been especially bad for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.    No, not in the sense that he hasn't performed well, but the support certainly hasn't been there for the outstanding right-hander. Unfortunately, that poor luck continued on Wednesday afternoon. Despite the fact that he threw seven masterful innings of scoreless baseball against the New York Yankees, Samardzija was still unable to earn his first win of the season. SportsCenter provides a look at Samardzija's statistics through his first 10 starts of the 2014 MLB season: Chicago is currently mired in a 16-28 season after ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs Top-10 Prospects for Week 7

May 19, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs turned in a 3-3 performance this past week, winning a series against the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend. However, they still have the worst record in baseball (15-27), earning them the No. 30 spot in this week's MLB power rankings. As we make our way through what will likely be another long year on the North Side, more and more attention will be paid to a farm system that was ranked No. 4 in all of baseball by Baseball America entering the season. What follows is a look at the team's current top-10 prospects and how they performed at the minor ...

5 Chicago Cubs Prospects Who Never Panned out

May 17, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

In the over century-long World Series drought the Cubs are currently experiencing, they've had their fair share of heartbreak. Sometimes they've been downright bad, but sometimes they've actually had reason to get excited. Such is the case for the Cubs right now as they are building up a solid hitting farm system with potential future stars like Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler.  However, the Cubs have been in this boat before, and it hasn't always panned out. The difference between now and the past in Chicago is that the Cubs have stockpiled multiple prospects at the same ...

First-Quarter Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs’ Top-10 Prospects

May 12, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

After climbing a bit to No. 26 in last week's power rankings, the Chicago Cubs slide back down to the No. 29 spot following a 1-6 week that included a 1-3 showing in the Crosstown Classic. As we make our way through what will likely be another long year on the North Side, more and more attention will be paid to a farm system that was ranked No. 4 in all of baseball by Baseball America entering the season. What follows is a look at the team's current top-10 prospects and how they performed at the minor league level over the past week. This ...

5 Potential Deals Epstein and Hoyer Should Propose at Deadline

May 12, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

While the Cubs are still rebuilding, they need to garner some more top prospects. It appears they are a couple of pitchers away from having a truly complete farm system, and that's why president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer still need to make plenty of moves at the trade deadline this season. Once again, the Cubs figure to be sellers; a team that will send off its current talent for more potential future talent.  Based on past trade rumblings and situations that have developed this season, there are quite a few trades the Cubs could try to work out ...

Will Jorge Soler Develop into Cubs’ Crosstown Version of Jose Abreu?

May 6, 2014 by Mike Rosenbaum · Leave a Comment 

We’re a little more than a month into the season and it’s already clear the Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu is this year’s Cuban sensation. In 2012 it was Yoenis Cespedes. Last year, it was Yasiel Puig. But once Abreu’s reign of rookie production comes to an end this fall, which Cuban player is the next in line to become a star in 2015? The popular pick is 22-year-old Jorge Soler, who is currently on the seven-day disabled list for Double-A Tennessee, the Chicago Cubs’ affiliate in the Southern League. Signed to a nine-year contract in June, 2012, around the same time ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects for Week 5

May 5, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

A 3-2 week that included a series win against the rival St. Louis Cardinals was enough for the Chicago Cubs to climb three spots in this week's MLB power rankings to No. 26. That at least gives them some momentum going into the Crosstown Classic against the Chicago White Sox this coming week. As we make our way through what will likely be another long year on the North Side, more and more attention will be paid to a farm system that was ranked No. 4 in all of baseball by Baseball America entering the season. What follows is a look at the team's current ...

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