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Kyle Schwarber Is Next in Long Line of Cubs’ Rising Offensive Stars

May 29, 2015 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

With Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell already in their lineup, seemingly the last thing the Chicago Cubs need is another talented young hitter.  And yet there's Kyle Schwarber. He's knocking on the door to the majors, and his knocks are only getting louder. It feels weird to say as much, knowing that it hasn't even been a full year since the Cubs drafted the 22-year-old catcher/left fielder out of Indiana University. But that's the way this cookie is crumbling. While Schwarber may be light on pro experience, he's certainly made the most of what he's gotten. You can take ...

Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant Have Taken Similar Yet Different Paths to Stardom

May 26, 2015 by Heath Clary · Leave a Comment 

When the Cubs and Nationals squared off for the first time this season on Memorial Day, each team featured their own version of a baseball phenom.Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant don't seem like identical players off the top of the head, but the list of similarities between the two players is quite a long one.Both grew up in the Las Vegas area, where they played with—on the same travel team, called the Ballbusters—and against each other since they were nine and seven years old. They also each have keen memories of the other."When we were younger, we used to call ...

Kris Bryant Is Chicago Cubs’ Version of Superstar Bryce Harper

May 25, 2015 by Anthony Witrado · Leave a Comment 

At nine months apart in age, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant ran in the same Las Vegas baseball circles as kids and teens, young prodigies with beaming futures.  Harper, of course, took the unconventional path to superstardom. His well-known journey started with him graduating high school early, enrolling at a junior college and becoming the Washington Nationals’ No. 1 overall pick at the ripe old age of 17. Two years later he made his major league debut, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award and even getting praise on MVP ballots in 2012. The kid who graced the Sports Illustrated ...

Re-Evaluating Chicago Cubs’ Top Draft Picks from the Past Decade

May 23, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

Even though it isn't emphasized as much in baseball, the draft is important in building winning teams. Since it takes so long for draftees to reach the majors in most cases, it's hard to evaluate them immediately after the fact. Now, let's take a step back and look at the Cubs' last 10 first-round draft picks. They will each receive a letter grade based on whether or not they panned out, where they are in their career and what track they're on (if they still have time to develop).Begin Slideshow

The Chicago Cubs Can Be Surprise World Series Contenders

May 19, 2015 by Kevin Alonzo · Leave a Comment 

It's been 107 years since the last time the Chicago Cubs were at the summit of the baseball world, but if you look around the diamond when they're on the field, you'll see a core group with the potential to end the curse. While the infusion of young talent may give fans hope that the Cubs can become a National League force in the foreseeable future, Joe Maddon's club has shown signs early in the 2015 season that it can contend sooner than expected. Since getting off to an up-and-down start, the Cubs have won six of their last seven games, and ...

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

May 18, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

Over the past several seasons, Cubs fans couldn't help but focus on their farm system, if nothing else to get their minds off of the lackluster product at the major league level. Now that the Cubs are competitive, their minor league system has slipped back into the background. However, continuing to churn out young talent in the farm system is extremely important, and the Cubs still have a number of talented young players getting ready to move to Chicago. Here is a list of the team's top 10 prospects and whether or not their stocks are up or down based on their ...

As Cubs Phenoms Grab Eyes, Anthony Rizzo Has Become Top-10 MLB Hitter

May 15, 2015 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

For a team that hasn't won a World Series in over 100 years and came into 2015 off a string of five straight losing seasons, it's remarkable just how much hype the Chicago Cubs are generating. Quite a lot of that is due to the emergence of top prospects Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell. But while that's perfectly OK—seriously, they're awesome—they're overshadowing another young talent whose efforts should actually be pushing the Cubs hype meter even higher. His name is Anthony Rizzo, and you must know of his stupendousness.  If you haven't been keeping up with current affairs, the 25-year-old first ...

Chicago Cubs: After Early Struggles, Jon Lester Starting to Earn Paycheck

May 14, 2015 by Heath Clary · Leave a Comment 

This past offseason was a busy one for the Chicago Cubs. They signed ace pitcher Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract, and they lured manager Joe Maddon to the North Side with a five-year, $25 million offer. High expectations understandably followed. "I'm gonna be talking playoffs next year, I'll tell you that right now," Maddon told the Chicago Tribune in November. "I can't go to spring training and say anything else. You have to set your goals high, because if you don't set them high enough you might hit your mark, and that's not a good thing. We're gonna talk World Series ...

4 Bold Predictions for the Remainder of the 2015 Cubs Season

May 11, 2015 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

Thank god the NL Central is a weak division. Despite being just a .500 ballclub through their first 30 games, the Chicago Cubs find themselves in second place in the division and 6.5 games behind the strongest team in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals. Though they've shown some positives throughout the season, the Cubs have struggled as of late. After a winning month to begin the year, the Cubs have dropped eight of their last 11 games, all against division rivals. The Cubs have a long ways to go if they still intend to live up to Anthony Rizzo's prediction of an NL ...

Are the Cubs or Mets Better Positioned to Achieve Long-Term Success?

May 11, 2015 by Jacob Shafer · Leave a Comment 

When the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets kick off a four-game series Monday, it'll be a clash of clubs with their eyes on the 2015 postseason. But it'll be something else, too: a meeting of teams with the potential to be National League powerhouses for years to come. Both the Mets and Cubs are on the rise, blessed with loaded farm systems and laden with nascent MLB talent. The question is this: Which team is better positioned to succeed long term? That obviously hinges on an array of unknowns; injuries, trades, signings and twists of fate can (and inevitably will) shape the ...

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