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The walk-up music for Dan Vogelbach says it all. Whenever the Kane County Cougars first baseman comes up to bat, the Stadium audio blares the “BIG BOY” snippet from Nelly’s “Air Force Ones” over and over. You know it well, the refrain from the 2002 hip-hop hit. This music choice shows you that the 5’11″ 250 pound Chicago Cubs super-prospect has a grounded sense of self.
When interviewing Dan Vogelbach, you realize that he has an affable personality as big as his frame, potential and signing bonus. (Well, $1.6 million isn’t a huge signing bonus by MLB high draft pick standards, but it’s pretty huge for regular people like us)
Vogelbach hit a 508 foot home run at Chase Field in the December 2010 power showcase. And he hit an eye popping 17 HRs, 50 RBI in just 32 high school games his final season. He has light tower power to any field. Vogelbach has excellent plate discipline with a lot of bat speed and projects to be a good all-around hitter. That’s why he’s ranked 11th among Cubs p...
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Of course there's a mystery team involved at this point. There always is. However, Jim Bowden claims the Cubs and Rangers will get a trade done and, unfortunately, Neil Ramirez will be the "center piece" of the trade for Matt Garza.
The Rangers – Cubs…Matt Garza deal will get done and Neil Ramirez will be center piece according to source
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm...
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The man who dresses up as "Billy Cub" -- an unofficial mascot -- and interacts with fans received a cease and desist letter from the MLB due to "unabated Mascot Activities.”
Although I suppose they were as close as they could be yesterday, exchanging medical information on players and something turned up on one of the Rangers pitchers that caused the Cubs to squeeze the brakes. Names have been flying around, but Neil Ramirez, C.J. Edwards and Mike Olt seem to be the hottest names of late. Jeff Passan says the Rangers also showed interest in...
Daytona Cubs 3 @ Charlotte Stone Crabs 4 (11 innings)
Chadd Krist had the best daym, probably, with two singles and two walks. Ben Carhart and Dustin Geiger each added a double; Geiger also had two singles. Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-4 with a triple. That was every hit.
Yao-Lin Wang took the bump and was an out away from a QS. He went 5.2 innings but allowed only 2 runs. Austin...
Law came out with his earlier today and now it's John Sickels of Minor League Ball's turn. Below are the top Cubs prospects.
14. Javier Baez
18. Albert Almora
23. Jorge Soler
57. Arismendy Alcantara
His list does not include 2013 draftees.
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The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Brian Bogusevic on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder-infielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa to fill his roster spot.
Bogusevic has a left hamstring strain. He is batting .261 in 13 games since being recalled last month.
Lake was batting .295 with four home runs and 18 RBIs at Iowa, where he made a delayed season debut in...
It is very likely that the Cubs deal Matt Garza, but we don't know where he'll land. The teams interested in Garza are the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates, Indians and others, but it appears that the AL teams are in the lead in the Garza race and by a wide margain, according to this report from Tom Loxas of Cubs Now:
So the Twitter-verse exploded Thursday night with numerous reports that the Rangers and Cubs were nearing a deal to send Matt Garza to Texas for up to 3 prospects. Names were even bandied about that included the likes of Luke Jackson, C.J. Edwards and a position player that varied between Mike Olt, Luis Sardinas or Jorge Alfaro. When it came to getting some of the Rangers top 20...
23-year-old Junior Lake will be added to Chicago’s 25-man roster and OF Brian Bogusevic will be placed on the DL before the Cubs open a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.
The Texas Rangers tried to acquire right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs a year ago, but an injury to Garza prevented the deal from happening.
Well, the Rangers are trying again.
The Rangers and Cubs have had extensive talks on Garza and discussed the framework of a trade, but other teams remain involved in the talks, according to major-league sources.
One of those teams...
It appears that we’re close to having a winner in the Matt Garza sweepstakes.
FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers are close to acquiring Garza from the Cubs. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson, the deal, which involves six players, is “99 percent done” and the teams are now going over medical records.
The Cubs will receive a strong package of prospects for...