Found October 04, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Chicago Cubs didn't expect to contend this season, but the new brass might have been surprised by the 101-loss season. Give team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer credit, though. They approached their first season exactly the way they said they would. Once the July 31 trade deadline neared, Epstein and Hoyer traded veteran players for prospects, in keeping with their stated philosophy of building from within. The Cubs gave looks to a number of young players, and Hoyer admitted it was a mixed bag of results. First baseman Anthony Rizzo looks like the real deal. In a little more than a half-season, he had a hitting line of .285/.342/.463 with 15 homers and 48 RBI. Catcher Welington Castillo looks to have established himself as the No. 1 catcher after a strong finish to his rookie season. Center fielder Brett Jackson and third baseman Josh Vitters both struggled at the plate after their Aug. 5 call-ups from Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa, and they migh...
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