Found August 27, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
There are many blue chip prospects in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system. However, navigating the minor leagues for some players is akin to being a pin ball, bouncing up and down between levels where they succeed and levels where they struggle.  Other Cubs’ prospects’ matriculation through the system is rapid and seamless.  In this post, we feature three prospects who have hit a proverbial brick wall repeatedly at a particular level since joining the Cubs’ organization.  In an earlier post, we featured three others who appear to be on an unstoppable track to Wrigley Field.   Alberto Cabrera:  Right-handed pitcher Cabrera, whose fastball has been clocked as high as 97 MPH and who was once considered a top prospect in the Cubs’ system, has been humbled at AAA Iowa for three consecutive seasons.  In midseason 2011, Cabrera, who has been pitching stateside in the Cubs’ organization since 2007, was promoted to Iowa, where he appeared in nineteen games covering 88.2 innings.  He allo

Chicago Cubs prospects: three on unstoppable track to Wrigley Field

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Guest Column: A Look at How the 2012 Cubs Draft is Going

It seemed a lot of you liked it when WISCGRAD did a brief rundown of the 2013 draft and how the draftees are doing so far, so WISCGRAD just went ahead and did the 2012 draft as well. What a guy... Tags: Cubs 2012 DraftGuest ColumnRead more about Guest Column: A Look at How the 2012 Cubs Draft is Going

Chicago Cubs: A Decade Of Hits And Misses In The 1st Round

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Chicago Cubs prospects: 3 up, on fast track to Wrigley

This Chicago Cubs prospects piece comes from Jeremi Harris. The following three Cubs prospects have excelled with each promotion through the Cubs’ system and can probably smell the Wrigley Field hot dogs. Kyle Hendricks:   Right-handed pitcher Hendricks, 24 in December, was acquired in the Ryan Dempster deal in July of 2012.  An Ivy League Dartmouth product, Hendricks,...

Cubs resembling expansion team, building ‘from the ground up’

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were clear about their intentions as soon as they took over the Cubs’ front office in the fall of 2011 and by spring training last year new manager Dale Sveum had joined the chorus: The Cubs were not “rebuilding.” They were “building.” A new direction. New organizational structure from the ground up. New culture. New business practices. New...

The Odd Stories That Could Only Happen to the Cubs: Wrigley Field

As our series on those supposed “Cubbie Curses” that have prevented the Chicago Cubs from winning the World Series all these years continues, one of the stops has to be Wrigley Field. After all, the Cubs have not won a World Series since they began calling Wrigley their home. Both World Series titles came while the Cubs played in the West Side grounds. Could there possibly be...

Nate Schierholtz has a painful, run-scoring at bat

This was one hell of a wacky play from Sunday's Cubs-Padres game. With the bases loaded and none out in the top of the 13th, Nate Schierholtz hit a grounder to first baseman Jesus Guzman that looked like it would be a surefire double play ball. Except...things didn't really go that way for the Padres. As he went to run out of the batters box, Schierholtz twisted his ankle...

Cubs hand Kershaw, Dodgers rare loss

Travis Wood took his share of lumps in August, losing three in a row for the scuffling Chicago Cubs. He ended the month with a bang, outpitching Clayton Kershaw in a matchup of All-Star lefties. Wood limited the Dodgers to one unearned run in a 3-2 victory Tuesday night that snapped Chicago's eight-game skid against first-place Los Angeles. ''To go seven innings and...

Dodgers gave away Rick Monday flag saving bobblehead

Rick Monday, then playing for the Chicago Cubs,  saved an American Flag from being burned in April of 1976 at Dodger Stadium. The act has long been remembered because the flag was more then a piece of cloth to Monday who would later go on to play for the Dodgers. With the Dodgers, Monday spent eight season and won a World Series. He later became an announcer for the club. While...

Cubs lose to Dodgers 6-2 for 2nd straight defeat

The Cubs finally got Zack Greinke out of the game with a couple of runs. It was too late to stave off their eighth consecutive loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brian Bogusevic's two-out double in the ninth spoiled Greinke's shutout bid, but the Cubs were beaten 6-2 on Monday night. They have dropped six of seven, including a 3-2 defeat in 15 innings at San Diego on Sunday...

Wood, Cubs hold on for 3-2 win over Kershaw, Dodgers

Manager Dale Sveum didn't waste words when asked about the Chicago Cubs' plan of attack against Los Angeles Dodgers formidable left-hander Clayton Kershaw. “You got to be aggressive" Sveum said. "He’s going to be aggressive to you. You got to be aggressive to him. He doesn’t walk people. He doesn’t get behind. He wants to be aggressive so you got to be...

WWE Upgrades Production Facility, Punk & Actress Hang Out

– Former WWE Champion CM Punk hung out with actress Aimee Garcia of George Lopez and Dexter fame at last night’s Chicago Cubs game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Punk tweeted an image of himself with the fellow Chicago native. – WWE SmackDown ring announcer Lilian Garcia has posted photos on her Facebook page of herself at WWE’s annual SummerSlam VIP Party...

Five Goog Things: Sit Down, Chicago Edition

I have a question for all of you, the loyal congregation. “Were you not entertained?” Wow what a week end by our Padres. They pretty much turned in every kind of game possible from the monumental comeback to the pitcher’s duel and finally the bizarre. But as the dust settled, they were victorious over the Cubs, taking two of three to win the series and finish their longest...

18 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

The Cubs are wishing they had moved to the American League instead of the Astros, Koji has been unhittable, Texas and Detroit haven’t missed a...

Travis Wood Outpitches Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers Fall to Cubs 3-2

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