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This is the fifth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Chicago Cubs.
We knew what to expect from the Cubs in 2013. We knew that they were building for the future, and that their 2013 season was going to be a mess at the major league level. And in September 2013, everything appears to be on schedule.
Cubs fans shouldn't feel hopeless because the vast majority of the players who contributed to their 2013 season aren't expected to be long-term building blocks. Guys like Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, David DeJesus, Scott Hairston, and Alfonso Soriano were going to get traded sometime this year, and all were for varying returns. The club didn't get much value for Soriano or DeJesus, but got pretty good returns for the other three players, all things considered. If you're a C...
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This year has been a miles-deep cesspool of suck. We can mostly all agree upon that. What hurts the most is that our core players have seemingly all have bad years; Castro's struggles have been well documented, as have Rizzo's. Shark still flashes dominance, but at the end of the year he still has a 3.69 FIP and a 4.29 ERA. I've never considered Darwin Barney a core piece...
Dillon Maples was a highly thought of right-handed high school pitcher who was rated 46th among Baseball America's top 200 draft prospects in 2011. He had a strong committment to North Carolina and dropped to the 14th round where the Cubs picked him up. In order to get him to sign, the Cubs gave him $2.5 million signing bonus, which is the equivalent of first round money. Maples...
RHP Zack Godley came to the Cubs as their tenth round pick in this year's Rule 4 draft. A senior out of Tennessee, Godley entered the draft coming off a 2013 season that saw him strike out 98 batters in in 108.1 innings and toss 6 complete games, posting a 3.49 ERA on the year. His signing was pretty drama-free, announced along with a pack of other 2013 draftees on June 18th...
Birmingham Barons 7 @ Tennessee Smokies 4
The Smokies lost in the first round of the playoffs. Javier Baez went 1-4 with a home run and 2 SO, and ended the series with a .211 average and a pair of jacks. He was also hit by a pitch in this game. Arismendy Alcantara had a pair of singles and a stolen base, but also pretty much blew the game with a pair of errors (Baez also had an...
Duane Underwood stands 6-2 and weighs 205 pounds and unless you're blind, you can see he's a right-handed pitcher. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 Draft (67th overall). He was rated by Baseball America as the 104th ranked draft prospect and was the Cubs fourth pick behind Albert Almora, Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn. He signed for $1.05 million. He turned...
Continuing with the trend of pieces acquired via the Texas Rangers, today I'll look at Justin Grimm. Taken in the 5th round of the 2010 draft after a successful college career at the Univeristy of Georgia, Justin debuted at Class A and pitched the majority of the season at A+ ball (in 2011). It didn't take him long to break into the majors, as he dominated AA Frisco in 2012 en...
When the Cubs traded Matt Garza, most of the inches on the deal surrounded Mike Olt, who had been linked to the Cubs for quite some time. Olt was an intriguing prospect on the way down…but he's not the focus of this article. C.J. Edwards was the real gem of the deal. In 3 years, when people think of Olt the way they think of David Kelton, people won't even remember that...
The learning process continues for Jeff Samardzija albeit a frustrating one.
Samardzija was one out away from what he and manager Dale Sveum didn't believe was a bad outing Wednesday until pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan's three-run homer in the sixth inning. The eventual 6-0 loss to the Reds prevented the Cubs from earning their first three-game sweep at Cincinnati since May...
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum isn't quite ready to give Chris Rusin a spot in the rotation next spring.
If Rusin's argument gets any more compelling over the next two weeks, Sveum might not have much of a choice.
Rusin pitched seven effective innings in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out two. He extended...
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
While Byron Buxton, the top ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization (and arguably in all of professional baseball), was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America on Wednesday, the question looms as to which prospects could have been considered viable selections (in lieu of Buxton) for the honor.
By no means am I discrediting the performance that...
It hasn’t been long since we posted a Future Alert on World Series Dreaming, with the most recent one coming out on Tuesday. Typically, these come about every few weeks or so, but when news comes around, why wait?
Baseball America released its 2013 Minor League All-Star Team rosters on Thursday, and the Cubs are well represented with two prospects making the first team, and one...
Cubs fans might not need to hurry to order Javier Baez jerseys in time for the start of the 2014 season.
That's because general manager Jed Hoyer believes the Cubs' prized prospects could benefit from more seasoning in the minors despite producing one of the minor leagues' most impressive offensive seasons.
"Listen he's really talented" Hoyer said Tuesday...
The Chicago Cubs today announced the 2014 regular season schedule. As the Cubs will open their 139th season, again it’s “wait till next year.” Or the year after that. Or the year after that. The Chicago Cubs should be competitive in 2015. Or maybe even good in 2016. Possibly.
The Cubs open ’14 on the road Monday, March 31 against the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 100th Anniversary...
Did the Cubs win? I guess so.