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Missouri State pitcher Pierce Johnson was unsure what to expect during the first night of the MLB Draft. Nervously following along, Johnson was thrilled when his name was called by the Chicago Cubs. He has high hopes for a successful major-league career.
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ROUND 1 (6): Albert Almora, CF R/R, 6'2 180, 18 years oldMater Academy (Hialeah Gardens, FL) COMMENT: Rated best HS defensive outfielder and 2nd best HS hitter in draft by Baseball America... Gold Glove quality defender right now... has average arm strength but outstanding accuracy... is line-drive hitter with plus bat-speed... has just average speed for a centerfielder but is...
Starlin Castro has the talent to be an elite major league shortstop, but the question has become whether he has the mental makeup. So far, the outlook isn't good for the 22-year-old. Cubs manager Dale Sveum called out Castro following Monday's 3-2 loss to the Giants, during which the shortstop committed another costly mental mistake. "It's the last straw," Sveum...
In the first rund with the 6th overall pick the Cubs selected Albert Almora. No surprise here. Almora is a latter-day A.J. Hinch in that he has become a go-to player for USA Baseball national teams from a young age. Almora was USA Baseball's 2011 athlete of the year after being MVP of the 18-and-under [...]
Iowa Rizzo went 3-5 and Brett Jackson drew a pair of walks. TRANSFORMED! Josh Vitters went 0-5. Smokies Jae Hoon Ha went 1-3 with a BB and Alberto Cabrera lowered his ERA to 2.57 while earning his 5th save. Daytona Alcantara went 2-5 and Frank Del Valle worked 6 innings while allowing 1 ER. Peoria [...]
Iowa Everyone pretty much sucked. Smokies Jae Hoon Ha went 2-3 with 2 walks and is now hitting .278. Logan Watkins 2-4 with a pair of walks as well. Eric Joksich went 7 IP allowing 0 ER and striking out 1 batter. Daytona Austin Kirk had a nice start striking out 7 in 6 IP. [...]
The other day in San Francisco Starlin Castro lost track of the number of outs and failed to complete the second half of what may or may not have been a double play. As you'd expect, Dale Sveum was quite unhappy about it. "It's something that's obviously unacceptable at any time," Sveum said. "Whether we [...]
It never ceases to amaze me what people will try and sell on Craigslist.Out of complete boredom, I was looking on the website to see how much people were selling their tickets for the upcoming series between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox.And found this.Pristine 16" glass water pipe (aka Bong) with cavity, slider and ice chamber.This is a "like new" water pipe...
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is definitely a throwback baseball player. With Cubbies struggling, Dempster has gone public in saying that he is open to a trade. He’s willing to do whatever it means to help the Cubs succeed even if it means he’s not there. Which is pretty impressive as he’s a player with 10-and-5 rights.
“I think I would be doing everybody...
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Starlin Castro committed a major mental mistake on Monday that could put his playing time in jeopardy.
The Cubs shortstop forgot how many outs there were in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Giants-Cubs game in San Francisco. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was batting with the bases loaded, one out, and his team down 2-1. Crawford hit...
The Cubs signed Hong Chih Kuo to a minor league contract according to Patrick Mooney. #Cubs have signed Hong-Chih Kuo, an All-Star in 2010, to a minor-league deal. He will report to Mesa. — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) June 4, 2012 Kuo was once a pretty good reliever. Taking the average of the non-Fans projections available [...]
A confusing weekend which featured of lineups filled with AAAA players and a series loss to the Pirates is thankfully past, and an after a home off day the Brewers are hopefully refreshed. Tonight at 7:10 CT, the Chicago Cubs will take their first cuts at Miller Park in 2012. The Cubs are coming off a 1–2 series loss to the Giants, and currently sport an MLB-worst record of 18–36...