Found October 19, 2013 on Obstructed View:
Mike Olt was acquired in July, along with CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and a player to be named later (Neil Ramirez), for Matt Garza. Olt was having a horrible season and there were vision concerns at the time of the trade. I seem to recall it being better or even all fixed at the time of the trade, but then we got word that his vision troubles continued. Now it's all fixed again, so make of it what you will. For me, time will tell. Mike Olt wouldn't be the first good prospect with a very high strikeout rate to whiff in AAA and never make much of himself at the MLB level. A year earlier Cubs fans witnessed the same thing with Brett Jackson and the two compare very well to one another. MLB is hard enough, but when you're only putting 65-70% of the balls in play, it gets very difficult to keep a job. The Cubs don't have a lot at 3rd base that would be in Olt's way and he definitely wants to win the job. Luis Valbuena was the primary 3rd baseman in 2013 and while he got...

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Jacob Hannemann and Kelvin Freeman belted RBI doubles and Arodys Vizcaino and five relievers combined to toss a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts while retiring the last 16 batters in a row, as the Cubs edged the Giants 2-1 in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Indian School Park Field #1 in Scottsdale. Tags: AZ Instructional LeagueJacob HannemannKelvin FreemanArodys...

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Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/19/13

Despite a huge night in the previous game, Kris Bryant was not in the lineup last night. Jorge Soler and Wes Darvill were. Jorge Soler, 1-4, R, K, 0/1/2 FB/GB/LD Jorge Soler lines out to right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Jorge Soler called out on strikes. Jorge Soler singles on a line drive to right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Jorge Soler grounds into a force out, shortstop Cristhian...

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/17/13

Only one Cub played today. Albert Almora 1-4, SO, CS Albert Almora pops out to second baseman Cory Spangenberg. Albert Almora singles on a ground ball to left fielder Stefen Romero. With Addison Russell batting, Albert Almora caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Austin Hedges to second baseman Cory Spangenberg. Albert Almora flies out to center fielder Delino DeShields. Albert Almora...

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A very interesting option just hit the waiver wire (or is about to). The Cubs would be crazy not to put a claim in on Alex Castellanos. Alex (who is not related to actual prospect Nick) Castellanos is exactly the type of guy the Cubs should be trying to get to fill the bottom of the 40-man. Like Mat Gamel, he is a former prospect (well, sort of, in Alex's case) who just never...

Report: Red Sox Bench Coach Torey Lovullo on Cubs’ Radar for Managerial Opening

Torey Lovullo will probably receive some phone calls when the Red Sox’ incredible season ends. Many of those calls could be congratulatory, but others might be business-related. According to, the Chicago Cubs will want to talk with Lovullo about their managerial opening. Lovullo, who has been considered a managerial candidate in the past, is currently serving as...
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