On the Farm, Week 23: Prospect Decliners of 2014

At long last my season of “On the Farm” has come to an end. I was thinking to myself while writing this that it’s a shame to end the year on a down note by talking about some prospects whose years didn’t go as expected. Oh well, we can change up the format next year! As with all struggles they open the door to triumphant returns and there’s no doubt we haven’t heard the...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini QB Aaron Bailey really needs to convert to WR or DB

The talk from Illini Nation around QB Aaron Bailey reminds me of the talk from Chicago Cubs Nation surrounding Javier Baez. Or Jorge Soler. Or Kris Bryant. Or Albert Almora. Or (insert another Cubs blue chip Minor League prospect’s name here). It’s the same sentiment- accepting that losing, and really bad losing at that, is inevitable in the present. Therefore, instead look to...
Via The Sports Bank
16 days ago  |  Discuss

What a Weekend for Top Cubs Prospects

This weekend can only be described as a glimpse into what the future may be like for the Chicago Cubs. They swept the first place Baltimore Orioles led by a collection of young core players. Jake Arrieta continued his breakout season on Friday. Two players from the Matt Garza trade Justin Grimm (Win) and Neil Ramirez (1.2 scoreless inn.) pitched well in relief. The offense...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: WE’RE GOING STREAKING!

The theme of the week has been streaks in the Cubs’ system, as Kane County has a 10 game win streak going at the moment, Albert Almora has hit in 8 of his last 9 games, Addison Russell has homered in 3 straight games, and Pierce Johnson had a 23 scoreless inning streak snapped last night.  The confluence of those events have led the Smokies to winning 6 of 7 and a 3 gain lead...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospects: Updates on Bryant, Soler, Schwarber, Almora, and Russell

Kris Bryant There has been a lot of buzz around the Chicago Cubs and their prospects lately with the call-up of Javier Baez to the majors. The Cubs top prospect after Baez, potential superstar Kris Bryant, has been a topic of discussion the entire year on whether or not he will get called up to the big leagues before the end of the season. And, despite his dominance at Iowa—hitting...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini QB Aaron Bailey really needs to convert to WR or DB

The talk from Illini Nation around QB Aaron Bailey reminds me of the talk from Chicago Cubs Nation surrounding Javier Baez. Or Albert Almora. Or (insert another Cubs blue chip Minor League prospect’s name here). It’s the same sentiment- accepting that losing, and really bad losing at that, is inevitable in the present. Therefore, instead look to the future and focus on the can’t...
Via The Sports Bank
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Dominate Mid-Season Prospect Listings

The last of the significant mid-season prospect lists was revealed last night, with the list being loaded, and again, the Cubs did spectacularly well.  So well, that the prevailing wisdom is that the Cubs have the best system in the minors.  And, for those of us who have paid attention since Theo Epstein took over the front office, this has been the plan.  Trades, international...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs prospects update: Cates, Cervenka, Baez, Hannemann

Over the last couple of weeks, a number of Cubs prospects have been promoted to higher levels in the system, including OF Jorge Soler to AAA Iowa, OF Albert Almora to AA Tennessee and 2014 first round pick Kyle Schwarber to Advanced A Daytona. Today, we will feature a couple of other prospects who have recently been promoted and one whom Cubs fans are clamoring to be promoted to...
Via The Sports Bank
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: Promotions, Demotions, and Short Season All-Stars

It was a busy week in the minor league system, with a number of significant names making moves over the course of the week.  Jorge Soler was promoted to AAA Iowa after dominating AA, albeit over a short period of time.  Albert Almora was aggressively promoted to AA Tennessee after a resurgence at Daytona.  Jeffrey Baez was moved to full season Kane County after lighting it up...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Future Getting Closer

photo credit: Mike Lachance   The Chicago Cubs have moved one step closer to their future. The 2012 first round pick Albert Almora will join Double-A Tennessee while Jorge Soler will join Triple-A Iowa. Hamstring problems have been trouble for Soler this season, causing him to have only played in 28 games this season. During this stretch he has hit .405, 7...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Zagunis Matches Albert Amora’s Night

Posted to Chicago CubsThe Chicago Cubs minor league system has quite the night with two players hitting for the cycle. Albert Almora hit one for the Daytona Cubs and Mark Zagunis matched that with a cycle of his own for the Boise Hawks. Zagunis’s cycle was the first one from a Boise player since 1994 (Desmond Smith) and was completed in an interesting way, which you can see below...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospect Albert Almora Hits for the Cycle for Daytona

Posted to Brant Brown's GloveChicago Cubs outfield prospect, Albert Almora, had himself a game on Monday. Almora went 5-7 en route to hitting for the cycle in Daytona’s 13-8 win over Jupiter. Almora scored 4 runs and had 5 RBI in the game of his career. The game snapped a 1-18 skidded which had dropped his average to .267. 109 total views, 109 views today The post Cubs...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: All the Right Pieces

#164290615 / The Chicago Cubs have failed to win the World Series since 1908, and they have not captured the pennant since 1945. They have squandered in the shadows of NL Central powerhouses, like the St. Louis Cardinals. But, ever since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have taken over in the front office, they have given the Windy City a sliver of hope. The Cubs have...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Cubs Post-Draft Prospect Rankings

It is that time of year again – the Cubs get to add some new prospects into the farm system without giving up any major league talent in the process. With their first pick, the Cubs went underslot with catcher Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick in the draft, making him to first position player taken.  As you will soon read, he is also one of six position players to make...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Draft: Why The Cubs Like Kyle Schwarber, A Statistical Look

The MLB draft starts tonight at 6 pm CT. As all the mocks and rumors are being tied up, something of a consensus has been reached about the Cubs’ intentions with the fourth overall pick. The conventional wisdom runs something like this: High school lefty Brady Aiken won’t be available. The Astros are once again being frustratingly vague about their intentions, as they attempt...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs prospects update with Cubs Den: Almora, Baez, Bryant and more

Time for an update on the top Chicago Cubs prospects within the system. Some of the names we’ll cover here are Albert Almora, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Paul Blackburn, Duane Underwood, Dan Vogelbach and many many more. John Arguello, founder of Cubs Den on Chicago Now is here to get you up to speed. We talk some Cubs prospects and Kane County Cougars...
Via The Sports Bank
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs prospect review: Bryant, Baez, Johnson, Almora and more

Just before Spring Training, released a list of its top 100 minor league prospects. Seven Cubs, tied for the second most among all major league organizations, were listed by, trailing only the Boston Red Sox. Prior to the season, we profiled each Cubs’ prospect who made’s list.  Today, as we will continue to do periodically throughout the season, we...
Via The Sports Bank
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: 4/12 – 4/17

After slow starts in the first week for all but the Cougars (who remained red hot) most of the system has started to pick it up and win some games.  Just don’t look at Daytona.  The biggest headline of the week was the Javier Baez sprained ankle, which sent a collective chill through the fan base.  Other notes include Albert Almora‘s first High A home run and Kris Bryant...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

A Trip to Watch the Daytona Cubs

I was on a trip to Florida this past week and I got to see some minor league action in Daytona, where the Daytona Cubs play.  I saw them play in three games, and though they dropped all three, they have quite a few impressive prospects.  Here’s what I think about some of them.Dan Vogelbach is a monster.  He’s huge and he’s a power hitting first baseman.  He didn’t hit...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Wada fans 10 in win, 4/12 Cubs recap

For the first time this season, all four minor league affiliates were victorious as Daytona snapped a five-game losing streak behind an Albert Almora homer and 6+ innings from LHP Rob Zastryzny. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada fanned 10 in Iowa’s win, Kris Bryant launched a bomb for Tennessee, and Jacob Rogers smacked a three-run homer in Kane County’s victory.
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs April 5 Minor League Recap

Albert Almora had five hits and Tayler Scott took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to help lead Daytona to a 13-2 win over Brevard County. Kane County split a DH while Iowa and Tennessee both struggled with the bats. Javier Baez’s problems continue as he was kicked out of the game after being called out on strikes.
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Daytona Cubs 2014 Preview

Daytona’s roster is scattered with recent Cubs top draft picks including ’12 first-round pick OF Albert Almora as well as second round selections 1B Daniel Vogelbach (2011) and LHP Rob Zastryzny (2013). Northsiders Report takes an in-depth look at the D-Cubs 2014 roster.
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Albert Almora’s Girlfriend Cynthia Caneja: Hottest Photos Of MLB WAG

Hottest photos of Albert Almora's girlfriend Cynthia Caneja. It looks like the MLB has added another WAG to its roster.
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Your 25-Man Roster Guess

The Cubs made two handfuls of expected cuts yesterday which included optioning Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Matt Szczur, Jeudy Valdez, Carlos Pimentel and Eric Jokisch...releasing Aaron Cunningham brings it up to 10. That leaves camp with 56, but only 25 get to travel and we know many still there are just getting their work in. So let...
Via Cub Reporter
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s Early, But Chicago Cubs Prospects Are Impressing

CHICAGO – The business of projecting minor league prospects is about as sure a bet as people getting in shape for beach season: some work out, but most don’t. The hype around the current crop of Cubs prospects undoubtedly will be the same. You can dream that they’ll all comprise this magical all-star team, but that is just not sensible. While that unfortunate reality may rear...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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