CHRISTIAN VILLANUEVA NEWS

Andres Santiago, AZL Dodgers throw no-hitters on same day

It was a day of no-hitters in the Dodgers’ minor-league system on Thursday. The AZL Dodgers pitched a combined no-hitter, while Andres Santiago no-hit the Tennessee Smokies in Double-A. Santiago, 24, allowed a walk in the eighth inning to Christian Villanueva, who was erased on a double play. Other than that, Santiago was perfect in facing the minimum number of hitters. He struck...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 3, Padres 8 (7/24/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Tsuyoshi lays an egg, and the Cubs bats (with Luis excepted) fall mostly silent. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena hit a 3-run HR, which provided the entirety of the Cubs’ scoring. In the best case scenario, Valbuena is a super-DeRosa in 2015, and even if he starts, you don’t feel too bad. 2. Anthony Rizzo actually had a better game than Valbuena, going 1-2 with...
Via Obstructed View
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Villanueva. Poor guy.

What a drag for him, stuck back behind all the other talented 3rd base prospects.Years ago, Christian Villanueva coulda been at least a Cubs Convention big wig.But now?Just kinda vanilla.In today's BP Minor League Update, they mention all the home runs hit by Cubs prospects last night: Bryant, Baez, Russel, Soler, and Vogelbach.And left Villanueva off the list, even though he...
Via Cub Reporter
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A Closer Look At Kyle Hendricks’s Debut

Kyle Hendricks was the “other” prospect in the Ryan Dempster trade behind Christian Villanueva. Ostensibly part of Theo’s “get an arm in every trade” mantra, scouts didn’t think that highly of him, but he showed good control in the minor leagues. Hendricks made his major league debut last Thursday for the Cubs. After a rough first-inning, he settled down and finished...
Via Obstructed View
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryant, Schwarber Promoted

I'm not around much this week, but a quick note to give you a new thread to chat on. 4th overall pick Kyle Schwarber assaulted the Northwest League for a few days and got a quick promotion to Kane County and the Midwest League yesterday. Then after Kris Bryant won the home run derby in the Southern League All-Star game, he got his promotion to AAA to play along side Javier Baez...
Via Cub Reporter
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs sign Manny Ramirez as player/coach

The Cubs have signed Manny Ramirez as player/coach. When I first saw this, I was seriously hoping it was for the MLB team just because it would be funny, but it’s for the Iowa Cubs so there’s really nothing to see. There’s about a 0.08% chance he’ll reach the major leagues. “We do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young, talented...
Via Obstructed View
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #1

The Cubs ended their exhibition season on Saturday with a dramatic-ish come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Jason Hammel pitched well in his final preseason tune-up, and Starlin Castro came back just in time for Opening Day: Yeah, he didn’t get a hit, but he did walk and played good defense. And he’s healthy, so that’s the most important thing. The Cubs...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #12

The Cubs made extra cuts on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the guys who got cut from doing some damage. The Cubs optioned outfielders Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Zac Rosscup, and infielder Christian Villanueva, to Triple-A Iowa, and assigned catcher Rafael Lopez, outfielder Mitch Maier and pitcher Armando Rivero to Minor League camp on Tuesday. Mike...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Drop 8 More from Spring Roster

Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Christian Villanueva, Arodys Vizcaino, Zack Rossup, Mitch Maier, Armando Rivero and Rafael Lopez are optioned or reassigned...and there were 47 (I think). Tags: Cubs Spring Training Roster Moves
Via Cub Reporter
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #25

Welp…the Cubs didn’t win on Wednesday.   Final #Rockies 7, #Cubs 5. Baez and Kottaras hit back to back HRs. Att: 10,598 — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 5, 2014   There was what was termed a “Little League grand slam” late in the game when Christian Villanueva threw a ball away. Sometimes things just happen. But it’s spring training, you kind of expect silly things...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Ding Long Dongers to Christen Cubs Park in Mesa

Justin Ruggiano, Welington Castillo, and Christian Villanueva blasted solo home runs, and Kyle Hendricks threw 2.2 IP of no-run/no-hit ball, in a six-inning Cubs Cactus League Intrasquad game played this afternoonn in what was the first Cubs game played at Cubs Park in Mesa. Tags: Cubs Spring TrainingKyle Hendricksl Justin RuggianoWelington CastilloChristian VillanuevaMatt SzczurEric Jokisch
Via Cub Reporter
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Report: May 21-June 3, 2013

For this edition of the Minor League Report, the last before the draft that begins on Thursday, WSD will revise its Top 13 Prospects List without any new additions, simply re-ordering, based on success so far this season and projection as a teaser for the full new top prospects list that will be available shortly following the draft. The Cubs have the second overall pick in the upcoming...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Cub Power and Wood Arm Fry Padres

Alfonso Soriano laced a two-out line-drive two-run double down the LF line and Dioner Navarro followed with a towering two-run HR over the RF bullpens to rally the Cubs to a 4-2 lead in the 6th, and then Jorge Soler slugged a solo home run to the top of the berm over the LF fence and Christian Villanueva drilled two-run HR over the left-center fence to key a five-run 8th, as...
Via Cub Reporter
March 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Soriano, Navarro get key hits, Cubs beat Padres

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run double and Dioner Navarro followed with two-run homer Sunday, leading the Chicago Cubs past the San Diego Padres 9-3. Christian Villanueva added a two-run homer for the Cubs. He has three hits this spring and all of them are home runs. Padres starter Jason Marquis threw four scoreless innings and allowed two hits. Reliever Andrew Cashner made his first...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Spring Training Game Info for 3/2/2013

Today, the Chicago Cubs will be facing the San Fransisco Giants in a Spring Training game at 2:05 CST and yes, you can listen to the Game on WGN Radio. Here is today’s lineup for your Chicago Cubs: David DeJesus CF Darwin Barney 2B Nate Schierholtz DH Alfonso Soriano LF Brian Bogusevic RF Dioner Navarro C Steve Clevenger 1B Edwin Maysonet SS Christian Villanueva 3B Carlos Villanueva...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Villanueva & Sappelt Go Deep at HoHoKam

Christian Villanueva and Dave Sappelt drilled solo home runs to lead the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies this afternoon in Cactus League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHKam Park in Mesa, AZ. Tags: Spring Training RecapChristian VillanuevaDave SappeltEdwin JacksonRead more about Villanueva & Sappelt Go Deep at HoHoKam
Via Cub Reporter
February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

’08 Minnesota Twins first round pick now at Cubs AAA Affiliate

  Carlos Gutierrez, 26, was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Minnesota Twins on October 24.  He was originally selected by the Twins in the first round of the 2008 Draft and has gone 15-20 with a 4.11 ERA (154 ER/337.0 IP) in 136 appearances (32 starts) covering the last five seasons in the Twins minor league system. The Chicago Cubs today selected the contracts of four...
Via The Sports Bank
November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs DFA All-Star Bryan LaHair

he Chicago Cubs today selected the contracts of four players and added them to the 40-man roster: right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt from Double-A Tennessee, infielder Christian Villanueva from Single-A Daytona, infielder Logan Watkins from Tennessee and right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack from Daytona. Infielder Bryan LaHair has been designated for assignment, as he and the Cubs...
Via The Sports Bank
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs Make Roster Moves and a Trade

Today was the deadline to add players to the 40-man so they would't be eligible for the Rule 5 draft. The winners were: RHP Trey McNutt, RHP Robert Whitenack, 3B Christian Villanueva and INF Logan Watkins. Bryan LaHair was desginated for assignment and RHP Carlos Gutierrez was waived (I swear I don't even know who that is). LaHair is apparently going to sign to play in Japan...
Via Cub Reporter
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The Verdict

Here are BP's and BA's take on the prospects the Cubs acquired over the last 2 days ranked by potential awesomeness. Arodys Vizcaino (RHP) - 21 year old Baseball America: Vizcaino possesses the raw stuff to justify the hype, but also the injury history to explain why the Yankees and Braves were willing to trade him. He had Tommy John surgery toward the end of spring training...
Via Cub Reporter
August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers get Cubs ace Ryan Dempster

The Texas Rangers won the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes, acquiring the Chicago Cubs ace for two minor leaguers moments before Tuesday's trade deadline. The AL West leaders fortified their rotation for the stretch run, sending infielder Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks to Chicago. Dempster, who had power to block deals, had refused to approve a trade to Atlanta last...
Via AP on Fox
July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers land Ryan Dempster

The Texas Rangers have acquired pitcher Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, beating out both the Dodgers and Yankees for the highly coveted starter. The Rangers sent third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks to Cubs for Dempster. Both are at Class A. The Rangers were talking to the Cubs about pitcher Matt Garza and Dempster to the end, trying to get one or the...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2012  |  Discuss
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