Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

As the season progresses to the end of June, it is starting to get close to trade season.  The Cubs figure to make a least a couple of moves, and will need to use their minor league surpluses to do so.  The substance of those moves could depend on the way rehab assignments go, as the AA Smokies are now carrying three major league rehab players. Notable Injuries: Logan Watkins ...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Black Adds to List of Power Arms for Cubs Bullpen

Early in this major league season, the Cubs have had some issues with injuries in the bullpen.  Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez are both on the shelf, which has caused overuse of the reliable Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.  It’s led to increased use of players like Brian Schlitter.  And it’s brought Gonzalez Germen to the big leagues from Iowa, where he was supposed to serve...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

The Unwritten Rules Should be Rewritten, or Something Like That

Once upon a time, the Neanderthal was used as a derogatory term to describe people who exhibited “caveman”-like qualities…you know, violent behavior, primitive social interaction, poor judgment, that whole thing.  That seems to be an insult to what evolutionary and fossil evidence suggested were a fairly intelligent and resourceful subspecies of human before they went extinct...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

3-16-15 Liveblog (Cubs vs. Dads)

I’m watching the game and took the day off. I’m going to blog my random thoughts. First, the lineup: Al Contra 3B (interestingly) Coghlan LF  (looking behind his shoulder at Bryant/Lake) Castro SS Soler RF Bryant DH (nursing shoulder soreness) Sweeney CF (battling for a suddenly crowded outfield) Castillo C (auditioning for the Padres) \O/ 1B (auditioning for 3 weeks of 3B)...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Injuries Dominating the Preseason

Spring training is here, baseball is back, and everything is supposed to be the best thing ever! Right? Of course, there are several bright spots wherever you look, but a lot of this week’s windup will focus heavily on injuries. Yes, there’s already quite a few to talk about. Unfortunately, there’s already a Tommy John surgery possibility lingering. Let’s Just Not Remember...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pence Suffers Fracture to Left Arm, Out 6-8 Weeks

As Corey Black’s pitch started to run inside, Giants’ right fielder Hunter Pence tried to escape the inevitable outcome, being hit by the pitch. It has happened countless times before to Pence in his career, unfortunately this time there was a little different circumstance. As Pence jogged down the first baseline the San Francisco training staff came out and immediately removed...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence Out 6-8 Weeks

  World Series champion, Hunter Pence, will be out 6-8 weeks due to an injured left forearm that occurred in a game Thursday between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Pence was struck by a fastball from Chicago Cubs’ prospect, Corey Black. Black didn’t feel good about hitting him, let alone injuring him.  Black issued an apology via Twitter after the game. Lost...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants' Hunter Pence upbeat in clubhouse despite broken arm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Despite a cast on his left arm, Hunter Pence arrived upbeat in the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Friday. Pence is scheduled to miss six to eight weeks after a pitch by Chicago Cubs' Corey Black fractured his left forearm on Thursday. Pence says he heals ''pretty fast, generally, usually quicker'' than expected. Pence has played in 383 consecutive games...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence and pitcher who broke his arm have friendly Twitter exchange

The San Francisco Giants on Thursday were on the receiving end of some pretty bad news when the team learned that outfielder Hunter Pence will miss between six and eight weeks after suffering a broken forearm when he was hit by a pitch. Chicago Cubs pitcher Corey Black was the one who threw the ball...Read More The post Hunter Pence and pitcher who broke his arm have friendly Twitter...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants' Pence out 6-8 weeks with broken forearm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Giants' 8-6 victory over a Chicago Cubs split-squad Thursday. One of the clubhouse leaders for the World Series champions, the quirky Pence has played in 383 straight games -- the longest active streak...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs RHP Black feels bad about Pence injury

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Cubs right-hander Corey Black realized something was wrong when Hunter Pence screamed in pain. At that point, there was nothing he could do. Black was feeling bad Friday after he threw a fastball in his first spring outing that broke Pence's left forearm, sidelining the San Francisco outfielder for six to eight weeks. Pence, one of the leaders for the World Series...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Cubs Prospect Breaks Hunter Pence’s Forearm

The pitcher who the Chicago Cubs traded Alfonso Soriano for in 2013, broke the forearm of two-time World Series champion Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants during a spring training game Thursday. Pence will miss 6-8 weeks after x-rays taken before the end of the game confirmed the injury to the ulna, one of two bones that make up the forearm. He was hit on his left forearm...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants’ Hunter Pence Out 6-8 Weeks

Scottsdale, Arizona — The heart and soul of the San Francisco Giants’ offense was injured in a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. During the sixth inning of the exhibition contest, Pence was pegged in his left arm by a pitch from Cubs hurler, Corey Black. After x-rays taken during the game, […]
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Select Cubs Thoughts From the Cactus League Opener(s)

Today was a fun day.  I wore my Cubs jersey to school (you can imagine the uproar with me working on the South Side, and all the ribbing I got) to celebrate the Cactus League opener for our Chicago Cubs and to also mark the start of our (VERY much delayed) first workout for the school baseball team.  I also got to tune in to one of the split squad games during my prep period and...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: 5/22 – 5/28

Starting with the important things in the minors this week… Jesus can walk on water but @KrisBryant_23 can swim through land #KrisBryantFacts — Dustin Geiger (@D_Geiger) May 29, 2014 @KrisBryant_23 shouldn't even have to walk to the plate anymore just trot around the bases straight out of the dugout #KrisBryantFacts — Corey Black (@CblackCHC) May 29, 2014 Chuck Norris intentionally...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap 5/8 – 5/15

Well, let’s get right into it…C.J. Edwards is still being held out with shoulder stiffness.  Obviously, that’s not exactly what we wanted to hear about Edwards.  However, with the abundance of caution taken with Jake Arrieta, this isn’t a big surprise.  In the mean time, let’s continue to hope that’s all it is.  An MRI showed no structural damage, so in that regard...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap 4/18 – 4/23

The most eventful week of the minor league season brought the return of Javier Baez from the disabled list, the debut of Pierce Johnson with the Smokes at Double A, and Corey Black taking another no-hitter to his pitch limit.  Albert Almora and Kris Bryant both brought six game hitting streaks into Thursday night. Injuries of note: Jorge Soler (Hamstring; 7 Day DL), Brett Jackson ...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Paying For An Opponent

Yesterday, the Cubs and the Yankees squared off for what seemed to be (and what actually was) a normal, regular season doubleheader. It was an exciting couple of pitching duels, but something more interesting went on. The Cubs were facing their former left fielder Alfonso Soriano, the star player that they traded at the All-Star break last year for Corey Black and massive cash considerations...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: 4/3 -4/11

All of the Cubs’ full season minor league clubs have started their seasons in the last week, and only the Kane County Cougars have gotten out of the gate with a winning mark.  While it is still so incredibly early and there is not a lot of substance to discuss, there have been some ups and downs worth noting. Injuries of note: Jorge Soler (hamstring; 7 Day DL), Josh Vitters (knee...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jimenez & Soler Go Deep at Riverview Park

Eloy Jimenez and Jorge Soler belted back-to-back tape measure solo home runs, and Jae-Hoon Ha walked twice, singled, stole two bases, and scored a run, in Cubs Minor League Camp intrasquad action this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Tags: Cubs Minor League Spring Training RecapJorge SolerEloy JiminezJae-Hoon HaTayler ScottCorey Black
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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