Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-15-14

I’ve not done these for several days and the reason is not important. Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara and Josh Vitters were a combined 0-12 at the top of the I-Cubs batting order. Chris Coghlan was 1-3 with a walk and Chris Valaika was 2-3 with a double. Logan Watkins and Eli Whiteside each added hits. Carlos Pimentel got the start and that’s about all that’s worthy...
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April 16, 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

Leave the Gum, Take the Canela

Danny Canela reached base five times on a two-run home run, a two run double, a single, and two walks, Pin-Chieh Chen blasted a three-run home run and walked, Cael Brockmeyer reached base four times on two singles and two walks, stole two bases, and scored a run, Jeimer Candelario singled, walked twice, scored two runs, and drove-in another, and Starlin Castro belted a triple...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Castro Tries His Rehab Luck at Riverview Park

Jeimer Candelario drove-in three runs with two sacrifice flies and a ground out and Gioskar Amaya reached base three times on a single, a walk, and a HBP, stole a base, and scored a run, as the Daytona Cubs defeated the Inland Empie 66ers (Angels Hi-A affiliate) 5-2, and five pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter as the Burlington Bees (LAA Lo-A affiliate) edged the Kane County...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Building a Consensus On Cubs Prospects

When individual prospect listings come out from the different ranking services, often times we talk about those rankings without putting them into any context.  The reality is, different scouts value different things.  Some may rank a prospect based on having a higher floor, some may value a higher ceiling, and some may look for the best mix of projectable qualities in an individual...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

TCR Friday Notes

Let's see, what did I miss over the last week? Baseball America put out their top 10 Cubs list and it looks a little something like this Javier Baez Kris Bryant C.J. Edwards Albert Almora Jorge Soler Pierce Johnson Arismendy Alcantara Jeimer Candelario Dan Vogelbach Arodys Vizcaino Edwards above Almora is a bit of surprise, but also completely meaningless. Mike Olt is falling...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Future Alert: Baseball America Gives Huge Praise to C.J. Edwards, Top 10 List Released

The Cubs farm system is absolutely stacked on the position player side, most notably featuring the “Big Four” of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  Along with Dan Vogelbach, the quartet of prospects comes with offensive potential other organizations can only dream of.  However, according to Baseball America, the system often claimed to be devoid of pitching...
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November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Baseball America Top Prospects Teaser

Baseball America is one of the leading providers of minor league baseball content. Today, their list came out for the Cubs top prospects. I'm going to tease the list here, and ask you to please support them by subscribing. 1. XXXX 2. XXXX 3. C.J. Edwards 4. XXXX 5. XXXX 6. XXXX 7. Arismendy Alcantara 8. Jeimer Candelario 9. XXXX 10. XXXX  
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November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryant continues to impress

Kris Bryant went 2-4 with a RBI and teammate Albert Almora added a RBI single but it wasn’t enough as Mesa fell 4-2 in the AFL. Hector Rondon made his debut in the VWL and Jeimer Candelario saw his first action in the DWL.
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Remember the Alamo!

Tyler Alamo blasted a two-run home run over the LF fence and onto the roof of a house on the north side of 8th Street to give the Cubs an early 2-0 lead, and Kelvin Freeman, Shawon Dunston Jr, Jacob Hannemann, Jeimer Candelario, Yasiel Balaguert, and Jordan Hankins drilled six consecutive two-out hits to highlight a five-run 6th, as the Cubs hammered out 17 hits and drubbed...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Jeimer Candelario

In continuing with the theme of Cubs' 3rd basemen, I thought I'd take a look at the crazily young (for his history) Jeimer Candelario. Jeimer has an interesting story. He was originally born in NYC, but was raised in the Dominican Republic. As a 16-year old there, he was signed to a hefty $500,000 dollar contract. From there, he was sent to DoSL as a 17-year old (where he...
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Future Alert: Three Cubs Make Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team

It hasn’t been long since we posted a Future Alert on World Series Dreaming, with the most recent one coming out on Tuesday.  Typically, these come about every few weeks or so, but when news comes around, why wait? Baseball America released its 2013 Minor League All-Star Team rosters on Thursday, and the Cubs are well represented with two prospects making the first team, and one...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Cubs Prospects Review: Marco Hernandez

Marco Hernandez is 6-0, 170 pounds. He was born September 6, 1992 in the Dominican Republic and currently plays shortstop. The right-hander bats has been known for his defense and is a switch hitter. The Cubs signed Hernandez during the July 2009 international signing period. He was signed on July 17th and was not included in Baseball America's Top 25 international prospects...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 9-2-13

Iowa Cubs 1 @ Nashville Sounds 2 Mike Olt was 0-2 with 2 walks. Olt had 22 hits in Iowa, and 20 walks. He struck out 37 times. He went from a Top 100 prospect before the year began to "maybe not as good a prospect as Christian Villanueva." Olt finishes his Cubs season with a .551 OPS.  Kyle Hendricks ended the I-Cubs' season with a strong performance but took the...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs prospects: Candy Man sweetens fans’ hopes

We continue with our final batch of 2013 profiles of Chicago Cubs’ prospects with two apiece from the Kane County Cougars and the Daytona Cubs.  Despite a league worst regular season record of 54-80 with one game remaining in the regular season, the Cougars still have some intriguing prospects.  Daytona has produced a regular season record of 75-51 and a second half mark...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-14-13

Sacramento 1 @ Iowa 2 There's really only a couple reasons to pay attention to the Iowa Cubs and Mike Olt was 0-4. He's had a forgettable 2013 season, but it has been discussed here and elsewhere. MW mentioned in the comments that Christian Villanueva might have passed Olt among Cubs prospects and I wouldn't argue with anyone who said that. I'd still give the edge...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-7-13

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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Future Alert: Mid-Season Top 13 Prospect Rankings… With a Look Back at the Past; Cubs Sign Jimenez

In this edition of the Future Alert, I’d like to update the WSD Top 13 Prospect List, compare our farm system today to it at various points over the past year and a half, and catch up on the latest news across the Cubs system. Eloy Jimenez - The Cubs made their long-awaited signing of #1 international prospect Eloy Jimenez, and outfielder from the Dominican Republic.  The Cubs...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated Cubs Top Prospects List

Around a month ago, dmick and I updated our Cubs Top Prospects list. It's way too early to reassess any of those player's impact, but we have quite a few new prospects that would make the Top 20 list now. I'm going to repost that list with new players inserted and bolded. Javier Baez 9F Kris Bryant 9G Jorge Soler 8.5E Arodys Vizcaino 8F Duane Underwood 8G Albert...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT Cubs Minor League Recap 7-25-13

New Orleans Zephyrs 3 @ Iowa Cubs 4 Mike Olt went 0-2 with a walk and a run scored. Josh Vitters helpfully took himself out of the running for 3B by injuring himself as he rounded first. He went 1-2 with and RBI and the severity of his injury is not yet known. Jake Arrieta helped his own cause by doubling in two runs. Ty Wright had a pinch-hit double. Jake Arrieta was pretty great...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Midseason Top Cubs Prospects

Prior to the start of the season, Uncle Dave and I published our 2013 top Cubs prospects. We borrowed the system from Hockey's Future, which looks at both upside and floor. The rankings never really interested me, but there's a nice way to create a ranking because that's what people like. You can read the explanation of the system if you didn't read it the first time...
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June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dreamcast 19.1 – A story of failed beginnings

YAOWA This is side one to Episode 19 because our show was too big. MUSIC BY: Lath and Plaster and DJ Krav Twitter: @IanMiller ALSO @ProductiveOuts EMAILZ: iTunes Twitterz: @WSDreaming_Cubs @CubicSnarkonia @MRubio52 GUEST TWITTER: @cdgoldstein INTRO EMAIL Carlos Marmol !!!!!!! Draft talks Kris Bryant, great...
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June 11, 2013  |  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...
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June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospects on the Decline

Before this season, both dmick/Uncle Dave and I made our prospect lists. These aren't the only prospects in the Cubs system, but they are nearly all the ones worth talking about. I might have missed a prospect here or there, but it's a good jumping off point. The list of the first 21 is right here: Javier Baez 65 Jorge Soler 65 Dan Vogelbach 65 Albert Almora 60 Brett...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospect Monthly Review: Rising May 2013

Before this season, both dmick/Uncle Dave and I made our prospect lists. These aren't the only prospects in the Cubs system, but they are nearly all the ones worth talking about. I might have missed a prospect here or there, but it's a good jumping off point. The list of the first 21 is right here: Javier Baez 65 Jorge Soler 65 Dan Vogelbach 65 Albert Almora 60 Brett...
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May 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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