Who Needs Pitchers? A New Way to Speed-up the Game AND Cut Payroll

Danny Lockhart drilled three hits (two singles and a double) and drove-in a run, Mark Zagunis doubled and tripled and scored a run, and Jeimer Candelario and Wladimir Galindo clubbed solo home runs, in a 5-1/2 inning AZ Instructional League intrasquad "sim" game played this afternoon on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Tags...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Kane County Cougars Are Champions!

The Chicago Cubs Class A affiliate team, the Kane County Cougars, are champions of the Midwest League. The Cougars beat out the Lake County Captains Saturday, earning Kane County its first Midwest League championship since 2001. The Cougars, champions of the Western Division, beat the Captains, the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, 7-2 to complete the sweep at Classic...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cougars sweep Captains to win Midwest League crown

EASTLAKE, OH - The Kane County Cougars showed that they were the top team in the Midwest League on Saturday night.  They swept the Lake County Captains in three games by a final score of 7-2 to become the 2014 Midwest League Champions. “Kane County played better in all facets of the game. They flat out beat us in all three games. They put pressure on you everywhere. They played...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Former White Sox Catcher Wins Award With Chicago Cubs Organization

It’s not often that Chicago Cubs fans can say their organization is in first place. However, this year has been a magical one for the Cubs Single-A team, the Kane County Cougars. With an influx of young talent, the Cougars have blown away the competition, leading the league with a 86-46 record. While a lot of the credit goes to the talent, headlined by Victor Caratini, Jen-Ho Tseng...
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August 25, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Captains fall to Cougars 13-9

Coming off two victories from Monday’s double-header against the Kane County Cougars, the  Lake County Captains couldn’t come away with a third victory on Tuesday and fell to the Cougars 13-9.   Ryan Merritt, the Captains only left-hander, started the first inning off strong, with two quick outs, but allowed two base hits before Merritt grabbed the last out at first to go...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Captains sweep twinbill from Cougars

  EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (8-16) came from behind late in both games to sweep the doubleheader from the Kane County Cougars (8-13) by a final score of 7-6 in the first game. Lake County won the nightcap 4-2. In game one, Lake County sent right-hander Luis Dejesus (0-2, 5.85 ERA) to the mound for the first game of the doubleheader to face Felix Pena (0-0, 2.60 ERA...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 WSD Top 13 Prospects List

With the first game of the spring, a five-inning intra-squad match, on Thursday, it is time to release the second annual WSD Top 13 Prospects List, coupled with a review of the top of last year’s list and a look at a few of the league Top 100 lists that have been released. Quick Look Back – 2012 Top Three Prospects #1 – Center Fielder – Brett Jackson – Jackson came into...
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February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Top 15 Prospects (2012-13)

I felt pretty comfortable ranking the first five prospects in the system and then things started to get murky. There were definitely some intriguing players that got cut from the list – such as Tony Zych, Juan Paniagua, Gioskar Amaya, and Robert Whitenack. I also stumbled across a few sleepers to keep an eye on, such as catcher Justin Marra.   #1 Javier Baez (SS) Age PA H...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Candy Triple Not So Sweet for Angels

Jeimer Candelario belted a two-out game-tying bases-loaded three-run triple off the RF fence and Rafael Lopez followed with an RBI double into the RF corner to drive-in the go-ahead run, as the Cubs rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 6th en route to a 4-3 victory over the Angels in Arizona Instructional League action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.Tags: AZ Instructional...
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October 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Prospect Reports: Boise Hawks

As I wrote yesterday when I took a look at the Blue Jays prospects, I took in the Northwest League championship finals between the Vancouver Canadians (Toronto Blue Jays) and Boise Hawks (Cubs). You can read the report on the Jays prospects here. The Boise Hawks are an exciting team with numerous A-, B- and C-level prospects worth knowing. I’ll be writing about a few of these prospects...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Will the Vogelbach Curse Haunt Boise Hawks?

Dan Vogelbach singled twice, doubled, drove-in three runs, and scored three more, Carlos Penalver collected three singles and two RBI and scored two runs, and Danny Lockhart had four hits (three singles and a double) and scored twice, leading the AZL Cubs to a 12-6 victory over the Boise Hawks this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.Rock Shoulders (two singles, a double,...
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June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Cubs Extended Spring Training - Final Stats

Here are the final Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training game statistics. There is no official scorer at the games, so the stats are unofficial. EXST CUBS RECORD: 23-26-6 * bats or throws left # bats both POSITION PLAYERS: NOTE: POSITION PLAYERS ARE SORTED BY PLATE APPEARANCES (PA) SHAWON DUNSTON JR (CF-LF):286/336/457 (32 GAMES – 117 PA) - 6 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI,...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss
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