Minor League Recap: June 12 – June 19

I take this free moment to address some nonsense on WSD’s Facebook page.  Like the nutcase in that particular piece, I am also a veteran.  We’re not all like that.  Please don’t lump us all in with that *******. Moving on to the system, not a whole lot has happened this week.  With All-Star breaks in the Midwest League, Florida State League, and Southern League, there...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

OV “Daily” Facepalm 03-07-2014

Minor League Camp is open 4 squads were on the field yesterday, Iowa down to Kane County. Full rosters courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil. A few words: Due to numbers, some people are a fair bit higher than they will be when the season opens. This is because some of the fringe talent is still in major league camp, and as cuts happen the rosters will fill out downwards. For...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Renteria Meets the Media and Other Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria was formally introduced to the Chicago media on Thursday and donned a Cubs’ jersey for the first time. Renteria will wear no. 16, his old high school number. Renteria has contacted all of the players via texts, phone calls or emails and has been watching video of the players as he continued his recovery from right hip surgery. Renteria indicated one of the first calls...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Awarded Cubs Rule 5 Pick

The Phillies will be awarded the Cubs Rule 5 pick in this year’s Rule 5 draft. The news was first reported by MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat who states the Phillies were awarded the pick because the Cubs’ 2011 selection, Lendy Castillo from the Phillies, did not meet the required number of days (90 or more) needed on the Cubs active roster. The rules are in place to prevent teams...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Receive Cubs Pick in Rule 5 Draft to Settle Grievance Over Lendy Castillo DL Stint

The Cubs forfeited their first pick (fourth overall) in next week’s Rule 5 Draft to the Phillies in order to settle a grievance about the amount of time Lendy Castillo spent on the disabled list during the 2012 season. The Cubs selected the right-handed pitcher in the Rule 5 Draft in December of 2011 from the Phillies. Lendy Castillo broke camp on the Cubs’ active roster that...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant wins Arizona Fall League MVP and Cubs AFL report

Even during the frost of Winter, getting significant Cubs’ news past their fans was like trying to sneak a fastball by the quick hands of Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks.  Despite the frost, most Cubs’ fans are dancing in the snow over 3B Kris Bryant, the team’s 2013 first round selection, being crowned MVP of the Arizona Fall League.  Bryant, 21, and seven other Cubs’ prospects...
Via The Sports Bank
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/16/13

Mesa 3 v Peoria 1 Kris Bryant: 0-3, BB, 2 SO, SB Kris Bryant walks. With Steven Souza Jr batting, Kris Bryant steals (2) 2nd base. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Kris Bryant flies out to right fielder Jorge Bonifacio in foul territory. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Wes Darvill: 0-4 Wes Darvill singles on a line drive to right fielder Jorge Bonifacio. Wes Darvill grounds...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League Playoffs 2013; Daytona, Boise Game 1

Dunedin Blue Jays 1 @ Daytona Cubs 6 Kris Bryant led the way with 2 hits and a single. He also had enough RBIs by himself to win. The only extra-base hit was a double by Pin-Chieh Chen to lead off the Cubs in the bottom of the 1st (he'd come to score on a move to 3rd off a Zeke DeVoss fly out and a wild pitch). Dan Vogelbach and Dustin Geiger also singled, as did Elliot Soto...
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September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-17-13

Iowa Cubs 0 @ New Orleans Zephyrs 3 Offense: DNP (**********) Justin Grimm worked 7 strong, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, no walks and 8 Ks. Most of his damage came on a 2 run homer in the 4th. Zach Rosscup worked the 8th and struck out three, allowing a hit in the middle of it. Chattanooga Lookouts 6 @ Tennessee Smokies 4 Your daily fawning over how great Javier Baez is: he was 1-3...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-7-13

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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 6-4-13

New Orleans 10 @ Iowa Cubs 5 (13 innings) Logan Watkins was 1-6 with a strikeout today. He's been ice cold as of late, and his line now sits at .227/.343/.387. Repeat for Dave Sappelt. Brett Jackson went 4-6 with a home run and no strikeouts. He's only had 8 strikeouts in his last 10 games. Ready for the big show, right? Brent Lillibridge went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts...
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June 04, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-17-13

Tucson Padres 9 @ Iowa Cubs 8 As I was typing this, it was 9-6. The Cubs had to score 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting, but of course they failed to win it.  Logan Watkins went yard for the 3rd time this season. It was his only hit; he also walked once and struck out twice. He grounded out to end the game. Thanks Logan, I didn't want to stay up any longer...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-6-13

Oklahoma City Redhaws 1 @ Iowa Cubs 6 Matt Garza threw 54 pitches and 37 of them were strikes. Not that it matters, but he threw 3.1 innings, allowed 4 hits and a run while walking none and striking out 3. Garza will probably get a couple more rehab starts before being activated. Cory Wade struckout 2 in 0.2 innings. The Iowa Cubs used Garza's rehab stint in a way that they were...
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May 06, 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

Journeymen of Tomorrow: Daytona (A+) and Kane County (A-) Rosters

It was reported the other day that Javier Baez would begin the 2013 season down at Low A in Kane County. However, the rosters announced yesterday have him, and Jorge Soler, in Daytona. Below is the roster for the Daytona Cubs. Pitchers RHP Yeiper Castillo: The 24 year old signed out of Venezuela never played above High A with the Red Sox and that's where he'll start 2013...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Send Lendy Castillo Outright to Iowa

The Cubs have sent RHP Lendy Castillo outright to AAA Iowa. Castillo was Designated for Assignment on January 26th when RHP Carlos Villanueva (MLB Article XX-B free-agent signed by the Cubs last month) was added to the 40-man roster. Tags: Rule 5 draftLendy CastilloHector RondonRead more about Cubs Send Lendy Castillo Outright to Iowa
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The Week That Was...

So the Cubs are going to sign Scott Hairston, but since the deal isn't official we don't really have comments from TheJedi on his exact purpose. Chances are though, he'll platoon with DeJesus and Schierholtz and be the thunder off the bench late in games. And if they happen to trade Alfonso Soriano at some point, he might just be the starting left fielder. The 33-year...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs finalize $10 million deal with Villanueva, DFA Castillo

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva agreed to terms on a two-year $10 million contract. To make room for Villanueva, right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo was designated for assignment. Villanueva, 29, joins the Cubs after pitching the last seven seasons with the Brewers (2006-10) and Blue Jays (2011-12). Villanueva has 56 starts and 245 relief appearances during...
Via The Sports Bank
January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Better Know a Cub: Lendy Castillo

I actually like Lendy Castillo a fair bit. Lendy Castillo was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006… as a shortstop. He actually showed considerable promise on the defensive side, but could not hit to save his life. 2007: 684 OPS 2008: 566 OPS 2009: 453 OPS After it was apparently there was no way he was going to hack it even as an all-glove shortstop, the Phillies ended...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

On 2012′s Unforgivable Walks

With very rare exception, walks are bad, for the pitcher and for the pitcher’s team. Sometimes a pitcher will walk an opposing hitter on purpose, but sometimes that’s not even the right thing to do. Walks are just bad, as a general principle. But, of course, some walks are worse than others. There’s an entire spectrum, from okay walks to awful walks, from forgivable walks to...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs/Nationals have bench-clearing brawl without the brawl part (Video)

Back on Thursday night, things got heated between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs in the 6th inning when Cubs pitcher Lendy Castillo nearly hit Nationals star Bryce Harper with a pitch. Harper who was not too pleased with the location of the ball went out to confront Castillo but before that happened, both teams cleared the benches for what would appear to be a brawl...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Potential bench-clearing brawl between Nationals and Cubs turned into a bench-clearing shoving match

Benches cleared after Cubs pitcher Lendy Castillo threw inside on Bryce Harper. But once teams gathered on the diamond, all they were able to muster was a little yapping and shoving. Things seemed to have calmed down when more yapping and shoving broke out at first base. Meanwhile Nationals announcers are going on and on about the Cubs “throwing at a teenager” and wondering...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Benches clear twice as Nationals rout Cubs

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson doesn't believe in the notion that a team with a big lead should ease off the gas pedal. The Chicago Cubs beg to differ. Therein lies the reason for two near brawls Thursday night in the Nationals' 9-2 rout of the Cubs, which completed a four-game sweep. First, Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk began yelling at Nationals third base...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Baseball, Brawls, and Brooms: Nats Sweep Cubs In Four-Game Series

And people say baseball is boring. Thursday night’s series finale between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs had bench-clearing brawls, charging bullpens, more home runs, and more great pitching from the Nats. The Nats completed the four-game sweep of the Cubs as they head into their last weekend on this homestand, and with their 85th win, their magic number is 19...
Via The Nats Blog
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs Throw Down

The Chicago Cubs are having a very poor season, and when losing continues so consistently, frustrations are bound to boil over.   The Cubs played the Nationals on Thursday night and the benches cleared not once, but twice.  The cause of the second melee was what seemed like an intentional brush back pitch towards Bryce Harper. The Outside Corner breaks it down: In Thursday’s...
Via Next Impulse Sports
September 06, 2012  |  Discuss
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