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Minor League Update: 7/29/14

Graduation! When I started the (now) Minor League Update, I chose the name Journeymen of Tomorrow because it seemed apropos. The vast, vast majority of players in the minor league system never make it to the big leagues. They are more likely to make it to shift manager at Home Depot… and that’s not a bad thing! Matt Loosen has no future in the major leagues, but he is better...
Via Obstructed View
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Venezuelan Trio Plus Alamo Too Much for A's

Arnaldo Calero (solo HR, two walks, and an HBP) reached base four times, Gleyber Torres (two walks and an RBI single), Bryant Flete (an RBI triple, an RBI double, and a single), and Tyler Alamo (RBI single, a walk, and an HBP) reached base three times a piece, and the foursome combined to collect five RBI and score five runs, leading the Cubs to an 8-5 victory over the Athletics...
Via Cub Reporter
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospects—Loosen, Lockhart, Lopez

Matt Loosen threw the first of three Cubs minor league no-hitters in 2013 as the right-hander sandwiched his gem in Daytona between two stints at AA Tennessee. Danny Lockhart earned NWL all-star honors and C Rafael Lopez was a AA All-Star in the Southern League.
Via cubs.scout.com
February 12, 2014  |  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

Late Night Rule 5 Thoughts

The Cubs are coming up to the MLB reserve list deadline (as are all the other teams in MLB), so it’s time to make a few decisions regarding who needs to be protected in advance of the Rule 5 draft.  The timeline of events goes something like this: November 20 – reserve lists filed for all MLB and minor league squads December 2 – non-tender deadline December 12 – Rule 5...
Via World Series Dreaming
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs prospects: three hitting roadblocks en route to Wrigley Field

There are many blue chip prospects in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system. However, navigating the minor leagues for some players is akin to being a pin ball, bouncing up and down between levels where they succeed and levels where they struggle.  Other Cubs’ prospects’ matriculation through the system is rapid and seamless.  In this post, we feature three prospects who...
Via The Sports Bank
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Announce 2013 Arizona Fall League Guests of Honor

And the winners are... SS Javier Baez, RF Jorge Soler, 3B Kris Bryant, RHP Matt Loosen, RHP Armando Rivera, RHP Arodyz Vizcaino and OF Albert Almora will be a member of the taxi squad. Arizona Phil is going to have all kinds of fun. You can peruse past AFL rosters over at Wiklifield. Tags: Arizona Fall League
Via Cub Reporter
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs name Minor League POM: BIG BOY Dan Vogelbach

The Chicago Cubs today named Single-A Kane County Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach and Double-A Tennessee Smokies pitcher Matt Loosen the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for July. The walk-up music for Dan Vogelbach says it all. Whenever the Kane County Cougars first baseman comes up to bat, the Stadium audio blares the “BIG BOY” snippet from...
Via The Sports Bank
August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Ha Gets Last Laugh at Fitch Park

Matt Loosen retired the first ten men he faced and combined with three relievers to throw a four hitter and Jae-Hoon Ha reached base five times on two walks and three singles (including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th), as the Tennessee Smokies edged the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #2, and Barret Loux threw five shutout innings...
Via Cub Reporter
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Smokies and I-Cubs Get Swept at Fitch Park

Sonny Gray and three relievers combined to throw a five-hitter as the Midland RiverHounds (Oakland A’s AA affiliate) defeated the Tennessee Smokies 3-1 on Field #2, and Jonathon Mota ripped a two-run home run and Juan Apodaca had three hits, but it wasn’t enough as the Sacramento River Cats (A’s AAA affiliate) outlasted the AAA Iowa Cubs 9-5 on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor...
Via Cub Reporter
March 27, 2012  |  Discuss
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