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5 prospects ready to impact NL Central

May 6, 2021

Every team would love to have the next Randy Arozarena, who parlayed a second-half stint with the Rays in 2020 into postseason stardom. Which National League Central prospects have the best chance to seize their own opportunities as the ’21 campaign grinds on? Here’s a look at some of the

Where Cubs top prospects are starting '21

@JimCallisMLB
May 4, 2021

With the Minor League season opening on May 4, here's where the Cubs' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

  1. Brailyn Marquez (MLB No. 51), LHP -- Extended Spring Training
  2. Brennen Davis (MLB No. 52), OF -- Extended Spring Training
  3. Miguel Amaya, C -- Tennessee (Double-A) 4.

Cubs Minor League Spring Training report

@JimCallisMLB
April 26, 2021

The Cubs have a rebuilding system with many of their most talented prospects concentrated at the lower levels. Those players need at-bats and innings after losing the entire 2020 Minor League season to the coronavirus pandemic. Ten members of on MLB Pipeline's Cubs Top 30 have yet to make their

Fun facts for every Low-A East team

Explore a sprawling league that includes Augusta, Zebulon and plenty in-between
@BensBiz
April 26, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the ninth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Fun facts for all 12 High-A Central teams

A dozen teams, six states and plenty of interesting nuggets from America's heartland
@BensBiz
April 14, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the sixth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Alzolay on Steele debut: 'I get chills'

Duffy placed on COVID-19 injured list; Romine progressing
@MLBastian
April 13, 2021

After Cubs lefty Justin Steele made his Major League debut on Monday night in Milwaukee, he found his long-time friend, Adbert Alzolay, in the dugout. "Me and him had the biggest hug," Steele said on Tuesday afternoon. "We're just very proud of each other. We've pushed each other to get

Bats leaving Cubs with no wiggle room

@MLBastian
April 13, 2021

The lack of overall output by the Cubs' offense is creating a razor-thin margin for error. It increases the importance of every play made in the name of run prevention, given the corresponding issues with run creation. In the sixth inning of Monday night’s 6-3 loss to the Brewers at

Fun facts for all eight Double-A South teams

Venture to a world where Michael Jordan, space mammals and Crabzilla live in harmony
@BensBiz
April 12, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the fifth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

One fun fact for all 20 Triple-A East teams

From nachos to noodles to nuns, a celebration of Minor League Baseball's largest circuit
@BensBiz
March 29, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the first in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Cubs face decision on Alzolay's development

@MLBastian
March 25, 2021

Adbert Alzolay spent most of last season at the Cubs' alternate training site, where he invested a lot of energy into developing a slider. When the pitcher earned innings for Chicago down the stretch, he flashed a new, real weapon. As Opening Day approaches, the Cubs are again weighing Alzolay's

The next Cubs core? This group could be it

@MLBastian
March 15, 2021

MESA, Ariz. -- There has been a lot of talk this spring about the current Cubs core, which brought a World Series title to Chicago five seasons ago and is potentially experiencing its final years together. Below the Major Leagues, the Cubs are working on constructing the next core group

Here are the Cubs' 2021 Top 30 Prospects

@JimCallisMLB
March 15, 2021

When the Cubs parlayed baseball's best collection of position prospects in decades into a World Series title in 2016, ending a 108-year drought, more championships seemed inevitable. But though their current six-year streak of winning seasons is their longest since 1967-72, they've prevailed in just one playoff series since 2016

Cubs eager to see more from Alzolay

@MLBastian
March 2, 2021

MESA, Ariz. -- The day that Adbert Alzolay was pitching at the Cubs' alternate training site last year was not a fun one for the hitters. Without a large group of position players available, and Alzolay staying stretched out as a starter, it meant a heap of at-bats for those

'Take it in': Cubs prospect Davis joins camp

Outfielder afforded valuable MLB experience; trio competing for second base
@MLBastian
February 24, 2021

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs are currently balancing the best path forward with their current core group, while beginning to build the next cast of impact players. One of the potential pieces to that future core has arrived at camp in Arizona. On Wednesday, the Cubs announced that highly touted

Prospect Davis a 'ball of clay' in tough 2020

@MLBastian
February 5, 2021

CHICAGO -- Brennen Davis got his work completed at the Cubs' alternate training site and was prepared to retreat to his apartment for the remainder of the day. That was when word arrived that the Cubs needed a few extra players at Wrigley Field. It was July 15 and the

Get excited about these 5 Cubs prospects

@MLBastian
January 29, 2021

CHICAGO -- Player development around baseball was put to the test due to all the pandemic-related circumstances over the last year. The Minor League season was lost. The MLB Draft was shortened. Prospects either trained at home or in a controlled setting at their team's alternate site. The international signing

Has future arrived for Cubs' top prospect?

After taste of bigs, Marquez focused on proving himself at camp
@MLBastian
January 20, 2021

CHICAGO -- Following the highly anticipated Major League debut of Brailyn Marquez in September, fellow Cubs pitcher Adbert Alzolay wanted to ease any concerns over the prospect's rough performance. "Just to let you guys know," Alzolay said on a Zoom call, "we have a good one in him. He's going

Cubs to land five-tool shortstop from DR

@JesseSanchezMLB
January 15, 2021

The Cubs have landed a five-tool player who has a chance to have plus tools across the board. According to industry sources, the club has agreed to a deal with shortstop Cristian Hernandez, No. 6 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects List, for $3 million. The team has not

Cubs' top 5 international signings of all time

@MLBastian
January 13, 2021

CHICAGO -- Willson Contreras is the longest-tenured player in the Cubs' organization and has grown into one of the elite catchers in the Major Leagues. That's not bad for a one-time third-base prospect signed out of Venezuela by Chicago. Contreras -- the starting catcher for the National League in each

Here's a closer look at Cubs' prospect haul

@MLBastian
December 30, 2020

CHICAGO -- Trading Yu Darvish the offseason after he placed second for the National League Cy Young Award sent a clear message. The Cubs are concentrating on the future of the franchise. The deal that sent Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini to the Padres on Tuesday night netted big league

Cubs keep 'eye on the future' with Yu trade

Chicago adds Davies, 4 prospects in deal with Padres
@MLBastian
December 30, 2020

CHICAGO -- The Cubs still believe they can contend in a weakened National League Central in 2021, but one of the primary objectives for new president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has been to begin planning and building the team's next core. A major step in that process arrived Tuesday

Fenter first of 3 RHP taken by Cubs in Rule 5

@MLBastian
December 10, 2020

CHICAGO -- Gray Fenter let out a laugh when asked on Thursday if he knows much about the Chicago Cubs. His reaction was not about the team, rather it came from knowing how his circle will be responding to the news that he is now with the North Siders after

Cubs announce 2021 affiliate invitations

@MLBastian
December 9, 2020

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' Minor League hierarchy will look mostly the same in 2021, as baseball alters its player development structure. On Wednesday, the Cubs announced that they have invited Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee, Class A (high) South Bend and Class A (low) Myrtle Beach to remain affiliates with the

Here's the state of the Cubs' farm system

@JimCallisMLB
November 15, 2020

At the beginning of 2015, the Cubs had the best farm system in baseball and perhaps the game's best collection of position prospects in decades. They ended a streak of five straight losing years and advanced to the National League Championship Series that season, then vanquished their 108-year World Series

Inbox: Which Cubs prospects warrant looks?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers questions from fans
@MLBastian
November 13, 2020

With the Hot Stove season underway for MLB, the Cubs Inbox will be a regular part of offseason coverage. To be considered for the next edition, send any Cubs questions to [email protected] with your name and hometown or send a tweet to @MLBastian with #CubsInbox included.