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Cubs upgrade 'pen with trade for reliever Phelps

Club deals prospect Hatch to Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander
@MLBastian
July 30, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs continued to reinforce their bullpen on Tuesday, reeling in right-hander David Phelps in a trade with the Blue Jays. The Cubs announced that they acquired Phelps and a cash consideration from Toronto in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Thomas Hatch, who was ranked No. 29

Marquez dominates with 14 K's in one-hit start

@wboor
July 25, 2019

Brailyn Marquez was nothing short of dominant on Thursday as the Cubs’ No. 3 prospect led Class A South Bend to a 4-1 win over Lake County (Indians). Marquez spun the best start of his career as he surrendered just one hit and racked up 14 strikeouts, yes 14, over

Cubs to sign trio of top international prospects

@JesseSanchezMLB
July 2, 2019

The Cubs are closing in on a trio of top international prospects to add to their Minor League system. According to industry sources, the team has a deal with catcher Ronnier Quintero, ranked No. 6 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects list, worth $2.9 million, along with pacts with

Alzolay, bullpen hit hard in loss to Pirates 

Cubs pitchers surrender 18 runs, 23 hits
@JakeCrouseMLB
July 2, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Adbert Alzolay's first Major League trouble spelled a tough night of pitching for the Cubs on Monday, as they surrendered 23 hits in an 18-5 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park. The lopsided contest ended up playing host to Daniel Descalso pitching in the seventh and Craig

Alzolay stellar in MLB debut, nets win for Cubs

Club's No. 4 prospect K's 5, allows 1 hit in 4-plus innings out of 'pen
@MLBastian
June 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- Adbert Alzolay kept repeating the word amazing. Whether it was the moment he got the news or the phone call to his parents, or walking into the Cubs' clubhouse and seeing his last name stitched across the back of a Major League uniform, there has been a flood

Cubs officially sign top pick Ryan Jensen

@MannyOnMLB
June 11, 2019

The Cubs and their first selection in the 2019 MLB Draft, right-handed pitcher Ryan Jensen, have agreed to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the slot value for the 27th overall selection is $2,570,100. Jensen, 21, is out of Fresno State University, where he posted a

Cubs top Draft pick Jensen agrees to deal

Right-hander was 12-1 with 2.88 ERA for Fresno State
@MLBastian
June 8, 2019

CHICAGO -- Ryan Jensen happened to check his phone shortly after the national anthem prior to Fresno State's regional game against Stanford on Monday. That is when the pitcher saw some messages congratulating him on being picked by the Cubs in the first round of the MLB Draft. "Then my

Cubs' Draft focus reflects shift in philosophy

Club stocks up on power arms to create more robust pitching reserves
@MLBastian
June 5, 2019

CHICAGO -- The theme of this year's Draft for the Cubs was power arms. It started with taking Fresno State pitcher Ryan Jensen in the first round and then continued throughout the three-day drafting process. Chicago grabbed seven arms in the first 10 rounds and finished with 22 pitchers total

Cubs 3rd-rounder McAvene set to go high tech

Club goes pitching-heavy in first 10 rounds; C Hearn a standout
@MLBastian
June 4, 2019

CHICAGO -- Michael McAvene has heard about the pitching lab that the Cubs have at their complex in Arizona. He knows how the team's arms -- both big leaguers and prospects -- have worked to refine biomechanics or design pitches inside the building filled with high-speed cameras and pitch-tracking technology.

Cubs draft righty Jensen, 2B Strumpf on Day 1

@MLBastian
June 4, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Cubs knew that they would raise some eyebrows with their first-round pick in Monday night's MLB Draft. This is an organization that built the core of its World Series-caliber roster on polished position players, and this was an amateur pool full of options that fit that familiar

Who might Cubs draft at 27?

Focus remains college pitching, though some mocks project corner infielders in first round
@MLBastian
June 3, 2019

The Cubs are reaching a crucial point in their contention timeline. While the Major League club's window for another World Series trophy is open, the expiration date for the core group that has powered this impressive era on the North Side could be in the not-too-distant future. Barring contract extensions

Rizzo sits again with back tightness

Baez to stay at short; Caratini rehabbing with Triple-A Iowa
@MLBastian
May 14, 2019

CINCINNATI -- When Anthony Rizzo missed Sunday's game due to back tightness, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester was not going to miss an opportunity to toss a friendly verbal jab at the first baseman. "I told him I'm going to have a personal lineup going forward," Lester joked after his start

You won’t believe how he got the out at 1st

May 4, 2019

Talk about a kick save. Pitcher Javier Assad used his foot to pull off one of the unlikeliest assists you’ll ever see for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach, a Cubs affiliate, on Friday. On a push bunt to the first-base side of the mound in the first inning, Assad initially

5 NL Central prospects to watch early in '19

@LangoschMLB
April 11, 2019

For many prospects, Spring Training offered the opportunity to make an impression in front of Major League staff. Now, with Minor League seasons in full swing, their challenge is to remain on those radars. While this may not be a time when clubs are seeking to make wholesale roster changes,

Starting spots for Cubs' Top 30 prospects

@JimCallisMLB
April 3, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Cubs' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

Zagunis on likely making roster: 'I just get chills'

@MLBastian
March 25, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Mark Zagunis has not yet received the call to the manager's office, but all the outfielder has to do is look around the Cubs' clubhouse to know where he stands. Barring any late additions, Zagunis will be given the vacant job on the team's bench and begin

Bryant, Schwarber, Happ ... Is Nico next?

@GoldenSombrero
March 11, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- When it comes to drafting college position players in the first round, the Chicago Cubs don’t miss. Kris Bryant (2013), Kyle Schwarber (2014) and Ian Happ (2015) each made an expedited rise through the Minors en route to Wrigley Field, and all three have helped fuel the

Cubs Top Prospects list history

February 4, 2019

MLB.com has been ranking each Major League organization's top prospects since 2011. Here are the preseason rankings for the Cubs from 2011-18:2011

  1. Brett Jackson, OF
  2. Trey McNutt, RHP
  3. Chris Carpenter, RHP
  4. Hayden Simpson, RHP
  5. Josh Vitters, 3B
  6. Jay Jackson, RHP
  7. Rafael Dolls, RHP

Inbox: How is Alzolay's rehab progressing?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Cubs fans' questions
January 24, 2019

What is the status of Cubs top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay? Will he be ready for the start of the season? And how might he help the Major League team this season? -- Keith B., ChicagoWe'll have a better sense of how Alzolay -- ranked as the Cubs' No. 2

Cubs change pitching development philosophy

January 24, 2019

The manner in which the Cubs' front office went about overhauling the franchise is no secret. There was a distinct focus on position players in the upper tiers of the Draft, leaving trades and free agency as the primary avenues for finding impact pitching.The consequence of that approach has been

Cubs add 3 pitchers ahead of roster deadline

Clarkin claimed from White Sox; Wick acquired from Padres; Steele added
November 20, 2018

The Cubs headed into Tuesday with only one vacancy on their roster. By the end of the day, the team had found a way to add three arms to the fold, including homegrown pitching prospect Justin Steele.Prior to Tuesday's deadline for setting the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5

Cubs prospects dominate in 18-run AFL performance

October 18, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A quartet of Cubs prospects shined for the Mesa Solar Sox in an 18-2 rout over the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League action Thursday.Cubs' No. 8 prospect Justin Steele set the tone early with three no-hit innings for the Solar Sox.• GamedayThursday was Steele's second start

Inbox: Do Cubs have too many starters?

Beat reporter Carrie Muskat answers questions from Chicago fans
August 20, 2018

Pitching is the hot topic in this week's Cubs Inbox.I know you say you can never have too much starting pitching, but look at the Cubs in 2019: Jonathan Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish, Tyler Chatwood, Drew Smyly (coming off Tommy John surgery), Mike Montgomery and an option

Cubs focus on talented college players in Draft

June 6, 2018

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have had success in recent years drafting college players who could ascend through the system quickly and reach the Major League roster. That was a focus again for the Cubs in the 2018 Draft.• Draft Tracker: Follow every Cubs Draft pickPresident of baseball operations Theo Epstein's

OF Herron leads Cubs' college-heavy Day 2

Seven of club's eight Draft selections come from collegiate level
June 5, 2018

CHICAGO -- The Cubs went with the more established players on Day 2 of the MLB Draft on Tuesday, with seven of their eight selections in Rounds 3-10 coming from the collegiate level.• Draft Tracker: Follow every Cubs Draft pickFour of the draftees are right-handed pitchers. The Cubs also picked