The Chicago Cubs outright C.J. Riefenhauser to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 11:27 pm

The Chicago Cubs have outrighted 26-year old lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser to AAA.  He has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is 0-1 with a 7.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Jason Heyward is stinking it up for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 7:24 am

When the Chicago Cubs signed 26-year old lefty swinging RF Jason Heyward to a 8-year, $184 million dollar deal over the winter it made me chuckle.  In his first six years in the majors, Heyward averaged a whopping 74.3 runs scored, 16.2 homers, 59.7 RBIs and 14.3 steals per season!  Wow….those numbers are worth $23 million bucks a year these days on an 8-year deal?  I don’t think so.  He was an All-Star as a rookie for the Atlanta Braves in 2010…..but that’s the only time he has played in that game so far in his career.  He did win 3 Gold Gloves in his first six years in the show, but that still doesn’t make him worth the money the Cubs are paying him.  Heyward has played in 37 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 32 of 142 (.225 avg, .611 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 14 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He has now played in 872 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 836 of 3,147 (.266 avg, .776 OPS) with 466 runs scored, 98 homers, 366 RBIs and 91 stolen bases.  He is by far the most overrated players on the Cubs and he is one of the most overrated players in all of baseball!

The Chicago Cubs release Shane Victorino

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 4:14 pm

The Chicago Cubs have released 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Victorino.  Victorino played in 9 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 7 for 30 (.233 avg, .690 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Victorino has played in 1,299 games in his first 12 years in the show and he is 1,274 of 4,630 (.275 avg, .765 OPS) with 731 runs scored, 108 homers, 489 RBIs and 231 stolen bases.  He has won 4 Gold Glove Awards and he has been an All-Star twice in his career.  So even if this is the end of Victorino’s baseball career…..he had a very, very solid one.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Neil Ramirez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 6:57 am

The Chicago Cubs have designated 26-year old righty reliever Neil Ramirez for assignment.  Ramirez pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  He gave up 5 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his 7 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  Ramirez has pitched in 77 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Cubs and he is 4-3 with 3 saves, a 2.20 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The Cubs need to try to deal Ramirez, because their is absolutely 0% of a chance that he clears waivers.

The Chicago Cubs activate Matt Szczur from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 6:53 am

The Chicago Cubs have activated 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Matt Szczur from the D.L.  He played in 21 games earlier this year for the Cubs before he was hurt and he was 11 for 30 (.367 avg, 1.041 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 101 games in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 41 of 164 (.250 avg, .698 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers, 23 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Cubs have to be glad to have Szczur back, as he was raking at the plate before he got injured!

Paul Blackburn is looking good in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 9:22 am

22-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Blackburn came into this season as the Chicago Cubs‘ #19 prospect and he’s showing why so far in the minor leagues.  Blackburn has pitched in 8 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 1.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  He has given up 35 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 50 innin

Ben Zobrist is rolling for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 9:17 am

34-year old switch-hitting 2B Ben Zobrist has found a new home with the Chicago Cubs.  He doesn’t have to worry about playing all over the field….as he is the starting 2B.  Zobrist looks happy in Chicago and the results have been very impressive so far in 2016.  Zobrist has played in 35 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 39 for 123 (.317 avg, .935 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Zobrist is totally locked in at the plate right now, as he has walked 28 batters while whiffing 16 times so far this year!  He has a .439 on-base percentage and he is #1 in walks, #2 in runs scored, #3 in homers and he is #2 in RBIs on the Cubs so far this year.  I see no reason to think that Zobrist is going to slow down any time soon.

The Chicago Cubs sign Joe Nathan to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 12:54 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 41-year old righty reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league deal.  Nathan is recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Cubs have already placed him on the 60-day disabled list.  Nathan pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Tigers last year before hurting his elbow and he whiffed the only batter he faced, but he got a save.  Nathan has now pitched in 777 games (29 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 62-34 with 377 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Nathan is a 6-time All-Star and he is currently #8 in Major League history in saves with 377 of them.  This was a good low risk move for the Cubs, as Nathan could help them later on this year.

The Chicago Cubs have activated Miguel Montero off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 12:29 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 32-year old lefty swinging catcher Miguel Montero off the disabled list.  He has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 of 48 (.208 avg, .649 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  To make room on the active roster for Montero, the Cubs have designated 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Kalish for assignment.  Kalish played in 7 games for the Cubs this year and he was 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .730 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs.  Kalish has now played in 153 games in his first four years in the show and he is 95 of 387 (.245 avg, .645 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 4 homers, 36 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  If he clears waivers and agrees to an outright assignment to AAA, I’m sure the Cubs would like to keep Kalish around.

UPDATE:  (5/15/2016) – Ryan Kalish has cleared waivers and he has accepted an outright assignment to AAA.

Zac Rosscup has shoulder surgery for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 2:32 pm

27-year old lefty reliever Zac Rosscup of the Chicago Cubs has recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left shoulder.  There is no timetable for his return to action.  He has not pitched this year.  Rosscup pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 2-1 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 61 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.

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