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.

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

The Chicago Cubs lose Andury Acevedo for the rest of the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 2:30 pm

The Chicago Cubs will be without 25-year old righty reliever Andury Acevedo for the rest of the 2016 season.  Acevedo pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 101 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 8-8 with 4 saves, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs moving forward, as Acevedo wasn’t likely to pitch in the majors this year.

The Chicago Cubs purchase the contract of Alex Sanabia

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 11:08 am

The Chicago Cubs have purchased the contract of Alex Sanabia from the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League.  Sanabia has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Toros this year and he was 5-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors back in the 2013 season for the Miami Marlins.  Sanabia has pitched in 28 games (24 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 8-10 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  He will start his career with the Cubs in AAA-ball.

The Chicago Cubs place Matt Szczur on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 9:52 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Matt Szczur on the 15-day disabled list due to a mild hamstring strain.  He has played in 21 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 11 of 30 (.367 avg, 1.041 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This is a bad break for Szczur, as he was playing the best baseball of his major league career!  The Cubs have called up 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Kalish to replace Matt Szczur on the active roster.  Kalish played in 20 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 21 of 57 (.368 avg, .980 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Kalish last played in the majors in 2014 with the Cubs.  Kalish has played in 146 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 93 of 380 (.245 avg, .643 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Felix Pena is off to a good start in the minors for the Chicago Cubs in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 11:51 am

26-year old righty reliever Felix Pena is looking good in AAA-ball for the Chicago Cubs.  He has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.54 WHIP.  He has only allowed 4 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 20 batters in his first 13 innings in AAA-ball, as he has been dominant this year.  Pena has now pitched in 150 games (78 starts) in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 27-35 with 4 saves, a 3.77 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  If Pena keeps pitching well in AAA, he could get his first shot at the show later this year for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs place Miguel Montero on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old lefty swinging catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day D.L., retroactive to April 25th due to a back injury.  Montero has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 48 (.208 avg, .649 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Even though Montero hasn’t started hitting yet, the Cubs are going to miss his bat while he’s gone.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty swinging catcher Tim Federowicz to share time behind the plate with 39-year old righty swinging Dan Ross behind the plate until Montero returns to action.  Ross has played in 8 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6 for 23 (.261 avg, .780 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Federowicz has played in 11 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 33 (.303 avg, .930 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has played in 89 games in his first four years in the show and he is only 48 of 247 (.194 avg, .547 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.

The Chicago Cubs activate Javier Baez from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 2:41 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 23-year old IF/OF Javier Baez from the D.L. Baez played in 4 games in AAA on a rehab assignment for the Cubs this year and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .733 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Baez has played in 80 games in parts of two years with the Cubs and he is 58 of 289 (.201 avg, .598 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 10 homers, 24 RBIs, 6 stolen bases and an amazingly awful 119 whiffs!  The Cubs have sent Munenori Kawasaki to AAA-ball to open up a spot on the active roster for Baez.  Kawasaki played in 2 games for the Cubs this year and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  Baez should give the Cubs some thump off the bench in 2016.

The Chicago Cubs lose Eric Jokisch on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 9:01 am

The Chicago Cubs have lost 26-year old lefty starter/reliever Eric Jokisch on waivers to the Miami Marlins.  Jokisch pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Cubs this year in AAA-ball and he was 0-1 with a 16.62 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He pitched in 4 games (1 start) for the Cubs in 2014 (his only taste of the majors) and he was 0-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  He has pitched in 141 games (117 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 48-41 with 1 save, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs moving forward.

Brad Markey is a pitcher to watch in the Chicago Cubs’ system

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 1:53 pm

24-year old righty reliever Brad Markey comes into this season as the Chicago Cubs‘ #23 prospect according to Baseball America.  Markey pitched in 21 games (9 starts) in A-ball for the Cubs last year and he was 7-0 with 2 saves, a 1.61 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 36 games (9 starts) in his first 2 years in the minors and he is 8-1 with 4 saves, a 1.99 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  Markey has only given up 87 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 92 batters in his first 113 innings in the minors, which are pretty darn impressive numbers.

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