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.

Jeimer Candelario has been impressive this spring for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 1 April 2016 at 12:27 pm

22-year old switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario has made a good impression this spring for the Chicago Cubs.  He has played in 15 games so far in spring training and he is 14 of 40 (.350 avg, 1.056 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBIs.  Canderlario played in 128 games in A+AA-ball last year and he was 132 of 476 (.277 avg, .770 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 10 homers and 64 RBIs.  He has now played in 526 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 525 of 1,965 (.267 avg, .755 OPS) with 274 runs scored, 43 homers, 284 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Candelario comes into this season as the Cubs’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America, but he plays the same position as Kris Bryant.

The Chicago Cubs send three veteran players to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 1:31 pm

The Chicago Cubs have sent 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Victorino, 33-year old lefty reliever Manny Parra and 34-year old lefty swinging infielder Munenori Kawasaki to the minors.  Victorino played in 4 games this spring for the Cubs and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS).  He played in 71 games for the Angels and Red Sox last year in which he was 41 of 178 (.230 avg, .601 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Parra pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in spring training and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.  Parra pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Reds last year and he was 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Kawasaki played in 18 games in spring training and he was 15 of 38 (.395 avg, 1.042 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 23 games for the Blue Jays last year and he was 6 for 28 (.214 avg, .598 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  I could see any of these three guys playing with the Cubs at some point in 2016.

Wilson Contreras is on the rise for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 5 March 2016 at 9:09 pm

23-year old righty swinging C/3B Wilson Contreras started his minor league career when he was really young.  Last year everything came together for Contreras, who is now the #2 prospect in the Chicago Cubs‘ organization according to Baseball America.  He played in 126 games in AA-ball last year for the Cubs and he was 151 of 454 (.333 avg, .891 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 8 homers, 75 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Contreras has now played in 462 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 465 of 1,692 (.275 avg, .744 OPS) with 244 runs scored, 30 homers, 239 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  Contreras might have to move from behind the plate if the Cubs put Kyle Schwarber back there in the future.  But, I’m betting on Schwarber staying in the outfield with Contreras becoming the Cubs’ full-time catcher in 2017.

Mike Olt is having issues in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 25 August 2013 at 12:17 pm

24-year old righty swinging 3B Mike Olt is having a rough time for the Cubs since coming over from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal.  Olt has played in 30 games for the Cubs in AAA-ball so far this year and he is only 16 of 105 (.152 avg, .512 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs.  Olt has now played in 98 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs and Rangers so far this year in which he is only 69 of 347 (.199 avg, .683 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 15 homers and 40 RBIs.  He has whiffed an amazingly awful 123 times against 45 walks so far this year in the minors.  I don’t think the Cubs should call up Olt when rosters expand on September 1st.

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