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03-23

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73

Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant and the CBA Fight Ahead
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Matthew Trueblood

03-18

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Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat
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Daniel Rathman

03-16

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8

Daisy Cutter: Coaching Javier Baez
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Sahadev Sharma

03-13

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Prospectus Feature: Scouting With Plate Discipline
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Jeff Moore and Andrew Koo

02-26

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Daisy Cutter: Is Rizzo For Real?
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Sahadev Sharma

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
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R.J. Anderson

02-12

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Daisy Cutter: Let's Talk About the Cubs Bullpen
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Sahadev Sharma

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

01-21

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Daisy Cutter: Maddon Meets the Bleacher Bums
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Sahadev Sharma

01-20

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9

Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Get Raysy
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Sahadev Sharma and Craig Goldstein

12-23

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10

Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs
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Sahadev Sharma

12-17

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Daisy Cutter: The Value of Five-Plus Players
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Sahadev Sharma

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-16

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Ninety Percent Mental: It's Happening!
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Lewie Pollis

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One
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Sahadev Sharma

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Get Montero, Braves Add Callaspo
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R.J. Anderson

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

12-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
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Jeff Quinton

11-26

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Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers
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Sahadev Sharma

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Russell Martin Gets That McCann Cash
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Rumor Roundup: Will Cubs Rustle Martin?
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Daniel Rathman

11-14

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2015 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-05

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9

Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived
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Sahadev Sharma

11-04

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jason Hammel
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Ryan Parker

11-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why Joe Maddon Matters
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Russell A. Carleton

10-31

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7

Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria
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Sahadev Sharma

09-30

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Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

09-19

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15

Notes About Baseball: The Second-Hardest Part of Baseball
by
Rocco DeMaro

09-08

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 8
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Matt Sussman

08-27

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The Call-Up: Jorge Soler
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J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-06

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8

Pebble Hunting: The Non-Scout's Guide To Javier Baez
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Sam Miller

08-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 507: Javier Baez's Call-Up and What's to Come for the Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-05

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The Call-Up: Javier Baez
by
Mauricio Rubio and Jordan Gorosh

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty Face
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Ethan Purser

07-18

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 17
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Jeff Moore

07-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-09

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13

The Call-Up: Arismendy Alcantara
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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

07-09

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Pitcher Profile: Jake Arrieta
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Harry Pavlidis

07-07

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15

Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

06-26

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BP Top 50
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Chris Mellen, Jeff Moore and Nick J. Faleris

06-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-20

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Notes from the Field: May 20, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

05-19

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-02

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April
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Sam Miller

04-30

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The Lineup Card: 10 Things We Learned in April
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Baseball Prospectus

04-29

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Notes from the Field: April 29, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
by
Ken Funck and Harry Pavlidis

03-25

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/25
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

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March 23, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant and the CBA Fight Ahead

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Matthew Trueblood

The attention paid to Kris Bryant's service time foreshadows the major issues facing owners and players in the next CBA negotiations.

As with the old axioms about offensive linemen, umpires and prophylactics, when CBA rules are working properly you never hear about them. Yet here we are, with Kris Bryant’s predicament perhaps the major story of spring training: The Cubs can’t bring him north without burning a year of club control (in 2021), and they can’t send him to Triple-A Iowa without incurring the wrath of Baseball Twitter’s moral majority. It’s a conundrum many teams have faced over the past few years, some in March (to potentially push back free agents), others in May and June (to stall arbitration raises by a year). Each creates a legitimate dilemma, and there’s no wrong answer, given the needlessly complicated rules in place. Which is the point: We’re talking about this because the rules have broken down.

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March 18, 2015 10:32 am

Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles catcher is back behind the dish, Kris Bryant will be back at third soon, and Alex Rodriguez might stay at third.

Matt Wieters sports the tools of ignorance
It had been a while since Matt Wieters last put the gear on: May 4th of last year, to be exact, when his elbow began to bark. The 28-year-old was eventually diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery, going on the shelf May 10th and staying there for the rest of the season.


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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Coaching Javier Baez

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Sahadev Sharma

What the Cubs are working on with the unrefined slugger.

When things are going bad, it’s easy to pile on and expect the downhill trend to continue in that direction. It’s actually been a recurring theme with the Cubs of late. It’s hard to envision any sort of plan being executed properly when what you’re watching is so out of whack with what you’re being told.

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Understanding the relationship between plate discipline in the minors and future big-league success.

Not long ago, in the empty hours that fill scouts’ time between batting practice and the first pitch, I was speaking with (read: listening intently to) to an experienced scouting director. The topic of plate discipline came up. As anyone who closely follows the BP prospect team has figured out, I fall at the “extremely important” end of the spectrum when it comes to using plate discipline to evaluate prospects and predict their future success. Because of that, it didn’t take much prodding to get me to rave about a prospect I had recently seen from this scouting director’s system. The prospect, along with many strong skills, had a fantastic eye.

The scouting director’s response surprised me. He informed me his organization values plate discipline extremely highly, to the point of actually considering it a sixth tool (something we’ve seen the old-school camp dismiss in the past). I love the concept, but was stupefied because the organization in question is not one we typically think of as sabermetrically friendly. I assumed I was at a more extreme end of the spectrum on this topic, but here my views were accepted with arms open wider than I had anticipated.

Plate discipline, of course, is not a new concept in scouting. The way we view player value has brought about the current on-base renaissance within the big-league game, and that has had a trickle-down effect into the scouting world. With a better understanding of the value of on-base ability, we have changed how we evaluate prospects in some regards, at times excusing larger holes in a hit tool, for example, so long as it comes with strong on-base skills. The ability to avoid outs with better plate discipline can make up for some flaws in one’s ability to hit his way on base.

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February 26, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Is Rizzo For Real?

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Sahadev Sharma

The changes that led to the changes for the Cubs' star first baseman.

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February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First

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R.J. Anderson

How Houston benefitted from the top waiver spot.

Jeff Luhnow knows the value in picking first. Since usurping Ed Wade in December 2011 as the Astros general manager, Luhnow has batted leadoff in each of the three drafts he's supervised—a streak assured to end in June, when Houston selects second (compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken) and fifth. By then, Luhnow ought to be accustomed to choosing later than normal. That's because, for the first time in his tenure, the Astros will enter the season without the top waiver priority.

While official statistics aren't kept on such things, a dig through past game logs reveals the Astros entered with a share of the majors' worst record (and first dibs on waived players) in 24 of Luhnow's first 29 months on the job. Luhnow has since flipped 10 pages in his calendar since his team was baseball's worst, but the point remains: He understands the benefits in serving as the gatekeeper of the waiver wire better than any active GM does.

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February 12, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Let's Talk About the Cubs Bullpen

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Sahadev Sharma

If the Cubs are going to be this year's Royals, can they match last year's Royals bullpen?

The Chicago Cubs have quickly become a vogue pick to make the playoffs. It’s not a crazy choice—they certainly have the potential to do so, but often this type of pick feels more like a popularity contest than analysis. The Cubs haven’t won the Series in a 100-some-odd years, yeah yeah, we’re all aware, so picking them to make the playoffs just makes things more fun. Even Vegas has ridiculous expectations for 2015 (though apparently the Padres' addition of James Shield impacted the Cubs negatively), but even those odds are swayed by the Cubs' popularity. Cubs hype has reached such heights that it’s leading some to get violently ill.

With the Cubs craze came a recent segment on MLB Network that suggested their starting rotation was fourth best in all of baseball right now. I guess if you’re projecting that Jon Lester, who had one of the best walk years for a pitcher in recent memory, repeats 2014 and Jake Arrieta does what he did last summer for 200-plus innings, then you have the makings of a terrifying front. And if Jason Hammel repeats his first half for an entire season, and if Kyle Hendricks proves his three months in the bigs was just the beginning of things to come—well, fourth best may prove to be low. But banking on all those things is a stretch.

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The Cubs are kicking tires, but might not have room for the last marquee free agent; meanwhile, Matt Albers is chasing a record again.

Cubs might have some wheeling and dealing ahead of them
In yesterday’s Roundup, Chris Mosch surveyed the James Shields landscape with news that the right-hander might finally put pen to paper by the end of the week. The Cubs were a late entrant to the slow-developing fray, as David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reported that they were “kicking the tires” on the former Royal, now that his price is believed to have come down. But if Wrigleyville is to become Shields’ next home, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer might have other machinations in store.


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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Maddon Meets the Bleacher Bums

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Sahadev Sharma

A fanfest puts Joe Maddon to his first big test: Fans.

The annual Cubs Convention is always an interesting weekend. It’s usually good for a bit of news and always worth a chuckle or two. The attendees range from the first-timer with no clue what to expect to the convention vet who perfectly sets his schedule to get every autograph and ask a question at every panel. For obvious reasons, Cubs fans are a rare breed; when the team you root for is often the butt of jokes all around the baseball world, it will naturally do some damage. But in general, the fans aren’t much different than any other team’s—some perfectly level-headed, others not so much.

I’ve attended the past four conventions, all as a member of the media, and it’s a rather exhausting three days of Cubs madness. At every convention I’ve attended, the main news has centered around the renovation of Wrigley: Introducing plans, then promising to finally start the process, and this year, with ground finally broken, explaining the contingency plan now that the bleachers won’t be open until a month-plus into the season.

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January 20, 2015 12:30 am

Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Get Raysy

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Sahadev Sharma and Craig Goldstein

Dexter Fowler gives Chicago OBP at the top of the lineup and gives Maddon the flexibility to mix and match in myriad ways.

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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs

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Sahadev Sharma

Why David Ross and, more interestingly, why not Welington Castillo?

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It can be difficult for two teams to balance the value of a pitcher with his impending free agency.

Over a month ago when now-debunked rumors surfaced that the Cubs and Nationals were interested in a deal that would have sent Jordan Zimmermann to the North Side, I immediately questioned, well, for what, exactly? Sure, Zimmermann is a hugely valuable pitcher, one of the better arms in all of baseball, but there were too many obstacles keeping a (to my mind) sensible deal from happening.

The Nats are coming off a great year and are still on the upswing, expected to be clear leaders for the NL East this season and possibly for some years after that. The Cubs are attempting to build a contender for 2015, but would they really give up some of the best prospects in baseball for one year of control of Zimmermann? It seemed contradictory to everything they’d been working toward over the past few years. And unless the Nats are going to turn around and sign someone like Max Scherzer, they’d likely want someone(s) who could immediately aid them in a potential 2015 World Series run.

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