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07-18

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6

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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14

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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4

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

06-26

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11

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

06-19

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects
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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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13

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

05-02

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11

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

03-17

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Going Yard: The Power in Javier Baez's Swing
by
Ryan Parker

03-06

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Changing Speeds: The Optimist's Guide to the 2016 Cubs
by
Ken Funck

02-19

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8

Painting the Black: Cash/Rizz Everything Around Me
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R.J. Anderson

02-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 386: Listener Emails/Ricky Smith on Losing His Date to Derek Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 383: 2014 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-23

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
by
Craig Goldstein

01-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

01-21

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The Week in Quotes: January 13-20
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Musical Closers
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Sam Miller and Bret Sayre

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Last Call for Paul
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R.J. Anderson

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North
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R.J. Anderson and Rob McQuown

11-12

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Transaction Analysis: Perez Built On
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R.J. Anderson

11-11

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28

One Move: National League Central
by
Craig Goldstein

11-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 323: Adrian Cardenas on Leaving Major League Baseball Behind
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 304: The Pirates' Future/Cubs Prospects and Joe Girardi/Listener Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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Transaction Analysis: Will Amenable
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R.J. Anderson

08-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 257: Reevaluating Extensions/The Cubs' Creative International Spending Strategy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Alfonso Soriano Joins the Worst Right-Handed-Hitting Team of All Time
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Ben Lindbergh

07-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: Development Disasters
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Garza's Trip
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Jason Parks, Jason Cole and Sam Miller

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: h
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Sam Miller

07-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 247: Derek Lowe's Rare Career Path/Matt Garza and the Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-28

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Transaction Analysis: Marmol Gets a Free Pass
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R.J. Anderson

06-26

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Painting the Black: Trade Deadline Closeup: Chicago Cubs
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R.J. Anderson

06-11

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Painting the Black: Swinging With Starlin
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R.J. Anderson

04-08

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Wezen-Ball: The 2013 Interleague Schedule
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Larry Granillo

03-04

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MLBDepthCharts: Chicago Cubs
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Jason Martinez

03-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 151: 2013 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

11-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How Alfonso Soriano Got His Groove Back
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Sahadev Sharma

11-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Dempster Doesn't Turn Blind Eye to Texas
by
Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Deal Soto, Maholm UPDATED AGAIN
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Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Dempster the Brave?
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Ben Lindbergh

07-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?
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Sahadev Sharma

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July 18, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 17

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including just about every blue-chip bat in the Cubs system.

Hitter(s) of the Night
The Cubs, Multiple Positions, Wrigleyville (All Levels): It’s a good time to be a Cubs prospect, and Thursday may have been the climax of the hype machine. It’s not going to be easy to tell Cubs fans to calm down after what happened last night.

In Triple-A, Javier Baez, who was making his regular season debut at second base in order to give himself and the organization more options for the future, continued his rise out of his early-season doldrums with a 2-for-4 night that included a double and a homer. Not to be outdone, his teammate Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run of his own.


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July 14, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Mejia, Lance McCullers Jr., and others.

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July 9, 2014 12:52 pm

The Call-Up: Arismendy Alcantara

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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

The Cubs bring up the first of their excellent prospects for a sip.

The Situation: Late Tuesday night the Cubs announced that second baseman Darwin Barney will be placed on paternity leave for two days, creating an opening at the major league level. With Emilio Bonifacio still on the disabled list the Cubs are giving Arismendy Alcantara (No. 18 prospect in the Baseball Prospectus midseason update) a two-day taste of major-league action as they’ve called him up from Triple-A Iowa to temporarily take Darwin Barney’s place.

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The evolution of the Cubs' new best starter.

This is a story. A story about a pitcher. It will be told in pictures and sound, with some words interspersed.

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The A's go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.



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July 2, 2014 6:23 am

The Call-Up: Domingo Santana

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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

The Astros call up the outfielder they stole from Philadelphia.

The Situation: On Sunday, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated that Domingo Santana (the no. 8-ranked prospect in the system entering 2014) still had some developing to do in Triple-A. But with outfielder Dexter Fowler finding himself on the 15-day disabled list, the Astros have a need for an outfielder already on the 40-man roster. Checking off both of those prerequisites, Santana was summoned to the big leagues from Triple-A Oklahoma City and debuted with a three-strikeout, 0-for-4 performance on Tuesday.

Background: Santana, acquired by the previous regime in Houston, came to the Astros as the fourth and final piece of the trade that sent outfielder Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies. Santana didn’t become a member of the Astros organization until two weeks after the trade went down, having originally been listed as player to be named later. But it's still puzzling that the Astros were able to acquire Santana, who has been tapping into his raw power since entering pro ball as a 16-year-old. It might have been a mistake on Philadelphia’s part, and not in the figurative sense, if you believe this report (and not this denial).

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June 26, 2014 12:15 pm

BP Top 50

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Chris Mellen, Jeff Moore and Nick J. Faleris

Two of our experts debate two very different outfield prospects from the NL Central.

Links to Other BP Top 50 Debates

Tim Anderson vs. J.P. Crawford | Daniel Norris vs. Jose Berrios

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June 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects

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Mauricio Rubio

Updating the fantasy stock of Chicago's best young hitting talents.

Kris Bryant was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, where he will likely play third base and hit in close proximity to the Cubs’ other talented and highly touted prospect Javier Baez.

Before the season started, the spring had created clever illusions about Baez, as Cubs fans and fantasy owners alike salivated at the possibility that each preseason laser beam to the outfield seats would draw him closer to major-league playing time in 2014. A deep slump to start the year popped those illusions, as those same fans and fantasy owners were left holding their heads in their hands and looking for a consolation that could only come after the high-risk proposition in Baez started solving the puzzle that is pitch sequencing.

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May 20, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: May 20, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Ben Lively, Ryan Wright, and Matt Anderson, along with the Cubs' high-profile international signings from last summer.

Ben Lively, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield)
Broad shoulders, thick legs, muscular build; 6-foot-4, about 210; body to log innings; repeatable delivery; gets downhill well; hides the ball behind his torso and snaps it on the hitter with a quick arm; plenty of deception; three-quarters; fastball 88-92; runs it and cuts it; true ghostball; explodes on the hitter; if I didn’t have gun readings I’d guess 95-plus based on the swings; hitters weren’t comfortable all night; third time through the lineup was still pumping the fastball and jamming guys; gets 92 with runners on; amped up after striking out a batter to escape a jam; good control with it, pounded the zone for the most part (got squeezed) but the command was hit or miss; up the zone and challenged guys often; he won most battles, but going forward he needs the get the ball down.

Curveball 71-76; lacked bite early; loopy and hangs over the plate; tightened it up and it flashed late; much better around 74-76 mph, and had some two-plane break; dropped it in for some first-pitch strikes; scout said he had a hammer his last appearance, but didn’t see an above-average CB on this night ; SL 82-84 mph; sweepy break; not much bite; lengthened it with two strikes; used it vs. lefties and righties; commanded it well; better against righties; pounded the outside corner and just off the plate; CH around 85; some dive and tumble; thrown only a handful of times; used it right after his FB to keep the hitters off balance.


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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Raving about Eddie Butler, hesitating on Javier Baez, and updates on Henry Owens, Franchy Cordero, Kohl Stewart and others.

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May 2, 2014 6:15 am

Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April

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Sam Miller

Involving an unexpected source.

Good days at the plate are pretty easy to identify. If you’re looking for the best game any hitter had in April, you can look at total bases (as in Ryan Braun’s three-homer game) or at hits (as in Charlie Blackmon’s 6-for-6 game) or at win probability added (as when Kyle Seager hit two homers, including a walk-off, for a one-game .906 WPA); or, simply RE24, which would lead you back to Blackmon, who produced more than five runs all by himself. Similarly, for pitchers, pretty easy: Andrew Cashner’s 9/1/0/0/2/11 was the month’s best game score, though you might opt for Jose Fernandez’s 8/3/0/0/0/14 for dominance or Julio Teheran’s 1-0 shutout for value.

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The staff shares some of its takeaways from the season's first month.

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