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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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5

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
by
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
by
Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

06-26

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11

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

06-19

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7

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

05-20

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4

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
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-02

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11

Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April
by
Sam Miller

04-30

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5

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

04-29

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4

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

04-08

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61

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

03-25

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18

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

03-25

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10

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

03-17

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7

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

03-06

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19

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
by
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
by
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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6

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
by
Craig Goldstein

01-23

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51

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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7

Transaction Analysis: Musical Closers
by
Sam Miller and Bret Sayre

12-05

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11

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

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North
by
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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21

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
by
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
by
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
by
Larry Granillo

03-04

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MLBDepthCharts: Chicago Cubs
by
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
by
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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21

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?
by
Sahadev Sharma

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April 29, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: April 29, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

A five-league look at Brandon Nimmo, Corey Knebel, Matt Hobgood, Jose Rondon and other prospects.

(Jeff Moore)

Brandon Nimmo, CF, Mets (St. Lucie)
Well built for 21, yet has a frame that will support more weight. Classic left-handed stance, quiet hands with a slight knee bend; swing is short and quick with a slight uppercut; generates natural backspin on the ball, which helps project above-average future power. He doesn't know how to drive the ball yet, but when he does the power will come and the doubles will turn into home runs. Extremely patient approach at the plate; absolutely will not expand the strike zone, even in RBI situations. Plus runner underway but not an explosive first step. Should be able to stay in center field for the foreseeable future.


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Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell or Javier Baez? We polled front office types and our prospect staff.

The rise of the superstar shortstop prospect prompts preferential inquiries, as my email inbox, Twitter feed, and chat queues are continually maxed out with questions about Bogaerts, Baez, Correa, Lindor, and Russell, and if forced to choose, which one would I choose? The five chiseled heads on the modern Mount Rushmore of shortstop prospects (six if you go high on Mondesi) present a daily challenge of preference, a subjective exercise of forced selection tied to the realities of the present and the fantasies of the future, a tug-of-war we play with ropes made of tangible data, scouting memories of on-the-field motions, and the conceptual ideas of value and who will be most likely to achieve it.

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March 25, 2014 7:37 am

Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason Preview

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Ken Funck and Harry Pavlidis

Part three in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

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March 25, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/25

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Ronald Guzman, and others.

OF Albert Almora: Mixed production at the plate; squared a 95 fastball up in the zone for an opposite-field RBI single late in the game; fast hands and aggressive; loved the way he attacked the ball; earlier in the game, was sawed off by a fastball inside and hit an infield squib; clocked a 4.4 time to 1B. I like the setup and swing, with an open stance and very good balance through his load and stroke. Swing is more linear without a lot of lift at present, but he can make hard contact with the ball, especially against quality fastballs; in the field, looks the part of a plus center fielder; glides naturally to the ball; effortless ability to make quality reads.

Example: On a high sky, sun field, tracked a high fly ball that was tailing toward the right field side. It would be common to see young center fielders make a poor opening read and struggle to adjust to the ball because of the sky and tail on the ball. My eyes focused on Almora upon contact, and he glided to the spot on his initial read and made a catch at his left hip, which looked as effortless (and cool) as his route to the ball. For most outfielders, the appropriate response to the flair of this particular catch on a backfield would be, “Nice catch Hayes, don’t ever do it again.” But for Almora, its just natural baseball. –Jason Parks

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March 17, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: The Power in Javier Baez's Swing

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Ryan Parker

The future Cub has an unusual swing. He should generate unusually lofty power totals.

Javier Baez has left jaws on the floor and baseballs in critical condition thanks to an electric swing that is as powerful as it is unique. The identifying feature of his swing is a whip of the bat forward during his stride. That inspires many comparisons to fellow bat-waggler Gary Sheffield. On the surface the comparison makes sense as both have a pronounced trigger leading up to elite bat speed. Reality paints a different picture.

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March 6, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Ken Funck

Wishcasting the Cubs' future.

You may think I have a bounce in my step because spring is on the way, but every sense available to me during this winter without end says you’re wrong. You could argue it’s because baseball is being played again in Arizona and Florida, but I'm not there to witness it, and even the densest cluster of pixels can't impersonate a warm breeze. No, it was Kris Bryant's first spring training at-bat that made me so giddy, the one that ended after nine pitches when the young third baseman blasted a towering drive to straight-away center. Before Bryant launched that ball into the mesosphere, I was the same skeptical Cubs fan I had always been, longing for but never truly expecting greatness. By the time it landed on the berm past the center field fence, however, I started to feel something I hadn't experienced in so long I nearly didn't recognize it: belief.

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February 19, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Cash/Rizz Everything Around Me

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R.J. Anderson

Forget Pineda/Montero. A more interesting swap of young talent that offseason has provided both clubs with something to hope for this year.

As easy as it is to forget, the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda deal was not the only trade made during that month in which a young pitcher was moved for a young hitter. A week earlier, the Cubs and Padres exchanged Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo as part of a four-player swap. Though not a challenge trade by the strictest definition—the two players did not man the same position—it nonetheless felt like one, in large part because of the executives who were involved.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Mike Trout, Masahiro Tanaka, Javier Baez, and more, and Ben talks to Ricky Smith about being Jetered (at 44:17).

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Ben and Sam preview the Cubs' season with Ken Funck, and Nick talks to Daily Herald Cubs beat writer Bruce Miles (at 20:53).

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

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Craig Goldstein

Rick Renteria's lineup has a few intriguing bats, but you'll probably have to look elsewhere for pitching.

Last year was yet another tough one for Cubs fans, even if the Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod-led front office continues to stockpile assets. The win-loss record is a nagging source of frustration for the fans, and the on-field lineup might just be as frustrating for fantasy owners. With the potential to sport a platoon in the outfield and a defensive specialist in the infield, as well as a patient front office that will keep its drool-worthy prospects at bay, this Cubs tree isn’t likely to bear much fruit in the early going.

Projected Lineup

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

The no. 2 system in the game.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

CLAYTON KERSHAW CASHES IN

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