2013 Cubs Prospects In Review: Albert Almora

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by aisle424

Albert Almora is a right-handed center fielder, and just finished his age 19 season. He stands 6'2-180. He came to the Cubs as the first round pick in the 2012 draft. Taken sixth overall, Almora signed for an overslot $3.9 million to pry him away from a commitment to the University of Miami. Soon thereafter, he was sent to the …

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (66-93) at St. Louis Cardinals (94-65)

In Series Previews by aisle424

As long and tedious as this disappointing season has been, I'm still kind of surprised that it's now ending. Given that I haven't written a post in over a month (other than a quick aside about Marvin Miller's legacy on Labor Day), it's safe to say that I haven't been paying much attention to watching the Cubs circle the drain. I …

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Mike Olt

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by aisle424

The Cubs acquired Mike Olt from the Rangers on July 22nd. Along with Olt, the Cubs acquired CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez (PTBNL). Olt is 6-2, weighs 210 lbs., bats and throws right-handed. The 3rd baseman was the 22nd ranked prospect in baseball entering 2013 by both mlb.com and Baseball America. He was drafted in the 1st supplemental …

2013 Cubs Prospects In Review: Christian Villanueva

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by aisle424

Christian Villanueva came to the Cubs in the Ryan Dempster deal at the 2012 trade deadline. A J2 signing by the rangers in 2008, Villanueva cuts a less than imposing figure, standing 5'11-160. His 2011 campaign hinted at the potential for surprising pop, however, as he ISO'd .186 for the Rangers' Low-A Hickory affiliate. Combined with his sterling glovework at third, Villanueva's …

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Neil Ramirez

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by aisle424

Neil Ramirez was drafted in the supplemental first round of the 2007 Draft (44th overall). He turned 24 at the end of May so he's not exactly young. He's 6-4 and weighs 190 pounds and is a right-handed starting pitcher. The Cubs acquired him, along with Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and CJ Edwards for Matt Garza on July 22nd of …

Race to the Top: The Cubs (Probably) Won’t Lose 100 This Year

In Commentary And Analysis by aisle424

The Cubs can probably kiss even the #2 pick away as they failed to gain any ground on the Marlins as they remain 6.5 games behind Miami.  The Cubs are actually closer to falling out of the Top 10 draft picks altogether (5 games) than they are to catching Miami. As I mentioned last week, Houston is sewing up back-to-back …

Race to the Top: Winning Games, Losing Ground

In Commentary And Analysis by aisle424

The Cubs lost 3 and won 4 games since the last time we checked in, so while this doesn't really qualify as a winning trend, it didn't really help the Cubs in their quest for as high a draft pick as possible: Houston has kept a strong grip on the overall #1 pick, and gained some help when their top …

Race to the Top (of the 2014 Draft)

In Commentary And Analysis, Major League Baseball by aisle424

Welcome back to the 3rd installment of OV's annual Race to the Top series! This has become an extremely fun tradition where we flip the stadings upside down, reverse wins and losses and track the Cubs "progress" towards achieving the top draft pick in the next draft! We sure do know how to have fun around here! In previous years, …