Cubs Commentary, Rumors & Analysis

01/18/2017 – Cubs Quick Hits: Carl Edwards Jr’s Unique Four Seamer

During the Cubs Convention, VP Jason McLeod joked that everyone in the audience was probably stronger than noted stringbean Carl Edwards Jr. (he was, of course, taking an all-in-good fun jab at the pitcher while touting fellow wiry hurler Dylan Cease). Yet, despite the ultra-ectomorph body type, Edwards’ four-seam fastball is no joke: …

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Cubs Video Clips: Cubs Held a Kids Press Conference at CubsCon and the Result was Priceless

Everyone who attended Cubs Convention this weekend seemed to be floating around on a cloud, high above the normal concerns of most major league baseball fans and thoroughly wrapped up in the glory of being World Series champions. That was true for adults and kids alike. If there’s one thing …

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Cubs Make Historic Visit to White House Before, Well, You Know (Full Video & Photos)

In case you missed all the revelry – like Evan interviewing Jason McLeod, Rob Zastryzny and Jeimer Candelario – at Cubs Convention this weekend, the Chicago Cubs are still World Series champions. In fact, somewhere out there are 20 as-yet-unknown lucky fans that are going to be able to personally …

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BP’s List of Top Cubs Prospects Pretty Routine for a Change (Video)

I used to think that Baseball Prospectus intentionally put a little shock value into their top prospect lists for the Cubs system. In 2015, they placed Addison Russell over Kris Bryant at the top. I understand that Russell has MVP-type qualities, but there’s no way they should’ve selected him over …

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Quick Hits – 01/16/2017: Jason Heyward’s Offensive Struggles as Viewed Through Expected Metrics

Jason Heyward’s .266 BABIP last season was the lowest of his career and was far below his .301 expected BABIP. Was he unlucky? Perhaps he actually was. Not only was his xBABIP substantially different from his actual BABIP, but even his actual batting average of .230 differed greatly from his .260 expected …

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Cubs Video Clips: Down on the Farm Panel Offers Prospect News, Revelations on Soler and Villanueva

Down on the Farm, the final panel session of the 2017 Cubs Convention, featured Jason McLeod (senior VP of scouting and development), Jaron Madison (director of player development), and Matt Dorey (director of amateur scouting) discussing the methods to their madness. I don’t know if it was the timing or …

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Watch: Evan Talks with Rob Zastryzny About Mistaken Identity, Poutine, and Cleaning the Bathroom

If you follow me on social media, you may already know about the opportunity I had to work with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at the Cubs Convention. I’ve developed a pretty solid relationship with the Cubs’ advanced-A affiliate over the last couple years, to the extent that they saw fit …

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Watch: Jeimer Candelario Talks Family, Faith, and Love for the Game

The first thing I noticed about Jeimer Candelario was his affable humility. He walked into the Mayfair Room at the Sheraton Grand (that’s where all the minor league affiliates had set up shop) and signed autographs for all the kids who approached him. Then he came over to the Pelicans’ …

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