Rob G.'s Archives

Theo Was Chatty Today

I guess Theo had a press conference today, lots of stuff is said at press conferences, some of it actually has merit, some of it is bullshit. Only time will tell us which is which, but here's an aggregation of quotes from twitter. I won't attribute each one indivudually, but mostly coming from Jesse Rogers, Bruce Levine, Jordan Bernfield, Jon Greenberg, Bruce Miles and Paul Sullivan.

In no particular order...

2015 Draft Pick Update


The Curious Case of Mike Olt

Time for a new thread but got some work to get done this morning...but the comments in the last thread had some interesting "Why isn't Olt starting talk?" So here's some numbers to assist in the discussion.

Olt since being called back on Sept 5.

11 G, 8 GS, 250/382/357 29.4 K%

Valaika since Sept 5

10 G, 8 GS 290/333/355 27.2 K%


Cubs Look to End 5-Game Losing Streak, Midwest League Finals Begin

Cubs finish up their north of the border series versus the Blue Jays and attempt to end a 5-game slide. With Kyle Hendricks on the mound, it seems possible. Although not in the lineup, Anthony Rizzo was spotted taking BP and might be ready to return sometime this weekend.

In non-depressing news of the day, it's is the opening of the Midwest League Finals. Kane County takes on Lake County (Indians affiliate).  Jen-Ho Tseng gets the start and the lineup for the Cougars will be: Dunston Jr. LF, Zagunis DH, Candelario 3B, Balaguert RF, Rogers 1B, Brockmeyer C, Penalver SS, Martin SS. I presume Clint Frazier is Lake County's biggest prospect name if you're looking for such things.

TCR Friday Notes

- Well, the Cubs let someone else hand out the stupid contract and the Red Sox are the winner. 6/72.5M for Rusney Castillo...a little over $12M per which isn't terrible for a Shane Victorino comp, but I don't think the Cubs had a spot for him for 6 years (or even 3) and certainly not at a price higher than what Jose Abreu or Yasiel Puig got.

- Javier Baez watch: 5 Home Runs, 3 Golden Sombreros

Cubs New Strategy: Own Everyone

The Cubs seem to be intent to on playing Monopoly with the entirety of future position prospects as rumors from Buster Olney indicate they may be in the lead to acquire Cuban outfielder/infielder Rusney Castillo. Own the entire board and they'll have to come to you and pay overmarket prices for your property.

"...Only in their dreams can men be truly free."

There's not much in Cubs news or even anecdotes to pass on at this time. Rosenthal had a video report that Jon Lester's Boston teammates believe he'll sign with the Cubs, but that'll have as much weight as a feather this offseason. The Tigers may be down another pitcher in Justin Verlander, and I wonder if Edwin Jackson would be of any interest. The Cubs would probably have to pay a lot of salary and get little in return, but worth a phone call probably. As for the current team, Operation Draft Pick is moving along nicely...currently in the 4th spot (which will actually be the 5th spot in the draft because of the Astros extra pick). It's a tight race with 45 games to go and with Alcantara, Hendricks and Baez out there with something to prove, I expect them to drift farther back than closer to a #1 pick.


Team .PCT GB
1. D'Backs .395 --
3. Rangers .400
August 2015

Cubs Roster Info:

Org Depth Chart

40-Man Roster Info



Last updated 8-27-2015

40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full)

25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on 15-DAY DL, one player on 60-DAY DL, one player on FAMILY MEDICAL EMERGENCY LIST, and 11 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors

* bats or throws left
# bats both

Jake Arrieta
Justin Grimm
Jason Hammel
Dan Haren
Kyle Hendricks
Tommy Hunter
* Jon Lester
* Clayton Richard
Hector Rondon
* Zac Rosscup
* James Russell
Pedro Strop
* Travis Wood

* Miguel Montero
* Kyle Schwarber

: 6
Kris Bryant
Starlin Castro
# Jonathan Herrera 
* Tommy LaStella
* Anthony Rizzo
Addison Russell

* Chris Coghlan
Chris Denorfia
# Dexter Fowler
Matt Szczur

15-DAY DL: 4
Jason Motte, P
Neil Ramirez, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Rafael Soriano, P 

60-DAY DL: 1
Jacob Turner, P

David Ross

# Arismendy Alcantara, INF
Javier Baez, INF
Dallas Beeler, P
Carl Edwards Jr, P
* Eric Jokisch, P
Yoervis Medina, P
Mike Olt, INF
Brian Schlitter, P
Christian Villanueva, INF 
* Tsuyoshi Wada, P


Minor League Rosters

Rule 5 Draft

Minor League Free-Agents

2015 Draft Pick Order

  1. D'Backs
  2. Astros*
  3. Rockies
  4. Rangers
  5. Astros
  6. Twins
  7. Red Sox
  8. White Sox
  9. Cubs
  10. Phillies
  11. Reds

For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in 2015 draft as well their their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records (top 11 picks) have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.

  • Sign in with Twitter