Monthly Archives January 2010

Prospect ages

This is the season for baseball prospect rankings. Earlier this week, Kevin Goldstein published a list for Baseball Prospectus of Cub hopefuls, in which eleven players were granted 5-star (Vitters, Castro), 4-star (Lee, B. Jackson) or 3-star (Cashner, J. Jackson, Carpenter, Archer, Burke, Flaherty, Gaub) status. Surveying this talent brigade, I was struck once again […]

Most likely to stick?

Word was out last week that nineteen Cubs not currently on the 40-man roster have been invited to spring training with the major-league team. Infielders: Barney, Camp, Castro, LaHair, Lalli, Scales, Vitters Outfielders: Jackson, Snyder Catchers: Chirinos, Clevenger, Robinson Pitchers: Cashner, Coleman, Diamond, Kennard, Mathes, Perkins, Russell Say hello to your 2010 Iowa Cubs!–with the […]


Carrie Muskat had a recent blog which included a list of current and former players set to attend the Cubs Convention next weekend. Two names on the list caught my eye. Andy Pafko is the last Cub centerfielder who was an all star at that important position. Brett Jackson could be the next. Or not. […]

No news is good news

The Cub team that I’m excited about is a couple years away, but 2010 is shaping up as a solid season, largely because Jim Hendry has been demonstrating the same patience and shrewdness in selecting players that new owner Tom Ricketts has applied to the choice of a spring-training site. Hendry corrected a few old […]