Chicago Cubs 2011 draft re-assessment: another Shawon Dunston on his way?


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Yesterday we featured the most celebrated members of the Chicago Cubs’ 2011 draft class, first round selection Javier Baez and second round pick Dan Vogelbach.  Today we briefly profile six of the other twelve members of the final draft overseen by former Cubs’ general Jim Hendry who, we believe, have been productive enough since joining the organization to conjure hope.  While the 2011 draft appears to be nowhere near as deep as the first two under the Theo Epstein regime, there are some potential diamonds in the ruff whose progress Cubs’ fans should follow.
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Chicago Cubs 2011 draft review: Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach


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On or around the two year anniversary of former Chicago Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry’s firing on August 19, 2011, we will write a brief retrospective on his tenure with the Cubs and his continued imprint on the organization.  While Hendry made some solid free agent signings and masterful trades, his overall drafting record and performance as a trade-deadline seller were woeful.  Where Hendry appears to have left the most positive imprint is through his international signings.

Chicago Cubs 2nd round pick assigned to Kane County Cougars


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The Chicago Cubs announced pitcher Rob Zastryzny has joined the Kane County Cougars from Short-A Boise, while pitcher Jose Rosario has been transferred to Boise.  Zastryzny (2nd Round, 2013) was the 41st overall selection in June’s draft and pitched collegiately at the University of Missouri.

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Chicago Cubs uber prospect Albert Almora heads to the DL


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The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, said outfielder Albert Almora has been placed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to August 5, with a groin injury.

Albert Almora, considered the next savior in franchise history, will see his spot filled by Catcher Neftali Rosario who has been activated from the disabled list.

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Chicago Cubs prospect Dillon Maples overcoming Steve Blass Disease


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Here are a few more features of  players from the lower level of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system.

Chicago Cubs prospects Albert Almora, Kris Bryant showing promise


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In continuing our overview of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, last week we profiled several players on the rosters of the Iowa Cubs, Tennessee Smokies and Daytona Cubs.  Today, we evaluate three prospects playing for the Cubs’ lower tier minor league teams of Kane County or Boise.

Chicago Cubs prospect profiles: Amaya, Balaguert and more


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Yesterday, we featured two players from each of the Chicago Cubs’ three upper-tier minor league teams, Iowa, Tennessee and Daytona.  Today, we feature two players apiece on the rosters of their lower-level teams, Kane County, Boise and the Arizona Rookie League Cubs.

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Chicago Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach: big personality, big potential


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The walk-up music for Dan Vogelbach says it all. Whenever the Kane County Cougars first baseman comes up to bat, the Stadium audio blares the “BIG BOY” snippet from Nelly’s “Air Force Ones” over and over. You know it well, the refrain from the 2002 hip-hop hit. This music choice shows you that the 5’11″ 250 pound Chicago Cubs super-prospect has a grounded sense of self.

When interviewing Dan Vogelbach, you realize that he has an affable personality as big as his frame, potential and signing bonus. (Well, $1.6 million isn’t a huge signing bonus by MLB high draft pick standards, but it’s pretty huge for regular people like us)

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Chicago Cubs uberprospect profile Albert Almora


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As we’re just two weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline, we’re looking at some of the biggest MILB prospect names that will be brought up by MLB GMs. Not saying any of these guys will be traded, but all of them will be talked about. Some are actually on the table; others are not.

Albert Almora passes the eye test before he even swings the bat. And he has the tools too. You can see why he had a $3.9 million signing bonus after being taken 6th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. This kid can hit; his swing is pretty sweet and fluid. His bat will get him to the Chicago Cubs sooner rather than later. He also has the art of being a boring soundbite down. He’s Major League ready when it comes to giving you nothing but useless cliches in interviews.

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Top Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley: big OU Sooners fan


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As we’re just two weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline, we’re looking at some of the biggest MILB prospect names that will be brought up by MLB GMs. Not saying any of these guys will be traded, but all of them will be talked about. Some are actually on the table; others are not. And yes, watching Low A baseball is WAY BETTER than watching the ESPYs. No question.

Archie Bradley was the seventh overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 MLB Draft. He was also committed to the University of Oklahoma to play both baseball and football. Quite a tough decision to make, Sooners or D’Backs?  Rather Bubba Starlingesque.

Bradley picked the Diamond. He’s currently with the Mobile BayBears. Archie Bradley is rated #1 in the Diamondbacks system, #20 overall in MLB and the #10 RH Pitcher.

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Chicago Cubs 300 lb prospect Daniel Vogelbach slims down, remakes himself


In June of 2011, an 18 year kid named Daniel Vogelbach was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the MLB amateur draft. The high school first baseman was listed as 5’11″ 285. However, in the pics we saw of him, he looked pretty close to three bills. But we thought hey, Daniel Vogelbach can hit a ton.

The Cubs claimed right after the draft that he dropped 40 pounds off what he was listed on the scouting report I quoted. Vogelbach throws right and bats left. In the video after the jump you’ll see that he has slimmed down to 240ish.

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2013 Mock NHL Draft Final


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The NHL Draft is almost here.  The 2013 abbreviated NHL season is over for everyone, congrats Blackhawks,  and it’s time for them to look forward to the 2013 NHL Draft.  This year’s draft, Sunday, June 30, from sunny New Jersey, will be a jam packed, one day affair (thank you Gary Bettman and  your lockout), having all rounds condensed into one day.  Someone other than the Edmonton Oilers (congrats Colorado Avalanche) will finally pick first for the first time in years.  The question is who will go where?  To find out, continue after the jump, and see who will be the future hero of your team.

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