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State of the System: Chicago Cubs

Amaya, Marquez form near future for the NL Central champs
@brianjstultz
December 4, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Chicago Cubs are at a crossroads

The Show Before the Show: Episode 287

Chicago native Howard shares stories about start to Cubs career
December 3, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Cubs summon southpaw Marquez to Majors

No. 64 overall prospect makes debut in regular-season finale
@tylermaun
September 27, 2020

With the National League Central Division title already sealed and steaming toward the postseason, the Cubs have welcomed their top prospect to the North Side. Brailyn Marquez, MLB Pipeline's No. 64 overall prospect, was promoted to the Major Leagues on Sunday and entered the Cubs’ regular-season finale in the eighth

The Road to The Show™: Miguel Amaya

Cubs No. 3 prospect has skills, mind-set to thrive behind plate
September 14, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Toolshed: Who will make the next big leap?

Candidates that could climb from Class A Advanced straight to MLB
@SamDykstraMiLB
August 14, 2020

Seth Romero recently became the latest example of a mini-trend taking place during the 2020 Major League season, yet there was still an element of awe involved. The Nationals purchased the contract of their No. 11 prospect/2017 first-rounder Thursday, and he made his MLB debut the same day. But it

The Road to The Show™: Brailyn Marquez

Cubs No. 2 prospect has risen steadily toward Major Leagues
August 10, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Chicago Cubs left-hander Brailyn Marquez. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. To this point in the shortened

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
@MavalloneMiLB
July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Prospects in the Cubs' 2020 player pool

Batterymates Marquez, Amaya open camp in South Bend
@brianjstultz
July 2, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

2020 Draft recap: Chicago Cubs

North Siders load up on left-handed pitchers
@brianjstultz
June 18, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives.

Bus driver Timmons made Pelicans go

Team remembers beloved employee gone too soon
@jtbloss
May 29, 2020

Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager Steve Lerud always sits in the same seat on the team bus. First row, right of the aisle, kitty-corner from the driver. On most road trips last year, Lerud’s first on the job, his spot gave him a direct line to driver Terrance Timmons. Sometimes they’d

Baez hits four homers on historic night

Top Cubs prospect ties FSL record, drives in seven runs
June 10, 2013

After a solid April and a run of the mill May, Javier Baez has exploded out of the gate in June. Remember those struggles he had in the Florida State League last season? His historic performance Monday evening at Jackie Robinson Ballpark says those problems are truly behind him.