April 2012

4/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, full recaps/box scores after the jump, enjoy.

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Soto Scratched

Welington Castillo will get the start tonight as Geovany Soto has been scratched with upper back tightness.  Castillo will bat 8th

April 28, 2012 – Cubs Lineup

Cubs look to stay on a roll behind Randy Wells, who might be making his last statement to stay in the rotation as Dempster is getting close to a return.  Here is how the Cubs will line up.

1. DeJesus – RF
2. Barney – 2B
3. Castro – SS
4. LaHair – 1B
5. Soriano – LF
6. Stewart – 3B
7. Johnson – CF
8. Soto – C (Come on!)
9. Wells – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

Welington Castillo Rumor: Called up; Soto Done? Gone? Hurt? (UPDATE)

Crazy news coming from Twitter tonight, there has been a lot of chatter indicating that Cubs catching prospect Welington Castillo has been called up.  Obviously there has to be a corresponding move as the Cubs are not going to carry three catchers at this point, especially given the fact that they want Castillo to play everyday at Iowa.

Enrique Rojas first reported it.

Kevin Goldstein continued.

My best guess?  Soto or Clevenger is hurt, now nothing happened in the game that I saw tonight as Soto played the whole thing, and if Clevenger is hurt then they need a backup catcher and the logical choice is Castillo.  However, given the fact that Soto has struggled and Castillo needs everyday at bats the Cubs might give the job to Castillo, which would be shocking at this point, but I guess you really never know what is going to happen with this organization.  More to come as I hear it obviously.

UPDATE 12:30 AM:  Sounds like Steve Clevenger is headed to DL…  still waiting for confirmation.

UPDATE 12:34 AM:  Tribune confirming Clevenger to the DL, and Castillo on his way up — LINK

Thanks for reading,
– George

4/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, full recaps/box scores after the jump, enjoy.

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Aggressive Cubs Continue Dominance of Halladay

Full recap, box score, and highlights after the jump.

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April 27, 2012 – Lineups!

The Cubs are in for quite the test tonight as they face off against one of the games best, Roy Halladay.  Here is how both teams will line up.

Phillies Lineup

1. Pierre – LF
2. Polanco – 2B
3. Rollins – SS
4. Pence – RF
5. Victorino – CF
6. Wiggington – 1B
7. Ruiz – C
8. Galvis – 2B
9. Halladay – P

Cubs Lineup

1. DeJesus – RF
2. Campana – CF
3. Castro – SS
4. LaHair – 1B
5. Soriano – LF
6. Stewart – 3B
7. Barney – 2B
8. Soto – C
9. Maholm – P

Thanks for reading,
– George

Do You Smell What the “Rock” is Cooking?

That was an easy one, of course I’m talking about Roderick “Rock” Shoulders, a 2011 25th Round Cubs draft pick.  Rock, a high school stand out at Brandon High School in Temple Terrace, Florida was originally a draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2010 but chose to go to college instead of turning pro.  After a productive season at State College of Florida – Manatee, Sarasota where he hit .318 in 52 at bats with 14 home runs and 58 RBI’s, not bad for a Freshman, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 first year players draft in the 25th round.  More after the jump.

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4/26: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, full recaps/box scores after the jump, enjoy.

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April 27 – 30; @ Phillies – Series Preview

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Fresh off their first series win of the season against the Cardinals, the Cubs roll into Philly to take on the banged up Phillies.  It’s not your “normal” Phillies squad, at least at the plate, no Utley, no Howard, both are out hurt for extended periods of time.  The Phillies are just as good as they’ve always been with the likes of Hamels, Halladay, and Lee.  The four game set is huge for the Cubs given their success in their last series, it’s imperative to build on that series or else this could be a rough trip.  Full previews after the jump.

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