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Iowa Cubs Roster is Set

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The Iowa Cubs are dangerous team as they are the home for Kris BryantAddison Russell, and Javier Baez to start the 2015 season.  Bryant was expected, but Baez is a little bit of a surprise as many people thought that he would be the starting second baseman for the big league club to start the year.  Chicago’s loss is Iowa’s gain as they will gladly host Javier Baez for however long it will take, hopefully he can refine his approach and get out of there quickly, no offense Iowa.


Donn Roach (RHP)
Carlos Pimentel (RHP)
Eric Jokisch (LHP)
Barret Loux (RHP)
Yoanner Negrin (RHP)
Blake Parker (RHP)
Brian Schlitter (RHP)
Zac Rosscup (LHP)
Blake Cooper (RHP)
Drake Britton (LHP)
Gonzalez Germen (RHP)
Joseph Ortiz (LHP)
Armando Rivero (RHP)


Rafael Lopez
Taylor Davis


Kris Bryant
Addison Russell
Javier Baez
Mike Baxter
Chris Valaika
Jonathan Mota


Junior Lake
John Andreoli
Adron Chambers
Rubi Silva

Players to watch?  Do I really have to type out Kris Bryant’s name again, oops, I did.  Along with Bryant, Baez, and Addison Russell are the ones to watch, it’s the best infield in AAA, and might be the bottom 20 in the Majors.

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Spring Fever – March 24, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)


We are twelve short days away from real Cubs baseball, which means that important decisions are looming for this coaching staff.  Edwin Jackson figures to be involved in one of those decisions, in a good way or bad, depending on how you look at it.  Joe Maddon has talked about thinking out of the box when it comes to Jackson by possibly piggybacking Travis Wood and Jackson in the 5th spot.  I’m not a huge fan of that, but if both guys prove worthy of a roster spot then there aren’t many more options that don’t involve the Cubs eating a lot of money.  E-Jax gets the ball today for the Cubs as they take on the A’s at 3:05 PM CST, the game can be heard on, no TV.  It’s unfortunate that the game is not on because the lineup is tasty today.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Lake – LF
3. Soler – RF
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Bryant – 3B
6. Montero – C
7. Baez – 2B
8. Russell – SS
9. Jackson – SP

Still no Starlin Castro as he is working back from a groin issue.

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Spring Fever – March 19, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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The Cubs and Diamondbacks battle under the lights tonight, 8:40 PM CST to be exact, and the game is on CSN Chicago.  Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Cubs tonight looking to build on a strong start his last time out.  Decisions are looming in regards to who makes the team, and specifically who makes the rotation.  The 5th spot looks to be coming down to Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson, I think Wood has that spot nailed down, but then that leaves a question mark of what to do with Jackson.  A good start might go a long way for Jackson who I don’t think will be an effective arm out of the pen, he really hasn’t been effective in the rotation either, we’ll see.

1. Fowler – CF
2. Coghlan – LF
3. Castro – SS
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Soler – RF
6. Olt – 3B
7. Baez – 2B
8. Castillo – C
9. Jackson – SP

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Spring Fever – March 12, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)


The Cubs will hit the road today as they take on the Angels at 3:10 PM CST.  Jason Hammel will get the ball for the Cubs looking to rebound from his first start which wasn’t so great.  Today’s game can be seen on with a paid subscription, or listened to through the same device with an account.  There were whispers that MLB Network would pick up the game because of Will Ferrell’s appearance, but I’m not 100% sure on that.

1. Denorfia – DH
2. Baez – 2B
3. Soler – RF
4. Olt – 1B
5. Bryant – 3B
6. Lake – LF
7. Castillo – C
8. Russell – SS
9. Szczur – CF

SP – Jason Hammel

Impressions?  Joe Maddon is doing his best to get Mike Olt in the lineup every single day, that should tell you something.  The last time Baez, Soler, Bryant, and Russell were in the lineup there were a bunch of LOUD NOISES, hope that happens again today.

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Back-to-Back-to-Back! (Soler, Baez, Bryant) (VIDEO)

The best possible thing that could have happen today?  Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant go back-to-back-to-back today, wow.  Here is video, adding as they become available, LOUD NOISES!




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Spring Fever – March 10, 2015 (Cubs Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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Travis Wood will make his second start of the spring today as he takes the mound against the Indians.  Wood was very good his first time out, and a second solid performance would go a long way towards cementing that 5th spot in the rotation.  It’s a prospect heavy lineup for the Cubs today as Alcantara, Soler, Baez, Bryant, and Russell are all starting.  First pitch today is at 3:05 PM CST, and the game will be on TV!  Well, it’s on, you need a subscription to watch, but you can listen for free if you have an account via as well.

1. La Stella – DH
2. Lake – LF
3. Alcantara – CF
4. Soler – RF
5. Baez – 2B
6. Bryant – 3B
7. Castillo – C
8. Valaika – 1B
9. Russell – SS

SP – Travis Wood

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Don’t Underestimate Javier Baez



Around this time last year the Cubs fan base was extremely low on Jorge Soler, what happened by the end of the season?  Now Cubs fans believe that Jorge Soler is the Cubs RF/LF option for the next decade, how quickly an opinion of a player can change.  This years prime example is Javier Baez who has been the second coming, at least until he struggled in the Majors last season, and OMG the strikeouts!  I caution you, don’t underestimate Javier Baez.

We here at the blog have followed Baez closely through his minor league career, as I’m sure all of you have, and the one thing that has been a constant besides the strikeouts is that Baez struggles when he reaches a new level.  I don’t mean scuffle, I mean full-blown struggle, as if he has forgotten how to hit a baseball.  The other constant is Baez overcomes, and reaches cult status with his video game numbers once he figures it out, and I expect something similar this year.  The whole point of Baez being called up last season was to experience major league pitching during a season that really didn’t mean much, why you ask?  Because the organization wants those video game numbers to be on display once he figures it out during a season where the Cubs can actually make some noise, kind of like 2015, or 2016.

In the video above new Cubs skipper Joe Maddon talks about the type of overall player that Baez is, and can be.  He mentions that his baseball acumen is very high, and that he knows how to run the bases, plays solid defense, these are the things that are important to Maddon, but he does also mention that Baez is here to hit.  The main thing that Maddon stresses is that Baez is young, and that fans need to understand that, and be patient with his development.  Maddon also says that it is up to him and the coaching staff to help Baez with the development, better at bats, more patient approach, when to shorten up the swing, etc.

Baez is going to strikeout, but it’s about when those strikeouts come and when Javier can make the adjustment to help the team in the given situation.  I think the bottom line is that Baez tried to do way too much when he came up last year, just like all the times he was promoted to a new level, it’s only natural.  The other thing that is natural is the power that Baez displays, it rivals that of fellow prospect Kris Bryant, it’s scary.  Another thing that I really like about Baez is his desire to want the spotlight, to want to be the guy when it matters most, to prove people wrong or to just impress people.  A solid off-season of winter ball in Puerto Rico, and a strict workout program that saw Baez lose twenty-five pounds have him primed to be in a position to not only be in the opening day lineup but to impress everyone, and I think he will.

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Javier Baez Destroys Another Baseball (VIDEO)

Thanks to Nathan Bliss for getting this video up so quickly tonight.  Baez drilled a three run homer to left, that appeared to leave the stadium, rejoice!

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Javy Baez Blasts 13th HR of the Season (VIDEO)

Yet another opposite field blast for Javier Baez, enjoy the video below.

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Baez Sends This Baseball to an Early Grave, in a Different County (VIDEO)

Javy Baez celebrated the Fourth of July by destroying a baseball.  It went completely out of the stadium, complex, City, County, State… Boom!

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