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Meet Todd Johnson

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About Me

Message from Todd Johnson

In the real world, I teach US History, Geography, and World History and I write about prospects in my spare time. I am also into photography and you will see those pics from time to time on this site. I live about 20 minutes SW of Rockford with my wife Anne and our four pups.

 

Recent Articles from Todd Johnson

10 Things I Think Walks the Random Side of Things

10 Things I Think Walks the Random Side of Things

Pete Crow-Armstrong - Picture by Todd Johnson It has been a while since I’ve done 10 things I think. And there’s not a theme to today. Originally, it was gonna be 10 things I think about MLB Pipeline's top 100 and the newest Cubs' top 30 list. But I couldn’t come up...

Players of the Day – Cubs Den News, PCA Sizzles, Chavers Looks Good, Assad Looks Like a 40-man Lock, and Cam Sanders Looks Vicious

Players of the Day – Cubs Den News, PCA Sizzles, Chavers Looks Good, Assad Looks Like a 40-man Lock, and Cam Sanders Looks Vicious

Cam Sanders - Pic by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs Sad News of the Day The website Cubs Den is no more as the Chicago Tribune cut the literal cords to the Chicago Now website which hosted Cubs Den. Founded by the legendary John Arguello, the site has been an inspiration to...

Marquee’s Newest Top 25 List Makes Data the Focal Point for Prospect Analysis

Marquee’s Newest Top 25 List Makes Data the Focal Point for Prospect Analysis

Jordan Wicks - Picture by Todd Johnson It has reached the point in the year where it seems like every other day there’s a new prospect list because there is. Today, it was the Marquee Sports Network's turn as Lance Brozdowski dropped his top 25 Cubs list. The list...

Outfielders Rule the Day in Cubs’ 2022 MiLB Position Rankings

Outfielders Rule the Day in Cubs’ 2022 MiLB Position Rankings

Pete Crow-Armstrong and Owen Caissie - Picture by Todd Johnson This is getting to be quite the ritual. At the start of every August, I look at the Cubs' system by position and I gauge the depth of those positions. There’s no scientific formula or mathematical...

Draft Pick Profile – Mason McGwire Could Be a Pitching Coach’s Dream Prospect

Draft Pick Profile – Mason McGwire Could Be a Pitching Coach’s Dream Prospect

Mason McGwire - Pic via ESPN As soon as his name was read on day two of the draft, I had to look at the draft tracker just to make sure how his name was spelled. It was spelled just like how I thought it was and his dad was exactly who I thought it was. Regardless of...

Affiliate Update – The Tennessee Smokies’ Playoff Chances Hinge on the Next Two Weeks

Affiliate Update – The Tennessee Smokies’ Playoff Chances Hinge on the Next Two Weeks

From day one this year, the Tennessee Smokies have had one of the most potent offenses in the Cubs’ system in recent memory. In the first few months, they lost Nelson Velazquez, Christopher Morel, Darius Hill, Levi Jordan, and Matt Mervis to Iowa and Chicago. Yet,...

The Breakdown – Playoff Chases in Effect, The Hot List for August, and the Players of the Week

The Breakdown – Playoff Chases in Effect, The Hot List for August, and the Players of the Week

Luis Verdugo - Picture by Todd Johnson As most of you probably reading this early this morning, I am either getting ready to go to work, going to work, or sitting in a teachers institute dreaming of baseball. Last week was busy for me as I was up in Appleton and I got...