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The Weekly – Awards and Accolades Everywhere, Roederer and Made Return, and Mesa Is Getting Close
I don’t know how much longer the Cubs are going to keep Pete Crow-Armstrong in Myrtle Beach. On Thursday night, his average for the year crept over .400. Also, he was named a top 100 Prospect by Baseball America and I’m sure that’s just going to be the first of many acknowledgments …
The Weekly – Getting Ready for QC Trip, IFA News, AST Preview, Palencia Pub, IFA News, Cards Coming Fast, and “The Man Who Stole Your Water.”
This season is going by very quickly. Triple-A Iowa has played 17 games this month so far while the lower affiliates will have 15 games under their belt after today. That is basically 1/10 of the season. That happened quick, too quick. I’m not sure I’m ready for this, but I am …
The Extended Spring Training Roster Gives Us a Little Preview of What the Mesa Cubs Roster Might Look Like
The last roster to take shape every spring is the one for the Cubs' rookie league team in Mesa. Earlier this week Arizona Phil of the Cub Reporter put out who all was in extended spring training. That list also included players that were rehabbing or nursing minor injuries from the four …
Spring Training Storylines: With Two Weeks Left, What MiLB Questions Need Answering?
Today is March 22. Two weeks from today the Iowa Cubs will begin the 2022 minor league season on April 5 and three days later, Tennessee, South Bend, and Myrtle Beach start it up. That means, boys and girls, that today marks the halfway point of spring training for the minor league …
Affiliate Sneak Peek – Who Might Be in the Rotation in Mesa This Summer?
Dominic Hambley – Picture by Rich Biesterfeld When the Cubs Arizona Complex League team in Mesa takes the field in the middle of June, one of the more intriguing things to find out will be just exactly who is going to be in the rotation for the young Cubs. Last year, the …
Heading North – Moises Ballesteros and His Bat Have Plenty to Do in 2022
Moises Ballesteros – Pic via His Instagram One of my favorite players to follow on Instagram is the account of Cub prospect Moises Ballesteros. The young catcher posts pictures of himself being a baseball player and just smiling all the time. Occasionally, he will post a video of himself and I just …
Cubs Finally Announce MiLB Manager Assignments and More!
The day we have been waiting for since mid-January finally arrived today as the Cubs announced the managerial lineups for each affiliate this morning. There were a few changes which we have been speculating about for awhile. The only major change for 2022 is Michael Ryan moving up to Tennessee and Lance …
Heading North Prospect Profile – Anderson Suriel Is Getting Close to Breaking Out
Welcome to my new series! This will be a short one, but I will be profiling several position players who should be heading north from the Dominican Summer League to play in Mesa this summer. Let's get going!!! One of the more important things to look for when checking out prospects that …
The Weekly – The Who Just Missed Lists, Who’s Now in Camp, Who’s at 7, and Who’s the New ACL Manager?
We are getting closer and closer and closer to a full minor league season. Over the past few weeks, a few camps have been taking place. This week, a lot of prospects showed up in Mesa and it was good to see Riley Thompson and Kohl Franklin working out with the regular …
Prospect Profile – Carlos Garcia and His 2022 To-Do List for When He Comes North
When the Cubs announced their September minor league pitcher of the month in 2022 as Daniel Palencia, I felt like 19-year-old Carlos Garcia had been robbed. Garcia did not allow an entire run that month. In 21 innings, he struck out 20 and had a batting average against of .192 while walking …
Prospect Profile: Johzan Oquendo’s 2022 To-Do List More for the Cubs Than Him
Johzan Oquendo – Pic by Rich Biesterfeld When the Cubs took Johzan Oquendo in the 16th round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of high school in Puerto Rico, I wondered aloud if he was going to be a project. The Cubs have a history of drafting kids out of Puerto Rico …
North Side Bound Mailbag – Which Affiliate Will Be the One to Watch in the Spring?
Sometimes, the mailbag can be a loaded question. By that, no matter how we answer, somebody’s not going to be happy. Such is the case today. farradn1965@yahoo.com asked, “Who do you see as the affiliate to watch next spring and how could that change over the course of the year?” With the …
The Weekly: A Prospect List, a New Draft Prospect List, New Pages, and Checking It Out
Screw it! "The Weekly" was the Sunday staple at Cubs Central for years. I missed calling the Sunday post at North Side Bound that name. So, I am bringing the title and format over here. I feel so much more comfortable now. Let's get to the first "Weekly" at North Side Bound! …
New Affiliate Pages Go Up
Up until Friday, our affiliate pages were just links to articles about the affiliates. That’s all changed. Each affiliate page now has a depth chart, links, pics, video, and tweets. From Iowa all the way down to the Dominican Summer League teams, North Side Bound continues to provide you with things you …
Cubs’ Top 20 Prospects Under 20 Show Some Incredible Depth
It is time for my top 20 prospects under the age of 20. The keyword there is under. I don’t know why I just don’t say 19 and under, but it does sound a little cooler to match the two twenties together. The only rule is that the prospect was 19 at …
The Sunday Column – Affiliate To-Do Lists, Transactions, Assorted News, and a Rainy Day Jam
We will get to the news in a little bit… Todd’s Affiliate To-Do-List for 2022 Every Tuesday or Wednesday this off-season, I’ve been putting out a series of articles that double as a prospect profile and a to-do-list for 2022. One of the things I wanted to do in the big scheme …
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