Category: Prospects

Albert Almora Hits His First Professional Home Run! [VIDEO!]

Another night and another first.  Last night it was Jorge Soler with his first professional home run, tonight it is Albert Almora.  Almora hit a two run shot for the AZL Cubs in the 5th inning against the AZL Brewers.  As soon as we get the video we will post it for your viewing pleasure.  Congrats Albert!

Here is the video of Almora’s home run.  Via Cubs Den!

Thanks for reading,
– George

Jorge Soler Just Hit a Monster Home Run – VIDEO

I know it’s just one hit, but felt like I had to post about it because of all the hype surrounding the super prospect.  Also, not many people have access to or follow the AZL Cubs team as they start so late so I felt an update would be nice.  Soler launched a monster two-run home run tonight, his first as a professional, as soon as I get video I will post it, hopefully soon!  We will have more on Soler’s night when we post the minor league recap for today, stay tuned.

Here is the video of the blast!  Via CubsDen


Thanks for reading,
– George

Jeff Beliveau Called up; Dolis Down

I reported it last night and the Cubs made it official today.  Jeff Beliveau has been called up and Rafael Dolis was sent down to Iowa.  Beliveau is a left hander who is used primarily out of the bullpen, he had an outstanding spring and almost made the team.  This year for Iowa Beliveau was 4-5 with a 4.05 ERA, he has 47 strikeouts in 40 innings.

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– George

Jeff Beliveau Called Up?

Late night blogging is not always the best idea, especially when you’re not on a lot of sleep to begin with, but here goes.  The awesome rumor source that is twitter is at it again, per Sosnick Cobbie Sports, Jeff Beliveau has been called up to the Cubs.

 

The organization, and twitter account are legit.  Per the company’s website

Sosnick Cobbe Sports is dedicated to forwarding the career of every player, while promoting a healthy climate in which each player can grow professionally, educationally, emotionally and financially. And not short-term, but throughout his career…and into retirement.

At Sosnick Cobbe Sports, individual attention is our focus and primary commitment to each one of our athletes. We’re not a player factory–we know our clients and their families. What’s more, we pay close attention to detail, which leaves our clients free to focus on what really matters: playing the game of baseball.

Take this for what’s it worth obviously, I have not heard a confirmation from the team or anyone surrounding the team, and until I do I’m not reporting this as fact, just purely as speculation from twitter.  Stay tuned as Beliveau’s call up would be noteworthy as he is one of the better arms in pitching starved Cubs system.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Jorge Soler is Real! Debut’s in Arizona Tomorrow

As most of you already know, super prospect Jorge Soler will make his professional Cubs debut in Arizona tomorrow for the AZL Cubs.  As if that lineup needed anymore power!  We will have full coverage of the mythical Soler swinging a real bat in a real game, at least I think it will be a bat, still hoping for a lightning bolt.  Soler will DH tomorrow and bat right behind the red-hot Daniel Vogelbach, that’s quite the one-two punch, best of luck to Mr. Soler.

 

Thanks for reading!
– George

A Look at Josh Vitters

In case you have not noticed Josh Vitters has had a great first half of baseball in Triple-A Iowa.  Vitters was drafted third overall by the Cubs out of Cypress High School in Anaheim California.  Considered to be the most polished high school hitter in the ’07 Draft it has been a little disappointing that he has not made it to the show yet.  However, he is only 22 years old and has hit at every level he has been at, yet to many Cub fans it feels like he has been a bust.  Well, in his first season at Iowa Vitters has been very good, making the All Star team as a reserve.  His offensive numbers say all there is to know about his season thus far as he is hitting .302 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI’s.  He also has an impressive 25 doubles and his OPS is .866.

Yes it has been a very good year for Vitters en route to the Triple-A All Star Game, but I am sure he has his sights set higher this year.  As is the case with any minor leaguer he hopes to make it to the major leagues this year.  With Ian Stewart done for the season and the only one ahead of him being Luis Valbuena it is possible for him to get the call at some point.  Is he in the Cubs future plans?  It is hard to tell, but it is nice to see him put up some pretty good numbers at Iowa.  If he is not in the plans the success he has had should give the Cubs a nice chip to dangle to get a good return in a potential deal.

Josh Vitters will have an impact on the Cubs organization at some point, whether it is as a player or in a possible trade at a later date.  With that said he should be celebrated on quite a first half and hopefully more continued success as the season continues.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Jorge Soler and Cubs Make it Official

Jorge Soler has official signed his nine-year $30 million deal today.  With the signing the Cubs have officially added him to the 40-man roster.  Jed Hoyer said he will start in the minor leagues as a right fielder.  He will report to Mesa, but where he will go after that is yet to be decided.  There is no timetable on how quickly he will move through the system, but one thing is for sure the Cubs have added a top prospect, with big power potential to the club and hopefully in the next couple weeks we can add first round pick Albert Almora into the fold as well.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark