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Everything To Know About The Blackhawks 2021 Draft

The Blackhawks traded ended up trading their pick back to 32nd overall in the Seth Jones trade, but there’s still plenty to talk about when looking at the Hawks draft this year. They had a total of eight picks, let’s take a look at all the picks. Blackhawks 2021 Draft Picks Round Pick Overall PickContinue reading “Everything To Know About The Blackhawks 2021 Draft”

The Blackhawks’ Defense No Longer Runs On Duncan

After 3 Stanley Cups, 2 Norris Trophies, a Conn Smyth, 105 goals and 520 assists in 1,192 games spanning 16 seasons, Duncan Keith’s time as a Chicago Blackhawk has come to an end. Back on July 12th, the Hawks traded Keith and Tim Soderlund to the Edmonton Oilers for Caleb Jones and a 2022 3rd-roundContinue reading “The Blackhawks’ Defense No Longer Runs On Duncan”

Everything You Need To Know About The White Sox 2021 Draft Picks

This year’s MLB Draft was back up to 20 rounds. Not the usual 40 rounds, but definitely better than the 5 rounds we got last year. The Draft also took place during the MLB All-Star Break for the first time. Let’s check out what the White Sox did. Here’s a quick look at all ofContinue reading “Everything You Need To Know About The White Sox 2021 Draft Picks”

Everything You Need To Know About The Cubs New Draft Picks

Last year’s MLB draft was only five rounds, this year’s MLB Draft was back up to 20 rounds. Not quite the 40 rounds were used to, but it felt a lot closer to normal. The Draft was also later this season as it took place during the MLB All-Star Break. The Cubs made some interestingContinue reading “Everything You Need To Know About The Cubs New Draft Picks”

What’s Behind Andrew Chafin’s Bullpen Emergence?

Over his first six seasons in the majors, Andrew Chafin had a 3.67 ERA with opponents hitting .234 against him. But in 2021, Chafin has a 1.59 ERA with opponents hitting just .155 against him. He ranks in 90th percentile or higher in expected batting average expected slugging, expected ERA and hard hit percentage, despiteContinue reading “What’s Behind Andrew Chafin’s Bullpen Emergence?”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Tyler Johnson

Player: Tyler Johnson Position: RHP Height: 6’3 Weight: 210 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Charlotte MLB.com Rank: 18th in White Sox System Drafted: 2017 (Round 5, 147th overall by White Sox) Hometown: Richmond, VA College: South Carolina The White Sox drafted Tyler Johnson in the 5th round back in 2017. He likely dropped to the 5th round due to a sore arm that kept him sidelined for partContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Tyler Johnson”

Can Stubblefield Restore DePaul Basketball in Chicago?

DePaul Director of Athletics, DeWayne Peevy has named Tony Stubblefield the new head men’s basketball coach for the Blue Demons. Stubblefield replaces Dave Leitao, who coached the Blue Demons from 2015-2021 in his second stint at DePaul. Stubblefield comes to DePaul after being a part of the coaching staff at Oregon for the past 11Continue reading “Can Stubblefield Restore DePaul Basketball in Chicago?”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Dauris Valdez

Player: Dauris Valdez Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’8 Weight: 254 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Tennessee MLB.com Rank: 30th in Cubs System Acquired: April 5, 2021 in trade from Padres for James Norwood Hometown: Bani, Dominican Republic The Cubs acquired Valdez right after the beginning of the 2021 MLB season from San Diego in a deal that sent James Norwood back the other way. ValdezContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Dauris Valdez”

Why Trading Yu Darvish Was The Right Move

The Cubs sent some shockwaves across baseball on Monday when they sent Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres for Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena. So far I’ve heard almost nothing but negative feedback from the Cubs fanbase, but I think a lot of that comes from anContinue reading “Why Trading Yu Darvish Was The Right Move”

Cubs Playoff Rotation? Which Guys Should Get the Chance

We’re past the halfway point in the 2020 MLB season and the Cubs are alone in first place in the Central with a 96.7% chance to make the playoffs, but there’s definitely areas that can improve and questions the Cubs should be asking as we approach playoff time. Those questions include who they should lineupContinue reading “Cubs Playoff Rotation? Which Guys Should Get the Chance”

White Sox 3 Biggest Over/Underperforming Hitters Right Now

The Sox hitters are killing it right now! Second in the MLB only to the Padres in OPS (On-Base + Slugging Percentage). But let’s take a closer look at which guys are hitting better and worse than expected. We can measure this by comparing expected statistics to actual statistics. Expected statistics uses the exit velocityContinue reading “White Sox 3 Biggest Over/Underperforming Hitters Right Now”

How Contreras’ Work Is Paying Off For Cubs Pitching

Two years ago I made a post for Renegade Sports Analytics on Willson Contreras’ poor framing ability. His framing was costing his pitchers more runs than any other catcher in baseball. The Cubs and Contreras became aware of this and have been working on improving his framing over the last few years and it seemsContinue reading “How Contreras’ Work Is Paying Off For Cubs Pitching”

Breaking Down Jose Abreu’s Monster Weekend

The baseball world has been going crazy about Jose Abreu’s weekend in the crosstown classic. Six home runs in three games against the Cubs, including four consecutive at-bats with a home run. Below is a look at all six of Abreu’s home runs from this past weekend. What is so impressive to me is thatContinue reading “Breaking Down Jose Abreu’s Monster Weekend”

How Eloy Jimenez Has Been The White Sox Most Effective Hitter in 2020

Although Eloy Jimenez is hitting only .267 for the season so far, he’s been on fire over the last week and has been the most effective hitter on the White Sox in 2020. He’s increased the Sox chance of winning games more than any other hitter In order to see who has increased the WhiteContinue reading “How Eloy Jimenez Has Been The White Sox Most Effective Hitter in 2020”

Why Willson Contreras Is a Massive Breakout Candidate

The Cubs are rolling right now and there’s a bunch of guys who I could write about for getting off to great starts, but Willson Contreras has some really eye-popping numbers. Below are the Top 5 hitters in the MLB in average exit velocity this season. Contreras is second in the MLB with a 96.5Continue reading “Why Willson Contreras Is a Massive Breakout Candidate”

Why Dylan Cease Was Much Better Against Cleveland This Time

Dylan Cease’s first start of the season was ugly, but since then Cease has been adjusting both his pitch usage and approach. Although still learning how to pitch at the big league level, watching him progress over his first three starts has been promising. Below is a quick look at Dylan Cease’s three starts thisContinue reading “Why Dylan Cease Was Much Better Against Cleveland This Time”

Here’s What’s Wrong With Craig Kimbrel: He’s Not Just Getting Old

Last Summer, the Cubs signed Craig Kimbrel to a 3-year, $43 million guaranteed contract to become their new closer. Kimbrel, who had been lights out in his career, has been anything but that since joining the Northsiders. Not that many of you need proof of that, but below is a look at some of Kimbrel’sContinue reading “Here’s What’s Wrong With Craig Kimbrel: He’s Not Just Getting Old”

Luis Robert’s Swing-Happy Approach Is Working: Here’s Why

Yes, I am aware we are only a little over a week into the season, and Luis Robert’s MLB career. There was concern about his overly aggressive approach coming into the year, but he’s been killing it so far. How good has he been though? Robert is tied for 2nd in the MLB in WARContinue reading “Luis Robert’s Swing-Happy Approach Is Working: Here’s Why”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Keegan Thompson

Player: Keegan Thompson Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 210 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Tennessee MLB.com Rank: 11th in Cubs System Drafted: 2017 (3rd Round, 105th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: Cullman, AL College: Auburn The Cubs selected Thompson in the third-round in 2017. He was one of a bunch of college pitchers taken by the Cubs in the early rounds of that 2017 draft. He madeContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Keegan Thompson”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Andrew Vaughn

Player: Andrew Vaughn Position: 1st-Base Height: 6’0 Weight: 215 Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A+ Winston-Salem MLB.com Rank: 2nd in White Sox System (16th in MLB) Drafted: 2019 (Round 1, 3rd overall by White Sox) Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA College: California The White Sox drafted Andrew Vaughn with the 3rd overall pick in 2019 and signed him for $7,221,200. Vaughn won the Golden Spikes award in 2018 asContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Andrew Vaughn”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Christopher Morel

Player: Christopher Morel Position: 3B Height: 5’10 Weight: 140 Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A South Bend MLB.com Rank: 10th in Cubs System Signed: 2015, by Cubs Hometown: Santiago, Dominican Republic The Cubs signed Christopher Morel back in 2015 for $800,000. As a 20-year old last season, Morel played his first year of full-season ball. The first thing I noticed when researching him is his weight isContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Christopher Morel”

White Sox- Down On the Farm: Codi Heuer

Player: Codi Heuer Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’5 Weight: 195 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Charlotte/MLB MLB.com Rank: 27th in White Sox System Drafted: 2018 (Round 6, 168th overall by CHW) Hometown: Missoula, MT College: Wichita State He was a starter in college at Wichita State and began in the White Sox system as a starter, but later moved to the bullpen in 2019. His stuff lookedContinue reading “White Sox- Down On the Farm: Codi Heuer”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Cory Abbott

Player: Cory Abbott Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’2 Weight: 220 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Tennessee MLB.com Rank: 11th in Cubs System Drafted: 2017 (2nd Round, 67th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: San Diego, CA College: Loyola Marymount The Cubs selected Abbott second round of the 2017 draft after an impressive junior year at Loyola Marymount. Not only did he set a school record for strikeouts perContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Cory Abbott”

White Sox- Down On the Farm: Luis Robert

Player: Luis Robert Position: Outfield Height: 6’2 Weight: 210 Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: MLB MLB.com Rank: 1st in White Sox System (3rd in MLB) Signed: 2017 by White Sox Hometown: Guantanamo, Cuba The White Sox gave Robert the second-largest bonus to an amateur ever at $26 million when they signed him back in 2017. His first first two seasons in the minors were hampered by knee, ankleContinue reading “White Sox- Down On the Farm: Luis Robert”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Zack Short

Player: Zack Short Position: SS Height: 5’10 Weight: 180 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa MLB.com Rank: 19th in Cubs System Drafted: 2016 (17th Round, 524th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: Kingston, NY College: Sacred Heart The Cubs took Zack Short in the 17th round back in 2016 and signed him for $80,000. Short had a great sophomore season in college at Sacred Heart: leading the Northeastern ConferenceContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Zack Short”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Ian Hamilton

Player: Ian Hamilton Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 200 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: MLB MLB.com Rank: 18th in White Sox System Drafted: 2016 (Round 11, 326th overall by CHW) Hometown: Vancouver, WA College: Washington State Ian Hamilton has been a reliever dating back to his time as a closer at Washington State. He then moved over to a starting role to finish his career asContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Ian Hamilton”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Brailyn Marquez

Player: Brailyn Marquez Position: Left-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’4 Weight: 185 Age: 21 Bats/Throws: L/L Current Level: A+ Myrtle Beach MLB.com Rank: 2nd in Cubs System Signed: August 23, 2015 by Cubs Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Marquez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 with a signing bonus of $600,000 as just a 16-year old. He was already throwing in the low 90s and it lookedContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Brailyn Marquez”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Zack Collins

Player: Zack Collins Position: Catcher/First-Base Height: 6’3 Weight: 220 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: L/R Current Level: AAA Charlotte MLB.com Rank: 10th in White Sox System Drafted: 2016, 1st Round, 10th overall by White Sox Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL College: Miami (FL) The White Sox drafted Zack Collins with their first round pick in 2016 (10th overall) and signed him for $3,380,600. The Sox loved both his power and his disciplinedContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Zack Collins”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Nico Hoerner

Player: Nico Hoerner Position: SS/2B Height: 6’1 Weight: 200 Age: 23 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: MLB MLB.com Rank: 1st in Cubs System Drafted: 2018 (1st Round, 24th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: Oakland, CA College: Stanford The Cubs took Hoerner with their first round pick in 2018 (24th overall) and signed him for $2,724,000. He was drafted for his quick hands and superior hand-eye coordination along with a disciplinedContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Nico Hoerner”

Schaumburg Boomers 2020 Season Cancelled

The Frontier League announced today that the 2020 season has been cancelled due to the travel and gathering restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 season was supposed to be the first with the addition of five new former Can-Am League teams. With teams located everywhere from the Midwest to the East Coast andContinue reading “Schaumburg Boomers 2020 Season Cancelled”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Matthew Thompson

Player: Matthew Thompson Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’3 Weight: 195 Age: 19 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: ROK Great Falls MLB.com Rank: 7th in White Sox System Drafted: 2019 (Round 2, 45th overall by CHW) Hometown: Cypress, TX The Sox grabbed Thompson in the second round of the 2019 draft and signed him for $2.1 millionContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Matthew Thompson”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Kohl Franklin

Player: Kohl Franklin Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’4 Weight: 190 Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A South Bend MLB.com Rank: 7th in Cubs System Drafted: 2018 (6th Round,188th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK Franklin fell to the sixth round in the 2018 draft, where the Cubs selected him 188th overall and signedContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Kohl Franklin”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Micker Adolfo

Player: Micker Adolfo Position: Outfielder Height: 6’4 Weight: 255 Age: 23 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Birmingham MLB.com Rank: 8th in White Sox System Signed: 2013, by White Sox Hometown: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic The White Sox signed Adolfo for $1.6 million out of the Dominican Republic back in July 2013. He wasContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Micker Adolfo”

Cubs-Down On The Farm: Brennen Davis

Player: Brennen Davis Position: Outfielder Height: 6’4 Weight: 175 Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A South Bend MLB.com Rank: 3rd in Cubs System Drafted: 2018 (2nd Round, 62nd Overall by Cubs) Hometown: Chandler, AZ Brennen Davis was one of the best athletes in the 2018 draft and was a member of a 6A StateContinue reading “Cubs-Down On The Farm: Brennen Davis”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Michael Kopech

Player: Michael Kopech Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’3 Weight: 205 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Charlotte MLB.com Rank: 3rd in White Sox System Drafted: 2014 (Round 1, 33rd overall by BOS) Acquired: 2016 from Red Sox with Yoan Moncada, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz for Chris Sale Hometown: Mount Pleasant, TX KopechContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Michael Kopech”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Tyson Miller

Player: Tyson Miller Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’4 Weight: 215 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa MLB.com Rank: 22nd in Cubs System Drafted: 2016 (4th Round,134th Overall by Cubs) College: California Baptist Hometown: Fairfield, CA Miller was one of many college pitchers selected by the Cubs in the 2016 draft and the highestContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Tyson Miller”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Luis Alexander Basabe

Player: Luis Alexander Basabe Position: Outfielder Height: 6’0 Weight: 160 Age: 23 Bats/Throws: S/R Current Level: AA Birmingham MLB.com Rank: 9th in White Sox System Signed: 2012, by BOS Acquired: 2016 from Red Sox with Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech for Chris Sale Hometown: El Vigia, Venezuela Originally signed by the Red Sox, Basabe cameContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Luis Alexander Basabe”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Cole Roederer

Player: Cole Roederer Position: Outfielder Height: 6’0 Weight: 175 Age: 20 Bats/Throws: L/L Current Level: A South Bend MLB.com Rank: 5th in Cubs System Drafted: 2018 (2nd Rd Comp, 77th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: Newhall, CA Roederer was a highly regarded high-school prospect and many thought he was going to play at UCLA in college.Continue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Cole Roederer”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Jonathan Stiever

Player: Jonathan Stiever Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’2 Weight: 205 Age: 23 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A+ Winston-Salem MLB.com Rank: 5th in White Sox System Drafted: 2018 (5th Round, 138th Overall by CHW) College: Indiana Hometown: Cedarburg, WI Stiever was a not a top recruit coming out of high school, but he was an all-aroundContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Jonathan Stiever”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Adbert Alzolay

Player: Adbert Alzolay Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’0 Weight: 179 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa MLB.com Rank: 6th in Cubs System Signed: November 28, 2012 Hometown: Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela Alzolay signed for $10,000 as a 17-year old in 2012 and led the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League with a 1.07 ERA in hisContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Adbert Alzolay”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Nick Madrigal

Player: Nick Madrigal Position: Second Baseman Height: 5’7 Weight: 165 Age: 23 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Charlotte MLB.com Rank: 4th in White Sox System (40th in MLB) Drafted: 2018 (1st Round, 4th Overall by CHW) College: Oregon State Hometown: Elk Grove, CA The first thing you notice when you see Madrigal is his height,Continue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Nick Madrigal”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Miguel Amaya

Player: Miguel Amaya Position: Catcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 185 Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Tennessee MLB.com Rank: 4th in Cubs System (95th in all of MLB) Signed: July 17, 2015 Hometown: Chitre, Panama Amaya signed for $1 million back in 2015 as just a 16-year old. He has played in the last two MLBContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Miguel Amaya”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Dane Dunning

Player: Dane Dunning Position: Pitcher Height: 6’4 Weight: 200 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Birmingham MLB.com Rank: 6th in White Sox System Drafted: 2016 (1st Round, 29th Overall by WSH) College: Florida Acquired: In trade with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez from Washington for Adam Eaton (2016) Dunning hasn’t pitched since the middleContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Dane Dunning”

DePaul Adds 2 New Transfers

DePaul recently announced that Javon Freeman-Liberty and Courvoisier McCauley will join the team for the 2020-2021 season. Freeman-Liberty comes over after completing his sophomore season at Valparaiso. He is a originally from Whitney Young high school in Chicago. He score nearly 1,000 in just his two season at Valparaiso (992 points). Freeman-Liberty will help theContinue reading “DePaul Adds 2 New Transfers”

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