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Cubs- Down on the Farm: Owen Caissie

Player: Owen Caissie Position: Outfielder Height: 6’4 Weight: 215 Age: 20 Bats/Throws: L/R Current Level: A+ South Bend MLB.com Rank: 10th in Cubs System Fangraphs Rank: 3rd in Cubs System Acquired: Trade from San Diego Padres along with Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana and Ismael Mena for Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini Hometown: Burlington, Ontario, Canada The Padres selected Caissie 45th overall in the 2020 Draft. But CaissieContinue reading “Cubs- Down on the Farm: Owen Caissie”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Caleb Freeman

Player: Caleb Freeman Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 195 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA-Birmingham MLB.com Rank: 20th in White Sox System Drafted: 15th Round, 2019 MLB Draft Hometown: Abilene, Texas Caleb Freeman struggled in his three seasons at Texas Tech: posting a 6.48 ERA over those years. However, the White Sox liked his live arm and made him an above slot offer for $150,000 in theContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Caleb Freeman”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Ben Leeper

Player: Ben Leeper Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’0 Weight: 195 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa MLB.com Rank: 27th in Cubs System Fangraphs Rank: 18th in Cubs System Acquired: Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2020 Hometown: Southlake, Texas College: Oklahoma State Ben Leeper dealt with a ton of injuries early on while at Oklahoma State, including two Tommy John surgeries. He was healthy his senior yearContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Ben Leeper”

AHL Playoffs Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Springfield Thunderbirds

The Chicago Wolves continue this incredible season all the way to the Calder Cup Finals! They beat Rockford, Milwaukee and now Stockton to reach the finals. They’ll meet the Springfield Thunderbirds in the Finals. Springfield beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Charlotte and Laval to get here. The Thunderbirds finished second in the Atlantic Division in the regular seasonContinue reading “AHL Playoffs Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Springfield Thunderbirds”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Jose Rodriguez

Player: Jose Rodriguez Position: Shortstop Height: 5’11 Weight: 175 Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA-Birmingham MLB.com Rank: 3rd in White Sox System Signed: 2017-18 International Signing Period Hometown: Valverde, Dominican Republic The White Sox signed Jose Rodriguez back in the 2017-18 international signing period for just $50,000 out of the Dominican Republic, so to be this high on prospect list is already a good return on that investment.Continue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Jose Rodriguez”

AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Stockton Heat

The Wolves have had little trouble thus far in the AHL Playoffs. They swept the Rockford Icehogs 3-0 then beat the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1. The Central Division Champs will now faceoff with the Stockton Heat for the Western Conference Finals. The Heat will be the Wolves’ toughest matchup yet. Chicago may have the best recordContinue reading “AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Stockton Heat”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Caleb Kilian

Player: Caleb Kilian Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’4 Weight: 180 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AAA Iowa MLB.com Rank: 5th in Cubs System Acquired: July 30, 2021 in trade from San Francisco Giants for Kris Bryant Hometown: Anaheim, CA College: Texas Tech Kilian was drafted in the 8th round, 236th overall in 2019 by the San Francisco Giants. The Giants dealt Kilian to the Cubs along withContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Caleb Kilian”

AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Milwaukee Admirals

The Wolves completely dominated the Rockford Icehogs in Round 1. A 3-0 series sweep and winning every game by at least three goal (6-2, 4-1, 4-1). They outshot Rockford 38-20, 49-16 and 40-30 in those three games. Milwaukee on the other hand went all five games in their series with the Manitoba Moose. The AdmiralsContinue reading “AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Milwaukee Admirals”

AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Rockford Icehogs

The Wolves-Icehogs matchups have always been a tough one for me to pick a side for. The Wolves are Chicago’s team and I’ve been to many more of their games, but Rockford is the other Illinois team, and affiliated with the Blackhawks. That being said, I’ll really just look to enjoy this series and rootContinue reading “AHL Playoff Matchup Analysis: Chicago Wolves vs Rockford Icehogs”

White Sox- Down On The Farm: Andrew Dalquist

Player: Andrew Dalquist Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 175 Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A- Kannapolis MLB.com Rank: 5th in White Sox System Drafted: 2019 (3rd Round, 81st Overall by CHW) Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA The White Sox spent $2 million to sign Dalquist after drafting him in the 3rd round of 2019 to get him to sign with the Sox and forgo his commitment toContinue reading “White Sox- Down On The Farm: Andrew Dalquist”

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”

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”

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