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The Cubs are shutting down Addison Russell from the Arizona Fall League.

Russell is healthy, but the Cubs feel like he has played a full season. The 20-year-old is one of the top shortstop prospects in the majors, but he saw some time at second base during the Arizona Fall League in an effort to increase his versatility. It's not clear where he'll fit in 2015, but he's on the fast track to the big leagues.
Oct 23 - 5:15 PM

Cubs prospect Addison Russell has played second base in the Arizona Fall League.

Cubs president Theo Epstein said earlier this month that Russell would prepare to play multiple positions and the 20-year-old made his first start at second base last Monday. "Everything's going good," said Russell. "I missed nine weeks so not only the at-bats, I need to get some reps at short and possibly at second. That's what I'm working on right now." The Cubs still have Starlin Castro at shortstop, so they are simply keeping their options open. The logjam could ultimately be resolved with a trade.
Source: MiLB.com
Oct 22 - 1:31 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein revealed at a season ticket holder event Friday that shortstop prospect Addison Russell has been told to be prepared to play multiple positions next season.

Unless they make a trade or two this offseason, the Cubs have a logjam at shortstop, so it makes sense that they'd prep Russell to play elsewhere. That said, Russell is capable defensively at the position, so it would seem to be a bit of a waste moving him to a less premium position. Chicago remains likely to be active in trade talks over the winter.
Oct 10 - 2:44 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein revealed at a season ticket holder event Friday that prospect Kyle Schwarber will begin next season as a full-time catcher at High-A Myrtle Beach.

The fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber mostly played left field in his pro debut this season, but the Cubs want to at least try to develop him as a catcher. His offensive upside is off the charts, so Schwarber could be a monster in fantasy leagues if he could manage to stay behind the plate. He batted .344/.428/.634 with 18 homers over 72 games this season.
Oct 10 - 2:40 PM

The Cubs have hired John Mallee as new their hitting coach.

Mallee, who has been the Astros' hitting coach for the past two seasons, replaces Bill Mueller at the position. In addition, Eric Hinske will shift to assistant hitting coach while Doug Dascenzo, who was with the Braves, has been named first base/outfield coach.
Oct 9 - 4:04 PM

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller has resigned.

Mueller took over as hitting coach last November and ended up lasting just one season. The Cubs finished in the bottom-five in the majors in runs scored, batting average, and on-base percentage. Mooney hears that the Cubs are seeking an established hitting coach as his replacement, which essentially rules out Manny Ramirez.
Oct 7 - 12:48 PM

Cubs claimed LHP Joseph Ortiz off waivers from the Rangers.

Ortiz was limited to 15 appearances in the minors this season due to a fracture left foot suffered last winter. The 24-year-old had a 4.23 ERA and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings as a reliever with the Rangers in 2013.
Oct 6 - 4:52 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein hasn't ruled out Manny Ramirez for the team's assistant hitting coach job.

Ramirez served as a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa this season, batting .222/.273/.375 with three home runs and 10 RBI over 24 games. He wants to play winter ball this offseason, so it looks like he hasn't given up on his playing career. He'll turn 43 next May.
Sep 30 - 1:48 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday that Neil Ramirez will remain in the bullpen.

Justin Grimm will also continue to pitch as a reliever. Many have speculated that Ramirez could be an effective starter in the majors, but the 25-year-old had a 1.44 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 relief innings this season and the Cubs would prefer to keep him as a late-inning arm.
Sep 30 - 1:29 PM

Javier Baez is projected to be the Cubs' starting second baseman next season.

While Baez slugged nine home runs in 52 games during his first taste of the majors, he hit just .169 with a disturbing 95 strikeouts in 213 at-bats. Still, the Cubs love his long-term potential and believe that he'll be able to make adjustments to find success. While he's penciled in at second base for now, the dynamic could change if the Cubs end up trading Starlin Castro.
Sep 30 - 1:16 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as the Cubs finished their season on a high note, beating the Brewers 5-2 Sunday.

Rizzo hit his 32nd home run of the season in the first inning, a two-run shot off Brewers starter Mike Fiers. He also stole a base in the game, his fifth stolen base of the year. An injury kept Rizzo from what could have been an even bigger year, but the 25-year-old still finished hitting .286/.386/.527 with 78 RBI and 89 runs scored. He'll be an early-round pick in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Sep 28 - 7:07 PM

Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday, closing out the Brewers for his 29th save of the year.

Rondon faced just three batters, striking out one en route to the save. It was a great year for the first-time closer, finishing with 29 saves, a 2.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. With an improved squad next year, the 26-year-old should have a chance at his first 30-save season in 2015.
Sep 28 - 6:59 PM

Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Alcantara's double in the sixth inning gave the Cubs a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The 22-year-old showed flashes of his potential this season but struggled for much of the year, finishing with a .205/.254/.367 line. Less lauded than some of his Cubs teammates, Alcantara should still be a big part of the future in Chicago.
Sep 28 - 6:54 PM

Jacob Turner allowed two runs over five innings in a win over the Brewers Sunday.

Turner bounced back from a couple poor starts to earn the win in his last start of the season, giving up four hits and three walks over his five innings. It was a strange season for the 23-year-old, who started and relieved for the Marlins before being designated for assignment and joining the Cubs. He finishes 6-11 with a 6.13 ERA, but he's still got enough talent and upside to make a positive impact in the near future.
Sep 28 - 6:43 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada yielded two earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Brewers.

Milwaukee rattled off eight hits against Wada, including a Carlos Gomez homer. Wada finishes the 2014 season with a 4-4 record, 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old left-hander may get a crack at a spot in the 2015 rotation, depending on how aggressive the Cubs are in free agency.
Sep 27 - 10:27 PM


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