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Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Cubs prospect OF Ian Happ is batting .295/.420/.500 with 27 runs scored, 14 extra-base hits and nine steals through 31 games.

The No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft, Happ was bumped up to Low-A South Bend over the weekend after posting an .898 OPS in 29 games in the Short Season Northwest League. The 20-year-old switch-hitter has swung the bat particularly well over his last 11 contests, with a robust .409/.458/.614 batting line and eight extra-base hits in that span. Meanwhile, the fact that Happ has played center field exclusively in his professional debut makes his dangerous bat even more valuable.
Jul 28 - 1:31 PM

Kyle Hendricks served up four runs in five innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's walk-off, 9-8 victory over the Rockies.

Hendricks allowed a two-run home run to Carlos Gonzalez in the third inning and a two-run single to D.J. LeMahieu in the fourth, but the Cubs rallied for six runs in the bottom half of the fourth. The right-hander, overall, gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Hendricks owns a productive 3.81 ERA on the season with a 1.17 WHIP and a 97/23 K/BB ratio over 115 2/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber in Milwaukee against the Brewers this weekend.
Jul 27 - 11:54 PM

Kris Bryant delivered a walk-off two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Cubs overtake the Rockies on Monday.

Rafael Soriano blew the save in the top half of the ninth inning, allowing four runs to put the Cubs down 8-7. Kris Bryant picked up his teammate, victimizing Rockies closer John Axford for a two-run bomb to left-center. He hit an RBI single as part of a six-run fourth inning as well. The rookie has done well thus far, batting .254/.358/.453 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI.
Jul 27 - 11:45 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Schwarber could start seeing more playing time in left field.

He played one inning in left field on Sunday and has been working on outfield drills on days he's not starting at catcher. The outfield isn't totally foreign to Schwarber, as he played left field 36 times in the minors last season. "You saw him play one minute of outfield [Sunday]," Maddon said. "You might see him out there more often as we move along." Schwarber has only been starting three out of every five games at catcher, sitting out on days when Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch. Fantasy owners would obviously love to see his bat in the lineup more often.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jul 27 - 9:16 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Padres have discussed Starlin Castro with the Cubs.

Morosi adds that the Cubs have inquired on the Padres' starters and he opines that a Castro-for-James Shields swap might make some sense. Castro has been a colossal disappointment with the Cubs this season, hitting just .233/.268/.302 with five homers. He's under contract through 2019 and the Cubs would probably love to use him as a trade chip this week to get pitching help.
Jul 27 - 6:33 PM

Tommy La Stella (oblique) is ready to resume a rehab assignment.

La Stella has been out nearly all season with an oblique strain that he's aggravated on at least one occasion. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll need.
Jul 27 - 5:15 PM

Dallas Beeler will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Rockies.

Beeler has been knocked around for a 6.43 ERA in two spot starts this season, but the Cubs will give him another shot. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Jul 27 - 4:58 PM

Cubs released RHP Edwin Jackson.

It was a formality after he was designated for assignment earlier this month. The Cubs had to eat roughly $15 million that they still owed to Jackson, but he should receive interest elsewhere now that he can be had at the veteran minimum.
Jul 27 - 4:56 PM

Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher and batting second for the Cubs on Monday against the Rockies.

He went 1-for-2 with two walks in the same spot Sunday. Schwarber has a tremendous .396/.453/.667 batting line over his first 53 major league plate appearances.
Jul 27 - 3:36 PM

Cubs RHP prospect Brad Markey hurled seven scoreless innings Sunday in a win for High-A Myrtle Beach.

The 10 strikeouts Markey recorded were a career-high. He's now 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts for Myrtle Beach after mostly pitching out of the bullpen earlier this year with Low-A South Bend. Opponents have hit just .193 against Markey in 16 outings this season.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 1:59 PM

Dexter Fowler went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

Fowler scored two runs in the contest, coming home on a Kris Bryant sacrifice fly in the first inning before launching a solo homer off Phillies starter Aaron Nola in the third. It was a nice, if unspectacular, game in what's been a slog of a season thus far. Fowler's hitting just .236/.324/.372 with nine homers, 26 RBI and 60 runs scored. When he does reach base, he's at least been active, swiping 16 bags in 21 attempts.
Jul 26 - 5:40 PM

Jason Hammel struggled in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, surrendering six runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings as he fell to 5-5 on the season.

The Phillies jumped on Hammel for three runs in the first inning, highlighted by two-run Maikel Franco homer. He would cough up another three runs in the fourth inning. Overall, the 32-year-old right-hander struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. Despite the poor start, he still holds a strong 3.20 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 112/22 K/BB ratio over 112 1/3 innings. A road date with the Brewers awaits as he closes out the month of July.
Jul 26 - 5:29 PM

Jake Arrieta allowed three earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.

Ryan Howard got him for a three-run shot in the top of the third inning. Arrieta struck out eight but walked three and surrendered six total hits. He was thoroughly out-dueled by Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who threw the first no-hitter of his career. Arrieta faces the Brewers on the road next.
Jul 25 - 6:59 PM

Chris Coghlan is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

It's just a routine day of rest for Coghlan against tough opposing left-hander Cole Hamels. Chris Denorfia will start in his place in left field and bat fifth for the Cubs on Saturday.
Jul 25 - 11:59 AM

Kyle Schwarber is once again not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

Manager Joe Maddon has held true to his word that David Ross would remain the backstop for Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta with Schwarber working the other three games. Ross will bat seventh against opposing left-hander Cole Hamels on Saturday.
Jul 25 - 11:58 AM


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