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Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/18/15

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta will make his third start of the spring and get his first at-bats. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Camelback Ranch
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Dodgers Starter: Brandon McCarthy, RHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com, MLB Network (delay)

Lineup
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Matt Szczur, CF
6. Tommy La Stella, 2B
7. David Ross, C
8. Addison Russell, SS
9. Jake Arrieta, P

Cubs duo headlines Baseball America’s top 2015 rookies

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Expectations are high for prospect Kris Bryant. (Photo by Stephen Green)

If the Cubs have been synonymous with anything in previous years, it’s the organization’s willingness to stockpile droves of young talent, something baseball president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer made a priority wen they accepted their roles in the Cubs’ front office in late 2011. Though the last few seasons have been a waiting game, the arrivals of Arismendy Alcantara, Kyle Hendricks, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez in 2014 demonstrated that the young, high-upside talent is quickly nearing the major league level.

On Tuesday, Baseball America unveiled its top 20 rookies for the 2015 season, and Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Most are assuming big things from the pair, who could be key pieces in the middle of the Cubs’ order as early as mid-April. Bryant took home virtually every minor league award available last season after slugging 43 home runs between Double- and Triple-A, while Soler flexed his muscles with five homers in 89 major league at-bats to wrap up 2014. Shortstop prospect Addison Russell was also in the top 20.

Here’s what Baseball America had to say about the Cubs trio:

1. Kris Bryant, 3b, Cubs (23)

2015 Outlook: A future fixture in the heart of the Cubs’ order, Bryant won’t require much minor league time in 2015. He could reach Chicago as early as mid-April—a la the Astros’ George Springer last year—once the Cubs can postpone his free agency until after his seventh (projected) big league season in 2021. Taking up left field, as the Cubs have tasked Bryant with in spring training, could help alleviate a logjam on the Chicago infield, where talented young players Javier Baez, Starlin Castro and the system’s No. 2 prospect Addison Russell all could warrant starting roles. Even if one of that trio falters, then infielders Arismendy Alcantara, Tommy La Stella and Mile Olt have demonstrated varying degrees of promise.

2. Jorge Soler, rf, Cubs (23)

2015 Outlook: Soler blasted 11 extra-base hits and hit .373 in the first 14 games of his big league career last summer, but pitchers adjusted and kept him in check at 7-for-38 (.184) the rest of the way. Look for Soler to make the necessary counter-adjustments this season and deliver on his promise as a slugger with enough feel for the strike zone to sustain a healthy average and on-base percentage.

18. Addison Russell, ss, Cubs (21)

2015 Outlook: Russell forms the third leg of the Cubs’ indomitable prospect trio, each of whom may be featured players in Chicago this summer. Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler are more assured of playing time—and thus they rank Nos. 1 and 2 on this list—but Russell is the youngest of the three and could represent the organization’s golden parachute in the event that sophomore Javier Baez continues to flail in the majors or that Bryant’s services are required on an outfield corner.

 

Cubscast Mesa: The next wave of Cubs talent

The Cubs enviable stockpile of young talent is no secret around the game. People started rumbling about the organization’s burgeoning system a few years ago. Now groups like ESPN, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus all agree the Cubs have the top farm in baseball.

During Spring Training, Vine Line sat down with the Cubs next wave of talent—including Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell—to ask what they’ve gotten out of being in big league camp and what their goals are for the coming season.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower
Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/17/15

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Outfielder Matt Szczur has three home runs this spring. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Royals – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Royals Starter: Danny Duffy, LHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Denorfia, DH
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Junior Lake, RF
7. Javier Baez, 2B
8. Mike Olt, 3B
9. Matt Szczur, LF

Cubs reduce spring roster to 53 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned eight players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 61 to 53 players.

Infielder Christian Villanueva and catcher Rafael Lopez have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Six nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Corey Black, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach; left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka; and infielder Logan Watkins.

Chicago’s spring roster of 53 players consists of 28 pitchers (six nonroster invitees), five catchers (two nonroster invitees), 10 infielders (four nonroster invitees) and 10 outfielders (three nonroster invitees).

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/16/15

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Padres @ Peoria
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Padres Starter: Brandon Morrow, RHP
Broadcast: MLB Network

Lineup
1. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B
2. Chris Coghlan, LF
3. Starlin Castro, SS
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Kris Bryant, DH
6. Ryan Sweeney, CF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Mike Olt, 1B
9. Chris Valaika, 2B

Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV

Addicted to The Bachelor? Can’t get enough of The Blacklist? Have a soft spot for 1990s sitcoms? You’re not alone.

Throughout the baseball season, Cubs players spend countless hours on planes or in hotels. Thanks to subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, they’re still able to keep up with their favorite TV shows while they’re on the road. We asked Cubs players and coaches what their favorite programs were and got some interesting answers.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower
Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp

Cubs Spring Training Lineups: 3/13/15

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After a two-homer day on Thursday, Kris Bryant will travel to his hometown of Las Vegas on Friday to take on Oakland. (Photo By David Durochik)

Cubs vs. Indians (SS) – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
Indians Starter: T.J. House, LHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com

1. Chris Denorfia, DH
2. Matt Szczur, CF
3. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Mike Olt, 3B
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Ryan Sweeney, RF
9. Mike Baxter, 1B

Cubs vs. Athletics (SS) @ Las Vegas
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Athletics Starter: Drew Pomeranz, LHP
Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network (delay)

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Javier Baez, 2B
6. Kris Bryant, DH
7. Junior Lake, LF
8. Tommy La Stella, 3B
9. Addison Russell, SS

 

 

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/12/15

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Comedian Will Ferrell is scheduled to play first base for the Cubs Thursday afternoon. (Photo by David Durochik)

Cubs vs. Angels @ Tempe
First Pitch: 3:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Angels Starter: Sean Newcomb, LHP
Broadcast: MLB Network (delay), Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Chris Denorfia, DH
2. Javier Baez, 2B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Mike Olt, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Junior Lake, LF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Addison Russell, SS
9. Matt Szczur, CF

Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp

The Cubs finished on a strong note in 2014 and were riding a huge wave of momentum as they entered Spring Training. New veteran additions have joined with the organization’s unmatched young talent to make the Cubs the talk of the Cactus League. We sat down with some of the new and old players to find out what the feeling is like in camp and how it differs from the feeling in previous years.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower

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