Results tagged ‘ Minors Tracker ’

Gaub’s adjustments earn him his first call-up

Left-handed reliever John Gaub was one of three additional call-ups announced today, making his debut with the big league club. Lou Montañez and DJ LeMahieu also were recalled to Chicago.

Below is our Minor League Notebook on Gaub, featured in the July 2011 issue of Vine Line. A subscription to the official magazine of the Chicago Cubs gets you monthly coverage of the farm system, including expanded scouting reports and player tracking that debuted this month. (Written by Mike Malloy; photo by Stephen Green)

The good news for John Gaub is that he’s done with shoulder surgeries. The reason for the good news is the bad news: His left shoulder can’t handle any more surgeries.

Gaub, 26, has bounced back from his latest physical setback. Over 55.1 minor league innings, opponents hit just .209 off the left-handed reliever. His fastball has hit 97 mph this season with Class AAA Iowa, and it consistently ranges from 93 to 95.

“He’s throwing harder than he ever has,” Iowa pitching coach Mike Mason said.

He’s also added a curveball to his well-established fastball and slider.

“A major league bat can cover 95 and 86 [mph],” said Mason, referring to Gaub’s fastball and slider speeds.

The curveball, Mason said, comes in at a dazzlingly slow 78-80 mph, getting hitters out in front and making his fastball appear that much faster. (more…)

From the pages of Vine Line: Debuting the Minors Tracker

The following editor’s letter is from the September issue of Vine Line, announcing a new recurring feature. Subscribe today for exclusive coverage all year.

You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened: The Cubs’ future matters to you. Starting with the September issue, Vine Line will be covering the next generation in a big way.

We’re answering the call from longtime subscriber Dean Adams of Parkersburg, W.V., who wrote, “I really looked forward to the minor league teams’ individual player performances as the year progressed, and trying to spot the next ‘Starlin Castro’ or ‘Kerry Wood.’” Same for Gary Holte, Paul Fisher, Orrin Worth and everyone else who made their voices heard.

To the right, you’ll find our brand new Minors Tracker, an improved way to follow the Cubs organization from month to month. We’ve returned the statistics while improving on our display in several prominent ways. It joins our existing coverage with The Farm Report and Minor League Notebooks from the organization’s top four levels.

Click here for a full-size preview, and read below the jump for more on the improvements: (more…)