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The Chicago Cubs have high hopes for High-A outfielder Matt "Scrabble" Szczur, one of the best pure...

The Chicago Cubs have high hopes for High-A outfielder Matt "Scrabble" Szczur, one of the best pure athletes in baseball. He made a lot of noise by hitting .314/.366/.431 with 17 steals in 66 games in the Midwest League last year, but his hitting tailed off after being promoted to High-A, with a .260/.283/.410 mark. Returning to Daytona this year, he's still not showing a lot of pop with an overall line of .250/.353/.348, although his plate discipline has improved a great deal (17/22 BB/K in 132 AB, compared to 5/20 BB/K in 173 last year). He's stolen 16 bases in 21 attempts and has the kind of defensive ability you'd expect with those wheels, but he's got to do more with the stick. Szczur has now played 76 games in High-A with a .256/.315/.384 mark, and that won't cut it at higher levels.

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The wind is blowing in. A choppy ocean of air Seagull schooners They float and bob making docking...

The wind is blowing in. A choppy ocean of air Seagull schooners They float and bob making docking runs to the bleachers below. Glee and misery echo in the ampitheatre Battle is joined The greek tragedy proceeds apace A Chorus in the stands Casting aspersions As the cast fights the script As the game is written. At the end the Chorus has no say The play completed One win, one loss The two sides of the cast exuent, stage left and right through the dugouts. Baseball is back. Go Cubs. #30in30 #Poetry

[no fool'g] "Cubs may eat some money to move outfielder Byrd, ho is scheduled to earn $6.5MM this...

[no fool'g] "Cubs may eat some money to move outfielder Byrd, ho is scheduled to earn $6.5MM this season. They may have suitors in the Braves, Phillies, and others. A National League scout indicated that Byrd’s name is being mentioned more and more as the end of spring training approaches.

mlbtraderumors.com

This year, we will have data on every pitch of every Cubs minor league game. - Rehman speaking at...

This year, we will have data on every pitch of every Cubs minor league game. - Rehman speaking at the SABR Analytics Conference.

MLB 12 - The Show ... Have you seen the latest commercial? It portrays the Cubs winning the World...

MLB 12 - The Show ... Have you seen the latest commercial? It portrays the Cubs winning the World Series - a really nice commercial for Cubs fans ...

Is anybody else having problems with SBNation blogs lately? When I pull them up, I'm greeted with...

Is anybody else having problems with SBNation blogs lately? When I pull them up, I'm greeted with an incredible mess of formatting and links instead of the usual layout? Seems like their servers are overwhelmed or something... I'm getting this from computers at different locations....

Yu Darvish gets 6 years $60 million

Yu Darvish gets 6 years $60 million

MLB Network

GeorgeOfman: Three AL teams interested in Soriano. Orioles need a DH and Buck Shoewalter had...

GeorgeOfman: Three AL teams interested in Soriano. Orioles need a DH and Buck Shoewalter had Soriano in Texas

George Ofman tweet

@BoiseHawks Boise Hawks It appears that former Hawk Tyler Colvin could be Colorado bound...trade...

@BoiseHawks Boise Hawks It appears that former Hawk Tyler Colvin could be Colorado bound...trade info at BoiseHawks.com "Former Hawk Tyler Colvin appears to be expendable with a glut of outfielders in the organization. Couple that with the Cubs' need for a third baseman and it appears he may be headed to Colorado for Ian Stewart."

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