There was talk earlier this week of a hefty column by Josh. I think I'm going to have to ice my typing fingers after this edition.
From Comcast SportsNet
- After a lot of hype, Jorge Soler is just trying to find his game.
- It only seems like it is "all Javier Baez all the time" at Cubs Park.
- Travis Wood wants to build off his All-Star year.
- Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson wants to get back to winning ways at Wrigley.
- The organization is prepping for the "Party of the Century" to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field.
- Jed Hoyer is comparing the Chicago Blackhawks to the Boston Red Sox.
- Pat Sajak does not like Clark the Cub.
- Take a tour inside the new Cubs Park in Mesa.
- Arodys Vizcaino is showing why he was all set to be the Atlanta Braves' next big thing.
- Watching Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant has blazed his own path.
- Scouts are unloading praise on Bryant.
- Edwin Jackson thinks the prospects will show when they are ready.
- Meanwhile, the manager has some questions for Jackson.
- Starlin Castro is ready to be locked in for a full season.
From Cubs Den
- This collection of notes looks at cookies, marshmallows, and other goodies.
- Javier Baez comes with lots of hype. Sometimes, a reality check is needed.
- Here's a look at the team's catching situation.
- Most of the Cubs' prospects hit right-handed. So who can fill the gap from the left side?
- Ryan Sweeney is bringing a renewed restlessness to the Cub outfield.
- Emilio Bonifacio is an early hit - in the clubhouse.
- Travis Wood isn't worried about who will start on Opening Day.
- Javier Baez' bat is generating plenty of buzz.
- Rick Renteria is optimistic about Jorge Soler.
- Healthy again, Mike Olt is optimistic about his future.
- Don't worry about Jeff Samardzija's results this spring. He's working on a couple of pitches.
- Darwin Barney sees value in getting comfortable at shortstop.
- The transition to playing for the Cubs is night and day for Justin Ruggiano.
- Anthony Rizzo is teaming up with Cardinals hurler Jason Motte. Relax, it's for charity.
- Speaking of Shark, he wants to prove he's an ace.
- (Insider) The Camp Tour looks at whether Justin Ruggiano can bounce back.
- In his diary, Kyle Hendricks calls his first spring start exhilarating.
- Darwin Barney thinks he's competing against himself, not his teammates.
From the Chicago Tribune
- Staying at third base could be a "tall order" for Kris Bryant.
- Position watch is on for Javier Baez.
- Carlos Villanueva is not consumed with the 5th spot in the rotation.
- Nate Schierholtz wants a good look against lefties.
- The White Sox will pick 3rd this June, one spot in front of the Cubs. So the teams are looking at many of the same prospects.
- Kris Bryant is certainly impressing his future manager.
- (Video) James Russell thinks it's good to get a little dirt in his spikes after a bullpen session.
- Josh Vitters hasn't given up on fulfilling his potential.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Some Cub prospects are grateful for the opportunity to learn from recently retired minor league coach Bill Buckner.
- Many of us got tired of shaving cream pies with Matt Garza around. But NRI outfielder Chris Coghlan is healthy again after a pie went awry in 2010.
- Jeff Samardzija is a real pressure pitcher. Or at least a pitcher under pressure.
- Rick Renteria is playing coy with who will start on Opening Day.
- For those tired of the Cubs' slow rebuild, there's plenty of things happening quickly in a mostly home grown bullpen filled with young talent an powerful arms.
- Several Cubs reflected on the under-appreciated Dr. Frank Jobe. I love the headline for this article, which labels Jobe the career saves leader.
- The Cubs' team doctor also shared his thoughts.
From the Daily Herald
- Is Jose Veras just keep the closer's spot warm for Pedro Strop?
- Wesley Wright and James Russell will handle the left-side of the Cubs' bullpen.
- Some of the club's role players will make things interesting for the team.
Today's food for thought
- This map shows what the global internet really looks like.
- This floating black ball is just kind of creepy.