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Growing Cubs: A Chicago Prospect Podcast
68 minutes | 12 days ago
52. Guest Prospect Cole Roederer Talks Adjustments In South Bend, Who He Models Swing After
In the most electric interview the guys have had, top prospect Cole Roederer comes aboard to talk baseball and life. Topics include (but are absolutely not limited to) what it was like going from the California sun to the South Bend freezing cold, the craziness that was living with 8 dudes in one house, how an at-bat against Tyler Glasnow would go, what prospects we are sleeping on, his experiences with Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist, and the battle between he and Brennen Davis for the jersey #7.
52 minutes | a month ago
51. Guest Greg Zumach of Ivy Futures Gives 2021 Draft Preview and Talks Cubs Prospects
Jimmy and Greg are joined by guest writer of Ivy Futures, Greg Zumach. Greg gives the guys his draft preview of the upcoming 2021 draft class (1:55), discusses his recent article on the Cubs 2018 draft class (17:50), and shares some of the prospects in the Cubs system people are sleeping on (39:27).
70 minutes | a month ago
50. Thank You Listeners, Sweet IFA Names, Answering Your Questions
It is absolutely insane that we have made it to 50 episodes of this podcast and we want to thank our listeners for continuing to tune in to listen to two nerdy prospect dudes. We lead off the episode by talking about the international free agents with the best names (4:00) before digging into the new Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MLB Pipeline prospect lists (13:45). We wrap up this one by answering a ton of your listener questions on everything from Miguel Amaya to Cory Abbott (24:15). Thanks for listening and here's to another 50 episodes!
64 minutes | 2 months ago
49. Darvish Trade and the First Ever Cubs Fantasy Minor League Reliever Draft
Greg and Jimmy are back with another episode with alpha reoccurring guest Bryan Smith with Bleacher Nation. Together they all discuss the recent Yu Darvish trade, including the prospects they got in return (1:00). Next, they do the first ever Cubs fantasy minor league reliever draft where they draft ten relief pitchers each who they believe will have the most strikeouts by the end of the year (18:20).
71 minutes | 2 months ago
48. Official Growing Cubs Top Prospect Lists
The guys wanted to thank all you listeners out there for tuning in this year so they decided to finish the season off with their own top prospect lists. Greg and Jimmy break down their top 10 arms in the system (7:30) that include the likes of Brailyn Marquez and Kohl Franklin before revealing their top 10 bats (47:40) where Brennen Davis and Miguel Amaya lead the pack. Be sure to file your complaints because your guy is ranked too low!
75 minutes | 3 months ago
47. Prospect News, Rule 5 Draft News and Analysis, and MiLB Reconstruction
At the major league level it has been a tough week for Cubs fans, and Jimmy and Greg open the episode discussing how much Len Kasper will be missed after his departure from the booth. Then, they go on to give some Cubs prospect news (12:40), talk about Matt Dorey's interview on the Cubs Talk Podcast (22:45), give Rule 5 news and Analysis (33:00), discuss the MiLB Reconstruction (51:30), and finally close the episode with a couple stories of their time playing high school baseball together (69:00).
59 minutes | 3 months ago
46. MiLB News, Prospects added to 40-man Roster, Cubs Rebuild Speculation
The world has stood in anticipation for the guy's opinions on the looming Cubs rebuild. Well, Jimmy and Greg have got some good news and even better news. To start with the even better news, the guys discuss the new changes in the MiLB (1:32), Cubs prospects who are getting national attention from their performances in fall instructs (15:25), Rule 5 Draft updates, including the new prospects added to the 40-man roster (28:30), and current Cubs prospects who could be selected in the Rule 5 Draft (36:40). Finally, Jimmy and Greg close out the episode discussing the chances of a Cubs rebuild this year (50:55).
62 minutes | 4 months ago
45. Making Rule 5 Draft Predictions, TBT Candy Man, How Bote Got Here
Although the guys spend the first few minutes of this episode talking about Illini football, we promise this will never be an Illinois athletics podcast. The majority of the episode is spent talking about the upcoming 40-man roster decisions for the Rule 5 Draft (12:00). The show ultimately ends with a couple of recurring segments: TBT Jeimer Candelario (40:30) and How They Got Here with David Bote (52:15).
63 minutes | 4 months ago
44. Cubs Insider Writer Todd Johnson, Breaking Down Top Performers in Instructs
You want a jam-packed episode? You got it! The guys spend the first half of the episode analyzing small sample sizes of statistics in the fall instructional league. They take extended dives into 18 different players, including the likes of Chase Strumpf and Jordan Nwogu. The second half of the episode is dedicated to fellow Cubs Insider writer Todd Johnson and his article that focused on the potential trade pieces the Cubs could get in return for Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.
42 minutes | 5 months ago
43. Guest Prospect Max Bain
The Growing Cubs podcast is back with its 10th interviewee, Cubs pitching prospect Max Bain. Max joins Jimmy and Greg to discuss his body transformation, his unique journey to the Cubs system through division II and independent baseball, his data driven development using Rapsodo, and his offseason workout plans.
68 minutes | 5 months ago
42. Draft Picks Headline Instructional Rosters, Wrigley Field in 2024
If you have been craving prospect news as much as we have over the past several months then you are in luck. The Cubs fall instructional league rosters were leaked and the guys break down just about every player that is calling Mesa home right now. They spend the second half of the show making prediction for more rosters... the Chicago Cubs in the year 2024.
61 minutes | 5 months ago
41. Marquez's Chances to Pitch in Chicago This Year, the Beginning of Fall Instructs, Guys of the Week, and TBT
Jimmy and Greg are back with their new biweekly episode of The Growing Cubs Podcast. This week, the guys discuss Brailyn Marquez's chances to pitch in Chicago, fall instructs starting in the next month, their guys of the week, and their new TBT. Be sure to listen for the new listener question!
62 minutes | 6 months ago
40. DJ Artis Interview, Trade Deadline News, Pitchers in Chicago
The guys start off the show by digging into the trade deadline news, including Zack Short going to the Tigers (3:15). They also have a conversation about Adbert Alzolay, Tyson Miller, Cory Abbott, and Brailyn Marquez and their roles in Chicago this year (19:05). Finally, they end the show by getting one of Greg's favorite prospects on this episode as DJ Artis joins (31:15). Topics with the speedy CF include his COVID activities (34:45), his insane college career (45:10), and his draft class teammates (49:50).
71 minutes | 6 months ago
39. Former Cubs Prospect Debuts, Current Cubs Prospects Performances, Hoerner's Loss of Prospect Status, and Segments
Jimmy and Greg are back with the 39th episode of the Growing Cubs Podcast. With Dan Vogelbach recently being DFA'd, the guys discuss the potential for Vogelbach to be reunited with the Cubs (1:20), former Cubs prospects who are playing well (12:13), Tyson Miller's debut (18:40), Adbert Alzolay's impressive start, Nico Hoerner's loss of prospect status (29:26), and the new segments, guys of the week (44:45), TBT (53:31), and how they got there (59:38). Be sure to listen for their listener question and respond to either Greg or Jimmy's Twitter or the new Growing Cubs Podcast Instagram.
67 minutes | 7 months ago
38. Brennen Davis Has Insane Power, Introducing New Segments
There were two big news stories to cover this week: MLB Pipeline dropped their updated prospect lists (2:00) and Iowa Cubs manager Marty Pevey had some huge praise for top prospect Brennen Davis (12:00). After covering those topics, the guys dip into their bag of tricks for some new segments for you to enjoy! They spend the remainder of the episode with "Our Guys" (17:30), "TBT" (30:00), "How They Got Here" (40:30), "Questions From Listeners" (54:45), and "Questions For Listeners" (1:04:30). Plenty of fun new things to listen to this week!
68 minutes | 7 months ago
37. Guest Prospect Riley Thompson, Draft Pick News, Wood Boys Make Roster
The guys kick off the show with some rare prospect news! 2020 draft pick Burl Carraway was added to the 60-man roster (2:45) while his draft-mate Jordan Nwogu was officially signed (6:45). The last bit of the news over the past couple weeks was the Cubs Opening Day roster announcement that included 4 prospects (11:15). Then the boys get into the meat of the episode as they brought on one of the top pitching prospects in the system, Riley Thompson (22:00). In one of the best player interviews so far, Thompson talks about his development without a MiLB season, the status of his improving changeup, and his pitch sequencing techniques.
69 minutes | 8 months ago
36. Another Conversation with Bleacher Nation Prospect Writer Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith is back as the first ever recurring guest on the Growing Cubs Podcast to give his thoughts on the Cubs new draft picks (1:40). Then, Greg, Jimmy and Bryan discuss the new additions to the Cubs Taxi Squad (8:13), the players who will be impacted the most by the cancelled MiLB season (25:22), Bryan's new prospect list (33:10), Bryan's recent conversation with Cubs prospect Brennan Davis (41:02), Ethan Robert's spin rates (49:45), how the addition of the DH in the NL could impact the way the Cubs draft in the future (54:18), and what they will miss the most about minor league baseball this year (1:01:57).
24 minutes | 8 months ago
35. Pour One Out for Minor League Baseball
We come to you with an emergency episode, but just wish it was under better circumstances. Minor League Baseball announced on Tuesday that there will officially be no season in 2020. Greg and Jimmy hop on the podcast to mourn the loss and talk about the impact it has on the sport, the league, and the development of players.
66 minutes | 8 months ago
34. A Conversation with South Bend Cubs Broadcaster Brendan King
The guys get another Cubs minor league broadcaster on the podcast this week, as Brendan King joins them to talk about his career and the players he has seen along the way. Brendan starts off by telling his story on how he got to this position (5:00) before digging into his favorite moment as a broadcaster, calling a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley (17:15). We get the chance to talk about South Bend's stacked 2019 roster for the remainder of the show (33:30) and then end with another round of Rapid Fire Questions!
69 minutes | 9 months ago
33. Cubs 2020 Draft Analysis
Greg and Jimmy are back after a few weeks! The guys discuss their recent live MLB draft episode of The Rant hosted by Cubs Insider with guests Evan Altman and Todd Johnson. Next, the guys give analysis of Cubs draft picks Ed Howard, (9:47), Burl Carraway (21:10), Jordan Nwogu (32:02), Luke Little (43:04), and Koen Moreno (52:05).
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