Stanford infielder Drew Bowser was selected in the 20th and final round of the 2023 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs with the No. 596 overall pick. Bowser hit .270 on the season in 61 starts as the Cardinal made it all the way to the Men’s College World Series.
The Chicago Cubs may just have two of the hottest and biggest trade chips on the market when it comes to Cody Bellinger and Marcus Stroman. While Stroman has been linked to every pitching-needy team, one rumor involving Bellinger appears to have some legs. Bellinger is heavily sought after by the New York Yankees according to the New York Post.
How does the Cubs skipper stack up as we head to the season’s second half? A number of BCB readers have suggested, not just this year but in the past, that when I issue grades for the players at midseason, I should also rate the manager and coaching staff.
Last year’s draft saw the Cubs take a few risks on pitchers in particular by prioritizing data and peripheral metrics over actual box score numbers, at least to the extent they could, and we’re seeing another version of that trend so far through the first 10 rounds.
... but haven’t had one since. The Cubs hosted All-Star Games in 1947 and 1962, and then went through a long fallow period without one, largely because beginning in 1971 the ASG was moved to a night-game slot for TV purposes and Wrigley Field did not have lights.
The Chicago Cubs selected catcher Michael Carico out of the Davidson College with the 149th overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. The pick follows the trend of the Cubs taking a player who missed time in 2023 with injury, which they did with second-round pick Jaxon Wiggins and fourth-round pick Will Sanders.
With the 81st overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected SS Jake Rivera out of the University of Florida. Rivera is a senior and experienced his best collegiate season ahead of being drafted for a second time.
South Carolina pitcher Will Sanders was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the No. 113 overall pick in the fourth round in the 2023 MLB Draft. This past season, Sanders finished with a 4-4 record, a 5.46 ERA, had 62.2 innings pitched and 77 strikeouts.
The Chicago Cubs selected RHP Jaxon Wiggins with the 68th overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft. Wiggins, 21, was a right-handed pitcher for Arkansas. However, Wiggins missed the 2023 season after getting Tommy John Surgery.
Pinch hitter Yan Gomes hit a two-run single in the seventh inning following a fielding error by second baseman Gleyber Torres, and Seiya Suzuki lifted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth as the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon.
Despite weeks of flip-flop talk coming from the Chicago Cubs about their plans at the MLB trade deadline, it appears that the team will likely end up as sellers. At least in terms of offloading players on expiring contracts.
The Chicago Cubs finally got going in the ninth inning of the third game against the Milwaukee Brewers. In the current four-game series the Cubs have so far managed to sneak away with the middle two wins.
The Chicago Cubs are primed to be sellers at this season's MLB trade deadline despite a recent resurgence. The Cubs sit seven games out of the National League Central lead and six games out of the NL Wild Card race.