Phil Rogers

New Cubs Regime Finds Team In Need Of Pitching

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For Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod, the pitching landscape they inherited with the Cubs was a wasteland. A lack of pitching depth exacerbated by two midseason trades led directly to the Cubs' first 100-loss season since 1966, and the outlook for pitching—especially power pitching—was just as grim in the farm system. Nothing is more important for the new regime than addressing that shortage.

Minors | #Cubs#Jason McLeod#Jed Hoyer

Tony Zych Gets Closer To Home

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It was a long year for righthander Tony Zych, but he was sure to feel good about it when he got home from the Arizona Fall League. Zych, 22, put himself on the map as a potential set-up reliever behind closer Carlos Marmol, and he could reach Wrigley Field at some point in 2013. That would be a huge event for his family, which is scattered all around the Chicago area.<br/>Zych was drafted in the fourth round out of Louisville in 2011 but played his high school ball at St. Rita High in Chicago, commuting 35 miles from his home in Monee.

Majors | #2012#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

New Dynamic Duo For Cubs

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Billy Williams and Ernie Banks spent 11 seasons hitting next to each other in the Cubs' lineup. Mark Grace and Sammy Sosa were together nine seasons. That's the kind of run that Theo Epstein and Co. are envisioning for the top prospects they added this season, outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora.

Majors | #2012#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports