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Cubs Talk Podcast: Can Kris Bryant be the leadoff hitter the Cubs need?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Can Kris Bryant be the leadoff hitter the Cubs need?

Kris Bryant has been named the leadoff hitter for your 2020 Chicago Cubs. Will he be the key to unlock their offense this season? Does this fix the problems the Cubs have had at leadoff?

David Kaplan is joined by the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales as they discuss the Cubs putting Bryant at leadoff. They also discuss Theo Epstein's future with the Cubs, and the back and forth between Joe Maddon and Epstein.

(1:40) - Can Bryant be successful at leadoff?

(6:00) - What does the order look like with Bryant at leadoff?

(9:35) - Will Theo Epstein stay past his contract?

(13:30) - Was the rest of the league surprised the Cubs didn't make a move?

(16:05) - Joe Maddon philosophy vs. Theo Epstein philosophy?

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Baseball America names Cubs’ Miguel Amaya as breakthrough catching prospect

Baseball America names Cubs’ Miguel Amaya as breakthrough catching prospect

If and when the 2020 baseball season commences, Cubs prospect Miguel Amaya could be in store for a big performance.

Baseball America named Amaya, one of the Cubs top minor leaguers, as its breakthrough catching prospect for 2020.

The Cubs added Amaya to their 40-man roster last November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 21-year-old is known as a strong defensive catcher who's only getting better at the plate. Last season, he hit .235/.351/.402 with 11 homers and 57 RBIs in 99 games at advanced-A Myrtle Beach.

Amaya was in big league camp this spring before being optioned to Double-A Tennessee on March 10. The Cubs have one of the best catching duos in baseball in Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini, so we won’t see Amaya in the big leagues until 2021 at the earliest.

That doesn’t mean Amaya can't play in the show right now. Cubs manager David Ross had a strong parting message for Amaya upon his way out of camp.

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Two Cubs employees test positive for COVID-19

Two Cubs employees test positive for COVID-19

Two Cubs employees who attended the same March 8 training session have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team confirmed Sunday.

One is recovering at home; the other hospitalized receiving treatment, the team said.

The seasonal game-day workers informed the team of their conditions in recent days.

“There’s nothing definitive to suggest [the] training may have contributed,” team spokesman Julian Green said, noting nearly three weeks have passed since the annual season staff training session.

But the team has responded “out of an abundance of caution, transparency and responsibility” during this uncertain time, Green added.

The U.S. surgeon general on Friday identified Chicago as a coronavirus “hot spot,” anticipating a wave of new cases.

The Sun-Times first reported the March 23 and 24 positive tests.