Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Kris Bryant begins his career as a third baseman. He's likely to end it as an outfielder. But what is really fascinating to consider is this: Could he spend much of it as an almost one-of-a-kind weapon -- a cleanup hitter who is strong enough in the field to move with ease between third base and the corner-outfield spots, allowing manager Joe Maddon tremendous flexibility?
More» Bryant robs Norris of a hit with diving grab|
|Records will show that the Padres beat the Cubs, 5-4, with Kris Bryant having such an inauspicious debut that Padres manager Bud Black intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to pitch to him with a seventh-inning lead on the line, but this was Bryant's day from the time he woke up in New Orleans until the minute he went to bed in Chicago.
More» Kris Bryant discusses big league debut|
|The Cubs have promoted Kris Bryant -- MLB.com's No. 2 prospect -- on Friday, and he's expected to evolve into the centerpiece of Theo Epstein's assault on baseball's Holy Grail, the 107-year World Series drought.
More»Bryant set to make debut after crushing Cactus League|
|For all of the discussion about whether or not Kris Bryant should have been on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, the team hasn't been given enough credit for going against conventional wisdom to draft Bryant No.2 overall in 2013.
More» Bryant hits his ninth homer of the spring|
|Reds first baseman Joey Votto has shown through the season's first week that he could be on the verge of reclaiming his status among the game's most feared hitters.
More» Votto singles to give Reds the lead|
|Before Monday night's game against the Reds, Cubs manager Joe Maddon moved Chris Coghlan from left field to third base, a position Coghlan had played only eight times in the 466 Major League games he'd been used as a fielder. He then watched with satisfaction as Coghlan made one of the biggest little plays in a game that will be remembered for Jorge Soler's two line-drive home runs and Arismendy Alcantara's game-winning single.
More» Maddon discusses the Cubs' walk-off victory|
|Maybe Chris Sale was simply fresh. He was, after all, officially working on 199 days' rest. We wouldn't bring any of this up, but, man, Sale was the strongest skinny dude you've just about ever seen in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Twins, to the delight of the 23,057 at U.S. Cellular Field.
More» Sale strikes out eight in season debut|
|Chris Sale is the White Sox ace with the potential to collect multiple Cy Young awards, similar to another dominant left-hander, Randy Johnson.
More»MLB Tonight on the importance of Sale and Verlander|
|The White Sox were shut out by the Twins, 6-0, on Friday afternoon, dropping Chicago to 0-4 on the season. That gives the White Sox an uphill climb to make in the American League Central, even with it being the first week of the season.
More»Hahn and Ventura on White Sox slow start|
|No one was more excited when the Cubs signed Jon Lester than Jake Arrieta. They figure to give manager Joe Maddon one of the best 1-2 starter combinations in the National League.
More» Arrieta strikes out Adams to end the inning|
|Major League Baseball's 140th Opening Day was a treasure trove of familiar faces in new places and the drama that makes this one of the best days of the year. Here were my 10 favorite moments.
More» Frazier jacks a three-run shot for the lead|
|The Cubs took a big step into their future on Sunday night, unveiling a bright, shiny video board in left-center field and a talented young club. The one problem? They had to face Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
More» Maddon talks to broadcast on Opening Night|
|The 2015 Cubs really aren't trying to do the impossible. In this era of expanded playoffs and shuffled rosters, you can get from here to there in one season. And manager Joe Maddon and starter Jason Hammel have been a part of something similar.
More»Maddon is not your average Joe|
|Any manager would love the new additions Bud Black was given this offseason, but it takes a great skipper to make them all work together.
More»Black challenging Padres to perform at a high level|
|Some things are out of a pitcher's control, as Johnny Cueto well knows. And some things aren't worth worrying about. One of those is whether this will be his last season in Cincinnati. He isn't thinking that far ahead. He's only focused on the task at hand -- the 2015 season.
More»Cueto will dominate, but can he win 2015 Cy Young?|
|Who will be the best player in the National League Central at each position this season? There is no way to know for sure, but here is one man's prediction. Think of it as the preseason All-NL Central team.
More» Rizzo hammers three-run homer to left-center|
|The top prospects responsible for MLB.com ranking the Cubs' farm system No. 1 have almost universally played as advertised, while a lot of other players have raised their games to try to capture a roster spot.
More»Olt discusses his offensive and defensive play|
|The White Sox envision Carlos Rodon spending the first part of the season -- 10 or more starts, possibly -- at Triple-A Charlotte, developing confidence in his changeup.
More»Rodon a rising star on verge of callup with White Sox|
|On Monday afternoon at Peoria Sports Complex, the best pitcher in the Cactus League this spring, 22-year-old Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, stood tall against Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, two of the best hitters of the last decade.
More» Walker fans five over seven effective frames|
|While the Indians carry a wave of positive energy toward Opening Day, they are trying to do what very few teams ever do. They hope to roll into October behind young, relatively unproven starting pitchers.
More»Francona talks about the upcoming season|