MESA, Ariz. Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo cleaned out their lockers, packed their bags and said their goodbyes. You got the feeling that they wouldnt be gone for long.
The Cubs believe Jackson and Rizzo can be foundation pieces in their clubhouse and lineup for years to come just not right now.
Rizzo, the first baseman of the future, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, along with infielder Adrian Cardenas. Jackson, who should be roaming Wrigley Fields outfield sometime this summer, was one of five non-roster invitees assigned to minor-league camp (along with pitcher Jay Jackson, infielder Bobby Scales, outfielder Jim Adduci and catcher Michael Brenly).
The Cubs camp is now down to 40 players after this round of cuts.
Im knocking on the door, Jackson said, so Ill keep trying to force their hand and go to Iowa and knock the crap out of the ball.
It's been a good winter for Glenbard North junior three-star ranked defensive back Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-10, 165 pounds). Henderson, who added his latest offer on Saturday from Minnesota, has continued to pile up multiple scholarship offers at an impressive rate heading into the all important spring evaluation period.
Henderson, who also has been playing travel 7-on-7 this winter for Boom Midwest, is a fierce competitor took time from his busy schedule to take part in the annual Dodgeball Madness charity tournament along with some of his Glenbard North teammates. Henderson fills us in on some of his recent offers along with some recent college visit.
I caught up with Tyrik Henderson at the Fifth Annual Franklin Dodgeball Madness Tournament at Franklink Middle School in Wheaton. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the school, the DuPage Hundred Club, Team Red, White and Blue and The Pat Tillman Foundation.
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Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
6'2" | 250 lbs.
61 tackles, 18 TFL, 10 sacks, 6 PD, 3 FF
"Ascending edge prospect who racked up impressive TFL and sack numbers this year despite a relatively raw approach and skill set. He's a little stiff in his lower body, but flashes good athleticism once the ball is snapped. McKinley's motor is a translatable characteristic, but improved hand usage and pass rush mechanics are what could elevate his game to another level as a starting, 3-4 outside linebacker. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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