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Cubs Minors: Peyton Remy, Nelson Maldonado will be on the radar this season

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The Tennessee Smokies, long-time Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, are set to open their schedule a week from Tuesday. It is a long-awaited return for Minor League Baseball, and the excitement around the league for prospects to get actual game time is palpable.

The Cub Reporter, run by Arizona Phil, has luckily provided many updates as to where players are currently and have given us the lowdown on all things Cubs-related leading up to the new season. Two players who have been profiled in the past couple of days are right-hander Peyton Remy and first baseman Nelson Maldonado.