• Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Hoyer recently saw East Carolina pitcher Jeff Hoffman, projected to be a top five pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. However, the right-hander's status will likely change. He is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
The Cubs officials saw Hoffman strike out 16 in a game. In 10 starts this season, Hoffman fanned 72 over 67 1/3 innings and compiled a 2.94 ERA.
The Cubs have the fourth pick in the June 5 Draft. The top pitchers include North Carolina State lefty Carlos Rodon and high school pitchers Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek, whom former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood saw recently.
• Cubs players were wearing new T-shirts, courtesy of pitcher Edwin Jackson, that feature a picture of Carlos Villanueva and his curly mustache on front and some of the pitcher's favorite sayings on back.
It's the second version of the T-shirt, which the players also wore last year. This season, Jackson had two colors done -- blue and a bright citron. Not all of the 10 sayings are printable, but they do include such Villanueva favorites as "I'm the glue" and "Whatever."
"Last year, it was a surprise," Jackson said about making the shirts. "You just want to keep it fun."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.