With the minor league regular season concluding on Labor Day, here is what to expect from Down on the Farm Report and the CCO’s continued coverage of the Cubs’ farm system in the coming months.
The CCO will present an on-going, in depth look at all of the prospects in the minors, both positions players and pitchers. All of the national top prospect lists will be posted as well as news from the minor league teams, coaching staffs and player movement. And we will publish our annual list of the Top 20 prospects in the organization as Spring Training approaches.
September: Continued coverage of the Cubs’ minor league squads will be featured as they advance in post-season. The CCO will name our Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, along with their Short-Season Player and Pitcher of the Year. A recap of all the minor league teams, with an early look at the 2014 season will also be presented.
October: Off-season action will be heating up as the CCO will begin weekly coverage of the Arizona Fall League. Keep track of Cubs’ prospects as they face off against some of the best minor leaguers in baseball.
November 2013 – February 2014: Winter Baseball arrives! Follow Cubs prospects as they venture to Australia, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela. The CCO is the only place for weekly coverage for all winter leagues.
January 2014: The New Year kicks off our annual Reader’s Poll, as the CCO will take your nominations for the players you want to be followed with weekly stat updates during the up-coming season.
February-March 2014: As Spring Training approaches, the CCO will bring back several popular features. Bubble Busters will highlight the players trying to make the big league roster, along with the prospects that will challenge them for a spot. Five Players to Watch is a three–part series that looks at the players outside the recognized ‘Top-prospect’ lists that could have a breakout season in the coming year. An in-depth Minor League Preview follows, along with Tom U.’s predictions for the 2014 minor league season.