Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/27/14

As winter baseball enters its third week, there were more debuts for Cubs’ prospects. Frank Batista was an instant smash in a starter’s role, as he and fellow pitcher Starling Peralta joined the Dominican Winter League. Christian Villanueva was eased into the Mexican Pacific League, while reliever Alberto Diaz made his first appearance in the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/23/14

Position Analysis – Shortstop The third installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis looks at a position which will probably have most fans and media members talking about this off-season: Shortstop. Shortstop The fans of the Iowa Cubs can sing a version of […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/20/14

Good morning! Week two of winter baseball saw the opening of the Dominican Winter League and the re-emergence of familiar veterans Manny Ramirez and Junior Lake, among others. Meanwhile in the Venezuelan Winter League, reliever Loiger Padron remains perfect while swingman Eduardo Figueroa had his ups and downs. As for the Arizona Fall League, Bijan […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/16/14

Position Analysis – Second Base The second installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the Cubs minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis focuses on a position that has recently become one of the strongest in the organization: Second Base Second Base If there can be considered a good luck position […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/13/14

Welcome everyone to the CCO’s coverage of off-season baseball. In today’s report, Bijan Rademacher has a big night as the Mesa Solar Sox win their first game in the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile, down in the Venezuelan Winter League, Cubs pitching prospects are having mixed results. For all the highlights, take a look inside today’s […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/10/14

Position Analysis – First Base A series of reports over the off-season will summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis. Today, the CCO looks at a position that was once a strength in the organization but now has some questions: First Base. First Base For the second […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/07/14

Special Assignment – Kane County Cougars – Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 I had the pleasure of being able to attend the final regular season home series for the Kane County Cougars. I would like to thank Cougars Director of Public Relations Shawn Touney and my daughter Lauren Usiak, who was my photographer. A special […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/06/14

Meet the Mesa Solar Sox: The Pitchers and Coaches This is the second of two articles highlighting the players who will be taking part in the 2014 Arizona Fall League, which begins Tuesday, October 7. Today, the CCO will be looking at the pitchers the Cubs have assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Zach Cates, […]

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The Farm System Could Have Made Things Less Painful For The Cubs

As a long time minor league observer, I have been thrilled not only with the Cubs promoting many minor league players since the middle of the season, but also with the reactions of the fans.  In an otherwise dismal season, the promotions have brought back a buzz of excitement to the Cubs. They have also […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/29/14

Meet the Mesa Solar Sox: Position Players This is the first of two articles highlighting the players who will be taking part in the 2014 Arizona Fall League, which begins on October 7. Today, the CCO will be looking at the position players the Cubs have assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Jacob Hannemann, OF […]

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