Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/09/15

Winter Leagues Wrap-Up It seems as if the winter leagues opened just yesterday, and they’ve already concluded the Caribbean World Series and the Australian Baseball League playoffs. Altogether, 28 players that belonged to the Cubs system at one time or another in the 2014-15 off-season wound up playing winter ball. The notable performers, along with […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/02/15

As the winter leagues completed the championships last week, it is now onto the Caribbean World Series, where the four winter leagues are joined by their powerful neighbor Cuba. But talent alone won’t guarantee a championship, as experience and cohesion have played a big part in deciding the tournament in recent years. A preview of […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/26/15

It is league championship time in the Caribbean and the Cubs are well represented in the finals. Junior Lake has been bouncing around the lineup as his Estrellas team vies for a chance to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean World Series. In Puerto Rico, Javier Baez is also on the move as he […]


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Rest in Peace, Mr. Cub

Baseball in the early 1970s was still a gentile place in a world full of turmoil at the time. The Vietnam War was still raging, there was unrest in the Middle East, an energy crisis, urban decay, a faltering environment, and a lack of confidence in leadership. Sports, baseball included, were enjoying unprecedented popularity through […]


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The CCO Talks Outfield Prospects on South Bend Cubs Radio

Last Wednesday, the CCO’s very own Tom U was invited to talk minor league outfield prospects with South Bend Cubs play-by-play man Darin Pritchett on WSBT in South Bend’s Sportsbeat program. Here are some excerpts from that interview. Darin Pritchett: We are going to focus on some of the better outfielders in the Chicago Cubs […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/19/15

The winter league playoffs are coming close to its championship conclusion, with the finals set in the Dominican League as Junior Lake and his Oriente team will face Cibao and Carlos Pimentel. Santurce leads the standings in Puerto Rico thanks to some good games from Javier Baez. Obregon is still fighting to continue in Mexico […]


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The CCO Talks Cubs Minor Leagues on South Bend Cubs Radio

Last Tuesday, the CCO’s very own Tom U was invited to talk minor league infield prospects with South Bend Cubs new play-by-play man Darin Pritchett and Rick Carter on WSBT Sportsbeat program. Here are some excerpts from that interview. Darin Pritchett: We’ve got to start at third base, because, everybody that is a Chicago Cubs […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/12/15

The highs and lows of playoff baseball were experienced by Cubs’ prospects over the last seven days. Despite hitting two home runs over the last week, Christian Villanueva and Obregon lost the series in the opening round of the Mexican League playoffs. Over in Puerto Rico, Santurce is thriving thanks to a big night and some […]


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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 01/07/15

A player that is performing under the radar that may have some impact on the Cubs’ Major League roster is Jonathan Herrera. Signed to a minor league contract this off-season, the 30- year old infielder is a six year Major League veteran, playing with Colorado and Boston. A switch-hitter, Herrera has a career batting average […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/05/15

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/05/15 A Happy New Year to all! The playoffs are in full swing in the Caribbean Leagues, with some surprising performances. Joseph Ortiz was able to close out his winter with three good outings, while Jonathan Herrera has been swinging a hot bat in Venezuela. In the Dominican […]


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