Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/23/15

Five Players to Watch: Rookie and Short Season-A Ball It is time once again to look beyond the top 20 lists and explore other players in the Cubs’ organization that may have an impact on the Major League club down the road. Over the years, Chicago Cubs Online has profiled such players as Arismendy Alcantara, […]


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Cubs Prospect Tim Saunders Set to Return in Spring Training

The CCO has learned directly from Tim Saunders that he will be reporting to Spring Training this year with the hopes of resuming his career. There had been some doubt as to whether Saunders would return after injuries cut short his past two seasons. Saunders was selected by the Cubs in the 32nd round of […]


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The CCO Talks Pitching and Catching Prospects on South Bend Cubs Radio

Last Friday, the CCO’s very own Tom U was invited to talk minor league pitching and catching prospects with Rick Carter on WSBT on South Bend’s Sportsbeat program. Here are some excerpts from that interview. Rick Carter: Let’s talk some baseball. With pitchers and catchers set to report, the earliest clubs on February 18. The […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/16/15

Greetings to everyone at the CCO! With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles.  For the fifth year, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a popular feature entitled … Bubble Players and Bubble […]


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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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