Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/08/15

Meet the Mesa Solar Sox: Position Players and Coaches This is the first of two articles highlighting the players who will be taking part in the 2015 Arizona Fall League, which begins on Oct. 13. Today, the CCO will be looking at the position players and coaches the Cubs have assigned to the Mesa Solar […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/05/15

Position Analysis – Second Base Next up in the position analysis is second base, a position that became a little tarnished, but still holds a lot of potential. Second Base Problems developed at second base for the Major League level almost before the season began after Javier Baez could not secure a roster spot in […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/01/15

Position Analysis – First Base The position analysis series continues with a look at a position that has some questions in the Cubs’ system: First Base. First Base For the third straight season, the Cubs decided against having a prospect at Triple-A and used 10 different players at first base for the Iowa Cubs. Getting […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/28/15

Position Analysis – Catcher Welcome to the first installment of a series that summarizes and projects how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis. Today, the CCO will look at a position that is moving toward being one of the strongest in the organization: Catcher. Catcher The Cubs have a bona […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the 2015 Carolina League Champions

Welcome your 2015 Carolina League Champion Myrtle Beach Pelicans! In their first year as a Cubs affiliate, Myrtle Beach ended up with the best regular season record at 81-57 and went through the playoff 5-1, sweeping the Wilmington Blue Rocks 3-0 in the title series to claim the Mills Cup. The deciding game three was […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/15/15 – Myrtle Beach Update

A year after winning the Midwest League Championship, a majority of the players on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are poised to sweep their second straight championship series. The Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Mills Cup Championship Series with a 2-0 win. Tyler Skulina and Victor Caratini saved their best for the playoffs […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/14/15

Welcome to the minor league post season! Myrtle Beach is part of the Carolina League Championship Series, known as the Mills Cup. But before they were able to get there, the Pelicans had to prevail in a winner-take-all game on Friday, which featured the electric pitching of David Garner and clutch hitting by Chesny Young. […]

The CCO’s Short-Season Player and Pitcher of the Year for 2015 – Chris Pieters and Oscar De La Cruz

With the minor leagues wrapping up the regular season last Monday, it was time to shift to post-season awards. INF/OF Chesny Young is this season’s Minor League Player of the Year and RHP Ryan Williams the Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Three years ago, separate awards were established for players and pitchers who were […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/11/15

It’s playoff time and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are taking on the Winston-Salem Dash, the High-A affiliate of the White Sox, in the Southern Division Championship Series. The Pelicans dropped the opener behind Duane Underwood Jr. Myrtle Beach forced a third and deciding game Thursday night with a 4-3 win over the Dash. Brad Markey […]

The CCO’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2015 – Ryan Williams

Chicago Cubs Online’s post-season minor league awards continue today with the Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Myrtle Beach utility player Chesny Young was named the CCO Minor League Player of the Year earlier this week. Although there was some excellent pitching at all levels, there was one that stood head and shoulders above the rest, […]