Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/08/16

Winter League Wrap-up It seems as if the winter leagues opened just yesterday, and we are already concluded the Caribbean World Series and the Australian Baseball League playoffs. Altogether, 30 players that belonged to the Cubs system at one time or another in the 2015-16 off-season would play winter ball. The notable performers, along with […]

Baseball America’s Top 31 Cubs Prospects for 2016

Baseball America’s 2016 Prospect Handbook arrived Friday with a new Cubs prospect list and a comprehensive look at the farm system. Baseball America released its list of the top 10 prospects in the Cubs’ system in November. A 19-year old shortstop and the best catching prospect in the minor leagues were ranked one-two in the […]

Cubs System Ranked No. 20 in Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook

Baseball America’s 2016 Prospect Handbook is out and the best system in the game prior to last season dropped to 20th in baseball after graduating four impact players to the Major Leagues. The Cubs system is ranked No. 20 in the newest handbook, about 10-15 spots lower than the front office’s view of the organization. […]

Cubs Sign RHP Tommy Nance to Minor League Contract

The Cubs posted Thursday on the official transaction page that the team signed RHP Tommy Nance to a minor league contract on Feb. 1. Tommy Nance turns 25 on March 19 and pitched last season for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League. Nance was 1-1 in 29 relief appearances with a 4.74 ERA […]

Cubs Minor League Projections and News from Down on the Farm’s Prospect Projections series shifted to the NL Central Division. Sam Dykstra took a look at the players that could have an impact in the Cubs’ division during the upcoming season and Major League projections for the teams’ top prospects. Dykstra is basing his series on Steamer600 projections from FanGraphs. Dykstra explained, “Steamer600 takes previous […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/01/16

It’s Caribbean World Series time again, and the CCO provides a preview of all the participants. Making an appearance in the tournament will pitchers Fernando Cruz and Andres Santiago, who helped propel Santurce to an upset victory in the Mexican Pacific League playoffs. For all the other “Cubs Connections,” take a look at today’s Down […]

Six Cubs Prospects Land in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 List for 2016

MLB Pipeline released its ranking of the Top 100 Prospects in the game. And for the second straight year, six Cubs cracked the list. SS Gleyber Torres (28), C Willson Contreras (50), 2B/OF Ian Happ (76), RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (77), OF Albert Almora Jr. (86) and OF Billy McKinney (88) were included in MLB Pipeline’s Top […]

The CCO Talks Cubs Middle Infield Prospects on South Bend Cubs Radio

On Wednesday, the CCO’s very own Tom U gave the third of a five week series of interviews talking minor league prospects with South Bend Cubs play-by-play man Darin Pritchett and Rick Carter on WSBT in South Bend’s Sportsbeat program. Wednesday’s program addressed the middle infield prospects in the Cubs’ system. Here are some excerpts […]

MLB Pipeline Ranks Cubs Gleyber Torres Ninth Best Shortstop Prospect

MLB Pipeline shifted back to the middle infield Wednesday and posted its ranking of the top 10 shortstop prospects in the game. And the rather stacked list included Gleyber Torres, the Cubs No. 1 prospect in the pre-season rankings. Gleyber Torres was ranked ninth by Jim Callis and MLB Pipeline, which is quite the accomplishment […]

MLB Pipeline Places Cubs Jeimer Candelario Seventh on Top Third Base Prospect List

MLB Pipeline moved to the hot corner Tuesday and ranked the top 10 third base prospects in the game. Jeimer Candelario had a very good season a year ago that continued in the Arizona Fall League. Candelario landed in MLB Pipeline’s top 10 as the seventh best third base prospect. Jeimer Candelario began last season […]