Bryant, Russell Top Baseball America’s List of Southern League Prospects that Includes Four Cubs Players

Baseball America released its ranking Monday of the top 20 prospects in the Southern League for the 2014 season. And to no surprise 3B Kris Bryant (1) and SS Addison Russell (2) topped Baseball America’s list with RHP C.J. Edwards (5) making the top five. OF Albert Almora (18) landed among the best players at […]

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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 Prospects Q & A with Iowa Cubs Broadcaster Randy Wehofer

Triple-A baseball is typically the last step for a player before he reaches the Major Leagues and the Iowa Cubs had a good year before promotions depleted the roster in the second half and down the stretch. The second interview with the broadcasters in the Cubs system is with Triple-A Iowa’s Randy Wehofer. Randy Wehofer […]

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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 Prospects Interview with Tennessee Smokies Broadcaster Mick Gillispie

The biggest jump for a young player is from High-A to Double-A and Mick Gillispie has seen several of the prospects in the Cubs system make the successful transition to the higher level of minor league ball. Mick Gillispie has been the voice of the Tennessee Smokies since 2007 and has called Cubs Spring Training […]

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Cubs Prospects Q & A with Daytona Cubs Broadcaster Robbie Aaron

The minor league system was the focal point for the Chicago Cubs over a majority of the 2014 season. And many of the players in the organization took steps forward with their development. Even with the advancement of MiLB TV and the ability to listen to just about every minor league game, unless you are […]

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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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Baseball America’s Ranking of Top 20 Players in Florida State League Includes Three Cubs Prospects

Baseball America released its list on Monday of the best players in the Florida State League during the 2014 season. And three of top players in the Cubs system made the top 20. C/OF Kyle Schwarber cracked the top five and was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the Florida State League for the […]

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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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Baseball America’s Midwest League Top 20 Includes Cubs Pitching Prospect Duane Underwood

Baseball America released its ranking of the top 20 prospects of the 2014 season in the Midwest League. And the Cubs Low-A roster placed only one player in the top 20, RHP Duane Underwood. Duane Underwood earned the ranking after putting together an excellent season, but it was somewhat surprising that RHP Jen-Ho Tseng did […]

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