Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/18/16

Pitching once again took center stage last week as Armando Rivero continued to impress in Venezuela. Fernando Cruz was a bright spot in Puerto Rico, while Felix Pena is starting to make some noise in the Dominican Republic. With high heat to start out a cold week, here’s today’s Down on the Farm Report. Note: […]

Day Three of 2016 Cubs Convention: Down on the Farm with Jason McLeod, Jaron Madison

The 2016 Cubs Convention wrapped Sunday morning with the Down on the Farm session hosted by Double-A Tennessee’s play-by-play man Mick Gillispie. Jason McLeod and farm director Jaron Madison were joined by RHP Carl Edwards Jr., LHP Eric Jokisch and 1B Dan Vogelbach. The Cubs still have one of the top 10 farm systems in […]

Cubs Sign C Tim Federowicz and INF/OF Kris Negron to Minor League Contracts

According to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, the Cubs signed C Tim Federowicz and INF/OF Kris Negron to minor league contracts. The Cubs have not confirmed the signings, both deals appear to include non-roster invites to Spring Training. Tim Federowicz has a connection to the front office. Boston selected Federowicz in the seventh round of the […]

The CCO Talks Cubs Outfield Prospects on South Bend Cubs Radio

On Wednesday, the CCO’s very own Tom U began the first of a five week series 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. The first program addressed the outfield prospects in the Cubs’ system. Here are some excerpts from that […]

Don’t Forget about Cubs Prospect RHP Armando Rivero

A year ago, RHP Armando Rivero was considered one of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system. He was coming off a tremendous season with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa and preparing for his second Spring Training in big league camp. The Cubs signed the hard-throwing Cuban right-hander in 2013. After a not-so-good stateside debut […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/11/16

Pitching moved to the forefront this past week as the playoffs went thundering on in the Caribbean Leagues. Both Jean Machi and Armando Rivero had some sparkling performances in Venezuela. Meanwhile, Fernando Cruz continued to impress and Javier Baez was steady in Puerto Rico. In Mexico, Christian Villanueva went yard again as he helped propel […]

FanGraphs Top Cubs Prospect List for 2016

FanGraphs posted its look at the Cubs organization on Thursday. And Dan Farnsworth included a ranking of the top prospects in the system in his report. The Cubs have a loaded farm system. Even with last season’s promotions it is still considered one of the 10 best in the game. Gleyber Torres tops FanGraphs list […]

Report: Cubs Purchase RHP Cole Brocker from Independent League Team

According to a report from Randy Reinhardt, the Cubs have added a right-handed reliever to the system. The Cubs purchased RHP Cole Brocker from the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League. Brocker spent a majority of his 2015 season with the CornBelters pitching in Independent ball. Brocker was 5-2 in 24 games, all in relief, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/04/16

Happy New Year! As we turn the page on the calendar, it means playoff time in the Caribbean. Arismendy Alcantara is powering Licey in the Dominican Republic, while Christian Villanueva helped lead Obregon to the best record in Mexico. Santurce edged their way into the playoff picture in Puerto Rico with Javier Baez moving around […]

Cubs Prospect Christian Villanueva Stayed Hot This Winter

One of the overlooked and sometimes forgotten players in the Cubs’ system is spending his off-season playing baseball in the Mexican Pacific League. And Christian Villanueva wrapped up regular season play with rather impressive numbers. The Cubs acquired INF Christian Villanueva along with RHP Kyle Hendricks in the deal that sent Ryan Dempster to Texas […]