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 […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/28/15

As we near the end of the year, it is also nearing the end of the regular season in winter ball, and playoff time! The Dominican Winter League has already concluded their regular season, and the Cubs will be well represented. Five players will be participating, including Arismendy Alcantara and Felix Pena. Meanwhile, playoff spots […]

Cubs Minor League Signings

The Cubs have signed several players to minor league contracts over the last six weeks. And among the players that have been inked to minor league deals are three rather intriguing pitchers that should be in big league camp this spring. The front office has brought in veteran relievers Brandon Gomes and Jean Machi and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/24/15

Pitching Analysis – Lower Minors Today, the CCO completes its off-season look at the Cubs’ minor league system. After reviewing the pitching staffs for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee, High-A Myrtle Beach, and Low-A South Bend, it’s time for the pitching prospects in the lower minor leagues. Lower Minors Starters and Relievers Moving to the Short […]

Cubs Sign LHP Luis Cruz and LHP Scott Barnes to Minor League Contracts

The Cubs signed two more lefties to minor league contracts. According to Baseball America, the Cubs have inked LHP Luis Cruz and LHP Scott Barnes to minor league deals. Baseball America also confirmed the Cubs signed RHP Stephen Fife to a minor league contract. Luis Cruz, 25, was selected in the ninth round of the 2008 […]

Cubs Minor League News Roundup: Myrtle Beach, Almora, Contreras, Johnson, AFL Top Prospects

There has been quite a bit of minor league news over the last couple of weeks that was overlooked due to focus on the big league team. Here’s a roundup of the news and notes from the Cubs’ system … Myrtle Beach Pelicans The 2015 Carolina League Champions, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were named Baseball […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/21/15

¡Feliz Navidad! Debuts were the theme of this past week for the Cubs in winter ball. Pitcher Felix Pena made his first appearance of the winter in the Dominican Republic, while newly signed Luis Parra, Juan Perez and Jean Machi made their Cubs debuts. Over in the Roberto Clemente League, Javier Baez lined up for […]

Cubs Re-Sign LHP Jack Leathersich to a Minor League Contract

The Cubs re-signed LHP Jack Leathersich to a minor league contract and he is scheduled to report to Mesa next month to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Leathersich was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Nov. 19. The Cubs did not tender the lefty a contract for next season and he elected […]

Cubs Sign OF Juan Perez and OF Kelly Dugan to Minor League Contracts

According to the transactions page on, the Cubs signed OF Juan Perez and OF Kelly Dugan to minor league contracts. Juan Perez, 29, has been in the Giants organization since he was selected in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. Perez saw time last season with Triple-A Sacramento, High-A San Jose and the […]

Cubs Reportedly Sign RHP Brandon Gomes to Minor League Contract

According to a report from The Herald News, the Cubs signed RHP Brandon Gomes to a minor league contract. Gomes received a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Brandon Gomes, 31, has spent all five years of his big league career with the Tampa Bay Rays. Gomes appeared in 63 games for the Rays last season […]