Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/24/14

A minor league system that was struggling offensively has suddenly found their bats. Kane County won two out of three thanks to the steady contributions of Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert. Daytona exploded for 18 runs on Tuesday behind the hot bats of Gioskar Amaya, Marco Hernandez, and Tim Saunders. John Andreoli has set the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/21/14

Pitching was on center stage as Kane County’s Daury Torrez flirted with a perfect game while teammate Duane Underwood allowed only an unearned run in his second start.  Daytona’s tough-lock pitcher Felix Pena finally got some run support, but Ivan Pineyro could not say the same for Tennessee. C.J. Edwards picked up his first Double-A […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/14/14

Week two saw some fancy pitching in Iowa as Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada helped the I-Cubs to a winning record. Tennessee even their record thanks to clutch hitting by Stephen Bruno and Wes Darvill. But times remain tough in Daytona as Saturday’s 7-1 romp was their only bright spot. Kane County took advantage of […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/10/14

It was home opener week down on the farm as both Kane County and Tennessee won their first home games of the season. Jen-Ho Tseng made his debut while Gerardo Concepcion was very good in relief. C.J. Edwards was solid for the Smokies on Wednesday. But the big news from the middle of the week […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/07/14

Welcome everyone to a new minor league season. Jacob Hannemann, Pin-Chieh Chen and Gioskar Amaya have started the season hot at the plate, while Tyler Skulina, Daury Torrez and Tayler Scott have sparkled on the mound. Albert Almora ended his 0-for start to the season in a big way on Saturday night. Almora went 5-for-6 […]

Dan Vogelbach Tops the CCO’s Readers Poll

The votes were cast and have been counted and for the second year Dan Vogelbach was the top vote getter in the annual readers’ prospect poll. During Spring Training, the CCO asks our readers to vote on which ten players we should follow a little closer than others during the season and votes were received […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/31/14

Minor League Predictions It’s time once again for me to look into my crystal ball. Every season, I wildly grope to try and make some prescient comments concerning the approximately 300 players that will don a uniform in the Cubs’ minor league system. The upcoming season has the looks of an exciting one for fans […]

The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

Daytona Cubs Announce Tentative Opening Day Roster

The reigning Florida State League Champions begin the defense of their title on Thursday at Brevard County and the Daytona Cubs released the roster manager Dave Keller should begin the season with on Sunday morning. Top prospects Albert Almora, Dan Vogelbach, Jeimer Candelario and Rob Zastryzny highlight the D-Cubs’ first roster of the season along […]

Cabrera and the Cubs Can’t Close Out the Angels – Angels 8, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs (ss) 4, Angels 8 WP – Cory Rasmus (2-0) LP – Alberto Cabrera (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Cubs took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning in front of a record crowd of 15,276 at Cubs Park. But Alberto Cabrera had his worst outing of the […]