Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/24/14

It was “Promotion Day” Wednesday as several prospects received word that they would be moving up a level. There was some activity leading up to the day, as RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua was promoted to Daytona, while RHP Ben Wells went to Kane County and RHP Dillon Maples reported to Boise. That set in motion […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/21/14

Bombs Away! The Cubs’ minor league system went on a spat of home run hitting as 16 players hit a total of 20 homers over 20 minor league games. Iowa received “big flies” form Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Chris Valaika, Logan Watkins, and Eli Whiteside. Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, and Christian Villanueva went deep for […]

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

Top of the heap is the best way to describe the Cubs’ farm system, with three teams in first place and three more in second place. Iowa slid to a half game back without stars Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, who were at the Futures Game. Tennessee used the muscle of Jorge Soler to retain […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/10/14

Success is beginning to show itself from top to bottom in the system as Boise moved to within one game of first place and are poised to join Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County, and the AZL Cubs as the other first place teams in the system. Outfielder Rashad Crawford is leading the way for the […]

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

As the saying goes “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.” There was plenty of movement in minor leagues to end the week, as there was the usual roster shuffling along with a big trade. Tennessee said hello to new prospect INF Addison Russell and welcomed back to OF Jorge Soler. Outfielder Billy McKinney […]

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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 07/05/14

Well, so much for that! A perfectly good notes piece that I had prepared yesterday will have to wait as we now digest the big trade with Oakland. I guess that’s baseball! Let’s start looking at the trade’s impact on the minor leagues with a top-down approach. The trading of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/03/14

First place remains in the grasp in four of the Cubs’ eight minor league teams. It all started at the top as Iowa took four straight from Omaha thanks to the efforts of Kris Bryant, Manny Ramirez, Josh Vitters, and Brett Jackson. Tennessee received excellent pitching from Corey Black and Pierce Johnson with support from […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Double-A, Triple-A – 06/30/14

First place Tennessee won three out of four thanks to the outstanding pitching of Corey Black and Dae-Eun Rhee. Not to be outdone, second place Iowa took three out of five with the streaking Kris Bryant, Arismendy Alcantara, and Josh Vitters. Meanwhile, a Boise blowout on Friday night gave hope to better days ahead for […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/16/14

The “big fly” played a prominent role to end the week in the minors. First Round pick Kyle Schwarber had two round-trippers for Boise and Justin Marra also went deep as the Hawks began their season. Kane County received homers from Yasiel Balaguert, Jordan Hankins, and Jacob Rogers as the Cougars finished the first half […]

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Cubs Down on Farm Report – 06/12/14

Rainy weather caused delays, postponements, and doubleheaders across the minor leagues to begin the week. Pitching seemed to dominate as Kane County received fine efforts from Jen-Ho Tseng, Tyler Skulina, and Daury Torrez. Daytona’s Rob Zastryzny has been pitching better of late, and Eduardo Figueroa did well for Tennessee, while Tsuyoshi Wada continues to chug […]

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