LHP Andrew McKirahan Suspended 80 Games after Testing Positive for PEDs

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, Major League Baseball suspended LHP Andrew McKirahan for 80 games after testing positive for PEDs. Rosenthal did not indicate which drug McKirahan tested positive. Atlanta Braves’ beat writers David O’Brien and Mark Bowman have confirmed the suspension since Rosenthal’s original report. And Bowman reported McKirahan apologized to teammates […]

The Daily CCO: Joe Maddon’s First Cubs Roster is Coming into Focus

Countdown to Opening Night: 3 days Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he expects the team’s first roster of the season to be finalized by Friday. The Cubs made three spring roster cuts prior to Wednesday’s Cactus League finale. RHP Brian Schlitter, LHP Zac Rosscup and OF Junior Lake were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs […]

Cubs Trade Rule 5 Selection to Angels, Lose LHP Andrew McKirahan to the Marlins

It was a rather active Rule 5 Draft to close out Baseball’s Winter Meetings on Thursday morning. The Cubs lost a lefty reliever in Andrew McKirahan to the Marlins and two players in the Triple-A phase of the draft while selecting one. The Cubs selected INF Taylor Featherston from the Rockies in the Major League phase […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs are Sticking to The Plan and Other News and Rumors

Theo Epstein met with the beat writers Wednesday afternoon in San Diego and shot down several internet reports about the Cubs pursuing a “big bat” and another top of the rotation-type starter on the free agent market, like James Shields. Epstein did not address signing Jon Lester but he did say the Cubs would not […]

Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm

The prospect season has taken a backseat for the Cubs as the front office continues to focus on improving the big league roster. Baseball Prospectus released its ranking of the Cubs system and Baseball America is not scheduled to post its Cubs top 10 list until early January (Jan. 5). And by the time Baseball […]

Cubs Down on Farm Report – 09/02/14

An 829-game minor league regular season ended Monday with three teams from the Cubs’ system making the playoffs: The Daytona Cubs, the Kane County Cougars, and the Boise Hawks. It took the final days of the season before Daytona and Boise could lay claim to the post-season, thanks to the efforts of hot-hitting shortstops Marco […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/28/14

It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty as Boise is still fighting for a playoff spot while welcoming its newest addition, shortstop Gleyber Torres. Daytona’s magic number is down to one as the red-hot Bijan Rademacher has carried the D-Cubs of late. Tennessee remains in the hunt with a crucial weekend series on the horizon. The […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/25/14

With one week to go in the minor league season, streaking is what seems to be the trend in the Cubs’ system. Kane County was winners of 13 straight thanks to excellent pitching from Jonathan Martinez, Tyler Ihrig, and Ben Wells. Both Daytona and Kyle Schwarber went on a five game roll, with the first […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/21/14

With time running out in the season, all of the Cubs’ top five minor league teams remain in the hunt for the playoffs. Boise will need some help, but is starting to get some production for Kevin Brown. Kane County is already in, and outfielder Jeffrey Baez is starting to make his presence felt. Daytona […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/18/14

The playoffs are looming in the minors and both Daytona and Tennessee moved into first place over the weekend. Iowa slipped into second as they continued to lose players to the Major League team. Kane County continued to find new and interesting ways to win games, while Boise looks like it is ready to go […]