Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/13/15

A Player-of-the-Year candidate has moved to the forefront as Billy McKinney of Myrtle Beach now leads the Carolina League in hitting and RBI, and is second in home runs, as the Pelicans have gained their 20th win of the season. South Bend has the most likely leader for Pitcher-of-the-Year as Jeremy Null improved his record […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/11/15

For the first time since the season began, none of the Cubs affiliates has a losing record as Carlos Pimentel led Iowa both on the mound and at the plate to even the I-Cubs’ record. South Bend also moved to .500 despite good efforts from starters Trevor Clifton and Ryan Williams. Tennessee lost two despite […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/06/15

Myrtle Beach now has the best record in the Carolina League as they have ridden the hot hitting of Billy McKinney for two wins to start the week. Tennessee remains in first although the Smokies lost two close games even with receiving a record setting performance from Pin-Chieh Chen. South Bend remains in striking distance […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/01/15

Gleyber Torres and Jeremy Null continue to be the story for the South Bend Cubs as the organization’s Low-A affiliate improved to a game over .500. Torres finished his first month with South Bend with a .352/.446/.423 slash line with a .868 OPS. And Null was a perfect 2-0 in four starts with a 0.79 […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/24/15

The minor leaguers broke out the lumber as the week came to an end. Low-A South Bend outscored their opponents by 26 to 3 as Cael Brockmeyer and Chesny Young led the way. Tennessee also came up big and scored a total of 22 runs in two games as Dan Vogelbach continued his assault on […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/20/15

That rumbling you hear from far off is not just the spring storm clouds, which effected play in the minors this weekend, but that of several Cubs’ prospects beginning to show their stuff. South Bend starting pitchers Erick Leal, Zach Hedges and Trevor Clifton gave up only one earned run in 15 innings. In Myrtle […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Tennessee Smokies Preview

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies The fourth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Tennessee Smokies. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/13/14

Position Analysis – Left Field The sixth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis focuses on left field. Left Field With the parent club seemingly set in the outfield having veterans Chris Coghlan, Justin Ruggiano, and Ryan Sweeney joining Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge […]

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 […]