Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/17/14

Welcome to The CCO’s Thursday addition of Down on the Farm. In today’s article, Arismendy Alcantara comes close to hitting for the cycle, Carlos Penalver keeps on hitting, and Dustin Geiger leads all Cubs minor leaguers with four home runs. There were excellent pitching performances from Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Hendricks. […]

The Cubs and Shortstop Trade Value

With reports that have Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara both seeing time at shortstop and second base this season in Iowa, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney coming off bad years, the Cubs are suddenly the envy of many other Major League clubs. They have too many shortstops and it’s clear that someone will have to […]

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 […]

Iowa Cubs Release Opening Day Roster

The Iowa Cubs released their Opening Day roster following Wednesday’s on field workout. The I-Cubs open the 2014 season on Thursday night against the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) at Principal Park. I-Cubs’ skipper Marty Pevey announced Wednesday that Chris Rusin would get the ball on Opening Day. Iowa will garner a lot of attention […]

Minor Deals and Rosters, Sponsors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was a rather quiet day for the Cubs as to be expected, with a few exceptions. The Cubs signed veteran right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. Pineiro will report to Mesa and workout for 10 days in extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Iowa. It is unclear at this point […]

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 […]

Cubs End the Spring with a Win – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8 WP – Blake Parker (1-0) LP – Enrique Burgos (0-1) Save – Lendy Castillo (1) The Cubs went to the ninth in the final exhibition game of the spring trailing 8-6 after leading by a 6-0 score as late as the sixth inning. The Cubs scored […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/24/14

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments […]