Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/14/15

In a light week, two players dominated the winter ball conversation for the Cubs. Christian Villanueva is among the leaders in nearly every offensive category in the Mexican Pacific League. Meanwhile, Fernando Cruz has become a dependable presence in the Roberto Clemente League. Also with news from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, the Down on […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/07/15

The Cubs had another player welcomed to the world of winter baseball this past week as Javier Baez joined Santurce in Puerto Rico. In the meantime, Arismendy Alcantara remained hot for Licey in the Dominican Republic, while Christian Villanueva continued to devastate Mexican Pacific League pitching. For further details, check out what’s inside today’s Down […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/30/15

As we move into the second half of the winter season, Christian Villanueva continues to dominate the Mexican Pacific League. Villanueva leads the league in on-base percentage and is in the top ten in four other categories. Tennessee shortstop Carlos Penalver made his debut in Venezuela, while Arismendy Alcantara and Fernando Cruz continue to excel […]

The Daily CCO: Anthony Rizzo is Fourth on Olney’s List of First Basemen and Other Cubs News

The Cubs have one of the best young position player cores in all of baseball that is led by a grizzled veteran, the 26-year old Anthony Rizzo. Anthony Rizzo was often overlooked by the media this past season but received the acknowledgement he deserved when he finished fourth in the voting for National League Most […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/16/15

Hitting streaks and third basemen seem to go together as Christian Villanueva has hit safely in nine straight games in the LMP. Meanwhile, Jeimer Candelario has an eight-game hitting streak and is working his way into the conversation of MVP of the Arizona Fall League. In Venezuela, Armando Rivero is beginning to assert himself as […]

Cubs 2015 Position Review – Third Base

Third base has been somewhat of a black hole throughout the Chicago Cubs’ history. For every Ron Santo, Stan Hack and Aramis Ramirez, there has been a Chris Stynes, Ken Reitz and Kevin Orie. That all changed this season with the debut of likely superstar Kris Bryant who helped third base become a strength again […]

Cubs 2015 MiLB Organization All-Stars

MiLB.com posted its organizational All-Stars for the Cubs which is always an interesting read. MiLB.com honors players not based on age or prospect status but the players that had the best season at each position. The Cubs system has a lot of depth, and at each level. The years of waiting, and in most cases […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/09/15

It was a week of comings and goings for Cubs’ prospects as Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year Carlos Pimentel made his winter debut in the DWL. In Arizona, catcher Willson Contreras had to be shut down for the rest of the off-season with an injury. Pitching dominated the rest of the leagues as […]

Cubs 2015 Position Review – Second Base

Second base has seen its share of upheaval over the past couple of seasons and last year was no different. Seven players made multiple starts at the position and batted a collective .250/.303/.383 with 14 home runs, 69 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Next year’s starter is still yet to be determined, but the picture […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/02/15

The Iowa Cubs take center stage for this week as outfielder Adron Chambers and pitcher Armando Rivero made their winter debuts in Venezuela. In Mexico, Christian Villanueva is still shredding LMP pitching while Ryan Buchter is emerging as a reliable closer. And in the Dominican Republic, Arismendy Alcantara remains consistent. In the Arizona Fall League, […]