Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/08/16

Winter League Wrap-up It seems as if the winter leagues opened just yesterday, and we are already concluded the Caribbean World Series and the Australian Baseball League playoffs. Altogether, 30 players that belonged to the Cubs system at one time or another in the 2015-16 off-season would play winter ball. The notable performers, along with […]

Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

Over the last couple of seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the front office has taken a patchwork approach to building a bullpen. Mainstays like Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm were cast-offs from other organizations and have excelled since joining the team.  The approach had 20 total pitchers pitch in relief to a tune […]

Cubs Weekend Headlines: Prospect Talk and Rankings, NRIs, David Ross and More Rumors

The final weekend in January started on a high note Friday for 18 players currently not on the Cubs’ 40-man roster when the Cubs announced the list of NRIs to Spring Training. And six of the non-roster invitees to big league camp are from the Cubs’ system. Six players made MLB Pipeline’s list of the […]

Cubs Invite 18 Non-Roster Players to Spring Training Including Almora, Underwood and Rivero

The Cubs released the list of non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training. Joe Maddon will start with a 58-man Spring Training roster when pitchers and catchers report in three weeks. The Cubs have invited 18 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, which begins Friday, Feb. 19 when pitchers and catchers are invited to […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/25/16

Its championship week in the Winter Leagues and Santurce showed new life in Puerto Rico behind the pitching of Fernando Cruz. Down in Venezuela, it’s Jean Machi against Armando Rivero as Magallanes and Aragua squared off. Meanwhile, it is time to say goodbye for the winter to Christian Villanueva, as his Obregon Yaquis were eliminated […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/18/16

Pitching once again took center stage last week as Armando Rivero continued to impress in Venezuela. Fernando Cruz was a bright spot in Puerto Rico, while Felix Pena is starting to make some noise in the Dominican Republic. With high heat to start out a cold week, here’s today’s Down on the Farm Report. Note: […]

Don’t Forget about Cubs Prospect RHP Armando Rivero

A year ago, RHP Armando Rivero was considered one of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system. He was coming off a tremendous season with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa and preparing for his second Spring Training in big league camp. The Cubs signed the hard-throwing Cuban right-hander in 2013. After a not-so-good stateside debut […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/11/16

Pitching moved to the forefront this past week as the playoffs went thundering on in the Caribbean Leagues. Both Jean Machi and Armando Rivero had some sparkling performances in Venezuela. Meanwhile, Fernando Cruz continued to impress and Javier Baez was steady in Puerto Rico. In Mexico, Christian Villanueva went yard again as he helped propel […]

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 […]