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 […]

The Lake Show Powers the Cubs Over the A’s in Phoenix – Cubs 10, Athletics 6

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs 10, Athletics 6 WP – James Russell (1-0) LP – Jesse Chavez (4-1) Save – None The Cubs hit six home runs on Sunday afternoon during the team’s last Spring Training game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and topped the Athletics in the Cactus League. Junior Lake (3-for-5 with three […]

MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released MLB.com’s pre-season ranking of the Cubs top 20 prospects earlier in the week, along with five more players and a sleeper for the upcoming season. As with the case with nearly all of the off-season rankings, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped MLB.com’s list of the top prospects in […]

Samardzija Tunes Up, Cubs Offense Tunes Out – Mariners 3, Cubs 0

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four – Cubs 0, Mariners 3 WP – Erasmo Ramirez (3-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (0-1) Save – Yoervis Medina (2) In front of a record crowd of 15,243 at Cubs Park and numerous scouts on hand to watch Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs were shutout for the third time this spring. Cubs’ […]

Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

Vizcaino, Jackson and Vitters Among Latest Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the fourth round of spring roster cuts Tuesday afternoon. Arodys Vizcaino, Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Zac Rosscup and Christian Villanueva were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Mitch Maier, Rafael Lopez and Armando Rivero were reassigned to minor league camp. With Tuesday’s roster cuts, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 45 players.

Jake Arrieta Completes Simulated Game, Likely to Miss First Two Weeks of the Season

Jake Arrieta completed a simulated game and faced hitters Sunday for the first time this spring. Chris Bosio and Rick Sutcliffe were two of the four coaches on hand Sunday to watch Arrieta, along with one of the Cubs’ trainers. Arrieta reportedly threw 24 pitches during BP with his fastball in the low-90s (90-92 mph) […]

Cubs Offense Sputters Against Indians Pitching – Indians 3, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Eighteen – Cubs (ss) 2, Indians (ss) 3 WP – Justin Masterson (2-0) LP – Travis Wood (0-2) Save – C.C. Lee (2) For the third time this spring the Cubs offense could not figure out the Indians’ pitching staff, and the Cubs dropped their third Cactus League game to Cleveland on […]

Rambling About the Cubs While Spring Has Not Sprung

Well hello again, everybody! It’s that time of year … I know you have all been looking forward to it , waiting with bated breath, and anxiously anticipating some incoherent, nonsensical, random and ridiculous stream of consciousness. That is right … Ramblings is BACK! For many reasons, including, but not limited to, the 472 “Top […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]