Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/18/13

Minor League Preview: Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the second of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for this season. Please note that the previews are based on current […]

Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2013

The CCO’s look at the Cubs’ farm system this off-season continues with Minor League Ball’s ranking of the top prospects in the organization. John Sickels released his ranking of the top players in the Cubs’ system just prior to the Winter Meetings. Sickels said he was surprised how much the Cubs system had improved over […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/15/12

As the Maxine Nightingale song said we’re “right back to where we started from” as the CCO welcomes you to another year of coverage of the winter leagues. This week saw the opening of the Arizona Fall League, as well as the Mexican Pacific League and the Venezuelan Winter League. As it stands, the Cubs […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/20/12

Second Half Minor League Report – Part 2 Part two of the CCO’s look at the Cubs’ minor league system for the second half of the 2012 season focuses on the Peoria Chiefs and Boise Hawks. The Peoria Chiefs plodded along in the second half, as promotions and injuries to their pitching staff took its […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/04/12

Hurricane Isaac, which played havoc with the Daytona Cubs’ schedule last week, moved inland and forced the cancellation of Peoria’s final home game and Iowa’s last series of the season in New Orleans. The Cubs’ system claimed two champions, with Boise’s Stephen Bruno winning the Northwest League batting title while Daytona’s John Andreoli led the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/30/12

Entering the final week of the minor league season has different meanings at each level. For the players in Iowa, such as Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt, it means their last chance to make an impression and hope for a September call-up to the big leagues. In Boise and Arizona, players like Stephen Bruno, Jeimer […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/27/12

There looks to be some excitement down the stretch as the minor leagues enter the last week of play. Boise has clinched the second half pennant thanks to players such as Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Tayler Scott, and Dan Vogelbach. Peoria is charging to the finish line on the bat of […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/03/12

Mid-Season Report Time has passed quickly, as we are now halfway through the minor league season. The system has endured a rash of injuries, as 16 players who were at Single-A or higher last season were either inactive or on the disabled list to start the year. Among the positions most depleted were catcher and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/14/12

As the minor leagues hit the halfway point this week, improvement can be seen across the board for the organization. Peoria flirted with the .500 mark as their bullpen of Austin Reed, Felix Pena, Yao-Lin Wang, Sheldon McDonald, Luis Liria, and Hunter Cervenka did most of the heavy lifting. Ronald Torreyes’ improvement has been a […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/07/12

While some are still coming down from draft day, there was still baseball taking place in the minor leagues. The Southern League announced their All-Stars, with James Adduci, Justin Bour, Frank Batista, and Kevin Rhoderick representing the Tennessee Smokies. The Dominican Summer League also opened play, with shortstop Luis Acosta putting on an offensive display. […]