Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/20/15

That rumbling you hear from far off is not just the spring storm clouds, which effected play in the minors this weekend, but that of several Cubs’ prospects beginning to show their stuff. South Bend starting pitchers Erick Leal, Zach Hedges and Trevor Clifton gave up only one earned run in 15 innings. In Myrtle […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/15/15

Pitching was the hallmark of the start of this week in the minors as Ryan Williams dazzled in his first professional start for South Bend. Jen-Ho Tseng picked up where he left off last year, as the CCO Minor League Pitcher of the Year in his debut for Myrtle Beach. Meanwhile Tennessee and Iowa got […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/13/15

For the first games of the minor league season, the top prospects performed like, well, top prospects. Addison Russell has hit over .300 and has a home run, while Kris Bryant has belted two round-trippers for Iowa. Kyle Schwarber has also had a long fly for Tennessee while pitcher Paul Blackburn was dominant for Myrtle […]


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Tennessee Smokies Announce 2015 Opening Day Roster

The Tennessee Smokies released its initial roster for the 2015 season Monday and it features nine of the top prospects in the Cubs system, including Albert Almora, C.J. Edwards and Kyle Schwarber. Double-A Tennessee’s first roster of the year includes 14 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Along with Almora, Edwards and Schwarber, […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Tennessee Smokies Preview

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies The fourth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Tennessee Smokies. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion […]


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The CCO’s Top 21 Cubs Prospects for 2015

Armed with an impressive group of hitting prospects, the Cubs organization has done an about face since the 2011 draft and is widely considered the top farm system in the game. The Cubs have added impact talent through the draft, trades and international signings. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are two of the top five […]


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The CCO Talks Outfield Prospects on South Bend Cubs Radio

Last Wednesday, the CCO’s very own Tom U was invited to talk minor league outfield prospects with South Bend Cubs play-by-play man Darin Pritchett on WSBT in South Bend’s Sportsbeat program. Here are some excerpts from that interview. Darin Pritchett: We are going to focus on some of the better outfielders in the Chicago Cubs […]


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MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Cubs Prospect List Updated to Include RHP Duane Underwood

MLB.com updated its ranking of the prospects in the Cubs system after the trade with the Diamondbacks that sent RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley to Arizona for Miguel Montero. And one of the better young arms in the system replaced Mejia on the top 20 list. RHP Duane Underwood cracked the top 20, […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/27/14

Position Analysis – Right Field The eighth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on a position that has some of the most interesting players in the system: Right Field. Right Field Currently, the Cubs do not have a solid […]


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Cubs Top Performance, Prospect in the AFL and News from Down on the Farm

The recently completed AFL created more buzz for the Cubs system as Bijan Rademacher, C.J. Edwards, Dan Vogelbach, Ivan Pineyro and Jacob Hannemann had good showings in the fall league. While Baseball Prospectus created quite the debate when the well-respected publication named Addison Russell the top prospect in the organization, Baseball America thought Russell was […]


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