Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/26/15

With the Cubs’ 2015 season unfortunately in the rear view mirror, the focus now turns to warmer climes where baseball is still being played. Tennessee’s Willson Contreras and Jeimer Candelario remain among the league leaders in the Arizona Fall League. Myrtle Beach reliever David Garner has now joined the Smokies’ duo in putting up good […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/19/15

Welcome to the CCO’s coverage of off-season baseball! In today’s edition we focus on third base and hot starts. Jeimer Candelario is so far taking the Arizona Fall League by storm, while Christian Villanueva has been hard to stop in the Mexican Pacific League. And down in Venezuela, infielder Bryant Flete has not only excelled […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Certain Kyle Schwarber is Staying Behind the Plate Long Term and Other News

Kyle Schwarber is expected to hit at the Major League level. The question with Schwarber is where will he play in the big leagues? Most outside of the Cubs’ organization think Schwarber will end up in the outfield. Jaron Madison, the Cubs’ farm director, is in Des Moines watching the I-Cubs and told Tommy Birch, […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs are Not Going to Take It Anymore

Joe Maddon was ejected from Wednesday’s game in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes with homeplate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Maddon was tossed for the second time this season after arguing with Reyburn from the dugout. After he was thrown out, Maddon emerged from the dugout and was extremely animated. Maddon politely told Reyburn […]

From the Wire: Cubs Activate Varvaro, Option Germen, Place Denorfia on DL, Call-Up James Russell and DFA Parker

The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Tuesday’s game in St. Louis. The Cubs activated RHP Anthony Varvaro. The Cubs claimed Varvaro off waivers from the Red Sox on Sunday. Varvaro is out of minor league options and had to be added to the active roster. To make room on the 25-man roster for […]

Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 05/03/15

With the first month of the 2015 season over, here is an inside look at how the Cubs’ minor league teams are doing this year. Iowa Cubs Iowa has done the best they can having to cope with both injuries and needs at the Major League level. While it wasn’t a shock to anyone that […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Land in Olney’s Power Rankings, the Bullpen Issues and Other News

Even with a disappointing weekend in which the Cubs were in a position to sweep the Padres, Buster Olney ranked the Cubs in his top ten. The Cubs are 6-5 after 11 games and have a very challenging road trip and stretch of games ahead of them. The Cubs have played good ball. One cannot […]

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 […]

Cubs Spring Training Ends with a Loss – Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Thirty-Three – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 4 WP – Anthony Banda (1-0) LP – Travis Wood (1-2) Save – Jimmie Sherfy (1) Travis Wood gave up two runs in an inning of work. Kyle Hendricks tossed a scoreless second inning. But the prospect filled lineup couldn’t dig out of the early hole as […]

Szczur Homers, Soler Drives in Two Before Kids Rally and Surprise the Rangers – Cubs 15, Rangers 10

Spring Training Game Thirty – Cubs 15, Rangers 10 WP – Francisley Bueno (1-1) LP – Kyuji Fujikawa (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Cubs were down 7-1 as late as the fifth inning and never quit Tuesday afternoon. The Cubs scored four runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh before […]