Pitching, Longballs, and More Pitching – Cubs 5, White Sox 1

Spring Game Six – Cubs 5, White Sox 1 WP – Travis Wood (1-0) LP – Chris Sale (0-1) Save – None While the three home runs the Cubs hit against White Sox pitching Friday will make the headlines, the outings from Travis Wood, Randy Wells and the pitching staff were encouraging. Travis Wood and […]

Samardzija Surprises in Spring Debut – Cubs 6, Royals 4

Spring Game Four – Cubs 6, Royals 4 WP – Jeff Samardzija (1-0) LP – Jonathan Sanchez (0-1) Save – None Jeff Samardzija has been saying for several weeks that he wants to be a big league starting pitcher. Samardzija told everyone that was his goal and he has been working all off-season preparing to […]

Carrillo and Corpas’ Command Costs the Cubs – Cubs 7, A’s 8

Spring Game Two – Cubs 7, A’s (SS) 8 WP – Fabio Castro (1-0, BS 1) LP – Tony Zych (0-1) Save – Travis Banwart (1) For the second day in a row the Cubs had a lead early but could not hold on and win their first game of the spring. The Cubs jumped […]

Intrasquad, Lead-Off Hitters, Bunt Tourney and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

The Cubs first intrasquad game took place Friday afternoon at HoHoKam Park … and Rick Sutcliffe’s Blue Team beat Dale Sveum’s White Team 10-4. Matt Szczur stole the show. The speedy outfielder drove in six of his team’s ten runs with the big blast of the day. Szczur hit a grand slam off Travis Wood […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/13/12

Greetings to everyone at the CCO … With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles. As a preview to Spring Training, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a feature entitled … Bubble Players […]

Garza’s Arbitration Hearing Set … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza is the only arbitration eligible player that remains unsigned for the upcoming season. Garza filed a $12.5 million figure and the Cubs countered with a $7.95 million salary for 2012 … and the sides appear to have two days to work out a deal to avoid an arbitration hearing. According to a report […]

Cubs Invite 21 Non-Roster Players to Camp

The Cubs released the full list of non-roster invitees to camp Monday afternoon. Dale Sveum will have a total of 61 players (40-man big league roster and 21 non-roster invitees) in big league camp when it begins in 19 days. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 18, position players report on February […]

Weekend Update … Cubs Still Have Work to Do This Off-Season

What was expected to be another busy week for the Chicago Cubs turned out to be rather quiet. Many think the Cubs are focused on the three Cuban players that they’ve been linked to for a majority of the off-season. Another one of their reported targets established residency in the Dominican Republic this past week […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/09/11

The Cubs Minor League System Quarterly Report We are now at the three-quarter mark of the minor league season. At this point a system philosophy seemed to have emerged. However, the disconnect between the minors and the Major League front office appears to be stronger than ever; the in-season revolving door remains, as does the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/30/11

This week in the minors, Iowa gets out of neutral and goes on a six game winning streak. Tennessee is revving up their engine, as they won their last two games. Daytona is idling with a 4-6 record since the break, and Peoria blew the doors off of a losing streak with style, while Boise […]