Weekend Update … The Week That Was and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

It was a busy week for the Chicago Cubs as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer continued working on the big league roster as well as making additions to minor league system. The Cubs reportedly agreed to terms with two pitchers that will add depth to the big league staff. The deals for Edwin Jackson and […]

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 – 08/20/12

Things continue to look good from the ground up in the minor league system and Iowa surprised by winning three out of four to end the week as Dave Sappelt appears to have his eye on the big league club in September. Boise has stayed in the lead in the second half of the season […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/13/12

The spotlight moved to the lower levels of the Cubs minor league at the end of the week, as most of the affiliates were on the uptick. Boise put together a four-game winning streak thanks to Dan Vogelbach’s five home runs and outfielder Izaac Garsez. Jorge Soler moved from the rookie league to Peoria and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/09/12

Progress continues to inch along in the Cubs’ system, with the lower minor league teams showing the most improvement. Boise has moved into first place in the second half as leading hitters Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Dan Vogelbach have stabilized the offense. Shortstop Tim Saunders has tightened up the defense in Peoria, to the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/06/12

As the dust began to settle from last week’s flurry of roster moves, the minor leagues got back to the business of winning ballgames. Dustin Geiger set an RBI record for Peoria, while Christian Villanueva had a smashing debut for Daytona. Not to be outdone, Dong-Yub Kim was also going deep for Boise and Justin […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/23/12

There was some questionable roster management as the losses piled up to end the week. Tennessee has dropped five straight, while Boise and Daytona have four-game losing streaks, and Iowa has lost three in a row. Through it all, there were still some outstanding offensive performances by Javier Baez, Rubi Silva, and Josh Vitters. So […]