The Daily CCO: Addison Russell Goes Deep, Cubs Rumors and a Wrigley Field Restoration Update

Addison Russell had a good Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League and he helped Mesa beat Surprise 11-6. Russell was the Solar Sox’s DH and went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, his first longball in the fall league. Russell smacked a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Russell is 7-for-36 in nine […]

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FanGraphs Ranks the Top 31 Prospects in Cubs System

FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel posted a comprehensive look at the prospects from a Cubs system that could be the best in baseball, at the very least top five in the game. McDaniel pointed out the Cubs are the deepest system he has looked at to this point and he was holding off naming the Cubs the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/20/14

Good morning! Week two of winter baseball saw the opening of the Dominican Winter League and the re-emergence of familiar veterans Manny Ramirez and Junior Lake, among others. Meanwhile in the Venezuelan Winter League, reliever Loiger Padron remains perfect while swingman Eduardo Figueroa had his ups and downs. As for the Arizona Fall League, Bijan […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Trying to Find the Right Media Deal

Crane Kenney addressed and fielded questions last Friday during meetings with the season ticket holders about the status of the team’s media rights deal. Kenney said the team was “in extra innings” on its television rights negotiations for 2015 and beyond. A number of potential partners have emerged, all with interest in long-term relationships of […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Find Coaching Fits with Eric Hinske and Doug Dascenzo and Other News

When the front office named John Mallee hitting coach last week there were two other changes to Rick Renteria’s staff that made sense for the Cubs. Eric Hinske was the team’s first base coach and outfield coach last season in his first year as a big league coach. Instead of another season at first base, […]

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The Daily CCO: Addison Russell Started at Second Base in the AFL and Other Cubs News

Over three minor league seasons, Addison Russell has played in 233 games and only one position in the field, shortstop. Addison Russell made his first start of the fall at second base Monday night, hitting fifth for the Mesa Solar Sox. Russell went 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk on Monday night. Addison Russell […]

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Bryant, Russell Top Baseball America’s List of Southern League Prospects that Includes Four Cubs Players

Baseball America released its ranking Monday of the top 20 prospects in the Southern League for the 2014 season. And to no surprise 3B Kris Bryant (1) and SS Addison Russell (2) topped Baseball America’s list with RHP C.J. Edwards (5) making the top five. OF Albert Almora (18) landed among the best players at […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/13/14

Welcome everyone to the CCO’s coverage of off-season baseball. In today’s report, Bijan Rademacher has a big night as the Mesa Solar Sox win their first game in the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile, down in the Venezuelan Winter League, Cubs pitching prospects are having mixed results. For all the highlights, take a look inside today’s […]

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The Daily CCO: Kris Bryant, Armando Rivero and the Cubs System Nominated for MiLBYs and Other News and Rumors

MiLB.com posted the finalists Thursday and voting is underway for the 2014 MiLBYs … and the Cubs are heavily represented in this year’s categories. Online voting continues until Oct. 23 and the winners will be announced Oct. 23-31. Kris Bryant is nominated for the top offensive player. Bryant turned in the best season of any […]

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Cubs Prospects Interview with Tennessee Smokies Broadcaster Mick Gillispie

The biggest jump for a young player is from High-A to Double-A and Mick Gillispie has seen several of the prospects in the Cubs system make the successful transition to the higher level of minor league ball. Mick Gillispie has been the voice of the Tennessee Smokies since 2007 and has called Cubs Spring Training […]

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