Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/30/12

Wins were hard to come by with inconsistencies in hitting, pitching, fielding, and even managing throughout the system. Peoria has emerging performers in PJ Francescon, Andrew McKirahan, Pin-Chieh Chen, Wes Darvill, and Paul Hoilman, but still can’t find a recipe for winning games. The bats of Matt Szczur, Ronald Torreyes, and Elieser Bonne are starting […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/26/12

The beginning of this week had the minors emulating conditions at the big league park, with seven of the 12 games happening in the daylight hours. Peoria’s Oliver Zapata had his hitting streak stopped at eight, but Peoria received great pitching performances from PJ Francescon and Kyler Burke. Daytona continued to scuffle, but pooled their […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/23/12

As Casey Stengel once said “Can anybody here play this game?” Uneven efforts were the norm this week, as one or more elements, pitching-hitting-defense, were lacking throughout the system. However, there are always silver linings. Peoria’s Oliver Zapata has extended his hitting streak to seven, and the offenses of both the Chiefs and Daytona seem […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/16/12

Successes are from the top down this week as Welington Castillo, Luis Valbuena, Anthony Rizzo, and Josh Vitters have led Iowa to the best team batting average in the Pacific Coast League. Tennessee is third in the Southern League in pitching thanks to the efforts of Trey McNutt, Dallas Beeler, Dae-Eun Rhee, and Brooks Raley. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/12/12

Hot bats are what’s in this spring, but there have been some cold results. Anthony Rizzo flashed big power while Josh Vitters has shown he is ready to play in Iowa. Jae-Hoon Ha remains steady in Tennessee. Rubi Silva has impressed at Daytona, and Wes Darvill is a surprise in Peoria. However, pitching still needs […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/09/12

Welcome everyone to a new minor league season. This week, timely hitting, great defense, and some fine pitching performances allowed Peoria to start out 2-1 for the season. Rubi Silva and Arismendy Alcantara came out swinging in Daytona. Nick Struck pitched an Opening Day gem in Tennessee, while Brett Jackson showed why he is the […]

The Daytona Cubs and Tennessee Smokies Announce 2012 Opening Day Rosters

The Daytona Cubs finalized their Opening Day roster Tuesday. The defending Florida State League Champions Daytona Cubs will feature Matt Szczur, Austin Kirk, Tony Zych, Ronald Torreyes and Rubi Silva to begin the season. The Smokies released their roster Tuesday. The Cubs’ Double-A affiliate will begin the season with the likes of Trey McNutt, Dae-Eun […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/26/12

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! This is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2012 minor league season. With players from the defending Florida State Champion Daytona Cubs and Southern League runner-up Tennessee Smokies, the top two squads in the […]

No Luck for the Cubs in Phoenix or in Vegas – Cubs 3, A’s 4 – Cubs 7, Rangers 12

Spring Game Fifteen – Cubs (SS) 3, A’s (SS) 4 WP – Travis Schlichting (2-0) LP – Paul Maholm (0-1) Save – Erick Threets (1) Spring Game Sixteen – Cubs (SS) 7, Rangers (SS) 12 WP – Derek Holland (2-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (1-1) Save – None The Cubs dropped two more Spring Training […]

Lake, Szczur and Beliveau Among Fourth Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the fourth round of spring roster cuts prior to Thursday’s split squad games. Junior Lake and Matt Szczur were optioned to Double-A Tennessee. Jeff Beliveau, Alberto Cabrera, John Gaub and Josh Vitters were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and Jason Jaramillo was assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs spring roster stands at […]