Cubs Release Seven Minor Leaguers, Including RHP Matt Loosen

According to Baseball America, the Cubs released seven players from the system. RHP Matt Loosen, RHP Brad Renner, LHP Jeff Lorick, 1B Shane Kennedy, INF Alex Tomasovich, OF Shamil Ubiera and OF Charlie White have been released by the Cubs and are eligible to sign with another organization. And four players that spent time in […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – South Bend Cubs Preview

Minor League Preview – Low-A South Bend Cubs The second installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the South Bend Cubs. And a brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. […]

The CCO Talks Outfield Prospects on South Bend Cubs Radio

Last Wednesday, the CCO’s very own Tom U was invited to talk minor league outfield prospects with South Bend Cubs play-by-play man Darin Pritchett on WSBT in South Bend’s Sportsbeat program. Here are some excerpts from that interview. Darin Pritchett: We are going to focus on some of the better outfielders in the Chicago Cubs […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/13/14

Position Analysis – Left Field The sixth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis focuses on left field. Left Field With the parent club seemingly set in the outfield having veterans Chris Coghlan, Justin Ruggiano, and Ryan Sweeney joining Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge […]

Cubs Down on Farm Report – 09/02/14

An 829-game minor league regular season ended Monday with three teams from the Cubs’ system making the playoffs: The Daytona Cubs, the Kane County Cougars, and the Boise Hawks. It took the final days of the season before Daytona and Boise could lay claim to the post-season, thanks to the efforts of hot-hitting shortstops Marco […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/11/14

It appeared as if many of the minor league teams want to get as much baseball in as they can with the season drawing to a close, as doubleheaders and extra innings dotted the landscape. One of the hottest players in the system is Daytona’s Rock Shoulders, who was 6-for-13 with three home runs over […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/04/14

The final month of the minor league season started out on a good note for couple of the Cubs’ affiliates and many of the prospects in the system. C.J. Edwards returned to the Smokies rotation while the newest additions to the system, Victor Caratini and Jonathan Martinez had good debuts with the Cougars and helped […]

Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 08/02/14

The acquisition of catcher Victor Caratini may not signal the end to 2014 draft selections Kyle Schwarber and Mark Zagunis days as a backstop yet. Nothing will be determined for sure until both Schwarber and Zagunis have an off-season to work with minor league instructor Franklin Font and former catchers/minor league managers Mark Johnson, Buddy […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/28/14

Heroes came in all shapes and sizes to end the week as Iowa witnessed the thundering bat of Javier Baez, while Tennessee’s Addison Russell put on his own power show. Russell’s teammate Taylor Davis had a five RBI night, and Daytona remained on a roll thanks to the muscle of Dan Vogelbach. In Kane County, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/24/14

It was “Promotion Day” Wednesday as several prospects received word that they would be moving up a level. There was some activity leading up to the day, as RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua was promoted to Daytona, while RHP Ben Wells went to Kane County and RHP Dillon Maples reported to Boise. That set in motion […]