The Daily CCO: Happy Christmas

Tis the season to say ‘Thank You’ for a tremendous year and to wish all of our readers, the Cubs faithful, a very Merry Christmas It was relatively quiet Thursday around the game outside of Daniel Murphy agreeing to terms with the Nationals on a three-year deal. Speculation continued on where the rather long list […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/21/15

¡Feliz Navidad! Debuts were the theme of this past week for the Cubs in winter ball. Pitcher Felix Pena made his first appearance of the winter in the Dominican Republic, while newly signed Luis Parra, Juan Perez and Jean Machi made their Cubs debuts. Over in the Roberto Clemente League, Javier Baez lined up for […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/14/15

In a light week, two players dominated the winter ball conversation for the Cubs. Christian Villanueva is among the leaders in nearly every offensive category in the Mexican Pacific League. Meanwhile, Fernando Cruz has become a dependable presence in the Roberto Clemente League. Also with news from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, the Down on […]

Cubs Weekend Headlines: One Megadeal, Two Minor Deals and a Bunch of Rumors

The Cubs wrapped up what was already a good seven-day stretch by agreeing to terms Friday with Jason Heyward on an eight-year, $184 million contract. Heyward was the fourth free agent to sign with Cubs in a week, joining RHP John Lackey, RHP Trevor Cahill and INF/OF Ben Zobrist. The front office is still looking […]

Cubs Prospect Christian Villanueva Tearing It Up in Winter Ball

Christian Villanueva is playing for Yaquis de Obregon this winter. One of the overlooked prospects in the Cubs system is hitting rather well in the Mexican Pacific League. Villanueva had three hits on Saturday night, each went for extra bases and two left the park. Villanueva was 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/07/15

The Cubs had another player welcomed to the world of winter baseball this past week as Javier Baez joined Santurce in Puerto Rico. In the meantime, Arismendy Alcantara remained hot for Licey in the Dominican Republic, while Christian Villanueva continued to devastate Mexican Pacific League pitching. For further details, check out what’s inside today’s Down […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/30/15

As we move into the second half of the winter season, Christian Villanueva continues to dominate the Mexican Pacific League. Villanueva leads the league in on-base percentage and is in the top ten in four other categories. Tennessee shortstop Carlos Penalver made his debut in Venezuela, while Arismendy Alcantara and Fernando Cruz continue to excel […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/16/15

Hitting streaks and third basemen seem to go together as Christian Villanueva has hit safely in nine straight games in the LMP. Meanwhile, Jeimer Candelario has an eight-game hitting streak and is working his way into the conversation of MVP of the Arizona Fall League. In Venezuela, Armando Rivero is beginning to assert himself as […]

Cubs 2015 MiLB Organization All-Stars

MiLB.com posted its organizational All-Stars for the Cubs which is always an interesting read. MiLB.com honors players not based on age or prospect status but the players that had the best season at each position. The Cubs system has a lot of depth, and at each level. The years of waiting, and in most cases […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/09/15

It was a week of comings and goings for Cubs’ prospects as Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year Carlos Pimentel made his winter debut in the DWL. In Arizona, catcher Willson Contreras had to be shut down for the rest of the off-season with an injury. Pitching dominated the rest of the leagues as […]