Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/27/13

New faces in new places marked the beginning of the week. Daytona continued to be the hottest team in the Cubs’ system. The D-Cubs improved to 5-1 in the second half and Pierce Johnson made his first High-A start. Jacob Hannemann is starting to flex his muscles for Boise, while P.J. Francescon helped win a […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/24/13

It was reported that sportswriter Ring Lardner would sing “I’m forever blowing ballgames” to the “Black Sox” during the storied World Series. That seemed to be an appropriate tune with the way the week ended down on the farm as losing leads ran rampant through the organization. Boise was powered by Yasiel Balaguert and Kevin […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/17/13

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/17/13 All-Star season is upon us as Daytona went into their break on Thursday while Kane County will take off following Sunday’s game. Tennessee ended a losing streak as Kyle Hendricks continues to impress. In Iowa, Steve Clevenger looks to be ready for bigger and better things as […]

Boise Hawks Release Preliminary 2013 Opening Day Roster

The Boise Hawks released their preliminary 2013 Opening Day roster on Monday. The Hawks open their short-season on Friday in Eugene against the Emeralds, the Padres short-season affiliate. The Hawks kickoff their home schedule on June 17 against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Gary Van Tol, in his first year as the Hawks’ manager, will call the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/11/13

Minor League Preview – Rookie and Short Season-A Ball Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the first of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season.  A brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. We will be using a new format, discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 09/30/12

Game One Hundred Fifty-Nine: Cubs (59-99) vs. Diamondbacks (80-78) Game Time – 3:10pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188/914 Location – Chase Field, Phoenix Chris Rusin (1-3, 7.30/1.78) vs. Josh Collmenter (12-12, 3.86/1.27) It is the last Sunday of the season for the Chicago Cubs. After dropping […]

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 – 08/16/12

Changes appear to be in the air for the minor league system, as Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita was fired on Wednesday afternoon. Long deserved promotions for pitcher Austin Kirk and outfielder Rubi Silva have finally happened, while Yoannis Negrin, Willengton Cruz, and Jacob Rogers also received a bump up in level. Tennessee […]

Catching up on Cubs News, Notes … and Rumors

While a majority of the players and coaching staff are receiving a little breather due to the festivities in Kansas City, the Cubs’ front office does not appear to be taking a break. News surfaced Monday that the Cubs agreed to terms with first round pick Albert Almora. Almora and second round pick Duane Underwood […]

Shopping Dempster … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The roster moves made Thursday figure to just be the beginning of the changes that are on the horizon for the Cubs. Ryan Dempster could be making his final start Friday in a Cubs’ uniform at Wrigley. Several teams are rumored to be interested in Matt Garza but it is unclear if Theo Epstein and […]