Tennessee Smokies Announce 2015 Opening Day Roster

The Tennessee Smokies released its initial roster for the 2015 season Monday and it features nine of the top prospects in the Cubs system, including Albert Almora, C.J. Edwards and Kyle Schwarber. Double-A Tennessee’s first roster of the year includes 14 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Along with Almora, Edwards and Schwarber, […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Iowa Cubs Preview

Minor League Preview – Triple-A Iowa Cubs The fifth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Iowa Cubs. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion […]


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Pierce Johnson, Corey Black and Rafael Lopez among First Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the first round of spring cuts Monday and reduced the spring roster to 53 players. The Cubs moved eight players to minor league camp. C Rafael Lopez and INF Christian Villanueva were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Both players will be on optional assignments all season. Six players in camp on non-roster invites […]


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One Spring Win on One Hit – Cubs 2, Reds 1

Spring Training Game Fourteen – Cubs 2, Reds 1 WP – Travis Wood (1-0) LP – Johnny Cueto (0-2) Save – Zac Rosscup (2) Chris Denorfia belted a two-run homer off Johnny Cueto in the third inning. Travis Wood pitched five shutout innings and minor leaguer Rubi Silva cut down the tying run at the […]


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Soler, Baez and Bryant Hit Back-to-Back-to-Back Jacks, Cubs Still Winless on the Spring – Indians 10, Cubs 6

Spring Training Game Seven – Cubs 6, Indians 10 WP – Shaun Marcum (1-0) LP – Blake Parker (0-1) Save – None Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant launched home runs in consecutive at bats to start the fourth inning. And Welington Castillo tied the exhibition game with a solo homer of his own […]


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The Daily CCO: Jon Lester, Expectations and the Chicago Cubs

The Cubs set another Spring Training attendance record as Sloan Park was packed with fans of all ages to watch Jon Lester pitch for the first time in a Cubs’ uniform. On the field, the Cubs could not hold another late-inning lead on Friday and slipped to 0-2-1 in Cactus League play. But Lester’s performance […]


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The Daily CCO: Travis Wood Makes an October Prediction and Other Cubs News

Cubs’ single game tickets go on-sale this morning at 10:00am CST … The Cubs kicked off the 2015 Cactus League schedule with a tie, a loss and several good performances by big leaguers and prospects. Travis Wood met with the beat writers following his first outing of the spring. Wood was sharp in his two […]


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A Schwarber Slam, a McKinney Homer and a Bullpen Letdown – Giants 8, Cubs 6

Spring Training Game Two – Cubs (ss) 6, Giants 8 WP – Hunter Strickland (1-0) LP – Hunter Cervenka (0-1, BS 1) Save – Erik Cordler (1) Kyle Schwarber celebrated his 22nd birthday in grand fashion Thursday afternoon in Scottsdale with a slam in second inning off Ryan Vogelsong. Billy McKinney homered in the eighth but […]


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The CCO’s Top 21 Cubs Prospects for 2015

Armed with an impressive group of hitting prospects, the Cubs organization has done an about face since the 2011 draft and is widely considered the top farm system in the game. The Cubs have added impact talent through the draft, trades and international signings. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are two of the top five […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Asking a Steep Price for Welington Castillo? And Other News and Rumors

The Welington Castillo rumors have picked up in the last 24 hours as front offices look to fill holes in their rosters before pitchers and catchers report in a month. Multiple reports Monday linked Castillo to the Diamondbacks. Dave Stewart is working hard to find a catcher and reports point to Stewart talking to the […]


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