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 – Minor League Predictions

Minor League Predictions Once again it is time for me to step out of my comfort zone and make some predictions. Every season, I wildly grope to try and make some prescient comments concerning the approximately 300 players that will don a uniform in the Cubs’ minor league system. The upcoming minor league season looks […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Tennessee Smokies Preview

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies The fourth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Tennessee Smokies. 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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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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MLB Pipeline Names Jorge Soler Third Best Outfield Prospect

MLB Pipeline wrapped up its positional rankings Thursday with the top 10 outfield prospects in the baseball … and Jorge Soler was ranked as the third best outfield prospect in the game. Jorge Soler slipped in behind the Twins’ Byron Buxton and the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson in MLB Pipeline’s ranking and ahead of the Reds’ […]


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Addison Russell Ranked as MLB Pipeline’s Third Best Shortstop Prospect

Addison Russell is considered one of the best young players in baseball. And MLB Pipeline ranked Russell as the third best shortstop prospect in the game behind Carlos Correa (Astros) and Francisco Lindor (Indians). While the scouting grades are pretty similar, Russell slots in just behind Correa and Lindor on most shortstop prospect rankings. Like […]


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MLB Pipeline Ranks Kris Bryant Top Third Base Prospect, Dan Vogelbach Eighth Best First Base Prospect

MLB Pipeline released its ranking of the top 10 third base prospects in the game. And to no surprise, the Cubs’ top prospect Kris Bryant ended up at No. 1 on the list. Kris Bryant finished ahead of Joey Gallo (Rangers), Miguel Sano (Twins), D.J. Peterson (Mariners) and Maikel Franco (Phillies). In 138 games between […]


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MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Cubs Prospect List Updated to Include RHP Duane Underwood

MLB.com updated its ranking of the prospects in the Cubs system after the trade with the Diamondbacks that sent RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley to Arizona for Miguel Montero. And one of the better young arms in the system replaced Mejia on the top 20 list. RHP Duane Underwood cracked the top 20, […]


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Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2015

Prospect season continues with Minor League Ball’s ranking of the top 20 players and John Sickels look at the Cubs system. John Sickels thinks the Cubs probably have the best system in the game, and if it’s not No.1 it is a top two system in baseball. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler are […]


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Cubs Top Performance, Prospect in the AFL and News from Down on the Farm

The recently completed AFL created more buzz for the Cubs system as Bijan Rademacher, C.J. Edwards, Dan Vogelbach, Ivan Pineyro and Jacob Hannemann had good showings in the fall league. While Baseball Prospectus created quite the debate when the well-respected publication named Addison Russell the top prospect in the organization, Baseball America thought Russell was […]


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