Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach, the Smokies Bash Brothers and News from Down on the Cubs Farm

It cannot be a lot of fun right now for pitchers in the Southern League when they have to face the Tennessee Smokies. Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach are mashing the baseball. Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach are roommates and hitting three, four in the Smokies’ lineup. The Bash Brothers, as Vogelbach labeled the duo, helped […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/24/15

The minor leaguers broke out the lumber as the week came to an end. Low-A South Bend outscored their opponents by 26 to 3 as Cael Brockmeyer and Chesny Young led the way. Tennessee also came up big and scored a total of 22 runs in two games as Dan Vogelbach continued his assault on […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/20/15

That rumbling you hear from far off is not just the spring storm clouds, which effected play in the minors this weekend, but that of several Cubs’ prospects beginning to show their stuff. South Bend starting pitchers Erick Leal, Zach Hedges and Trevor Clifton gave up only one earned run in 15 innings. In Myrtle […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/13/15

For the first games of the minor league season, the top prospects performed like, well, top prospects. Addison Russell has hit over .300 and has a home run, while Kris Bryant has belted two round-trippers for Iowa. Kyle Schwarber has also had a long fly for Tennessee while pitcher Paul Blackburn was dominant for Myrtle […]


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Myrtle Beach Pelicans Announce 2015 Opening Day Roster

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans released its Opening Day roster Monday and it features 13 of the top prospects in the Cubs system. OF Billy McKinney, OF Shawon Dunston Jr., OF Jacob Hannemann, OF Mark Zagunis, 3B Jeimer Candelario, C Victor Caratini, INF Danny Lockhart, RHP Duane Underwood, RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP Paul Blackburn, RHP Tyler […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Preview

Minor League Preview – High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans The third installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. 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. All […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/18/14

Position Analysis – High-A Myrtle Beach Pitching Staff The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ minor league system continues today. After viewing the possible pitching staff for Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, we now look at the pitching prospects for High-A Myrtle Beach. High-A Myrtle Beach Starters and Relievers A rotation that may go eight […]


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Kane County Wins the 2014 MiLBY for the Best Team in Minor League Baseball

The 2014 Midwest League Champions received another trophy Tuesday when the Kane County Cougars were awarded the MiLBY for the Best Team of the Year. The Cubs Low-A affiliate received both the staff and fan vote for top team of 2014. Low-A Kane County, led by manager Mark Johnson, won 91 games during the regular […]


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The 2014 MiLBY for Best Farm System of the Year Goes to the Chicago Cubs

The Cubs organization has come a long way in three calendar years and Tuesday the staff of MiLB.com awarded the Cubs with a 2014 MiLBY for the Best Farm System in baseball. The fan vote for the 2014 MiLBY for Best Farm System of the Year went to the New York Mets. Several of the […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/07/14

Special Assignment – Kane County Cougars – Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 I had the pleasure of being able to attend the final regular season home series for the Kane County Cougars. I would like to thank Cougars Director of Public Relations Shawn Touney and my daughter Lauren Usiak, who was my photographer. A special […]


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