Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/19/15

Welcome to the CCO’s coverage of off-season baseball! In today’s edition we focus on third base and hot starts. Jeimer Candelario is so far taking the Arizona Fall League by storm, while Christian Villanueva has been hard to stop in the Mexican Pacific League. And down in Venezuela, infielder Bryant Flete has not only excelled […]

Arizona Fall League Update and News from the Cubs Farm

The Arizona Fall League started Tuesday and the Cubs have eight prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. RHP Corey Black, RHP David Garner, RHP Pierce Johnson, LHP Ron Zastryzny, C/1B Cael Brockmeyer, C Willson Contreras, 3B Jeimer Candelario and OF Mark Zagunis are spending the fall in Arizona with manager Mark Johnson. Mesa is […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/12/15

Meet the Mesa Solar Sox: Pitchers This is the second of two articles highlighting the players who will be taking part in the 2015 Arizona Fall League, which begins on Oct. 13. The first report focused on the position players and manager Mark Johnson. Today, the CCO will be looking at the pitchers the Cubs have […]

The CCO’s Cubs All-Prospect Team – Pitchers

The Cubs system is known for the position players up and down the organization at each affiliate. There is more pitching in the system than is recognized by most publications. Duane Underwood Jr., Carl Edwards Jr. and Pierce Johnson may headline the young arms in the organization while pitchers such as Ryan Williams, Jonathan Martinez, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the 2015 Carolina League Champions

Welcome your 2015 Carolina League Champion Myrtle Beach Pelicans! In their first year as a Cubs affiliate, Myrtle Beach ended up with the best regular season record at 81-57 and went through the playoff 5-1, sweeping the Wilmington Blue Rocks 3-0 in the title series to claim the Mills Cup. The deciding game three was […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/14/15

Welcome to the minor league post season! Myrtle Beach is part of the Carolina League Championship Series, known as the Mills Cup. But before they were able to get there, the Pelicans had to prevail in a winner-take-all game on Friday, which featured the electric pitching of David Garner and clutch hitting by Chesny Young. […]

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

After 830 games in which the Cubs system compiled a 444-386 record, the 2015 minor league regular season has ended for the Cubs’ affiliates. The Cubs had two teams, High-A Myrtle Beach and the AZL Cubs of the Rookie League, make the playoffs. The Cubs also had two players in the organization, Willson Contreras and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/07/15

Happy Labor Day! The traditional last day of the minor league season will see us back where we started as Eugene completed their season falling one game short of the playoffs despite the hot hitting of P.J. Higgins. Both Myrtle Beach and Tennessee are creating a buzz as Willson Contreras could take home a batting […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/02/15

The week started with a very hot South Bend team as Jeffrey Baez was Grand and Rashad Crawford also went deep. Tennessee experienced highs and lows with Bijan Rademacher leading the way. Iowa played marathon baseball as Emilio Bonifacio ran wild, while Myrtle Beach ended on a sour note despite the efforts of Tyler Skulina. […]

Eight Cubs Prospects on Initial Mesa Solar Sox Roster for 2015 Arizona Fall League

Rosters for the 2015 Arizona Fall League were announced Tuesday and Mesa Solar Sox’s first roster consists of eight Cubs’ prospects. RHP Corey Black, RHP David Garner, RHP Pierce Johnson, LHP Rob Zastryzny, C/1B Cael Brockmeyer, C Willson Contreras, 3B Jeimer Candelario and OF Mark Zagunis. Mesa’s roster is constructed with players from the Cubs, […]