Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/18/09

Here is your end of the week update from the Cubs’ Minor League System. Josh Vitters is really heating up. Vitters hit two home runs over the weekend. Robinson Chirino’s strong start has been stopped by a broken wrist . The Smokies remain tied for first place and they are the only Cubs’ Minor League […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/14/09

Here is your mid-week update for our Young Cubs. Please check out Iowa’s box scores from Tuesday and Wednesday. They scored 33 runs in their last two games…and Jake Fox is back and on a tear. Everything went as planned for Carlos Zambrano on Wednesday. His bullpen session went well and he will make a […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/11/09

Here is your end of the week update from the Cubs’ Minor League System. The weather cooperated for most of the week and the teams were able to get in most of their scheduled games. With the exception of Daytona, all of the teams are right in the hunt for first place with the Smokies […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 4/30/09

Here is your mid-week update for our Young Cubs. As always you can check out my site at for daily updates of the big performers. Andrew Cashner made his season debut on Sunday for the Daytona Cubs. Cashner allowed one run on one hit in 2 2/3 innings with walk and two strikeouts.

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/23/09

I’m back and so is the Shark, Jeff Samardzija will be called up on Thursday to pitch out of the Cubs’ pen. He had made two starts for Iowa and did very well for himself; in his last start he threw six innings of one-hit baseball in front of Jim Hendry who was in Iowa […]

Cubs Option Four…Re-Assign Five Players in Latest Round of Roster Moves

The Cubs trimmed their Spring Roster on Tuesday from 54 players to 45 players according to a report from The Cubs optioned Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg and Jeff Stevens to Triple-A Iowa and optioned Marcos Mateo to Double-A Tennessee. The Cubs also assigned five non-roster invitees to minor league camp…Welington Castillo, Darwin Barney, Luis […]

Good Thing It’s Spring Training – Cubs 6 Brewers 9

Game Twenty-One – Cubs 6 Brewers 9 WP – Dave Bush (2-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (0-1) Save – Chris Narveson (1) Even during the regular season, the Cubs will have days like Monday with bad pitching and no clutch hitting. Jeff Samardzija recorded the first two outs with relative ease then fell apart. The […]

Winning …and Losing in the Desert – Cubs (ss) 8 Mariners (ss) 1 – Cubs (ss) 2 Angels 8

Game Seventeen – Cubs (ss) 8 Mariners (ss) 1 WP – Sean Marshall (2-0) LP – Gaby Hernandez (0-1) Save – None Game Eighteen – Cubs (ss) 2 Angels 8 WP – Dustin Moseley (1-0) LP – Chad Gaudin (2-1) Save – None The Cubs split a pair of games in the Cactus League on […]

Harden and Dempster and Heilman! Oh, My! – Cubs 8 Mariners 1

Game Fifteen – Cubs 8 Mariners 1 WP – Ryan Dempster (1-2) LP – Garrett Olson (0-1) Save – None Pitching, pitching and more pitching was the theme on Tuesday against the Mariners. Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Milton Bradley were absent from the lineup and did not make the trip to Peoria. […]

Going Through the Motions – Cubs 4 Dodgers 5

Game Eleven – Cubs 4 Dodgers 5 WP – Randy Wolf (2-0) LP – Ryan Dempster (0-2) Save – Brian Mazone (1) Lou Piniella continued Friday running out a starting lineup that featured a minimum number of regulars and mostly players that will start the season in the minors. With the WBC and the lengthy […]