Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/05/12

As Independence Day marks the traditional halfway point in the baseball season, the Cubs’ affiliates are all hoping for a better second half, as the top five teams were able to only eek out three wins to start the week. Young players are taking some of the spotlight, as Dan Vogelbach and Tim Saunders are […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/25/12

With the twelfth week of the season, the Cubs have finally gotten all of their teams into play as the AZL Cubs began their season on Wednesday. Tennessee, Daytona, and Peoria are now all back from All-Star break, with the Smokies out of the gate fast thanks to Justin Bour, Logan Watkins, and Junior Lake. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/30/12

Wins were hard to come by with inconsistencies in hitting, pitching, fielding, and even managing throughout the system. Peoria has emerging performers in PJ Francescon, Andrew McKirahan, Pin-Chieh Chen, Wes Darvill, and Paul Hoilman, but still can’t find a recipe for winning games. The bats of Matt Szczur, Ronald Torreyes, and Elieser Bonne are starting […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/26/12

The beginning of this week had the minors emulating conditions at the big league park, with seven of the 12 games happening in the daylight hours. Peoria’s Oliver Zapata had his hitting streak stopped at eight, but Peoria received great pitching performances from PJ Francescon and Kyler Burke. Daytona continued to scuffle, but pooled their […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/23/12

As Casey Stengel once said “Can anybody here play this game?” Uneven efforts were the norm this week, as one or more elements, pitching-hitting-defense, were lacking throughout the system. However, there are always silver linings. Peoria’s Oliver Zapata has extended his hitting streak to seven, and the offenses of both the Chiefs and Daytona seem […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/16/12

Successes are from the top down this week as Welington Castillo, Luis Valbuena, Anthony Rizzo, and Josh Vitters have led Iowa to the best team batting average in the Pacific Coast League. Tennessee is third in the Southern League in pitching thanks to the efforts of Trey McNutt, Dallas Beeler, Dae-Eun Rhee, and Brooks Raley. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/12/12

Hot bats are what’s in this spring, but there have been some cold results. Anthony Rizzo flashed big power while Josh Vitters has shown he is ready to play in Iowa. Jae-Hoon Ha remains steady in Tennessee. Rubi Silva has impressed at Daytona, and Wes Darvill is a surprise in Peoria. However, pitching still needs […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/09/12

Welcome everyone to a new minor league season. This week, timely hitting, great defense, and some fine pitching performances allowed Peoria to start out 2-1 for the season. Rubi Silva and Arismendy Alcantara came out swinging in Daytona. Nick Struck pitched an Opening Day gem in Tennessee, while Brett Jackson showed why he is the […]

The Peoria Chiefs Announce 2012 Opening Day Roster

The Cubs’ Low Class-A affiliate Peoria Chiefs announced their Opening Day roster Monday and will feature several of the top prospects in the organization. The Low Class-A Peoria Chiefs roster is highlighted by Zeke DeVoss, Marco Hernandez, Reggie Golden, Ben Wells, Jose Rosario and Taiwan Easterling. A majority of the Opening Day roster for the […]

Cubs Pitching Steps Up in the Split Squads – Cubs 2, Padres 0 – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 3

Spring Game Twenty-Six – Cubs (SS) 2, Padres 0 WP – Paul Maholm (1-1 LP – Tim Stauffer (1-2 Save – Rafael Dolis (2) Spring Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs (SS) 2, Diamondbacks 3 WP – Ian Kennedy (2-2) LP – Jay Jackson (1-1) Save – J.J. Putz (1) The Cubs played their fifth and final […]