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 – 04/19/12

A win streak has moved to three games as Peoria seems to be putting things together while riding the hot bat of Oliver Zapata. Meanwhile, Daytona continues to struggle to have their pitching and offense show up for the same game. Tennessee also lost some momentum, as their offense was hard pressed for runs in […]

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 […]

The Daytona Cubs and Tennessee Smokies Announce 2012 Opening Day Rosters

The Daytona Cubs finalized their Opening Day roster Tuesday. The defending Florida State League Champions Daytona Cubs will feature Matt Szczur, Austin Kirk, Tony Zych, Ronald Torreyes and Rubi Silva to begin the season. The Smokies released their roster Tuesday. The Cubs’ Double-A affiliate will begin the season with the likes of Trey McNutt, Dae-Eun […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/12/12

Minor League Preview – Rookie and Short-Season A-Ball Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the first of a three-part installment previewing the 2012 minor league season. With a Dominican Summer League team making the playoffs in 2011, a 2011 rookie team narrowly missing the playoffs, and the most celebrated draft class for […]