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

Thrills, chills, and spills abound in the roller coaster ride that was the Cubs minor league system this week. Blowouts occurred, but who was on the winning end? The tightrope act that is the Tennessee Smokies kept viewers on the edge of their seats. Paul Hoilman now sports an 18-game hitting streak, while Nelson Perez […]

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 – 04/19/12

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 […]

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 […]

Cubs Finalize First Roster of the Season … and Set Iowa Cubs Roster

A lot is made about a team’s Opening Day roster but the fact is that a big league roster is a work in progress throughout a 162-game schedule. And this season could feature more roster changes for the Cubs than in years past. The Cubs filled out their 40-man big league roster prior to Thursday’s […]

From the Wire … Cubs Claim Luis Valbuena Off Waivers, Outright Frankie De La Cruz

According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed infielder Luis Valbuena off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Valbuena was added to the Cubs 40-man roster and will be on the 25-man roster for Thursday’s opener against the Nationals. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs announced Frankie De La Cruz has […]

The Roster, Renovations, Theo Epstein … and Other Cubs News and Notes on the Eve of Opening Day

Spring Training is over and before long it will become a distant memory. Now the real work begins. The Cubs still have decisions that must be made with the roster. The Cubs active roster currently consists of 31 players and must be trimmed to 25 by Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs have made several announcements over […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/31/12

Spring Training Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (14-16-1) vs. Angels (17-10) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187 Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Paul Maholm (1-1, 0.90/1.20) vs. Garrett Richards (3-1, 3.77/1.47) The Cubs will spend their final Saturday of Spring Training in Mesa hosting the […]