The Starting Pitcher Picture Remains Fuzzy for the Cubs

Several teams, including the Cubs, are looking to sign a starting pitcher or two before Spring Training begins. The Cubs could be waiting for the free agent market to play out a little to see who is left that would fit their needs. Jed Hoyer said they are looking for “innings” and the Cubs have […]

Eight Cubs Make Scout.com’s List of the Top 100 Prospects

Kiley McDaniel, National Baseball Analyst for Scout.com, released his ranking of the top 100 prospects in the game. McDaniel is very high on Albert Almora and thinks he is the top prospect in the Cubs’ system McDaniel ranked Albert Almora as the eighth best prospect in the game. Kris Bryant (10), Javier Baez (13), C.J. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/31/13

Position Analysis The CCO’s off-season look at each position in the Cubs’ farm system continues today. The series of articles to summarize and project how the organization stacks up on a position by position basis has already examined all four infield positions, catcher, left field and centerfield. Up next is right field, a position that […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/22/13

“That’s Baseball” is usually the response when something out of the ordinary happens in the game we love, but even the most diehard fans couldn’t expect to see the declared tie Daytona experienced on Saturday. A slew of recently drafted pitchers have helped Boise to a seven game winning streak, while weather played havoc with […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/04/13

Happy 4th of July from the CCO! First place has a nice ring to it as five of the Cubs’ eight affiliates are currently at the top of their division. The I-Cubs rode the strong pitching of Barret Loux and the hot hitting of Brad Nelson earlier in the week. Boise’s Yasiel Balaguert was named […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/02/13

Minor League Predictions It’s like the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, only in reverse. Every season, I wildly grope to try and make some prescient comments concerning the approximately 300 players that will don a uniform in the Cubs’ minor league system. The season ahead appears to be an exciting one for fans of the minor […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/11/13

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 2013 minor league season.  A brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. We will be using a new format, discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, […]

Jackson Signed, Sealed and Delivered … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jed Hoyer introduced Edwin Jackson as the newest Cub on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field … and there are still more roster moves are on the horizon. The Cubs have one more contract pending and at least one more spot to clear on the 40-man roster. As it turns out, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/16/12

Changes appear to be in the air for the minor league system, as Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita was fired on Wednesday afternoon. Long deserved promotions for pitcher Austin Kirk and outfielder Rubi Silva have finally happened, while Yoannis Negrin, Willengton Cruz, and Jacob Rogers also received a bump up in level. Tennessee […]

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 […]