Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/05/15

An infielder is knocking at the door for the majors, but it’s not who you think it is. Christian Villanueva has had a monster week, with four home runs in four games for Iowa. In Tennessee, the Smokies have moved into first place thanks to efforts of pitchers Ryan Williams and Felix Pena. It was […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/01/15

The Cubs’ minor league system ended the month of May with a mixed bag as South Bend saw the blossoming of Yasiel Balaguert. Myrtle Beach have their own emerging stars in Jeimer Candelario and Chesny Young, while Willson Contreras is stepping into the spotlight in Tennessee. And a few of old hands, namely Arismendy Alcantara, […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/29/15

It was thrilling end of the week for the Cubs affiliates as Andrew Ely of South Bend experienced the pure adrenalin of an inside-the-park home run. Both Kyle Schwarber of Tennessee and Matt Szczur of Iowa had the exhilaration of a walk-off win. And Myrtle Beach had a doubleheader sweep thanks to the pitching of […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/22/15

It was not a good end to the week for the Cubs’ affiliates as the five teams in play could manage only two wins in nine games. Myrtle Beach had a memorable comeback thanks to the hitting of Chesny Young and the pitching of Jonathan Martinez. The only other win came in Venezuela, as the […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/20/15

It was a down start to the week for the Cubs’ affiliates as South Bend lost two despite starting two of their better pitchers, Jeremy Null and Erick Leal. Myrtle Beach also ended a five-game winning streak as Jen-Ho Tseng has had a tough time in the Carolina League. Tennessee split a pair as Ivan […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/18/15

The Cubs got good performances this weekend from their front-runners as Double-A Tennessee is now a 20-game winner and Kyle Schwarber leads the Southern League in home runs. Myrtle Beach sports the best record in the Carolina League with Duane Underwood, Paul Blackburn, and Pin-Chieh Chen all contributing to a sweep. South Bend and Iowa […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/13/15

A Player-of-the-Year candidate has moved to the forefront as Billy McKinney of Myrtle Beach now leads the Carolina League in hitting and RBI, and is second in home runs, as the Pelicans have gained their 20th win of the season. South Bend has the most likely leader for Pitcher-of-the-Year as Jeremy Null improved his record […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/11/15

For the first time since the season began, none of the Cubs affiliates has a losing record as Carlos Pimentel led Iowa both on the mound and at the plate to even the I-Cubs’ record. South Bend also moved to .500 despite good efforts from starters Trevor Clifton and Ryan Williams. Tennessee lost two despite […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/08/15

It was an up and down end of the week for the Cubs’ affiliates as Wednesday was a make-up day for Myrtle Beach and Tennessee. Charcer Burks and Gleyber Torres stayed hot for South Bend while no other prospect in the system may be as locked in as Billy McKinney right now. McKinney walked off […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/04/15

The needle seems to be pointing up for the Cubs’ affiliates to start the week, as three of the four have reached their 13th win of the season. South Bend is riding the extra base bat of Yasiel Balaguert as Ryan Williams’ ERA keeps getting smaller. Myrtle Beach swept a series on the road behind […]


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