Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/10/12

This past week saw a baseball version of musical chairs for Cubs prospects as many experimented with other positions around the diamond. Arismendy Alcantara, Erick Castillo, and Edwin Maysonet lined up in two separate positions while Junior Lake appeared in three different places. Also trying out new roles were Ryan Searle and Christian Villanueva. Staying […]

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

As we head into the final month of the regular season for the winter leagues, there were plenty of thrill, chills and spills this past week. Dave Sappelt nearly hit for the cycle in Venezuela, while Tony Campana saved the day with a diving catch. Meanwhile, arbitration bound Luis Valbuena kept on slugging and new […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/26/12

The list of Cubs’ prospects and players participating in the winter leagues grew last week. Counting the recently completed Arizona Fall League, the Cubs now have 43 players participating in winter ball. Pitchers Rafael Dolis and Ryan Searle, catcher Neftali Rosario and recently signed Johermyn Chavez and Alberto Gonzalez were added to rosters over the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/19/12

As the winter leagues kicked into high gear this week, a pair of players with aspirations for the big league club in Luis Valbuena and Dave Sappelt had huge showings in Venezuela. Starting pitching had some encouraging signs with fine efforts by Michael Bowden, Eduardo Figueroa, Jay Jackson and Yoanner Negrin. It was the final […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/12/12

Another week, another league begins play as the newly formed Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League started up in Puerto Rico. The Cubs have two players represented, for now, in newly signed infielder Edwin Maysonet and catcher Rafael Lopez. Meanwhile, back in Arizona, infielder Logan Watkins is beginning to make a name for himself while outfielder […]

Time for the GMs to Meet … and Other Cubs Notes and Rumors

The annual General Manager Meetings officially begin Wednesday in Palm Springs. The meetings run through Friday and these meetings usually set the groundwork for future trades and free agent signings. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman made the trek out west and will continue conversations they’ve already had with other […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/05/12

Pitching seemed to be the focus this past week, as the organization added two more hurlers in Michael Bowden and Jay Jackson to their winter roster. Starters Yoanner Negrin and Horacio Ramirez had some good showings. Among the relievers having a good week were Jairo Asencio, Jeffry Antigua, Esmailin Caridad, and Nick Struck. It was […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/29/12

It was strange happenings as the fall and winter leagues embraced the Halloween spirit. Eduardo Figueroa became the first trade of the winter, appearing for both Caribes de Anzoategui and Tiburones de La Guaira this week. Meanwhile, Mesa played to a rare tie and Javier Baez took over the league lead in RBI. And after […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/17/12

Second Half Minor League Report In looking at the Cubs’ minor league system for the second half of the 2012 season, one can break things down into three phases. First there are the AZL Cubs and the Boise Hawks, which received the greatest influence of the Cubs’ new front office team. With their rosters heavily […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/30/12

Entering the final week of the minor league season has different meanings at each level. For the players in Iowa, such as Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt, it means their last chance to make an impression and hope for a September call-up to the big leagues. In Boise and Arizona, players like Stephen Bruno, Jeimer […]