Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/23/12

There was some questionable roster management as the losses piled up to end the week. Tennessee has dropped five straight, while Boise and Daytona have four-game losing streaks, and Iowa has lost three in a row. Through it all, there were still some outstanding offensive performances by Javier Baez, Rubi Silva, and Josh Vitters. So […]

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

It was an abbreviated schedule to start the week, as everyone took Tuesday off for the Major League All-Star game. Wins were hard to come by, as Tennessee provided the thrills by coming from behind twice behind Greg Rohan, Logan Watkins, and closer Frank Batista. Iowa went off on a winning note due to the […]

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

As Independence Day marks the traditional halfway point in the baseball season, the Cubs’ affiliates are all hoping for a better second half, as the top five teams were able to only eek out three wins to start the week. Young players are taking some of the spotlight, as Dan Vogelbach and Tim Saunders are […]

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 […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/06/11

The last of the CCO’s five-part series on the Cubs minor league system focuses on the pitching in the lower levels of the organization … the Boise Hawks and both the rookie league and Dominican summer league teams. Pitching Analysis

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/23/10

Hayden Simpson may not see game action this summer. Carlos Zambrano makes a rehab trip to Des Moines. All four Cub affiliates are playing good baseball, including big winning streaks for the young Cubs in Daytona and Iowa. In Peoria, Hak-Ju Lee hit his first home run of the year and was a double short […]

Hayden Simpson in the Fold … and Cubs 2010 Draft Update

Hayden Simpson officially signed with the Cubs Saturday … a deal worth $1.06 million. Simpson threw a bullpen session at Wrigley and will report to Mesa before going to Boise (Class-A short season). Simpson said he will finish the summer with the Boise Hawks before going to the instructional league this fall. The Cubs took […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/10/10

The 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft is in the books. The Cubs made a surprise first round selection when they picked Hayden Simpson, a right handed pitcher out of a Division II school, with the 16th overall pick. In the mean time, Chad Tracy has posted several more big games and was finally promoted […]