The Daily CCO: The Bullpen and Defense and Other Cubs News

Joe Maddon broke down Friday’s game perfectly while pointing out the difference between the Cubs and Royals with one comment. “They showed us why they went to the World Series last year. We showed why we are not ready yet.” The Royals make very few mistakes in the field and statistically have the best bullpen […]


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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 – 05/25/15

Happy Memorial Day! The aces were wild in South Bend, Myrtle Beach, and Tennessee as pitchers Ryan Williams, Duane Underwood, and Frank Batista each pitched gems while the SB Cubs and the Pelicans also received excellent performances from Jeremy Null and Paul Blackburn. Meanwhile, Iowa used the big fly to take three in a row […]


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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 – 05/06/15

Myrtle Beach now has the best record in the Carolina League as they have ridden the hot hitting of Billy McKinney for two wins to start the week. Tennessee remains in first although the Smokies lost two close games even with receiving a record setting performance from Pin-Chieh Chen. South Bend remains in striking distance […]


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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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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 05/03/15

With the first month of the 2015 season over, here is an inside look at how the Cubs’ minor league teams are doing this year. Iowa Cubs Iowa has done the best they can having to cope with both injuries and needs at the Major League level. While it wasn’t a shock to anyone that […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/29/15

Tennessee remains the hot story in the Cubs minor league system as now Jacob Hannemann and Bijan Rademacher have joined in the fun while Kyle Schwarber is bucking for the third straight Smokie to take home the player of the week award. Elsewhere among the affiliates, it has been a struggle as Jake Stinnett has […]


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