Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/15/14

The “Javy Watch” began in earnest on Thursday as infielder Javier Baez began his winter with his first start for Santurce of the Roberto Clemente League. Meanwhile, Luis Valbuena delivered a walk-off RBI to keep his Lara team relevant in the Venezuelan Winter League, and newly acquired infielder Jonathan Herrera had a good week for […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/12/14

Position Analysis – Double-A Tennessee Pitching Staff The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ minor league system continues today. After viewing the possible pitching staff for Triple-A last week, we now turn to the staff for Double-A Tennessee. Double-A Tennessee Starters and Relievers The first wave of Cubs pitching prospects reside in Tennessee this coming […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/08/14

The home run was the big story of week nine in the winter leagues. Manny Ramirez hit number five for Cibaenas, while Arismendy Alcantara drilled his third homer of the winter for Licey in the Dominican League. Christian Villanueva hit a Grand Slam for Obregon in the Mexican League, and Luis Valbuena went deep in […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/01/14

The eighth week of the winter season saw the debut of Ivan Pineyro and a scare for Arismendy Alcantara in the Dominican League. Christian Villanueva experienced new positions in the Mexican Pacific League, and John Andreoli held onto the league lead in stolen bases in Puerto Rico. Over in Venezuela, Willson Contreras continued to swing […]

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Time for the Cubs to File Reserve Rosters

Thursday is the deadline (Nov. 20) for all 30 teams to file their Major and Minor League reserve lists to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11. The Cubs have until Dec. 2 (10:59pm CST) to tender contracts for the 2015 season to arbitration eligible players. The front office could create room […]

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Cubs Top Performance, Prospect in the AFL and News from Down on the Farm

The recently completed AFL created more buzz for the Cubs system as Bijan Rademacher, C.J. Edwards, Dan Vogelbach, Ivan Pineyro and Jacob Hannemann had good showings in the fall league. While Baseball Prospectus created quite the debate when the well-respected publication named Addison Russell the top prospect in the organization, Baseball America thought Russell was […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/17/14

The sun has set on another Arizona Fall League, with C.J. Edwards and Bijan Rademacher putting the exclamation points on their fine performances before the final out. In the Dominican Republic, Manny Ramirez is on a hot streak and Frank Batista continues to impress. While in Puerto Rico, John Andreoli is starting to round into […]

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Cubs Prospects Had a Good Fall in Arizona and News from Down on the Farm

The Mesa Solar Sox wrapped up the 2014 Arizona Fall League schedule with a tie game Thursday against the Glendale Desert Dogs. Dan Vogelbach lined out to left with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, and the game was called tied at four after 11 innings. Mesa ended the season with a […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/10/14

Consistency was the key word for week five of winter baseball as many of the Cubs prospects struggled to find the meaning. Two who demonstrated no difficulties were C.J. Edwards and Bijan Rademacher as both remained impressive in the Arizona Fall League. Also welcomed back was Ivan Pineyro, who looked good after having to sit […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/03/14

Four weeks after the first winter leagues began, we now have all leagues in play with the opening of the Roberto Clemente League and the Australian Baseball League this past week. With new leagues, more Cubs’ prospects started making appearances on rosters such as Javier Baez, Neil Ramirez, John Andreoli, and Jonathan Mota in Puerto […]

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