Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/27/13

Happy Memorial Day from the CCO! No headline can be any bigger than the immediate splash made by Albert Almora at Kane County as the Cubs’ first round draft pick from a year ago has taken the Midwest League by storm. Almora’s start may be overshadowing a couple of his teammates as Rock Shoulders is […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/20/13

As we near the Memorial Day sign post, Kane County, Daytona, and Tennessee have  improved their records to around .500, with only Iowa lagging behind. Rock Shoulders and Bijan Rademacher continue to be the compelling forces for the Cougars, while Matt Szczur, Christian Villanueva, and Rafael Lopez have stepped up their games for the Smokies. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/16/13

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/16/13 The lows seemed to outnumber the highs to start the week, as both Kane County and Daytona could not manage a win between them. Iowa wasn’t much better, taking only one out of three from Reno. Tennessee was the only Cubs’ affiliate to show some life as […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/02/13

Matt Garza completed his first rehab start Wednesday with the Smokies. While Tennessee lost the rain-shortened game, Garza threw 42 pitches, 25 strikes, in 2.2 IP. Garza walked two batters and gave up a hit and run in his first game action since last July. Garza is expected to make his second rehab start on Monday […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/22/13

The talk of the system is the Tennessee Smokies, who lead their division and are the first Cubs affiliate to win ten games. Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara has exploded onto the scene, while Matt Szczur and Jae-Hoon Ha have been steady. While dodging bad weather, Kane County seems to now have their offense in gear as […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/15/13

Poor weather has played havoc with all of baseball this spring, as postponements and hostile conditions have had their effect, even in the minor leagues. The conditions aren’t the only thing that was hostile this week, as tempers flared in Daytona, resulting in an ejections and suspensions. Kane County can’t seem to do things easy […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/11/13

Welcome to The CCO’s Thursday addition of Down on the Farm. In today’s report, Kane County records their first wins of the season thanks to OF Bijan Rademacher. Jorge Soler and the Daytona Cubs flexed their muscles against Brevard County. Tennessee dropped a tight pair of games to Pensacola, despite the efforts of Jae-Hoon Ha […]

Tennessee Smokies Release 2013 Opening Day Roster

The Tennessee Smokies released their 2013 Opening Day roster on Tuesday. The Smokies open the season on Thursday, April 4 in Pensacola against the Blue Wahoos. Buddy Bailey will call the shots for the Smokies this season. Jeff Fassero (pitching coach), Desi Wilson (hitting coach) and Carlos Figueroa round out Bailey’s coaching staff. The Smokies’ […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/25/13

Minor League Preview: Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and […]

Weekend Update: Cubs Still Have Work to Do Before Pitchers and Catchers Report

It’s the last Sunday in January, there are 14 days left before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park and the Cubs still have at least one more roster move to make … plus announce the rest of the players that will be in big league camp on NRIs this spring. The Cubs finally announced […]