The Daily CCO: An Extremely Busy Weekend for the Chicago Cubs

The Daily CCO returns after a two day hiatus due to the blockbuster trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for what will end up being four players. The Cubs received INF Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a PTBNL. And while that was the biggest news of the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/07/14

As the saying goes “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.” There was plenty of movement in minor leagues to end the week, as there was the usual roster shuffling along with a big trade. Tennessee said hello to new prospect INF Addison Russell and welcomed back to OF Jorge Soler. Outfielder Billy McKinney […]

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Kris Bryant and Javier Baez Hit Longballs for Iowa, Jorge Soler Goes Deep in Tennessee

Two days after hitting home runs in the same game for the first time, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez did it again Sunday night. Bryant and Baez hit longballs in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Oklahoma City. Bryant hit a two-run shot in the second inning that left the ballpark and put Iowa up 2-1. Baez […]

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Baez, Bryant and Russell Top MLB Pipeline’s Updated Cubs Prospect List

With the additions of INF Addison Russell and OF Billy McKinney to the Cubs organization, MLB Pipeline posted an update to its list of the top 20 prospects in the Cubs’ system. MLB Pipeline’s ranking is not a mid-season list of the best young players in the organization and does not include OF/C Kyle Schwarber. According to […]

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Kris Bryant and Javier Baez Hit Homers for Iowa

Friday night, while the focus was on the big trade developing between the Cubs and A’s, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez hit home runs in the same game in Iowa’s disappointing loss to Oklahoma City. Arismendy Alcantara’s hitting streak came to an end with a 0-for-4 night at the plate. Javier Baez hit a long […]

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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 07/05/14

Well, so much for that! A perfectly good notes piece that I had prepared yesterday will have to wait as we now digest the big trade with Oakland. I guess that’s baseball! Let’s start looking at the trade’s impact on the minor leagues with a top-down approach. The trading of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel […]

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Is the Blockbuster the First of Several Trades for the Cubs?

According to multiple reports, Friday night’s deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a PTBNL could only be the beginning of a busy month for the Chicago Cubs. The Sun-Times reported the Cubs “are now poised to make several more trades […]

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Cubs Send Samardzija and Hammel to Oakland for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and PTBNL

The Cubs and Athletics not only jump started the trade season Friday night, the two teams kicked the door in with a six-player blockbuster that sent RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Jason Hammel to Oakland for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a PTBNL. Speculation started not long after the Cubs […]

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The Daily CCO: Alcantara Has Become Part of the Everyday Conversation and Other Cubs News

Arismendy Alcantara has been making noise in the Cubs’ system for several years, but he is producing to the point that the mainstream media is asking more and more questions about him on a daily basis. Alcantara ran his hitting streak to 12 games Wednesday with a 2-for-4 night at the plate that included his […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/03/14

First place remains in the grasp in four of the Cubs’ eight minor league teams. It all started at the top as Iowa took four straight from Omaha thanks to the efforts of Kris Bryant, Manny Ramirez, Josh Vitters, and Brett Jackson. Tennessee received excellent pitching from Corey Black and Pierce Johnson with support from […]

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