Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Preview

Minor League Preview – High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans The third installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. A brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All […]


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The CCO’s Top 21 Cubs Prospects for 2015

Armed with an impressive group of hitting prospects, the Cubs organization has done an about face since the 2011 draft and is widely considered the top farm system in the game. The Cubs have added impact talent through the draft, trades and international signings. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are two of the top five […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/29/14

The ending of another year means the closing of the regular season for the winter leagues. The Dominican Winter League has already begun round-robin play as Manny Ramirez, Frank Batista, Junior Lake, Jeffry Antigua, Jeimer Candelario, and Carlos Pimentel have all made the playoffs. Game winning home runs were the story in Venezuela as both […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/22/14

It was a busy week leading into the holidays in the winter leagues as most of the Cubs’ prospects currently on rosters saw playing time. It continued to be basehits or strikeouts for Javier Baez as he had a big night Friday in Puerto Rico. Third base prospect Jeimer Candelario made his winter debut for […]


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MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Cubs Prospect List Updated to Include RHP Duane Underwood

MLB.com updated its ranking of the prospects in the Cubs system after the trade with the Diamondbacks that sent RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley to Arizona for Miguel Montero. And one of the better young arms in the system replaced Mejia on the top 20 list. RHP Duane Underwood cracked the top 20, […]


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Bijan Rademacher Added to MLB Pipeline’s Top 20 Cubs Prospect List

MLB.com updated its ranking of the top 20 Cubs prospects after the trade with Atlanta that sent RHP Arodys Vizcaino back to the Braves for INF Tommy La Stella. MLB.com had Vizcaino ranked as the eighth best prospect in the system. With Vizcaino out of the organization, OF Bijan Rademacher was added to the backend […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/31/14

Position Analysis – Third Base The fourth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on at a position which will probably be the most anticipated by Cubs’ fans for 2015: Third Base. Third Base Probably even more anticipated than the […]


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Kane County Wins the 2014 MiLBY for the Best Team in Minor League Baseball

The 2014 Midwest League Champions received another trophy Tuesday when the Kane County Cougars were awarded the MiLBY for the Best Team of the Year. The Cubs Low-A affiliate received both the staff and fan vote for top team of 2014. Low-A Kane County, led by manager Mark Johnson, won 91 games during the regular […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/07/14

Special Assignment – Kane County Cougars – Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 I had the pleasure of being able to attend the final regular season home series for the Kane County Cougars. I would like to thank Cougars Director of Public Relations Shawn Touney and my daughter Lauren Usiak, who was my photographer. A special […]


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The Kane County Cougars are the 2014 Midwest League Champions

Kane County’s tremendous season ended with a ring Saturday night in Ohio as the Cougars beat the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) 7-2 to wrap up the Midwest League Championship. Kane County followed up a 91-win regular season with a perfect 7-0 mark in the playoffs and finished the championship season with a 98-49 record. […]


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