Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Iowa Cubs Preview

Minor League Preview – Triple-A Iowa Cubs The fifth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Iowa Cubs. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Tennessee Smokies Preview

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies The fourth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Tennessee Smokies. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion […]


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Cubs Have Built Catching Depth and News from Down on the Farm

The front office saw a major weakness in the farm system during the 2013 season and spent last year adding catching to the organization. And there is depth at the catching position behind the big league backstops and the well-known names in the organization. While there are questions if Kyle Schwarber, Victor Caratini and Mark […]


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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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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 – 12/08/14

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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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/27/14

Position Analysis – Right Field The eighth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on a position that has some of the most interesting players in the system: Right Field. Right Field Currently, the Cubs do not have a solid […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/24/14

Cubs’ prospects are contributing to some exciting races in the winter leagues. Cibaenas and Oriente are locked in a struggle for first in the Dominican Winter League with Frank Batista and Manny Ramirez squaring off against Junior Lake and Marcos Mateo. In the Mexican Pacific League, Obregon won the first half title with help from […]


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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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