Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/02/13

The end of November is the traditional half way point of the winter leagues and Hermosillo was crowned first half champion of the Mexican Pacific League. Both Junior Lake and Rubi Silva continue to be the hitting stories, while Carlos Pimentel, Yoanner Negrin, and Frank Del Valle all had good outings on the mound. For […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/25/13

This time of the off-season is filled with hellos and goodbyes. And so it is time to say goodbye to OF Dave Sappelt and RHP Yeiper Castillo, and hello to OF Casper Wells, IF Jeudy Valdez, and RHP’s Paolo Espino and Carlos Pimentel. Both Espino and Pimentel fared well as new members of the organization […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/18/13

Arizona Fall League MVP Kris Bryant and the Mesa Solar Sox could not seal the deal as they lost in the championship on Saturday. Meanwhile, winter baseball is heating up as reliever Marcus Hatley is on a roll in Mexico and Junior Lake remains hot in the Dominican Republic. The Cubs also added two more […]

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

The Cubs’ prospects all seem to experience the highs and lows that are part of a baseball season this past week. However, Rubi Silva seems to be his team’s only offensive threat in Puerto Rico, while Junior Lake had an outstanding effort on Thursday. To read all of the highlights, including Arizona Fall League action, […]

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

With the beginning of the Australian Baseball League on Thursday and the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico in Friday, all leagues are now in play for the winter. Top young stars such as Junior Lake and Rubi Silva made their winter debuts, while Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora participated in the Arizona […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/31/13

Position Analysis The CCO’s off-season look at each position in the Cubs’ farm system continues today. The series of articles to summarize and project how the organization stacks up on a position by position basis has already examined all four infield positions, catcher, left field and centerfield. Up next is right field, a position that […]

Cubs Expected to Step-Up Process of Hiring a Manager

Weekend Update The Cubs relieved Dale Sveum of his managerial duties nearly two weeks ago and the front office found out that Joe Girardi and his family preferred to stay in New York over accepting the challenge of managing the Cubs on Wednesday. So while the Cubs have reportedly talked to A.J. Hinch and Manny […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/01/13

Position Analysis The CCO’s off-season series of articles to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis continues today. Last week we took a look at third base and shortstop, today, the CCO looks at a position that has been one of the strongest in the system recently: […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/26/13

Position Analysis This off-season the CCO will run a series of articles to summarize and project how the Cubs’ minor league system looks on a position by position basis. The first report took a look at the hot corner and today, the CCO will look at a position which will probably have most fans and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/09/13

The post-season continued for three of the Cubs’ affiliates and Monday will be a big day down on the farm. The Smokies forced a deciding game five by winning back-to-back games over the Barons on Saturday and Sunday. In the Northwest League, the Boise Hawks and the Vancouver Canadians square off for a ring on […]