Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 08/09/14

The organization may be nearing a dignified end to the Cubs careers of former first-round outfielders Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. With space needed on the 40-man roster for rapidly developing prospects, both could be designated for assignment with little to no worries of them being claimed. At this point, Vitters is batting .212 and […]


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Neil Ramirez, Felix Doubront Updates and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Neil Ramirez began a rehab assignment Wednesday night with the AZL Cubs. Ramirez threw two-thirds of an inning and allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit with a walk and a strikeout. Ramirez was placed on the 15-day DL July 29, retroactive to July 26, with triceps soreness after the team tried to option […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/04/14

The final month of the minor league season started out on a good note for couple of the Cubs’ affiliates and many of the prospects in the system. C.J. Edwards returned to the Smokies rotation while the newest additions to the system, Victor Caratini and Jonathan Martinez had good debuts with the Cougars and helped […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/31/14

The reshuffling that happens at this time of the season in the minors had an effect throughout the system as several teams struggled. Rehabbing players Josh Conway and Danny Lockhart had excellent performances for Boise. Kane County lost three straight despite good pitching from Duane Underwood, Daury Torrez, and Jen-Ho Tseng. Daytona had a six-game […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/28/14

Heroes came in all shapes and sizes to end the week as Iowa witnessed the thundering bat of Javier Baez, while Tennessee’s Addison Russell put on his own power show. Russell’s teammate Taylor Davis had a five RBI night, and Daytona remained on a roll thanks to the muscle of Dan Vogelbach. In Kane County, […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/24/14

It was “Promotion Day” Wednesday as several prospects received word that they would be moving up a level. There was some activity leading up to the day, as RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua was promoted to Daytona, while RHP Ben Wells went to Kane County and RHP Dillon Maples reported to Boise. That set in motion […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/21/14

Bombs Away! The Cubs’ minor league system went on a spat of home run hitting as 16 players hit a total of 20 homers over 20 minor league games. Iowa received “big flies” form Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Chris Valaika, Logan Watkins, and Eli Whiteside. Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, and Christian Villanueva went deep for […]


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

Top of the heap is the best way to describe the Cubs’ farm system, with three teams in first place and three more in second place. Iowa slid to a half game back without stars Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, who were at the Futures Game. Tennessee used the muscle of Jorge Soler to retain […]


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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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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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