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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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/13/14

Position Analysis – Left Field The sixth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis focuses on left field. Left Field With the parent club seemingly set in the outfield having veterans Chris Coghlan, Justin Ruggiano, and Ryan Sweeney joining Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/10/14

Consistency was the key word for week five of winter baseball as many of the Cubs prospects struggled to find the meaning. Two who demonstrated no difficulties were C.J. Edwards and Bijan Rademacher as both remained impressive in the Arizona Fall League. Also welcomed back was Ivan Pineyro, who looked good after having to sit […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/03/14

Four weeks after the first winter leagues began, we now have all leagues in play with the opening of the Roberto Clemente League and the Australian Baseball League this past week. With new leagues, more Cubs’ prospects started making appearances on rosters such as Javier Baez, Neil Ramirez, John Andreoli, and Jonathan Mota in Puerto […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Center Field

If left field was the ripest position for an upgrade for the Cubs next season, center field is a close second. If you look at the position’s total numbers, center field was the team’s worst statistical position with a .222/.264/.346 line with 15 home runs, 60 RBI and 11 stolen bases. With not a lot […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Left Field

Junior Lake was set to be the first in a wave of exciting Cubs prospects to ascend to the majors and rebuild the team from scratch after a strong first half season in 2013. However, by the end of this season, Lake’s struggles gave way to the re-emergence of a former rookie of the year […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/27/14

As winter baseball enters its third week, there were more debuts for Cubs’ prospects. Frank Batista was an instant smash in a starter’s role, as he and fellow pitcher Starling Peralta joined the Dominican Winter League. Christian Villanueva was eased into the Mexican Pacific League, while reliever Alberto Diaz made his first appearance in the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/20/14

Good morning! Week two of winter baseball saw the opening of the Dominican Winter League and the re-emergence of familiar veterans Manny Ramirez and Junior Lake, among others. Meanwhile in the Venezuelan Winter League, reliever Loiger Padron remains perfect while swingman Eduardo Figueroa had his ups and downs. As for the Arizona Fall League, Bijan […]

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Cubs Year in Review – 2014

It took the Kansas City Royals 29 years to return to the playoffs this season and with a sweep of the Detroit Tigers, the baseball world is abuzz of the Royals. If anything, Cubs fans are jealous, but also hopeful that the current rebuild will do much of the same for their favorite team. Usually […]

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Cubs Month In Review – September

In the final month of the season, Cubs fans learned a lot about their team and got a glimpse of what they might see next season. The Cubs played a lot of teams in the thick of the playoff race and held their own, finishing with a 12-13 record without much help from Starlin Castro […]

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