Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/22/13

“That’s Baseball” is usually the response when something out of the ordinary happens in the game we love, but even the most diehard fans couldn’t expect to see the declared tie Daytona experienced on Saturday. A slew of recently drafted pitchers have helped Boise to a seven game winning streak, while weather played havoc with […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/18/13

For the second straight week, four of the Cubs eight affiliates are in first place, and a fifth is in second place as both Iowa and Tennessee headed into their All-Star break. Iowa had marathon game on Sunday with a light’s out pitching performance from Jake Arrieta.  Boise saw the first start of second round […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/15/13

As the season moves into the second half, some stories remain the same. Kane County continues to struggle winning games while Tennessee and Daytona keep rolling along. Iowa is still hovering around .500, as are the AZL Cubs, but Boise found trouble winning north of the border. Pierce Johnson, Zach Cates and Matt Loosen led […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/08/13

Nothing could overshadow the big news out of the minors to end this week as Javier Baez was promoted to Double-A Tennessee. Pierce Johnson had his best start with the D-Cubs that helped keep Daytona on track. There were a lot of moves throughout the system while Boise and Iowa kept struggling but Kane County […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/24/13

It was reported that sportswriter Ring Lardner would sing “I’m forever blowing ballgames” to the “Black Sox” during the storied World Series. That seemed to be an appropriate tune with the way the week ended down on the farm as losing leads ran rampant through the organization. Boise was powered by Yasiel Balaguert and Kevin […]

Boise Hawks Release Preliminary 2013 Opening Day Roster

The Boise Hawks released their preliminary 2013 Opening Day roster on Monday. The Hawks open their short-season on Friday in Eugene against the Emeralds, the Padres short-season affiliate. The Hawks kickoff their home schedule on June 17 against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Gary Van Tol, in his first year as the Hawks’ manager, will call the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/02/13

Minor League Predictions It’s like the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, only in reverse. Every season, I wildly grope to try and make some prescient comments concerning the approximately 300 players that will don a uniform in the Cubs’ minor league system. The season ahead appears to be an exciting one for fans of the minor […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/11/13

Minor League Preview – Rookie and Short Season-A Ball Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the first of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season.  A brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. We will be using a new format, discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/18/13

Five Players to Watch: Rookie and Short Season-A Ball This is the first in a series of articles highlighting some of the players not noted on off-season prospect lists. The players are listed in alphabetical order, and as they are presently listed on official rosters. Inclusion in this list does not necessarily reflect where each […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/04/12

Hurricane Isaac, which played havoc with the Daytona Cubs’ schedule last week, moved inland and forced the cancellation of Peoria’s final home game and Iowa’s last series of the season in New Orleans. The Cubs’ system claimed two champions, with Boise’s Stephen Bruno winning the Northwest League batting title while Daytona’s John Andreoli led the […]