Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/17/14

Welcome to The CCO’s Thursday addition of Down on the Farm. In today’s article, Arismendy Alcantara comes close to hitting for the cycle, Carlos Penalver keeps on hitting, and Dustin Geiger leads all Cubs minor leaguers with four home runs. There were excellent pitching performances from Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Hendricks. […]

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

Week two saw some fancy pitching in Iowa as Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada helped the I-Cubs to a winning record. Tennessee even their record thanks to clutch hitting by Stephen Bruno and Wes Darvill. But times remain tough in Daytona as Saturday’s 7-1 romp was their only bright spot. Kane County took advantage of […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/10/14

It was home opener week down on the farm as both Kane County and Tennessee won their first home games of the season. Jen-Ho Tseng made his debut while Gerardo Concepcion was very good in relief. C.J. Edwards was solid for the Smokies on Wednesday. But the big news from the middle of the week […]

Off Days, Matchups, a Rumor and Cubs Big League and Minor League News and Notes

With Monday’s off day in the rearview mirror, the Cubs begin a stretch Tuesday night of six games in a row against the Pirates and Cardinals. Following next Monday’s day off, the Cubs will spend two days in the Bronx facing the Yankees. The Cubs have two more off days over the next 10 days […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/07/14

Welcome everyone to a new minor league season. Jacob Hannemann, Pin-Chieh Chen and Gioskar Amaya have started the season hot at the plate, while Tyler Skulina, Daury Torrez and Tayler Scott have sparkled on the mound. Albert Almora ended his 0-for start to the season in a big way on Saturday night. Almora went 5-for-6 […]

Bryant Homers, Soler to the DL, Edwards Debuts and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Kris Bryant has played two games this season and has two home runs for Double-A Tennessee. After launching his first longball of the year in his first at bat against Mat Latos on Thursday night, Bryant hit his second home run in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game. Bryant went 1-for-4 on Friday night […]

Minor Deals and Rosters, Sponsors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was a rather quiet day for the Cubs as to be expected, with a few exceptions. The Cubs signed veteran right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. Pineiro will report to Mesa and workout for 10 days in extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Iowa. It is unclear at this point […]

Tennessee Smokies Release Tentative Opening Day Roster

The Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, released their first roster of the season on Monday afternoon. Buddy Bailey’s team opens the 2014 season on Thursday night at Pensacola. Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Dustin Geiger, Rubi Silva, John Andreoli, Zeke DeVoss and Stephen Bruno headline the position players that will start the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/31/14

Minor League Predictions It’s time once again for me to look into my crystal ball. 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 upcoming season has the looks of an exciting one for fans […]

The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]