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 […]

The Great Javier Baez Debate

With Spring Training soon coming to a close and Javier Baez showing he belongs on the Major League roster, the Cubs surprised some fans by sending him down to Triple-A on Saturday. If you look across baseball, this is a common occurrence when it comes to an organization’s top young player. Take a look at […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/24/14

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments […]

Jason McLeod Sheds Light on Cubs Plan for Baez and News from Down on the Farm

Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, joined Jim Bowden and Rich Herrera during The Front Office (MLB Network Radio/SiriusXM Radio) on Sunday morning. And Jason McLeod provided a little information about the team’s plans for Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara. Jim Bowden asked Jason McLeod about what position […]

MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released MLB.com’s pre-season ranking of the Cubs top 20 prospects earlier in the week, along with five more players and a sleeper for the upcoming season. As with the case with nearly all of the off-season rankings, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped MLB.com’s list of the top prospects in […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/16/14

Spring Training Game Eighteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Indians (ss) (12-3) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Travis Wood (0-1, 7.94, 1.94) vs. Justin Masterson (1-0, 0.00, 0.75) Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Mets (ss) (7-8) Game Time – 3:05pm […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/15/14

Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Royals (7-7) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 5.00, 1.44) vs. James Shields (2-0, 1.04, 0.69) Spring Training Game Seventeen: Cubs (ss) (7-8) vs. Mets (ss) (6-7) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT […]

Cubs Trim Two Players from Spring Roster

The Cubs announced two more spring roster moves Friday. Two days after trimming the spring roster by ten players, the Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa and reassigned RHP Marcus Hatley. With the two moves, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 54 players. Neither roster move should come as a surprise. Beeler […]