The Daily CCO: Samardzija Wins, Hammel’s Hand and the Cubs Weekend in Review

A pitcher’s win-loss record is downplayed in the game today because it is not the best way to judge how a starter is performing. And while many call it a meaningless stat, and rightfully so, pitchers may view it differently. Jeff Samardzija picked up his first victory since last August on Monday and after the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/26/14

Kris Bryant and Javier Baez made most of the headlines in the minors at the end of the week as the top two prospects in the system extended their hitting streaks into double digits. Baez continued his streak on Sunday and extended it to ten games with a two-hit performance that included a grand slam. […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/19/14

High drama was the key words to end the week in the Cubs minor league system. Iowa had a dramatic comeback on Sunday capped by a three-run home run from Arismendy Alcantara. Daytona benefitted from three RBI by Zeke DeVoss as it had to walk a tightrope to win 11-9 on Saturday. And the system […]

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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 05/17/14

For those who are concerned about the successes of the so called “Core Four” of OF Albert Almora, INF Javier Baez, INF Kris Bryant, and OF Jorge Soler, consider this stat courtesy of Baseball Reference. On the individual player pages, it lists the age differential between the player and their current league averages. At this […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/15/14

Harry Caray used to say “The big opossum walks late”, and that certainly was the case for both Iowa and Daytona as Javier Baez and Tim Saunders each came up with big hits. The offensive juggernaut that is the Tennessee Smokies kept rolling thanks to Kris Bryant and Stephen Bruno. Meanwhile, Kane County suffered an […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/12/14

Big time comebacks were the news Sunday as both Tennessee and Iowa worked their way back from big deficits to prevail. The Smokies have some of the hottest bats in baseball as Kris Bryant, Stephen Bruno, Charles Cutler, Rafael Lopez, and Rubi Silva are all on a roll. The dramatics by Iowa and Tennessee overshadowed […]

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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 05/10/14

After six weeks, the concept of “position redundancy” is taking a hit with several top prospects not performing well. The idea of having several prospects at every position is sound as long as everyone’s development is going as planned. But with top prospects such as Javier Baez, Christian Villanueva, Brett Jackson, Albert Almora, Jeimer Candelario, […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/08/14

The future looked a little brighter in the Cubs’ minor league system to start the week as Kris Bryant had a two-homer game. Unsung heroes John Andreoli and Bijan Rademacher continued to impress, while Josh Vitters homered in four straight games. Arodys Vizcaino made is Double-A debut in a blowout win for the Smokies on […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/05/14

Chicagoland has a new baseball power, and its name is the Kane County Cougars. The Cougars completed a weekend sweep and raised their record to a Midwest League best 21-9! It has been a total team effort for the Cougars with Jacob Hannemann, Jordan Hankins, and Will Remillard providing the highlights on offense and the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/01/14

The inclement weather that is effecting the entire country took its toll on the Cubs minor league teams this week, as Iowa lost two games due to the weather while Kane County had one of theirs postponed. In the games that were played, both Iowa and Kane County maintained their first place leads due to […]

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