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 […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/14/13

The ups and downs that are part of a baseball season blew their way through the winter league playoffs this past week. Esmailin Caridad pitched well as his team lost a series. Luis Valbuena’s good games didn’t seem to coincide with his team’s victories while Junior Lake, Nelson Perez and the rest of the Estrellas […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/07/13

With the start of a New Year, the playoffs in the winter leagues are now in full swing. While in losing efforts, the organization received excellent pitching performances out of Ty’Relle Harris and Ryan Searle this past week, while infielders Diory Hernandez and Luis Valbuena stayed on a roll.

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/31/12

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! to all the readers at the CCO! As the regular season entered its final days in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, the playoffs began in the Dominican Republic. Starting pitching seemed to be the highlight of the past week, marked by excellent performances from Alberto Cabrera, Ty’Relle Harris, Jay Jackson, and another […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/22/12

Misery loves company, as Greg Rohan and Hector Mayora joined the entire Mesa Solar Sox squad in having a tough time this past week. Mesa was a miserable 0-for-6 for the week, as they wasted decent performances from Matt Szczur and Kevin Rhoderick. However, Ty Wright saw his fortunes turn around as he welcomed Jae-Hoon […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/15/12

As the Maxine Nightingale song said we’re “right back to where we started from” as the CCO welcomes you to another year of coverage of the winter leagues. This week saw the opening of the Arizona Fall League, as well as the Mexican Pacific League and the Venezuelan Winter League. As it stands, the Cubs […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/30/12

Entering the final week of the minor league season has different meanings at each level. For the players in Iowa, such as Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt, it means their last chance to make an impression and hope for a September call-up to the big leagues. In Boise and Arizona, players like Stephen Bruno, Jeimer […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/09/12

Progress continues to inch along in the Cubs’ system, with the lower minor league teams showing the most improvement. Boise has moved into first place in the second half as leading hitters Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Dan Vogelbach have stabilized the offense. Shortstop Tim Saunders has tightened up the defense in Peoria, to the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/05/12

As Independence Day marks the traditional halfway point in the baseball season, the Cubs’ affiliates are all hoping for a better second half, as the top five teams were able to only eek out three wins to start the week. Young players are taking some of the spotlight, as Dan Vogelbach and Tim Saunders are […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/06/11

The last of the CCO’s five-part series on the Cubs minor league system focuses on the pitching in the lower levels of the organization … the Boise Hawks and both the rookie league and Dominican summer league teams. Pitching Analysis

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