Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/18/13

Minor League Preview: Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the second of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for this season. Please note that the previews are based on current […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/21/13

The cream began to rise to the top as the playoffs neared their end in the Caribbean Leagues. As the Caribbean World Series nears, one of the hottest players has to be Luis Valbuena. Valbuena has almost single-handedly lifted Cardenales de Lara to the top spot in the Venezuelan Winter League. Meanwhile “Down Under”, Ryan […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/24/12

Happy Holidays from everyone at the CCO! Today we visit warmer climes as the regular seasons are winding down in the winter leagues. The Dominican Winter League finished their season on Friday, with Junior Lake, Nelson Perez, Rafael Dolis and Luis Liria all heading into post-season action as Estrellas de Oriente secured one of the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/17/12

It was All-Star week in the winter leagues and the CCO would like to congratulate Junior Lake and Edwin Maysonet as representatives in the Dominican Winter League and Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League respectively. This past week also saw more players added to winter rosters as first baseman Justin Bour and pitchers Ty’Relle Harris, Luis […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/24/12

The Devil You Don’t Know The famous quote reads: “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know” In what seems like forever to many Cubs’ fans, this quote appeared to be near and dear to the heart of top brass within the organization as they approached the off-season. But in an […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/20/12

Second Half Minor League Report – Part 2 Part two of the CCO’s look at the Cubs’ minor league system for the second half of the 2012 season focuses on the Peoria Chiefs and Boise Hawks. The Peoria Chiefs plodded along in the second half, as promotions and injuries to their pitching staff took its […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/27/12

There looks to be some excitement down the stretch as the minor leagues enter the last week of play. Boise has clinched the second half pennant thanks to players such as Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Tayler Scott, and Dan Vogelbach. Peoria is charging to the finish line on the bat of […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/23/12

Playoffs??!! Are you kidding ME??!! Apparently, no, as both Boise and the AZL Cubs have the post season in their sights. Boise has the post-season on their minds for their second consecutive season as they ride the Northwest League’s leading hitter Stephen Bruno, along with Gioskar Amaya, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, and Jeimer Candelario providing […]