Cubs Invite 21 Non-Roster Players to Camp

The Cubs released the full list of non-roster invitees to camp Monday afternoon. Dale Sveum will have a total of 61 players (40-man big league roster and 21 non-roster invitees) in big league camp when it begins in 19 days. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 18, position players report on February […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/30/12

Congratulations to both the Yaquis de Obregon and the Indios de Mayaguez for securing spots in the Caribbean World Series. In Mexico, Obregon rode the bat of Alfredo Amezaga and the pitching of Marco Carrillo, while Kyle Smit did his best to help the Indians claim the crown in Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/23/12

As we near the Caribbean World Series, Obregon continued its drive to defend their title with the help of Marco Carrillo, Oswaldo Martinez, and Alfredo Amezaga. Kyle Smit may have pitched the game of his life as Mayaguez inched closer to the series, while Juan Apodaca and former Cubs’ farmhand Austin Bibens-Dirkx tried to keep […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/09/12

With the Puerto Rico Baseball League concluding their regular season this past Wednesday, the winter leagues enter the playoffs to determine the participants in the Caribbean World Series. Pitching dominated the past week, as pitchers Marco Carrillo and Austin Bibens-Dirkx tried to lead their respective teams further. Meanwhile Kyle Smit helped his team move on, […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/02/12

¡Feliz Año Nuevo a todos en la CCO! As an old year ended and a new one begins, the regular season came to an end for most of the winter leagues while the playoff season started for others. With teams fighting to keep playing in the post-season, several players raised their level of performance. Pitchers […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/26/11

Good morning and a Happy Holidays to all at the CCO! As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of the regular season in the winter leagues. The Dominican league concluded last Wednesday, with a special playoff on Thursday. Mexico and Venezuela will finish on Friday, while Puerto Rico won’t be over […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/19/11

As the regular season in the Caribbean and Mexico begin to wind down, and the holidays approach, this week saw minimal participation of players from the organization. That’s not to say things haven’t been interesting. Carlos Zambrano and his Caribes de Anzoategui teammates flirted with greatness on Wednesday, while reliever Kyle Smit was on top […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/12/11

Change has been part of the fabric of the winter leagues this week. The organization said goodbye to Marwin Gonzalez, while the on-again, off-again relationship between Bryan LaHair and Navagantes del Magallanes is apparently back “on”. Meanwhile, prospects Junior Lake, Welington Castillo, Jeffry Antigua, and Chris Rusin have been nowhere to be seen. On the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/04/11

Bryan LaHair briefly returned to the Venezuelan League but after a solid first game, LaHair struggled and went home Sunday. Meanwhile, Austin Bibens-Dirkx continued putting up good numbers … Bibens-Dirkx had two solid outings this past week. In Mexico, Marco Carrillo maintained his excellence as he and teammate Oswaldo Martinez contributed to what may end […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/28/11

As we paused this past Thursday to give thanks, the winter leagues saw many comings and goings. However, to answer some concerns of the Cubs Faithful, several pitchers stepped up their games. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Marco Carrillo, and Jay Jackson were perfect in their starts, while Blake Parker and Oswaldo Martinez continue to mow them down […]

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