Cubs Lose RHP Marcos Mateo in Rule 5 Draft, Add C Charles Cutler in Minor League Phase

The Cubs lost one player in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Mateo in the Major League phase of the draft. Mateo has a real chance to stick with the Diamondbacks now that he is healthy. Former Cubs manager Mike Quade left Marcos Mateo in too long for a […]

Winter Meetings Day Three: The Cubs Are Not Just Hanging Out in Orlando

2013 Winter Meetings – Day Three The Cubs continued laying the groundwork for future trades and possible free agent signings on Wednesday. Theo Epstein indicated the team has offers out to free agent starters and relievers plus a trade on the table for a position player. Theo Epstein addressed the Cubs lack of activity at […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/08/13

With the winter season progressing into the second half, the Cubs winter league rosters have expanded. Outfielder Darnell McDonald has joined the Mexican Pacific League, while IF/OF Greg Rohan is now part of the Roberto Clemente League. In addition, pitcher Ryan Searle made his winter debut. To see how the fresh faces, as well as […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/02/13

The end of November is the traditional half way point of the winter leagues and Hermosillo was crowned first half champion of the Mexican Pacific League. Both Junior Lake and Rubi Silva continue to be the hitting stories, while Carlos Pimentel, Yoanner Negrin, and Frank Del Valle all had good outings on the mound. For […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/25/13

This time of the off-season is filled with hellos and goodbyes. And so it is time to say goodbye to OF Dave Sappelt and RHP Yeiper Castillo, and hello to OF Casper Wells, IF Jeudy Valdez, and RHP’s Paolo Espino and Carlos Pimentel. Both Espino and Pimentel fared well as new members of the organization […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/18/13

Arizona Fall League MVP Kris Bryant and the Mesa Solar Sox could not seal the deal as they lost in the championship on Saturday. Meanwhile, winter baseball is heating up as reliever Marcus Hatley is on a roll in Mexico and Junior Lake remains hot in the Dominican Republic. The Cubs also added two more […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/14/13

Pitching Analysis The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ minor league system continues today. After viewing the possible pitching staff for Triple-A last week, we now turn to the staff for Double-A Tennessee.

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/11/13

The Cubs’ prospects all seem to experience the highs and lows that are part of a baseball season this past week. However, Rubi Silva seems to be his team’s only offensive threat in Puerto Rico, while Junior Lake had an outstanding effort on Thursday. To read all of the highlights, including Arizona Fall League action, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/04/13

With the beginning of the Australian Baseball League on Thursday and the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico in Friday, all leagues are now in play for the winter. Top young stars such as Junior Lake and Rubi Silva made their winter debuts, while Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora participated in the Arizona […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/28/13

The Mesa Solar Sox fell back to earth a bit this past week. But that doesn’t mean that Kris Bryant has cooled off. Bryant continues to dominate in the desert. Outfielder Jorge Soler has also heated up, while Wes Darvill continues to be steady. In the Caribbean, several prospects made their season debuts, including Frank […]