Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/10/14

Minor League Preview – Rookie and Short Season-A Ball Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the first of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  A brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and […]

Keith Law’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2014

ESPN’s Keith Law concluded his week-long look at the best prospects in the game Friday with his top 10 lists for each of the National League teams. Keith Law, as has been the case with nearly every Cubs prospects list, ranked Javier Baez at the best young player in the Cubs’ system followed by Kris […]

Baseball Prospectus Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2014

Baseball Prospectus released its list of the top 10 prospects in the Cubs organization. Jason Parks has not made it a secret how much he likes the Cubs’ system. Baseball Prospectus thinks the Cubs have the second best system in baseball behind only the Minnesota Twins. Javier Baez topped Baseball Prospectus’ ranking of the Cubs […]

Cubs Prospects Continue Making Lists and News from Down on the Farm

The Cubs’ system continues to receive accolades and several of the players have been ranked among the best prospects at their position. Arismendy Alcantara was ranked as the fourth best second base prospect by MLB.com and Kris Bryant made MLB.com’s list as the second best third base prospect in baseball. Arismendy Alcantara will reportedly begin […]

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

Position Analysis The CCO’s off-season series of articles to summarize and project how the Cubs’ minor league system stacks up on a position by position basis continues today. Second base was first on the list followed by third base, shortstop and first base. Today, the CCO focuses on a position that may be the weakest […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/29/13

The final days of the minor league season are upon us, and Tennessee, behind a power surge from Javier Baez, has locked up a playoff spot in the Southern League. Daytona moved into the post-season in style after a combined No-Hitter on Tuesday locked up a division title. Boise moved into a first place tie […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/19/13

The Cubs’ affiliates had a decent end of the week. Boise pulled to within a game of first place with help from Carlos Penalver. Kane County posted a couple of wins, while Iowa received an excellent spot start from Casey Coleman. Tennessee kept its grip on first place thanks to Javier Baez and two game […]

Who’s Behind the Dish?

The recent injury to Cubs’ catcher Dioner Navarro exposed a critical gap in the Cubs’ minor league system, the lack of quality catching prospects.  Team president Theo Epstein said that three players have been targeted to convert to catcher to improve the system’s overall depth. But which players have the front office targeted?

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/15/13

It was moving day for many of the Cubs’ prospects, as Kris Bryant and Dan Vogelbach now call Daytona home. Reliever Armando Rivero is now in Tennessee, while nomadic lefty Jeffry Antigua has returned to Iowa. Cael Brockmeyer is back in Boise and Trevor Gretzky has made his way to Kane County. Meanwhile, Javier Baez […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/05/13

As we enter August, the final push of the minor league season begins. Iowa will need to straighten things out after a nine-game losing streak pushed them back in the division. Tennessee clings to a half game lead in the Southern League as they ride the bats of Justin Bour and Javier Baez. The team […]