Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/02/15

Five Players to Watch: Low-A South Bend and High-A Myrtle Beach Last week, the CCO began the series that looks beyond the Top 20 Prospect lists and explores the other players in the Cubs organization that may have an impact on the Major League club. Over the years, the CCO has profiled players such as […]


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Cubs Have Built Catching Depth and News from Down on the Farm

The front office saw a major weakness in the farm system during the 2013 season and spent last year adding catching to the organization. And there is depth at the catching position behind the big league backstops and the well-known names in the organization. While there are questions if Kyle Schwarber, Victor Caratini and Mark […]


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Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2015

Prospect season continues with Minor League Ball’s ranking of the top 20 players and John Sickels look at the Cubs system. John Sickels thinks the Cubs probably have the best system in the game, and if it’s not No.1 it is a top two system in baseball. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler are […]


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Baseball Prospectus: 2015 Top 10 Cubs Prospects

Baseball Prospectus released its ranking of the top 10 prospects in the Cubs system. And Kris Bryant is not the best prospect in the organization. According to Baseball Prospectus, Addison Russell belongs in the No. 1 spot of the best system in the game. Baseball Prospectus really likes Addison Russell and said a case could […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/06/14

Position Analysis – Catcher The fifth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on a position that was once considered the weakest in the entire organization, but now holds much promise: Catcher. Catcher The organization looks like it is willing […]


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Kane County Wins the 2014 MiLBY for the Best Team in Minor League Baseball

The 2014 Midwest League Champions received another trophy Tuesday when the Kane County Cougars were awarded the MiLBY for the Best Team of the Year. The Cubs Low-A affiliate received both the staff and fan vote for top team of 2014. Low-A Kane County, led by manager Mark Johnson, won 91 games during the regular […]


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The Daily CCO: Three Years Ago Theo Epstein was Introduced as Cubs President of Baseball Operations

Three years ago today, Theo Epstein was introduced as the Cubs President of Baseball Operations. During his first press conference with the Chicago and Boston media as the new face of the Cubs, Epstein talked about having an organization built from the ground up that focused on player development for its Sustained Success. Epstein explained […]


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Baseball America Grades Addison Russell, Ranks Kyle Schwarber and News from Down on the Cubs Farm

Addison Russell is spending a majority of his fall in Arizona playing against several of the top prospects in the game. Russell is making up some of the development time he missed early in the season prior to the Cubs acquiring him in the deal with Oakland for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. After the […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/07/14

Special Assignment – Kane County Cougars – Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 I had the pleasure of being able to attend the final regular season home series for the Kane County Cougars. I would like to thank Cougars Director of Public Relations Shawn Touney and my daughter Lauren Usiak, who was my photographer. A special […]


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Baseball America’s Northwest League Top 20 List Includes Four Cubs Prospects

Baseball America posted its ranking of the top 20 prospects in the Northwest League during the 2014 season Tuesday. Four of the Cubs youngest prospects cracked the top 20, with Jeffrey Baez and Mark Zagunis making it in the top 10. OF Jeffrey Baez (6), C/OF Mark Zagunis (9), RHP Erick Leal (14) and OF […]


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