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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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/25/14

The conclusion of the minor league season meant it was time to recognize the position players and pitchers in the Cubs’ system that stood out in a very good system. Kris Bryant was the easy choice for Minor League Player of the Year, but with several good arms down on the farm, RHP Daury Torrez […]

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The Daily CCO: Travis Wood’s Season Doesn’t End Well and Other Cubs News

Travis Wood did not have the year that he or the Cubs were hoping he would have. Wood made his last start of the season Monday night against the Cardinals and for the second year in a row Wood ended his season with a poor outing against the team from St. Louis. The Cubs defense […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/15/14

The Cubs’ minor league system completed its season Saturday night when Kane County defeated the Lake County Captains to win the Midwest League Championship! The victory finished a 7-0 run through the playoffs with a combined score of 37-15. It is the second consecutive season that this group of players was in their respective league […]

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The Kane County Cougars are the 2014 Midwest League Champions

Kane County’s tremendous season ended with a ring Saturday night in Ohio as the Cougars beat the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) 7-2 to wrap up the Midwest League Championship. Kane County followed up a 91-win regular season with a perfect 7-0 mark in the playoffs and finished the championship season with a 98-49 record. […]

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Baseball America Recognizes Daury Torrez as the Best Pitcher in Cubs System and Notes from the Farm

Baseball America has been unveiling the best player and pitcher for each of the 30 organizations this week. And Friday, Baseball America tabbed RHP Daury Torrez as the best pitcher in the organization with OF Bijan Rademacher the prospect to keep an eye on. Kris Bryant was obviously named the top position player prospect in […]

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The Daily CCO: Hammel Could See More Time with the Cubs and Other News and Notes

What was considered ‘Plan B’ for the Cubs last off-season turned into a positive experience for Jason Hammel in Chicago and he could re-sign with the Cubs this winter. After dealing with injuries for two seasons in Baltimore, Hammel hit it off with Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio and the veteran right hander performed extremely […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/11/14

The beginning of the week was marked by beginnings and endings as we said goodbye to the Daytona Cubs for 2014 as they bowed to Fort Myers in the Florida State League Championship. Meanwhile, in the west suburbs, the Midwest League Championships got underway as Kane County faced off against Lake County. With all of […]

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