Is Ian Stewart … Blake DeWitt Version 2.0?

As Cubs fans endure yet another report of third baseman Ian Stewart still not being ready for action after suffering a quad injury and starting the season on the disabled list, I am humorously reminded of former Cubs’ left-hander Steve Barber. As a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, Barber was immortalized in Jim Bouton’s […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/24/12

The Devil You Don’t Know The famous quote reads: “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know” In what seems like forever to many Cubs’ fans, this quote appeared to be near and dear to the heart of top brass within the organization as they approached the off-season. But in an […]

A Look Back at the Cubs Off-Season as Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

Doesn’t it seem like a lot longer than just 144 days since Jed Hoyer’s San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2? Ryan Dempster took the loss on the final day of the 2011 season. Starlin Castro ran his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss and reached base for the 40th game in […]

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

Greetings to everyone at the CCO … With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles. As a preview to Spring Training, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a feature entitled … Bubble Players […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/06/12

Winter League Wrap-up This year’s Winter Leagues saw an increase in the number of players from the organization, but an overall decrease in participation. While 33 players that were affiliated with the Cubs’ system for all or part of the off-season were part of winter baseball, 19 ended up playing less than ten games with […]

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 […]

Rambling at the End of the Winter Meetings

So, it has been a very quiet week in baseball. There really is not a lot going on. I am really not sure what to talk about. However, I will do my best to stop ending most sentences in prepositions. So, there are a lot differing opinions on the week that was in Dallas, and […]

Cubs Selected Lendy Castillo in Rule 5 Draft … Flaherty Selected by Orioles, Gonzalez Selected by Red Sox, Dealt to Astros

The Cubs organization was busy in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs selected one player in the Major League portion, took another in the Triple-A phase and saw two of their prospects selected by other organizations. The Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo from the Phillies organization. The 22-year old is a converted infielder and […]

Weekend Update … Big Decisions for the Cubs in Big D

Baseball’s Winter Meetings officially begin on Monday but many are already in Dallas getting an early jump on the week ahead … and that includes the Chicago Cubs’ new front office. According to Tom Ricketts, a big contingent of the Cubs’ regime, including Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, are in Dallas preparing for what figures […]

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 […]