Cubs Selected Hector Rondon in Rule 5 Draft … Lost Starling Peralta to Arizona

The Cubs added a player to the system with the second pick in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs took right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon from the Cleveland Indians in the Major League phase of the draft. The Cubs also lost a pitcher, 22-year old right hander Starling Peralta. The Diamondbacks selected Peralta in the Major […]

A Look at the Infield in the Cubs System

The infield outlook appears muddy down on the farm. With the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League and the Hot Stove League kicking into high gear, the Cubs appear to have more questions than answers concerning the infield throughout the system. While management grapples with the question of ‘Who’s on Third?’ for the parent club, […]

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 […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/17/12

Second Half Minor League Report In looking at the Cubs’ minor league system for the second half of the 2012 season, one can break things down into three phases. First there are the AZL Cubs and the Boise Hawks, which received the greatest influence of the Cubs’ new front office team. With their rosters heavily […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/04/12

Hurricane Isaac, which played havoc with the Daytona Cubs’ schedule last week, moved inland and forced the cancellation of Peoria’s final home game and Iowa’s last series of the season in New Orleans. The Cubs’ system claimed two champions, with Boise’s Stephen Bruno winning the Northwest League batting title while Daytona’s John Andreoli led the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/30/12

Entering the final week of the minor league season has different meanings at each level. For the players in Iowa, such as Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt, it means their last chance to make an impression and hope for a September call-up to the big leagues. In Boise and Arizona, players like Stephen Bruno, Jeimer […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/23/12

Playoffs??!! Are you kidding ME??!! Apparently, no, as both Boise and the AZL Cubs have the post season in their sights. Boise has the post-season on their minds for their second consecutive season as they ride the Northwest League’s leading hitter Stephen Bruno, along with Gioskar Amaya, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, and Jeimer Candelario providing […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/16/12

Changes appear to be in the air for the minor league system, as Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita was fired on Wednesday afternoon. Long deserved promotions for pitcher Austin Kirk and outfielder Rubi Silva have finally happened, while Yoannis Negrin, Willengton Cruz, and Jacob Rogers also received a bump up in level. Tennessee […]

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

The spotlight moved to the lower levels of the Cubs minor league at the end of the week, as most of the affiliates were on the uptick. Boise put together a four-game winning streak thanks to Dan Vogelbach’s five home runs and outfielder Izaac Garsez. Jorge Soler moved from the rookie league to Peoria and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/09/12

Progress continues to inch along in the Cubs’ system, with the lower minor league teams showing the most improvement. Boise has moved into first place in the second half as leading hitters Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Dan Vogelbach have stabilized the offense. Shortstop Tim Saunders has tightened up the defense in Peoria, to the […]