From the Wire … Cubs Call-Up Michael Bowden, Option Brooks Raley to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs made to roster moves on Thursday. As expected, Brooks Raley was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after pitching 4 1/3 innings in relief in Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Angels. The Cubs purchased the contract of Michael Bowden from Triple-A Iowa and called him up to take Raley’s spot on […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/11/13

While the Boise Hawks slipped a little last week, four of the Cubs’ eight affiliates have stayed in first place. Iowa used some offensive explosion from Luis Flores and Logan Watkins.  Boise saw the debut of second round draft pick Rob Zastryzny, while Kane County and Tennessee struggled. But the big news to end this […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/08/13

Nothing could overshadow the big news out of the minors to end this week as Javier Baez was promoted to Double-A Tennessee. Pierce Johnson had his best start with the D-Cubs that helped keep Daytona on track. There were a lot of moves throughout the system while Boise and Iowa kept struggling but Kane County […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/04/13

Happy 4th of July from the CCO! First place has a nice ring to it as five of the Cubs’ eight affiliates are currently at the top of their division. The I-Cubs rode the strong pitching of Barret Loux and the hot hitting of Brad Nelson earlier in the week. Boise’s Yasiel Balaguert was named […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/01/13

As expected, the organization began shuffling players around the system this past week. Several players received promotions and recent draft picks made their pro debuts while one of the top prospects in the organization ended up on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Daytona kept their cool despite some head-hunting with both Javier Baez and Wes Darvill […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/27/13

New faces in new places marked the beginning of the week. Daytona continued to be the hottest team in the Cubs’ system. The D-Cubs improved to 5-1 in the second half and Pierce Johnson made his first High-A start. Jacob Hannemann is starting to flex his muscles for Boise, while P.J. Francescon helped win a […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/24/13

It was reported that sportswriter Ring Lardner would sing “I’m forever blowing ballgames” to the “Black Sox” during the storied World Series. That seemed to be an appropriate tune with the way the week ended down on the farm as losing leads ran rampant through the organization. Boise was powered by Yasiel Balaguert and Kevin […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/20/13

Daytona remained in the spotlight this week as Javier Baez and Tim Saunders each hit grand slams on Tuesday. Iowa received excellent pitching performances from Chris Rusin and Nick Struck. Pitching also took center stage for Boise, as Loiger Padron extended the team’s scoreless streak for starters. Kane County wrapped up the first half with […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/17/13

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/17/13 All-Star season is upon us as Daytona went into their break on Thursday while Kane County will take off following Sunday’s game. Tennessee ended a losing streak as Kyle Hendricks continues to impress. In Iowa, Steve Clevenger looks to be ready for bigger and better things as […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/13/13

All eyes seems to have turn to Daytona at the start of the week as Javier Baez looked to claim his spot as the top prospect in the system with a four home run night. The D-Cubs also showed off their speed by stealing ten straight bases in a doubleheader on Sunday. Kane County went […]