Cubs Select Three Players in Minor League Phase of Rule 5 Draft

Baseball’s Winter Meetings concluded Thursday with the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs did not lose any players in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, and did not select any players. The Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 38 players with one contract pending (Trevor Cahill) and a player due from the Yankees […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/10/15

Pitching Analysis – High-A Myrtle Beach After reviewing the pitching staffs for Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, we now look at the prospects for High-A. With a rotation that goes eight deep, the pitching squad for Myrtle Beach in 2015 may be the best class ever produced by the Chicago Cubs. High-A Starters and Relievers […]

Prospects the Cubs Could Lose in the Rule 5 Draft

Prior to last Friday’s deadline to set reserve rosters at the Major and Minor League levels, the Cubs selected the contracts of C Willson Contreras, 3B Jeimer Candelario, RHP Pierce Johnson and 1B Dan Vogelbach from Double-A Tennessee and added them to the 40-man roster. In the process, the Cubs protected those players from being […]

The CCO’s Cubs All-Prospect Team – Pitchers

The Cubs system is known for the position players up and down the organization at each affiliate. There is more pitching in the system than is recognized by most publications. Duane Underwood Jr., Carl Edwards Jr. and Pierce Johnson may headline the young arms in the organization while pitchers such as Ryan Williams, Jonathan Martinez, […]

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

Welcome to the minor league post season! Myrtle Beach is part of the Carolina League Championship Series, known as the Mills Cup. But before they were able to get there, the Pelicans had to prevail in a winner-take-all game on Friday, which featured the electric pitching of David Garner and clutch hitting by Chesny Young. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/11/15

It’s playoff time and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are taking on the Winston-Salem Dash, the High-A affiliate of the White Sox, in the Southern Division Championship Series. The Pelicans dropped the opener behind Duane Underwood Jr. Myrtle Beach forced a third and deciding game Thursday night with a 4-3 win over the Dash. Brad Markey […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/07/15

Happy Labor Day! The traditional last day of the minor league season will see us back where we started as Eugene completed their season falling one game short of the playoffs despite the hot hitting of P.J. Higgins. Both Myrtle Beach and Tennessee are creating a buzz as Willson Contreras could take home a batting […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/04/15

The week ended in extremes as Eugene held on to a first place lead with big pitching performances from Justin Steele and Oscar De La Cruz. South Bend’s reshuffled line-up produced a blow out win and a big game from Angelo Amendolare. Myrtle Beach and Tennessee are the home of two hitting leaders as Chesny […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/31/15

Put all that anticipation of September call-ups on hold as the Iowa Cubs are back in playoff contention with a weekend sweep thanks to John Andreoli, Javier Baez, and newcomer Emilio Bonifacio. Tennessee also is on a roll, wining five straight with fine pitching from Andres Santiago and Pierce Johnson. Eugene had a rough weekend […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/24/15

Twenty-five games over .500! That’s the record of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans as they went home run happy over the weekend, with Ben Carhart leading the way. Iowa also caught the home run bug as five members left the yard this weekend, with a game-winner by Adron Chambers. Tennessee had to dodge the raindrops as […]