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 […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/04/11

Bryan LaHair briefly returned to the Venezuelan League but after a solid first game, LaHair struggled and went home Sunday. Meanwhile, Austin Bibens-Dirkx continued putting up good numbers … Bibens-Dirkx had two solid outings this past week. In Mexico, Marco Carrillo maintained his excellence as he and teammate Oswaldo Martinez contributed to what may end […]

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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 […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/21/11

This week saw some familiar faces in new places. Daytona Cubs starter Jeffry Antigua and Iowa Cubs reliever Marcos Mateo joined the Dominican League, while Iowa starter Jay Jackson, DSL infielder Carlos Penalver, and Tennessee first baseman Rebel Ridling are now part of the Venezuelan League. Pitching remained the story, as Scott Maine and Robert […]

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

Before we focus on this week’s action, the CCO wishes to express our relief to the safe return of Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos to his family. Ramos survived a harrowing ordeal, as he was held captive in Venezuela since Wednesday as part of a ransom plot. Six suspects are in custody, as well as two […]

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

Pitching took center stage this week, as some of the organization’s position players had the week off. Lefties John Gaub and Scott Maine continued their success in the Dominican league. Blake Parker and Marco Carrillo remained “lights-out” in Mexico, while Robert Coello and Hector Mayora were effective in Venezuela. Play also opened in Puerto Rico […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/31/11

A Happy Halloween to all from the CCO, and una suerte de vísperas del día de los muertos to everyone in the Winter Leagues. Rafael Dolis and Hung-Wen Chen experienced the “tricks” of life as a professional baseball player, while Marco Carrillo, Robert Coello, and Bryan LaHair provided the “treats“. Meanwhile, Chris Carpenter continued to […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/24/11

As a new era dawns for the Cubs organization, business goes on in the Winter Leagues. Bryan LaHair is terrorizing Venezuelan League pitching, while Chris Rusin had a great debut in the Dominican League. Blake Parker, Hung-Wen Chen, and Oswaldo Martinez each put up good relief performances, while Marco Carrillo continues to dazzle hitters in […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/17/11

Welcome back CCO fans! Yes, it’s that time of year again, when our favorite sport moves to warmer climates. Now, the talk turns to Estrellas and Aguilas, Criollos and Senadores, Tiburones and Caribes, Naranjeros and, of course, those Yaquis. With 22 Cub players (and counting), the Winter Leagues will certainly have a lot of local […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/04/11

The CCO’s Minor League analysis will focus on the pitchers in the Cubs’ system over the next three reports. For those that missed last week’s reports, the CCO took a look at the Cubs infield and catching prospects and then the outfielders down on the farm. First up, the pitching staffs of the Iowa Cubs […]

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