Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/28/12

As we start to move toward June the roster movement in the minors continues. Starling Peralta, Felix Pena, Yasiel Balaguert, Jeffrey Lorick, Taylor Davis, Ty’Relle Harris, and Robert Whitenack were all promoted in the past week. Javier Baez has been promoted to the Peoria Chiefs from extended spring training and is expected to make his […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/24/12

To start this week, the mid-May shuffle took a positive spin as pitchers PJ Francescon, Eric Jokisch, Brooks Raley, and Travis Wood were all promoted a level. The promotions can be seen as a positive step for the organization, as each level is closing in on playing at the .500 level, while Peoria and Tennessee […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/21/12

The mid-May shuffle is now having an impact on all levels of the organization. Unfortunately, it is injuries, and not performance that is causing the shake-up. However, that doesn’t mean that some players haven’t deserved some consideration. Anthony Rizzo is posting MVP-type numbers, while Matt Szczur and Jae-Hoon Ha are bouncing back from rough stretches […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/17/12

With the return of some players from injuries, the system took a turn for the better, going 8-2 to start the week. Peoria welcomed back Anthony Giansanti, as he played a big part in their three wins. Daytona had an off-day and a rainout, but won on Monday thanks to Austin Kirk. Junior Lake has […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/16/12

Special Assignment – Peoria Chiefs v. Kane County Cougars Recently, I had the pleasure of being able to cover the series between the Chiefs and Kane County. It was a pleasant addition to be able to meet some of the executives from the Cubs organization. I’d like to thank Shawn Touney, Director of Public Relations […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/14/12

The system closed out the week going 6-9 for a total record of 13-14. A rainout in which Daytona was leading 6-0 on Friday may have evened the record. While inconsistencies still plague the system there appears a light at the end of the tunnel. Peoria and Daytona are finally hitting. As Paul Hoilman, Taiwan […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/10/12

The beginning of this week experienced a bounce back for the Cubs’ system, as their combined 7-5 record was the first winning stretch of the year. Casey Coleman took things into his own hands at Iowa, while Tennessee finally welcomed back shortstop Junior Lake. Daytona appears to be on a roll, as great pitching performances […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/07/12

Thrills, chills, and spills abound in the roller coaster ride that was the Cubs minor league system this week. Blowouts occurred, but who was on the winning end? The tightrope act that is the Tennessee Smokies kept viewers on the edge of their seats. Paul Hoilman now sports an 18-game hitting streak, while Nelson Perez […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/03/12

As the first month of the season concludes, the organization finds their teams at all levels struggling to reach the .500 mark. Inconsistency seemed to be the recurring theme, as either pitching or hitting has let their respective teams down on a given night. There were fine pitching performances this week by Ben Wells and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/30/12

Wins were hard to come by with inconsistencies in hitting, pitching, fielding, and even managing throughout the system. Peoria has emerging performers in PJ Francescon, Andrew McKirahan, Pin-Chieh Chen, Wes Darvill, and Paul Hoilman, but still can’t find a recipe for winning games. The bats of Matt Szczur, Ronald Torreyes, and Elieser Bonne are starting […]