Dan Vogelbach Tops the CCO’s Readers Poll

The votes were cast and have been counted and for the second year Dan Vogelbach was the top vote getter in the annual readers’ prospect poll. During Spring Training, the CCO asks our readers to vote on which ten players we should follow a little closer than others during the season and votes were received […]

Tennessee Smokies Release Tentative Opening Day Roster

The Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, released their first roster of the season on Monday afternoon. Buddy Bailey’s team opens the 2014 season on Thursday night at Pensacola. Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Dustin Geiger, Rubi Silva, John Andreoli, Zeke DeVoss and Stephen Bruno headline the position players that will start the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/24/14

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments […]

Jason McLeod Sheds Light on Cubs Plan for Baez and News from Down on the Farm

Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, joined Jim Bowden and Rich Herrera during The Front Office (MLB Network Radio/SiriusXM Radio) on Sunday morning. And Jason McLeod provided a little information about the team’s plans for Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara. Jim Bowden asked Jason McLeod about what position […]

MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released MLB.com’s pre-season ranking of the Cubs top 20 prospects earlier in the week, along with five more players and a sleeper for the upcoming season. As with the case with nearly all of the off-season rankings, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped MLB.com’s list of the top prospects in […]

Best Tools in the Cubs Farm System

The big names in the Cubs minor league system are well known. From the ‘Core Four’ to the ‘Gang of Four’, the players and stats are followed and dissected daily throughout the year. Evaluating and keeping track of minor league players is easier now than ever before. But how do the players in the organization […]

The CCO’s Top 20 Cubs Prospects for 2014

The Cubs farm system has improved dramatically over the last three years. As the current president of baseball operations said, the Cubs finally got it in 2011. And Tim Wilken’s last draft pointed the organization in the right direction. Over the last three years the Cubs have added projectable impact talent to what was considered […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]

Baseball America Includes Seven Cubs in Top 100 Prospects List

Baseball America released its ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball on Thursday night following the hour-long special on MLB Network where the top 50 were unveiled. The Cubs placed two prospects in the top 10, five in the top 50 and seven players on Baseball America’s ranking of the best young players in […]

FanGraphs Top 100 and More Ink for the Cubs Prospects

FanGraphs posted its ranking of the top 100 prospects in the game this past week and has been the case with most publications, the Cubs are heavily represented. The top two prospects in the Cubs system, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, made it into FanGraphs top 10. Baez was ranked No. 4 behind Byron Buxton […]