Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 05/03/15

With the first month of the 2015 season over, here is an inside look at how the Cubs’ minor league teams are doing this year. Iowa Cubs Iowa has done the best they can having to cope with both injuries and needs at the Major League level. While it wasn’t a shock to anyone that […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Show Significant Ratings Increase, Pace-of-Play and Other News and Notes

The buzz the Cubs created in the off-season and throughout Spring Training translated into “massive year-to-year TV ratings” on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet announced Thursday, the day after the Cubs wrapped up its first winning April in seven years (2008), that the Cubs “posted significant television ratings for the first month of the 2015 MLB […]


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James Russell Reports to Iowa and Cubs Minor League Transactions and Disabled List

The Cubs addition of LHP James Russell back to the organization and RHP Pierce Johnson being placed on the 7-day DL to start the season headlined several roster moves the front office made at the beginning of the minor league season. James Russell re-signed with the organization that drafted him. Russell inked a minor league […]


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Justin Steele Wins The CCO’s Top Prospect Poll

Every year, Chicago Cubs Online puts together a top prospect watch of ten players based on the votes from you, the fans. The CCO conducted a preliminary poll starting the beginning of February. Votes were received on the website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. A run-off poll of the top 20 qualifiers started in March […]


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Edwards Starting Season in the Pen, Johnson in Extended Spring Training and Cubs News from the Farm

The top two pitching prospects in the Cubs system are not beginning the year where most thought they would during Spring Training. C.J. Edwards was very good in big league camp and impressed his future manager. Edwards appeared in two Cactus League games and pitched three shutout innings. Edwards didn’t issue a walk while striking […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Minor League Predictions

Minor League Predictions Once again it is time for me to step out of my comfort zone and make some predictions. Every season, I wildly grope to try and make some prescient comments concerning the approximately 300 players that will don a uniform in the Cubs’ minor league system. The upcoming minor league season looks […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Tennessee Smokies Preview

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies The fourth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Tennessee Smokies. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion […]


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Cubs Have Three of Baseball America’s Top 20 Rookies

Baseball America released its ranking Tuesday of the 20 prospects that could make an impact for their respective clubs during the 2015 season. Kris Bryant topped the list with Jorge Soler right behind him and Addison Russell slipping in the top 20 at No. 18. Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler could have the biggest impact […]


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Eight Cubs Land in Minor League Ball’s Top 175 Prospect List for 2015

Minor League Ball released its list of the top 175 prospects Monday, and as has been the case with Baseball America, ESPN’s Keith Law and FanGraphs, John Sickels named Kris Bryant the top prospect in baseball. Minor League Ball also ranked Addison Russell (5) and Jorge Soler (7) in the top seven. The Cubs have […]


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Pierce Johnson, Corey Black and Rafael Lopez among First Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the first round of spring cuts Monday and reduced the spring roster to 53 players. The Cubs moved eight players to minor league camp. C Rafael Lopez and INF Christian Villanueva were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Both players will be on optional assignments all season. Six players in camp on non-roster invites […]


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