Stewart Not Ready to Return and Other Cubs Notes

Ian Stewart told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday that he does not think he is ready to return to the Cubs. Stewart explained that he needs more time after struggling over 12 rehab games with Iowa. But the problem is that position players are allowed only 20 days on a single rehab assignment which […]

The Beginning of a Long Off-Season for the Cubs

The off-season has begun for the Chicago Cubs. While the playoffs are underway and the focus throughout the game is on some set of games in late October, the Cubs remain focused on the future and building an organization with sustained success. Theo Epstein spent just under an hour with the media in the dungeon […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/17/12

Second Half Minor League Report In looking at the Cubs’ minor league system for the second half of the 2012 season, one can break things down into three phases. First there are the AZL Cubs and the Boise Hawks, which received the greatest influence of the Cubs’ new front office team. With their rosters heavily […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/19/12

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, as a number of player movements have changed the faces of some of the lower minor league teams. Boise has seen outfielder Bijan Rademacher move to Peoria, and have Northwest League player-of-the Week Trey Martin more than replace his offense. Rademacher will try to help improve the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/16/12

It’s not a good time to be a relief pitcher in the organization, as the bullpens at all levels cost their teams a chance to win to end the week. That doesn’t mean that the hitters have stopped hitting, as Trey Martin has emerged for Boise while Peoria has a new hero in Chadd Krist. […]

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

It was an abbreviated schedule to start the week, as everyone took Tuesday off for the Major League All-Star game. Wins were hard to come by, as Tennessee provided the thrills by coming from behind twice behind Greg Rohan, Logan Watkins, and closer Frank Batista. Iowa went off on a winning note due to the […]

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

As Independence Day marks the traditional halfway point in the baseball season, the Cubs’ affiliates are all hoping for a better second half, as the top five teams were able to only eek out three wins to start the week. Young players are taking some of the spotlight, as Dan Vogelbach and Tim Saunders are […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/02/12

The roller-coaster ride that is the minor leagues had its dips and turns as we roll into Independence Day. Boise slugger Jeimer Candelario may have a new partner, as Bijan Rademacher has burst onto the scene. Peoria struggled against the first half champs, while Iowa continues to flounder despite the surge from Josh Vitters. Another […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Astros – 06/30/12

Game Seventy-Seven: Cubs (27-49) vs. Astros (32-45) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Matt Garza (3-6, 4.06/1.09) vs. J.A. Happ (6-7, 4.83/1.48) Can the Cubs beat the Astros for the second day in a row? Not only would […]

Rizzo Delivers and the Pen Nails Down the Win – Cubs 5, Mets 3

Game Seventy-Four – Cubs 5, Mets 3 WP – Scott Maine (1-1) LP – Dillon Gee (5-6) Save – Carlos Marmol (5) Tuesday was a good night for a team that hasn’t had many this season. The bullpen bailed out Randy Wells with six shutout innings. Scott Maine picked up his first big league win […]