Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/03/12

Mid-Season Report Time has passed quickly, as we are now halfway through the minor league season. The system has endured a rash of injuries, as 16 players who were at Single-A or higher last season were either inactive or on the disabled list to start the year. Among the positions most depleted were catcher and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/21/12

The games to start this week were sparse, as All-Star breaks occurred in the Southern, Florida State, and Midwest Leagues. Boise managed their first win, with Jeimer Candelario and Dong-Yub Kim leading the way. Iowa remains inconsistent, but Josh Vitters is still hot. Along with summaries of the All-Star Games, and a recap of action […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/18/12

With a new week, some new teams are beginning play to complete the minor league system for the season. Boise started their season on Friday, while Arizona is set to start on Wednesday. Streaks were the theme as Tennessee used the pitching of Nick Struck and Eric Jokisch, along with the bat of Justin Bour […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/14/12

As the minor leagues hit the halfway point this week, improvement can be seen across the board for the organization. Peoria flirted with the .500 mark as their bullpen of Austin Reed, Felix Pena, Yao-Lin Wang, Sheldon McDonald, Luis Liria, and Hunter Cervenka did most of the heavy lifting. Ronald Torreyes’ improvement has been a […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/31/12

The season debuts of Robert Whitenack and Javier Baez were a mixed bag, with neither assisting in producing more victories. Peoria was able to manage one, as it took 14 innings to secure. The winning touch has seemed to elude Daytona despite the efforts of Greg Rohan, while it has found a home in Iowa, […]

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 – 05/14/12

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 […]