Cubs Come Up Short in Scottsdale – Cubs 7, Giants 9

Spring Training Game Eight – Cubs 7, Giants 9 WP – Jake Dunning (1-0) LP – Barret Loux (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Cubs dropped their second straight spring game on Saturday afternoon in Scottsdale. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the fourth, but once again the young pitchers on the spring […]

Too Many Walks, Dontrelle Willis and a Spring Loss – Cubs 6, Dodgers 7

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 6, Dodgers 7 WP – Paco Rodriguez (1-0) LP – Dontrelle Willis (0-1) Save – Blake Johnson (1) The Cubs dropped their first game of the spring on a beautiful afternoon in Glendale to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs jumped on Chad Billingsley in the first inning and […]

Day Eleven of Cubs Camp: Rainy Days and Spring Training

The Cubs received a little breathier on Wednesday when rain and bad weather in the Phoenix area shortened practice. Wednesday was the big league team’s last full day of Spring Training at Fitch Park. The Cubs moved down the street to HoHoKam Park to prepare for the start of the Cactus League schedule. The organization […]

Day Seven of Cubs Camp: First Full Squad Workout Straight Ahead for the Cubs

As the last few position players made their way to camp on Saturday ahead of the first full squad workout on Sunday, Dale Sveum announced Travis Wood will start the Cubs Cactus League opener against an Angels split squad team in Tempe on Saturday. Jeff Samardzija will start the home opener against the Giants in […]

MLB.com’s Top 21 Cubs Prospects for 2013

The week long look at the Cubs farm system continued Wednesday when Jonathan Mayo and MLB.com published their rankings of the top prospects in the National League Central. As expected Javier Baez topped MLB.com’s Cubs list with Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Brett Jackson and Arodys Vizcaino rounding out the top five. Seven of the 21 […]

Baseball America’s Top 31 Cubs Prospects for 2013

The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ farm system continues with Baseball America’s ranking of the top 31 prospects in the organization. Baseball America’s 2013 Prospect Handbook arrived on Wednesday with the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar on the cover. Baseball American ranked the Cubs’ system 13th in baseball, up one spot from last year. Theo Epstein, […]

Day Two of the 2013 Cubs Convention … From Draft Day to the Big Leagues

The third session on Saturday’s agenda was ‘From Draft Day to the Big Leagues’ and it featured four prospects from the system that were in town during the week for the Cubs’ rookie program. Matt Szczur was joined by three pitchers that have a chance to make it to the big leagues in the near […]

ZiPS Projections for the 2013 Chicago Cubs

FanGraphs posted the Cubs’ ZiPS projections for the upcoming season last week … and if the projections are anywhere near accurate three players on the Cubs’ roster will have an excellent 2013 season. ZiPS is projecting All-Star type seasons from Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo with Jeff Samardzija posting a 3.62 ERA and a 1.22 […]

A Stocking Full of Cubs Prospects Videos

Merry Christmas from the CCO! It is hard to believe it is Christmas time again and another year is almost in the books. The convention will soon be here and it will be time for pitchers and catchers to report before we know it … baseball is just around the corner. But just in case […]

Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2013

The CCO’s look at the Cubs’ farm system this off-season continues with Minor League Ball’s ranking of the top prospects in the organization. John Sickels released his ranking of the top players in the Cubs’ system just prior to the Winter Meetings. Sickels said he was surprised how much the Cubs system had improved over […]