Cubs Minor League News Roundup: Myrtle Beach, Almora, Contreras, Johnson, AFL Top Prospects

There has been quite a bit of minor league news over the last couple of weeks that was overlooked due to focus on the big league team. Here’s a roundup of the news and notes from the Cubs’ system … Myrtle Beach Pelicans The 2015 Carolina League Champions, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were named Baseball […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/03/15

Pitching Analysis – Double-A Tennessee The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ minor league system continues today. After viewing the possible pitching staff for Triple-A, we now turn to where the first pitching prospects of the current front office reside, the staff for Double-A Tennessee. Double-A Starters and Relievers There has never been a question […]

Cubs Prospects Performed Well in the Arizona Fall League

The 2015 Arizona Fall League wrapped up play Saturday when the Scottsdale Scorpions beat the Surprise Saguaros 6-4 to win the Arizona Fall League Championship, the third league title for Scottsdale and first since 2010. Jeimer Candelario had a sensational fall in Arizona and was nominated for Most Valuable Player, an award Kris Bryant won […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/16/15

Hitting streaks and third basemen seem to go together as Christian Villanueva has hit safely in nine straight games in the LMP. Meanwhile, Jeimer Candelario has an eight-game hitting streak and is working his way into the conversation of MVP of the Arizona Fall League. In Venezuela, Armando Rivero is beginning to assert himself as […]

Cubs Prospect Pierce Johnson Shines in Arizona Fall League Outing

RHP Pierce Johnson is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Cubs’ system. Johnson is spending the fall in Arizona making up innings he missed during the regular season. And it had been a rough go in the Arizona Fall League for Johnson prior to last Thursday. Pierce Johnson completed five shutout innings […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/09/15

It was a week of comings and goings for Cubs’ prospects as Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year Carlos Pimentel made his winter debut in the DWL. In Arizona, catcher Willson Contreras had to be shut down for the rest of the off-season with an injury. Pitching dominated the rest of the leagues as […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/02/15

The Iowa Cubs take center stage for this week as outfielder Adron Chambers and pitcher Armando Rivero made their winter debuts in Venezuela. In Mexico, Christian Villanueva is still shredding LMP pitching while Ryan Buchter is emerging as a reliable closer. And in the Dominican Republic, Arismendy Alcantara remains consistent. In the Arizona Fall League, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/26/15

With the Cubs’ 2015 season unfortunately in the rear view mirror, the focus now turns to warmer climes where baseball is still being played. Tennessee’s Willson Contreras and Jeimer Candelario remain among the league leaders in the Arizona Fall League. Myrtle Beach reliever David Garner has now joined the Smokies’ duo in putting up good […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/19/15

Welcome to the CCO’s coverage of off-season baseball! In today’s edition we focus on third base and hot starts. Jeimer Candelario is so far taking the Arizona Fall League by storm, while Christian Villanueva has been hard to stop in the Mexican Pacific League. And down in Venezuela, infielder Bryant Flete has not only excelled […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/12/15

Meet the Mesa Solar Sox: Pitchers This is the second of two articles highlighting the players who will be taking part in the 2015 Arizona Fall League, which begins on Oct. 13. The first report focused on the position players and manager Mark Johnson. Today, the CCO will be looking at the pitchers the Cubs have […]