Time for the GMs to Meet … and Other Cubs Notes and Rumors

The annual General Manager Meetings officially begin Wednesday in Palm Springs. The meetings run through Friday and these meetings usually set the groundwork for future trades and free agent signings. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman made the trek out west and will continue conversations they’ve already had with other […]

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 – 08/06/12

As the dust began to settle from last week’s flurry of roster moves, the minor leagues got back to the business of winning ballgames. Dustin Geiger set an RBI record for Peoria, while Christian Villanueva had a smashing debut for Daytona. Not to be outdone, Dong-Yub Kim was also going deep for Boise and Justin […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/02/12

The win-loss records improved across the system for the most part and several of the top prospects in the organization continue to play well. A couple of players made their organizational debut and several additions were made with the trades at the big league level. Dillon Maples made his pro debut on Sunday and Pierce […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/26/12

Movement was once again the focus of the early part of the week, although there were none of significance above the Single-A level. This past week saw the debuts of outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora in the rookie league, while Dan Vogelbach said hello to the fans of Boise. Yao-Lin Wang was also on […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/23/12

There was some questionable roster management as the losses piled up to end the week. Tennessee has dropped five straight, while Boise and Daytona have four-game losing streaks, and Iowa has lost three in a row. Through it all, there were still some outstanding offensive performances by Javier Baez, Rubi Silva, and Josh Vitters. So […]

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 – 07/0912

It’s a hot time to be at the hot corner in the Cubs’ organization this week, as third base seems to be where it’s at. Peoria’s Dustin Geiger tied a club record for home runs, while Boise’s Jeimer Candelario remained a hitting machine. Greg Rohan made a big splash in his debut at Tennessee, and […]

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 – 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 […]