Hayden Simpson and Dontrelle Willis Among Minor Leaguers Released by the Cubs

As Opening Day approaches for minor league baseball, the Cubs have released several players from the system, including 2010 first round pick Hayden Simpson. According to reports, the Cubs released Simpson, along with C Michael Brenly, RHP Brett Wallach, knuckleballer Joe Zeller, LHP Casey Harman and LHP Dontrelle Willis. The Cubs released RHP Ryan Hartman […]

It’s Decision Time for the Cubs as Opening Day Nears

The Cubs extremely long stay in Arizona is just about over. The equipment truck leaves for Chicago on Wednesday and the team breaks camp after Thursday’s finale at HoHoKam Park … Opening Day is just around the corner. According to multiple reports, the Cubs might not finalize their Opening Day roster until Sunday. The Cubs […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/11/13

Minor League Preview – Rookie and Short Season-A Ball Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the first of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season.  A brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. We will be using a new format, discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/16/12

Changes appear to be in the air for the minor league system, as Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita was fired on Wednesday afternoon. Long deserved promotions for pitcher Austin Kirk and outfielder Rubi Silva have finally happened, while Yoannis Negrin, Willengton Cruz, and Jacob Rogers also received a bump up in level. Tennessee […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/19/12

Minor League Preview – Low-A Peoria Chiefs and High-A Daytona Cubs Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! This is the second of a three part installment previewing the 2012 minor league season. Like in last week’s report about the Boise Hawks, another team that will benefit from great seasons by the DSL Cubs, AZL […]

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

Minor League Preview – Rookie and Short-Season A-Ball Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the first of a three-part installment previewing the 2012 minor league season. With a Dominican Summer League team making the playoffs in 2011, a 2011 rookie team narrowly missing the playoffs, and the most celebrated draft class for […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/06/11

The last of the CCO’s five-part series on the Cubs minor league system focuses on the pitching in the lower levels of the organization … the Boise Hawks and both the rookie league and Dominican summer league teams. Pitching Analysis

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/06/11

The end of the regular season is here, and the organization got a pleasant surprise as Boise rode the power bats of Ryan Cuneo, Reggie Golden, Paul Hoilman, and Rafael Lopez to qualify for the post-season in their last game. Boise joins Daytona and Tennessee as playoff teams, with the D-Cubs still struggling in all […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/01/11

Playing out the string is not what they have in mind in Boise, as Paul Hoilman looks for a home run crown while Reggie Golden is heating up. Peoria’s Richard Jones continues his pursuit of 100 RBI, as All-Stars Evan Crawford, Justin Bour, and Frank Batista of Daytona prepare for the playoffs. With five games […]

Hayden Simpson in the Fold … and Cubs 2010 Draft Update

Hayden Simpson officially signed with the Cubs Saturday … a deal worth $1.06 million. Simpson threw a bullpen session at Wrigley and will report to Mesa before going to Boise (Class-A short season). Simpson said he will finish the summer with the Boise Hawks before going to the instructional league this fall. The Cubs took […]