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 – 06/14/12

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 – 06/11/12

As we hit the mid-season point for the minor leagues, all levels appear to be on the upswing as each level is near the .500 mark. Peoria had sparkling pitching performances from Gerardo Concepcion, Michael Jensen, and Kyler Burke to run its win streak to five. Greg Rohan continued on his tear through the Florida […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/04/12

Where has all this offense come from? Peoria’s offense has gotten into high gear with the additions of Yasiel Balaguert and Javier Baez. Daytona has won four straight as Arismendy Alcantara, John Andreoli, Rubi Silva, and Ronald Torreyes have suddenly become hitting machines. However, Tennessee continues to struggle with putting runs on the board, needing […]

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 – 05/07/12

Thrills, chills, and spills abound in the roller coaster ride that was the Cubs minor league system this week. Blowouts occurred, but who was on the winning end? The tightrope act that is the Tennessee Smokies kept viewers on the edge of their seats. Paul Hoilman now sports an 18-game hitting streak, while Nelson Perez […]