Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/20/15

That rumbling you hear from far off is not just the spring storm clouds, which effected play in the minors this weekend, but that of several Cubs’ prospects beginning to show their stuff. South Bend starting pitchers Erick Leal, Zach Hedges and Trevor Clifton gave up only one earned run in 15 innings. In Myrtle […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/13/15

For the first games of the minor league season, the top prospects performed like, well, top prospects. Addison Russell has hit over .300 and has a home run, while Kris Bryant has belted two round-trippers for Iowa. Kyle Schwarber has also had a long fly for Tennessee while pitcher Paul Blackburn was dominant for Myrtle […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/10/15

Welcome back to baseball! The minor league season opened Thursday night and the Cubs’ system flexed its collective muscles. Last year’s Midwest League Champions got off to a great start as Duane Underwood dominated for Myrtle Beach. Iowa could not hold a lead, but Tennessee did as the Smokies pulled away behind Corey Black and […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Tennessee Smokies Preview

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies The fourth installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Tennessee Smokies. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/12/15

The highs and lows of playoff baseball were experienced by Cubs’ prospects over the last seven days. Despite hitting two home runs over the last week, Christian Villanueva and Obregon lost the series in the opening round of the Mexican League playoffs. Over in Puerto Rico, Santurce is thriving thanks to a big night and some […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/05/15

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/05/15 A Happy New Year to all! The playoffs are in full swing in the Caribbean Leagues, with some surprising performances. Joseph Ortiz was able to close out his winter with three good outings, while Jonathan Herrera has been swinging a hot bat in Venezuela. In the Dominican […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/22/14

It was a busy week leading into the holidays in the winter leagues as most of the Cubs’ prospects currently on rosters saw playing time. It continued to be basehits or strikeouts for Javier Baez as he had a big night Friday in Puerto Rico. Third base prospect Jeimer Candelario made his winter debut for […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/12/14

Position Analysis – Double-A Tennessee Pitching Staff The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ minor league system continues today. After viewing the possible pitching staff for Triple-A last week, we now turn to the staff for Double-A Tennessee. Double-A Tennessee Starters and Relievers The first wave of Cubs pitching prospects reside in Tennessee this coming […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Not Included on Cole Hamels Updated No-Trade List

Happy Veterans Day A tip of the cap to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and served our country to protect our freedom, you are the true heroes. Cole Hamels has a clause in the six-year, $144 million extension he signed in July 2012 that allows him to submit a no-trade list by Nov. […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/27/14

As winter baseball enters its third week, there were more debuts for Cubs’ prospects. Frank Batista was an instant smash in a starter’s role, as he and fellow pitcher Starling Peralta joined the Dominican Winter League. Christian Villanueva was eased into the Mexican Pacific League, while reliever Alberto Diaz made his first appearance in the […]


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