Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/08/13

Welcome everyone to a new minor league season. This week, pitching seemed to be the word in Tennessee as their staff struck out 38 batters in the first three games. Daytona also received excellent pitching performances from Starling Peralta, Yao-Lin Wang, and Frank Del Valle. However, things are a struggle in the early going for Kane County and […]

Kane County Cougars Release Preliminary 2013 Opening Day Roster

The Kane County Cougars released their preliminary Opening Day roster on Monday afternoon. The Cougars have to make one more roster move prior to Thursday’s season opener at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark against the Quad Cities River Bandits. The team announced a list of 26 players that will comprise the Opening Day roster. Mark Johnson […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/18/13

Minor League Preview: Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the second of a three part installment previewing the 2013 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for this season. Please note that the previews are based on current […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/18/13

Five Players to Watch: Rookie and Short Season-A Ball This is the first in a series of articles highlighting some of the players not noted on off-season prospect lists. The players are listed in alphabetical order, and as they are presently listed on official rosters. Inclusion in this list does not necessarily reflect where each […]

Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2013

The CCO’s look at the Cubs’ farm system this off-season continues with Minor League Ball’s ranking of the top prospects in the organization. John Sickels released his ranking of the top players in the Cubs’ system just prior to the Winter Meetings. Sickels said he was surprised how much the Cubs system had improved over […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/20/12

Second Half Minor League Report – Part 2 Part two of the CCO’s look at the Cubs’ minor league system for the second half of the 2012 season focuses on the Peoria Chiefs and Boise Hawks. The Peoria Chiefs plodded along in the second half, as promotions and injuries to their pitching staff took its […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/10/12

The CCO’s post-season minor league awards continue with the Minor League Player of the Year. Tim Saunders and Daury Torrez were named Short-Season Player and Pitcher of the Year last week. Several players took positive steps forward in the Cubs’ system this season as a new philosophy was implemented throughout the organization. But one position […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/06/12

With the conclusion of the minor league season, it is time for the CCO to name our Players and Pitchers of the Year in the Cubs system. After some debate, it was decided that separate awards should be given to players that participated in full season ball and those who competed in a short season […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/04/12

Hurricane Isaac, which played havoc with the Daytona Cubs’ schedule last week, moved inland and forced the cancellation of Peoria’s final home game and Iowa’s last series of the season in New Orleans. The Cubs’ system claimed two champions, with Boise’s Stephen Bruno winning the Northwest League batting title while Daytona’s John Andreoli led the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/27/12

There looks to be some excitement down the stretch as the minor leagues enter the last week of play. Boise has clinched the second half pennant thanks to players such as Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Tayler Scott, and Dan Vogelbach. Peoria is charging to the finish line on the bat of […]