Cubs Promote OF Billy McKinney to Double-A Tennessee and Minor League Roster Moves

The Cubs made several roster moves in the minor leagues Thursday, the most notable was the promotion of OF Billy McKinney to Double-A Tennessee. Billy McKinney more than earned the move from High-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Tennessee. The 20-year old outfielder was recently named the Carolina League Player of the Week after a sensational […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Preview

Minor League Preview – High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans The third installment of a series previewing the 2015 minor league season focuses on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. A brief overall look at the system will precede the team summaries. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated Spring Training success. All […]

Cubs Prospect Tim Saunders Set to Return in Spring Training

The CCO has learned directly from Tim Saunders that he will be reporting to Spring Training this year with the hopes of resuming his career. There had been some doubt as to whether Saunders would return after injuries cut short his past two seasons. Saunders was selected by the Cubs in the 32nd round of […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/23/14

Position Analysis – Shortstop The third installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis looks at a position which will probably have most fans and media members talking about this off-season: Shortstop. Shortstop The fans of the Iowa Cubs can sing a version of […]

Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 08/30/14

Congratulations to the Daytona Cubs, who became the second minor league team to qualify for the playoffs by winning the second half Florida State League North Division Championship. It was a struggle to find consistency all season long for the D-Cubs, but they got a needed shot in the arm when the traded for OF […]

Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 08/09/14

The organization may be nearing a dignified end to the Cubs careers of former first-round outfielders Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. With space needed on the 40-man roster for rapidly developing prospects, both could be designated for assignment with little to no worries of them being claimed. At this point, Vitters is batting .212 and […]

The Daily CCO: Schwarber Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The Cubs announced Wednesday the signing of first round draft pick Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs signed Schwarber to a bonus of $3.125 million, which is $1,496,200 under-slot. And not long after the signing was announced, reports surfaced that Schwarber was already in Boise to prepare for the Hawks opener on Friday. The Cubs view Schwarber […]

Cubs Down on Farm Report – 06/12/14

Rainy weather caused delays, postponements, and doubleheaders across the minor leagues to begin the week. Pitching seemed to dominate as Kane County received fine efforts from Jen-Ho Tseng, Tyler Skulina, and Daury Torrez. Daytona’s Rob Zastryzny has been pitching better of late, and Eduardo Figueroa did well for Tennessee, while Tsuyoshi Wada continues to chug […]

Boise Hawks Release Tentative Opening Day Roster

The Boise Hawks, the Short-Season A-Ball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, released a tentative Opening Day roster Monday afternoon. Gary Van Tol’s team begins the 2014 season this Friday against Tri-City at Memorial Stadium in Boise. For those familiar with the minor leagues, the Hawks’ first roster is chocked full of names that you may […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/22/14

Bombs Away! … As the longball proved to be the theme to start the week in the minor leagues. Kane County was the only team not to hit a home run, but won two out of three thanks to the clutch hitting of Ben Carhart. Daytona has taken six out of their last eight games […]