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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/15/14

Harry Caray used to say “The big opossum walks late”, and that certainly was the case for both Iowa and Daytona as Javier Baez and Tim Saunders each came up with big hits. The offensive juggernaut that is the Tennessee Smokies kept rolling thanks to Kris Bryant and Stephen Bruno. Meanwhile, Kane County suffered an […]

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Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 05/10/14

After six weeks, the concept of “position redundancy” is taking a hit with several top prospects not performing well. The idea of having several prospects at every position is sound as long as everyone’s development is going as planned. But with top prospects such as Javier Baez, Christian Villanueva, Brett Jackson, Albert Almora, Jeimer Candelario, […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/28/14

Winning streaks were in vogue throughout the minor league system as Iowa has won five straight thanks to the pitching of Tsuyoshi Wada and Chris Rusin and the hitting of Arismendy Alcantara. Tennessee struggled but ended their weekend on a high note as Pierce Johnson, Hunter Cervenka, and Armando Rivero one-hit Huntsville. Daytona are winners […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/24/14

A minor league system that was struggling offensively has suddenly found their bats. Kane County won two out of three thanks to the steady contributions of Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert. Daytona exploded for 18 runs on Tuesday behind the hot bats of Gioskar Amaya, Marco Hernandez, and Tim Saunders. John Andreoli has set the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/21/14

Pitching was on center stage as Kane County’s Daury Torrez flirted with a perfect game while teammate Duane Underwood allowed only an unearned run in his second start.  Daytona’s tough-lock pitcher Felix Pena finally got some run support, but Ivan Pineyro could not say the same for Tennessee. C.J. Edwards picked up his first Double-A […]

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