Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/23/10

Hayden Simpson may not see game action this summer. Carlos Zambrano makes a rehab trip to Des Moines. All four Cub affiliates are playing good baseball, including big winning streaks for the young Cubs in Daytona and Iowa. In Peoria, Hak-Ju Lee hit his first home run of the year and was a double short […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: Thomas Diamond

The Texas Rangers selected Thomas Diamond with their first round pick (10th overall) in the 2004 draft. The one-time top prospect in the Rangers organization has been slowed by injuries, including Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2007. Diamond dealt with a bone spur in his ankle when he got back on the mound […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/20/10

Several Cubs prospects are a part of Minors “Moniker Madness”. Tony Campana and Robinson Chirinos have been swinging hot bats. In Iowa, Samardzija and Chen made good starts but Mathes did not. Luis Flores and Junior Lake have both showed some power this past week in the Class-A ranks. Hayden Simpson is still ill, while […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: Bryan LaHair

The Seattle Mariners picked Bryan LaHair in the 39th round of the 2002 draft. LaHair, a first baseman and a corner outfielder, was removed from the Mariners’ 40-man roster last October. LaHair played in 45 games for Seattle in 2008 and hit .250 with a .315 OBP in 150 plate appearances … four doubles and […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/12/10

Two of the top Chicago Cubs prospects strutted their stuff on the big stage in the Major League Baseball Futures Game. The Southern League All-Star Game will take place tonight. The Smokies finished up on a high note before the break. In Iowa, Austin Bibens-Dirkx has stepped his game up with his promotion to Triple-A. […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: Rebel Ridling

The Cubs picked Rebel Ridling pretty late in the 2008 draft. Ridling was the Cubs 25th round selection two years ago … and the Cubs might have found themselves a bargain. Ridling had a great start to his pro career. In 2009 at the age of 23, Ridling posted a .310/.357/.466 line for the Peoria […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/05/10

Two Iowa Cubs have been named to the Triple-A All-Star Game. Three of the nine Smokies named to the Southern League All-Star Game will be in the starting lineup. After a rain out yesterday, the I-Cubs find themselves temporarily at the bottom of the pack in the PCL American North. A viral infection has prevented […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: Tony Thomas

The Cubs selected Tony Thomas in the third round of the 2007 draft. Thomas opened a lot of eyes while at Florida State. Thomas hit for a .430 average with a .948 OPS and 31 stolen bases all while leading the NCAA in runs, doubles, and total bases. Thomas fell to the third round in […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/21/10

The Smokies have won the first half title! The Iowa Cubs have closed the gap in the PCL American Northern division with a very strong week. The Chicago Cubs are busy trying to get all of their draft picks signed. The Boise Hawks have gotten their season underway. Jim Hendry cited Brett Jackson and Darwin […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/17/10

One Cubs prospect hit for the cycle! Another was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week. In Daytona, the Cubs are hoping for a second half that involves a lot more winning than their first half did. The Peoria Chiefs are looking forward to their All-Star break, which is about a week away. The […]