Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/15/14

The “Javy Watch” began in earnest on Thursday as infielder Javier Baez began his winter with his first start for Santurce of the Roberto Clemente League. Meanwhile, Luis Valbuena delivered a walk-off RBI to keep his Lara team relevant in the Venezuelan Winter League, and newly acquired infielder Jonathan Herrera had a good week for […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/08/14

The home run was the big story of week nine in the winter leagues. Manny Ramirez hit number five for Cibaenas, while Arismendy Alcantara drilled his third homer of the winter for Licey in the Dominican League. Christian Villanueva hit a Grand Slam for Obregon in the Mexican League, and Luis Valbuena went deep in […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/01/14

The eighth week of the winter season saw the debut of Ivan Pineyro and a scare for Arismendy Alcantara in the Dominican League. Christian Villanueva experienced new positions in the Mexican Pacific League, and John Andreoli held onto the league lead in stolen bases in Puerto Rico. Over in Venezuela, Willson Contreras continued to swing […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/24/14

Cubs’ prospects are contributing to some exciting races in the winter leagues. Cibaenas and Oriente are locked in a struggle for first in the Dominican Winter League with Frank Batista and Manny Ramirez squaring off against Junior Lake and Marcos Mateo. In the Mexican Pacific League, Obregon won the first half title with help from […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/17/14

The sun has set on another Arizona Fall League, with C.J. Edwards and Bijan Rademacher putting the exclamation points on their fine performances before the final out. In the Dominican Republic, Manny Ramirez is on a hot streak and Frank Batista continues to impress. While in Puerto Rico, John Andreoli is starting to round into […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/10/14

Consistency was the key word for week five of winter baseball as many of the Cubs prospects struggled to find the meaning. Two who demonstrated no difficulties were C.J. Edwards and Bijan Rademacher as both remained impressive in the Arizona Fall League. Also welcomed back was Ivan Pineyro, who looked good after having to sit […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/06/14

Position Analysis – Catcher The fifth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on a position that was once considered the weakest in the entire organization, but now holds much promise: Catcher. Catcher The organization looks like it is willing […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/03/14

Four weeks after the first winter leagues began, we now have all leagues in play with the opening of the Roberto Clemente League and the Australian Baseball League this past week. With new leagues, more Cubs’ prospects started making appearances on rosters such as Javier Baez, Neil Ramirez, John Andreoli, and Jonathan Mota in Puerto […]

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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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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/20/14

Good morning! Week two of winter baseball saw the opening of the Dominican Winter League and the re-emergence of familiar veterans Manny Ramirez and Junior Lake, among others. Meanwhile in the Venezuelan Winter League, reliever Loiger Padron remains perfect while swingman Eduardo Figueroa had his ups and downs. As for the Arizona Fall League, Bijan […]

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