Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/05/15

An infielder is knocking at the door for the majors, but it’s not who you think it is. Christian Villanueva has had a monster week, with four home runs in four games for Iowa. In Tennessee, the Smokies have moved into first place thanks to efforts of pitchers Ryan Williams and Felix Pena. It was […]

Cubs Prospects Yasiel Balaguert and Kevin Brown Win League Player of the Week Awards

Two more prospects in the Cubs’ system won Player of the Week awards on Monday. OF/1B Yasiel Balaguert was named Midwest League Player of the Week (May 25-31) and OF Kevin Brown received the Player of the Week award for the Carolina League (May 25-31). Yasiel Balaguert and Kevin Brown join C/1B Cael Brockmeyer (Midwest […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/01/15

The Cubs’ minor league system ended the month of May with a mixed bag as South Bend saw the blossoming of Yasiel Balaguert. Myrtle Beach have their own emerging stars in Jeimer Candelario and Chesny Young, while Willson Contreras is stepping into the spotlight in Tennessee. And a few of old hands, namely Arismendy Alcantara, […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/29/15

It was thrilling end of the week for the Cubs affiliates as Andrew Ely of South Bend experienced the pure adrenalin of an inside-the-park home run. Both Kyle Schwarber of Tennessee and Matt Szczur of Iowa had the exhilaration of a walk-off win. And Myrtle Beach had a doubleheader sweep thanks to the pitching of […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/27/15

It was an abbreviated schedule to start the final week of May as two teams had Tuesday off while another was postponed. South Bend just can’t seem to find the winning combination despite the hot hitting of Gleyber Torres and Cael Brockmeyer. Myrtle Beach keeps chugging along as Jen-Ho Tseng demonstrated the form that had […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/25/15

Happy Memorial Day! The aces were wild in South Bend, Myrtle Beach, and Tennessee as pitchers Ryan Williams, Duane Underwood, and Frank Batista each pitched gems while the SB Cubs and the Pelicans also received excellent performances from Jeremy Null and Paul Blackburn. Meanwhile, Iowa used the big fly to take three in a row […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/20/15

It was a down start to the week for the Cubs’ affiliates as South Bend lost two despite starting two of their better pitchers, Jeremy Null and Erick Leal. Myrtle Beach also ended a five-game winning streak as Jen-Ho Tseng has had a tough time in the Carolina League. Tennessee split a pair as Ivan […]

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

The Cubs made their first round of roster moves as numerous players received new addresses. Billy McKinney doubled his pleasure of being promoted to Double-A Tennessee, while Andrew Ely walked in his season debut for South Bend. Meanwhile, Chesny Young had his first action for Myrtle Beach delayed. Iowa did not have any promotions, but […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/13/15

A Player-of-the-Year candidate has moved to the forefront as Billy McKinney of Myrtle Beach now leads the Carolina League in hitting and RBI, and is second in home runs, as the Pelicans have gained their 20th win of the season. South Bend has the most likely leader for Pitcher-of-the-Year as Jeremy Null improved his record […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/11/15

For the first time since the season began, none of the Cubs affiliates has a losing record as Carlos Pimentel led Iowa both on the mound and at the plate to even the I-Cubs’ record. South Bend also moved to .500 despite good efforts from starters Trevor Clifton and Ryan Williams. Tennessee lost two despite […]