Cubs Can’t Close Out the Diamondbacks – Diamondbacks 9, Cubs 5

Spring Training Game Eighteen – Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 9 WP – A.J. Schugel (2-0) LP – Anthony Carter (0-1, BS 1) Save – None Starlin Castro doubled, tripled and drove in two runs. Dexter Fowler reached based four times and doubled in a run. Six of the Cubs seven hits went for extra bases and […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/26/15

It is league championship time in the Caribbean and the Cubs are well represented in the finals. Junior Lake has been bouncing around the lineup as his Estrellas team vies for a chance to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean World Series. In Puerto Rico, Javier Baez is also on the move as he […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/05/15

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/05/15 A Happy New Year to all! The playoffs are in full swing in the Caribbean Leagues, with some surprising performances. Joseph Ortiz was able to close out his winter with three good outings, while Jonathan Herrera has been swinging a hot bat in Venezuela. In the Dominican […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/29/14

The ending of another year means the closing of the regular season for the winter leagues. The Dominican Winter League has already begun round-robin play as Manny Ramirez, Frank Batista, Junior Lake, Jeffry Antigua, Jeimer Candelario, and Carlos Pimentel have all made the playoffs. Game winning home runs were the story in Venezuela as both […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/22/14

It was a busy week leading into the holidays in the winter leagues as most of the Cubs’ prospects currently on rosters saw playing time. It continued to be basehits or strikeouts for Javier Baez as he had a big night Friday in Puerto Rico. Third base prospect Jeimer Candelario made his winter debut for […]


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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 – 12/04/14

Position Analysis – Triple-A Iowa Pitching Staff The ninth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on the possibilities for the pitching staff at the highest level in the Cubs’ system, Triple-A Iowa. Triple-A Iowa Starters and Relievers The Cubs […]


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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 – 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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