Down on The Farm: Adjustments Being Made as Season Winds Down

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The Cubs’ organization is littered with players who have been promoted to new levels over the course of this season.  It is also littered with players who are altering their approach to hitting or are adjusting to new roles on the mound.  None of that is to mention players who Continue reading Down on The Farm: Adjustments Being Made as Season Winds Down

South Bend Cubs: Erick Leal – “yes” to the no-no but “no” to the win?

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So when is a no-hitter not a no-hitter? Tuesday evening I was looking forward to seeing Ian Happ’s home debut with the South Bend Cubs but was treated to so much more. What a bizarre game! Erick Leal was spectacular – pitching 9 full innings of no hit baseball. Unfortunately, Continue reading South Bend Cubs: Erick Leal – “yes” to the no-no but “no” to the win?

Minor League Recap: All They Do is Win

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With 3 of the 4 full season teams above .500 and 2 of them in first place, things have gotten off to a good start down on the farm.  South Bend has been powered by great pitching, the Smokies have been powered by, well, power…from the likes of Vogelbach and Continue reading Minor League Recap: All They Do is Win

Minor League Recap: One Prospect Goes; Another Makes His Return

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Like Kris Bryant only a week ago, the Cubs made the call to add Addison Russell to the major league roster.  That means the projected insane infield of Bryant, Russell, and Baez will never come to pass in Iowa.  Because of the extended absence to grieve the loss of his Continue reading Minor League Recap: One Prospect Goes; Another Makes His Return

South Bend Cubs: awards and call ups and roster moves – oh my!

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Today we are taking a break from our talk of Cubs prospects (ICYMI the South Bend Cubs currently have 3 of the top 30 prospects in the Cubs organization) and we’ll focus on other happenings regarding the baby Cubs. Catcher/first baseman/opening day hero Cael Brockmeyer has been named the Midwest Continue reading South Bend Cubs: awards and call ups and roster moves – oh my!

Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

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Full season minor league baseball is a week old already, with all four of the Cubs teams kicking off.  And before the painted lines could dry, it seems as though Kris Bryant is being called to Chicago. On another note, Javier Baez is still away from the Iowa Cubs, as he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

Minor League Recap: Full Season Rosters Announced

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The Cubs and their affiliates have announced full season minor league rosters.  The new Single A affiliates, South Bend (MWL) and Myrtle Beach (Carolina League) replace the Kane County Cougars and the Daytona Cubs (now, Tortugas).  Generally speaking, there are solid prospects worth keeping an eye on at every level.  The Continue reading Minor League Recap: Full Season Rosters Announced

Minor League Recap: WE’RE GOING STREAKING!

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The theme of the week has been streaks in the Cubs’ system, as Kane County has a 10 game win streak going at the moment, Albert Almora has hit in 8 of his last 9 games, Addison Russell has homered in 3 straight games, and Pierce Johnson had a 23 Continue reading Minor League Recap: WE’RE GOING STREAKING!

Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Finally Loses a Crown; Teams Keep Winning

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With all of the full season teams either currently in first place or holding a tie for it, the minor league season has a chance to extend across the organization.  While Daytona and Iowa had rocky or up and down starts, both have righted the ship, especially Daytona, who was Continue reading Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Finally Loses a Crown; Teams Keep Winning

Minor League Recap: Promotions, Demotions, and Short Season All-Stars

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It was a busy week in the minor league system, with a number of significant names making moves over the course of the week.  Jorge Soler was promoted to AAA Iowa after dominating AA, albeit over a short period of time.  Albert Almora was aggressively promoted to AA Tennessee after Continue reading Minor League Recap: Promotions, Demotions, and Short Season All-Stars