Davis, Marquez climbing toward Wrigley

Prospect projects stand out as Chicago retools farm system

Brennen Davis compiled a .305/.381/.525 slash line for Class A South Bend in his first full season. (Tim Reilly/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | October 21, 2019 10:01 AM ET

Chicago Cubs No. 3 prospect Brennen Davis and fourth-ranked Brailyn Marquez were among the Organization All-Stars to flash potential in 2019.

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Thompson spins South Bend atop Midwest

Cubs No. 13 prospect fans 10 in five hitless in sweep to crown

South Bend captured its first Midwest League championship since becoming a Cubs affiliate. (Paul Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Jordan Wolf | September 14, 2019 10:23 PM ET

Chicago Cubs No. 13 prospect Riley Thompson struck out 10 over five hitless innings to lead Class A South Bend to a 5-0 win over Clinton and a three-game sweep for the Midwest championship.

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Cubs walk off with 2-0 series lead

Roederer scores on wild pitch in 10th in Midwest League Finals

South Bend is one win away from its first Midwest League championship since 2005. (South Bend Cubs)

By Curt Rallo | September 13, 2019 2:04 AM ET

Cole Roederer scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning as South Bend topped Clinton, 3-2, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 Midwest League Championship Series.

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Maldonado, Cubs win MWL Finals opener

21st-round pick hits tiebreaking solo homer in seventh inning

Nelson Maldonado joined South Bend at the end of July and hit .311 with a homer and 17 RBIs in 33 games. (South Bend Cubs)

By Curt Rallo | September 11, 2019 10:49 PM ET

Nelson Maldonado hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning and South Bend held on for a 3-1 victory over Clinton on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Midwest League Championship Series.

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Cubs bringing up Hoerner from Smokies

Top prospect strengthens Chicago's injury-laden middle infield

A first-round pick in 2018, Nico Hoerner has made 375 plate appearances in the Minor Leagues. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 9, 2019 11:00 AM ET

The Chicago Cubs brought up top prospect Nico Hoerner from the Double-A Tennessee Smokies on Monday to provide depth in the middle infield.

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Cubs secure spot in Midwest Finals

Davis sparks South Bend to second straight playoff sweep

The top four batters in South Bend's lineup combined to go 9-for-18 with six RBIs in Game 2. (South Bend Cubs)

By Joe Bloss | September 8, 2019 9:48 PM ET

With two hits and RBI from third-ranked Cubs prospect Brennen Davis, South Bend beat Great Lakes, 7-2, on Sunday to sweep its best-of-3 Midwest League semifinal series.

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2019 Pacific Coast League playoff preview

Express, Cubs seek first PCL title; Aviators face River Cats

Iowa's Colin Rea is PCL Pitcher of the Year; top A's prospect Jesus Lazardo boosted Las Vegas down the stretch. (Dylan Heuer, Jerry Espinoza)

By Chris Jackson | September 4, 2019 12:32 PM ET

The Pacific Coast League playoffs have a much different look than last year's edition as all four postseason teams -- Round Rock, Iowa, Sacramento and Las Vegas -- did not qualify in 2018.

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Smokies' Abbott ends year in stellar fashion

Cubs No. 16 prospect extends shutout streak to 22 2/3 innings

Cory Abbott ranks among the Southern League leaders in strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. (Ed Gardner/MiLB.com)

By Shlomo Sprung | August 31, 2019 11:50 PM ET

Cubs No. 16 prospect Cory Abbott struck out 10 and gave up two hits over six frames, extending his scoreless streak to 22 2/3 innings, as Double-A Tennessee thumped Mobile, 10-3, on Saturday.

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Abbott doesn't need to use Smokies signals

Cubs No. 16 prospect gives up three hits in latest scoreless start

Cory Abbott paces the Southern League with 156 whiffs and 140 2/3 innings on the mound. (Ed Gardner/MiLB.com)

By Duane Cross | August 25, 2019 8:47 PM ET

Chicago Cubs No. 16 prospect Cory Abbott gave up three hits across seven scoreless innings as Double-A Tennessee held off Birmingham, 4-2, on Sunday.

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I-Cubs' Swarmer sharp in combined one-hitter

Wieck, Norwood, Maples come out of bullpen in 12-strikeout gem

Matt Swarmer lowered his ERA to 5.58 with six strong innings on Thursday. (Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs)

By Danny Wild | August 22, 2019 4:56 PM ET

Matt Swarmer and three relievers combined on a one-hitter Thursday afternoon in the Triple-A Iowa Cubs' 1-0 win over visiting San Antonio.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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