This is the first post for the third annual minor league report. Thanks to Arizona Phil via the Cub Reporter, I have some preliminary rosters for the minor league teams. There will be several more (final) roster adjustments made this weekend as the Cubs finalize their MLB 25-man roster, and the Cubs four full-season minor league affiliates (Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and Peoria) do the same. The minor league clubs will be leaving Arizona on Sunday and Monday, and will begin regular season league play on Thursday. Cubs Extended Spring Training (EXST) team in June will become the Boise Hawks and AZL team. ================================= ("INACTIVE?") indicates player is not on the field and MIGHT have been released
IOWA (30) This roster will need to be reduced to 25 13 pitchers 12 position players
PITCHERS (16): Jeff BeliveauAlberto CabreraEsmailin CaridadMarco CarrilloHung-Wen Chen (INACTIVE?)Casey ColemanFrankie De La CruzJay JacksonScott MaineBlake ParkerNate RobertsonRyan Rowland-SmithChris RusinNick StruckRandy WellsTravis Wood
CATCHERS (2):Welington CastilloBlake Lalli
INFIELDERS (7)Adrian CardenasEdgar GonzalezAnthony RizzoBobby ScalesMarquez SmithMatt TolbertJosh Vitters
OUTFIELDERS (5): Jim AdduciTony CampanaBrett JacksonDave SappeltTy Wright
TENNESSEE (27) This will be reduced to 13 pitchers and 12 position also
PITCHERS (15):Jeffry AntiguaFrank BatistaDallas BeelerDan BerlindMarcus HatleyAndrew McKirahanTrey McNuttYoannis NegrinBrooks RaleyDae-Eun RheeKevin RhoderickRyan SearleJuan SerranoCasey Weathers Tony Zych
CATCHERS (3)Juan ApodacaMichael BrenlyChad Noble (INACTIVE?) I assume he was demoted back to Daytona
INFIELDERS (6)Justin BourMatt CerdaJunior LakeJonathon MotaNate SamsonLogan Watkins Also can play outfiled
OUTFIELDERS (3)Michael BurgessJae-Hoon HaRebel Ridling Being converted to outfield will play 1b and DH also
DAYTONA (28) Needs to be reduced to 25 also
PITCHERS (14)Zach CatesGerardo ConcepcionFrank del ValleEduardo FigueroaCasey HarmanTy’Relle Harris Recovering from a serious hit run auto accident last yearEric JokischAustin KirkMatt LoosenA. J. MorrisBrian Schlitter Recovering from TJMatt Spencer (ex-OF)Larry SuarezBrett Wallach
CATCHERS (2):Yaniel CabezasMicah Gibbs
INFIELDERS (7):Arismendy AlcantaraLeugim BarrosoDustin HarringtonRichard JonesGreg RohanElliot SotoRonald Torreyes
OUTFIELDERS (5):Abner Abreu (INACTIVE?)Eliecer BonneNelson PerezRubi SilvaMatt Szczur
PEORIA (30) Needs to be reduced to 25 also
PITCHERS (16)Hunter AckermanKyler BurkeWillengton CruzP. J. FrancesconRyan HartmanMichael JensenLuis LiriaJeff LorickHector MayoraSheldon McDonaldJose RosarioHayden Simpson #1 Draft choice starting at very low level after a horrible first yearYao-Lin WangScott WeismannBen WellsJoe Zeller (INACTIVE?)
CATCHERS (3):Sergio BurruelAnthony Giansanti (ex-OF)Rafael Lopez
INFIELDERS (6):Zeke DeVossPaul HoilmanDustin GeigerMarco HernandezKenny Socorro (player-coach?)Brad Zapenas
OUTFIELDERS (5):John AndreoliXavier Batista* Pin-Chieh ChenTaiwan EasterlingReggie Golden
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING (ACTIVE) (45)
PITCHERS (20)Ian DicksonEthan EliasRamon GarciaCam Greathouse David HenrieSu-Min JungJin-Young KimPete LevittCarlos MartinezHector MayoraFelix PenaStarling PeraltaRoderik PichardoJames PuglieseAustin ReedTayler ScottBryce ShaferBrian SmithCharles Thomas (ex-3B)Rob Whitenack (ACTIVE REHAB)
CATCHERS (6):Wilson Contreras (ex-3B)Taylor DavisLuis Flores (see NOTE)Justin MarraAlberto Mineo (INACTIVE?)Neftali RosarioNOTE: Luis Flores is on the RESTRICTED LIST, but he is participating in Extended Spring Training
INFIELDERS (11):Luis AcostaGioskar AmayaJavier BaezJeimer CandelarioWes DarvillRyan Durrence (INACTIVE?)Brian InoaDanny LockhartCarlos PenalverRock ShouldersDan Vogelbach
OUTFIELDERS (8):Delbis ArcilaJeffrey BaezShawon DunstonEduardo GonzalezDong-Yub KimTrey MartinGarrett SchlechtOliver Zapata
FITCH PARK REHAB GROUP (20)PITCHERS (11):Jose AriasJustin BergDavid CalesDustin FitzgeraldJohn GaubGraham HicksArturo Maltos-GarciaDillon Maples ***Didn't know he was injured*****Tarlandus Mitchell (INACTIVE?)Zac RosscupAustin Urban
CATCHERS (3):Nate Maldonado (player-coach)Wilfredo PetitAntonio Valerio
INFIELDERS (3):Ryan CuneoPierre LePageDavid Macias
OUTFIELDERS (3):Yasiel BalaguertEvan Crawford (INACTIVE - MEDICAL)Trevor Gretzky
I was curious where they were going to start Concepcion out at.
Do we know what's ailing Maples?
I was also not aware that Gretzky was in the rehab group. Is it related to his wrist injury in high school?
Likelihood of Baez, Candelario, Vogelbach all on Boise? Maybe Rosario too?
If so where does Amaya go? Or could he be on the same team, maybe playing 2B?
I'd go to Boise to see that team ;-)
I think the plan is to keep as many of the draftees from the last draft together and start them at Boise in June. Shortseason should be thrilled.
"I think the plan is to keep as many of the draftees from the last draft together and start them at Boise in June. Shortseason should be thrilled."
I also think it's a good idea to let Vogelbach play everyday at that level while Hoilman (who was a college guy) plays every day at 1b at Peoria.
The Cubs draft was heavy on first basemen, so it's good to get them all as much playing time as possible. Likely, if healthy, Gretzky will play at the AZ rookie league team during the short season... but where will "The Rock" play? :)
Hey Joe, a friend of mine tasked me with giving him 2 teams worth of minor leaguers that he should keep an eye out for this year. Basically, a first team and second team of prospects to follow. Not just MLB ready prospects but prospects worth following. Also, players who he hasn't seen on the main Cub roster and aren't starting there this year. Here's what I came up with, and I thought it would be fun to get your take (see if i forgot someone):
Pos 1st team / 2nd team
C Welington Castillo / Micah Gibbs1B Anthony Rizzo / Dan Vogelbach2B Ronald Torreyes / Deke DeVossSS Daniel Baez / Junior Lake3B Josh Vitters / Jeimer Candelario1OF Brett Jackson / Jae-Hoon Ha2OF Matt Szczur / Michael Burgess3OF Reggie Golden / Evan Crawford1SP Trey McNutt / Dae-Eun Rhee2SP Dillon Maples / Zach Cates3SP Robert Whitenack / Nicholas Struck4SP Gerardo Concepcion / Jay Jackson5SP Austin Kirk / Ben WellsRHRP Kevin Rhoderick / Anthony ZychLHRP Jeff Beliveau / Jeff AntiguaCL Blake Parker / Frank Batista
Ridling has already been playing out there...just going to be playing full time in LF from now on.
The last 2years, Tennessee was rotating the IF 3 to 4 times a week because of Vitters and DJ LeMahieu. Ridling would often play LF on those days.
I have my tickets already in Chattanooga for the opening on Thursday. Am going to try to catch Monday and Tuesday next week as well.
Looked it up- Rebel played 47 games out there last season at a 985.
In roster news involving the Iowa Cubs, OF Jim Adduci was moved down to Tennessee from Iowa and 3B Marquez Smith and Bobby Scales were released. Also, it appears likely that SS Junior Lake (strained back) will open the Southern League season on the Tennessee 7-day DL. If so, he will probably remain at Fitch Park until he is ready to play again.
Bobby Scales was signed by the Mets AAA team.
Surprises me in 1 way that they let Smith go, but not really looking at in another way.
He is 27 and has been beset by the injury bug. But realistically wasnt going to see too much in the way of playing time at Iowa this year because of the plethora of IFs now on their roster.
I figured Adduci or Lalli was going back to Tennessee to shepherd the kids through the process.