2013 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters (3/12)
Here are the Cubs Minor League Camp rosters as of today (3/12).
There has been some player movement in both directions (mainly downward) over the past couple of days.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Casey Harman
* Eric Jokisch
* Brooks Raley
* Zac Rosscup
* Dontrelle Willis
# Micah Gibbs
* Justin Bour
# Tim Torres
* Logan Watkins
* Nelson Perez
* Rubi Silva
* Kyler Burke
* Frank del Valle
P. J. Francescon
* Austin Kirk
* Jeff Lorick
A. J. Morris
* Matt Spencer
# Arismendy Alcantara
# Zeke DeVoss
* Jeffry Antigua
* Gerardo Concepcion
* Sheldon McDonald
* Andrew McKirahan
* Sergio Burruel
NATE MALDONADO (player-coach)
* Wes Darvill
* Dan Vogelbach
# Bobby Buckner
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Bijan Rademacher
# Oliver Zapata
KANE COUNTY (58+1):
* Hunter Ackerman
* Nathan Dorris
* Michael Heesch
* Matt Iannazzo
* Anthony Prieto
* Kyle Shepard
* Brian Smith
# Erick Castillo
* Justin Marra
* Wilfredo Petit
Rony Rodriguez (ex-OF)
# Jeimer Candelario
# Marco Hernandez
Jesse Hodges (temporarily assigned to IOWA squad)
* Danny Lockhart (temporarily assigned to IOWA squad)
* Mark Malave
* Jacob Rogers
* Rock Shoulders
KENNY SOCORRO (player-coach)
Jeffrey Baez (temporarily assigned to IOWA squad)
# Rashad Crawford (temporarily assigned to TENNESSEE squad)
* Shawon Dunston Jr
* Trevor Gretzky
William Hill (temporarily assigned to IOWA squad)
* Garrett Schlecht (temporarily assigned to TENNESSEE squad)
LIMITED ACTIVITY/REHAB GROUP (10):
Marcelo Carreno, P (TENNESSEE)
* Hunter Cervenka, P (TENNESSEE
Dayan Diaz, P (TENNESSEE)
Chang-Yong Lim, P (IOWA)
* Alberto Mineo, C (KANE COUNTY)
Dillon Maples, P (KANE COUNTY)
Armando Rivero, P (TENNESSEE)
Jose Rosario, P (DAYTONA)
Casey Weathers, P (IOWA)
Brad Zapenas, INF (KANE COUNTY)
Carlos Escobar, C (ankle/foot injury)
Marcos Mateo, P (TJS rehab)
Amaury Paulino, P (TJS rehab)
Yao-Lin Wang. P (en route to Mesa from WBC)
STATUS/WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN (to me):
Rafael Diplan, P
* Isaac Garsez, OF
David Henrie, P
Juan Carlos Paniagua, P
Greg Rohan, IF-OF
Roni Torreyes, INF
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?