2013 Cubs AZ Instructional League Roster
10/2 UPDATE: LHP Rob Zastryzny (Cubs 2013 2nd round draft pick) has been added to the Cubs AZ Instructional League roster.
9/19 UPDATE: Carrie Muskat posted the updated 2013 Cubs AZ Instructional League roster yesterday at MLBBlogs Network, and that roster shows that RHP C. J. Edwards and OF Kevin Encarnacion have been deleted from last week's AZIL preliminary roster, and 16-year old OF Eloy Jimenez (the top-rated international prospect from 2013) has been added.
Here is the preliminary 2013 Cubs Arizona Instructional League (AZIL) roster (subject to change):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Johermyn Chavez (ex-OF)
C. J. Edwards
* Tyler Ihrig
Juan Carlos Paniagua
* Sam Wilson
NOTES: A former Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospect as an outfielder and an outfielder throughout his pro career coming into the 2013 season, 24-year old 6'3 220 Johermyn Chavez was signed as a six-year minor league FA by the Cubs last off-season, got an NRI to Spring Training, and played RF at AA Tennessee through May 9th (hitting just 206/306/270 in 24 SL games) before going to Mesa (Fitch Park) and being converted to a RHP. He saw some game action for the AZL Cubs in August, and he will be a 6YFA again post-2013 if he does not re-sign with the Cubs... 23-year old RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua ($1.5M bonus in 2012) got a late start due to visa problems and then strugled at both Kane County and Boise... 24-year old RHP Jose Rosario struggled at KC in 2013, and since he will be a minor league FA (6YFA) post-2014, he really needs to get past low-"A" in 2014... 6'7 19-year old Dominican RHP Jefferson Mejia was signed by the Cubs in July ($850K bonus) and made his pro debut with the DSL Cubs (3 G - 9.0 IP) in August... 18-year old RHP Jen-Ho Tseng was rated by Baseball America as the #6 international pitching prospect in 2013 (and the #1 international prospect in Taiwan) prior to signing with the Cubs in August ("Signed for Future Service" - 2014 contract - $1.625M bonus) and he will be making his pro debut at Instructs...
Ben Carhart (ex-3B)
# Erick Castillo
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
# Mark Malave (ex-3B)
* Alberto Mineo
Giuseppe Papaccio (ex-INF)
# Wilfredo Petit
NOTES: Jordan Hankins played 2B in college (Austin Peay) but his position was announced as "catcher" when the Cubs drafted him in the 11th round this past June. However, he played only 3B-2B-1B at AZL Cubs and Boise... Wiill Remillard was drafted by the Cubs out of Coastal Carolina U. in June (he was Josh Conway's catcher in college) and signed in July, but he did not play in the AZL due to a back injury, so he will be making his pro debut at Instructs... Alberto Mineo was signed as a 16-year old out of Italy in 2010 ($225K bonus), but he has yet to advance past rookie ball (AZL)... Although he was signed ($1.6M bonus) as a catcher as a 16-year old in July 2011, switch-hitting Mark Malave was moved to 3B when he made his pro debut at Instructs two years ago. (BTW, same thing happened with Willson Contreras, who was signed by the Cubs as a catcher in 2009, was immediately moved to 3B, and then was moved back to catcher after the 2011 season)...
Gioskar Amaya (2B)
# Jeimer Candelario (3B)
# Frandy de la Rosa (SS-2B)
Kelvin Freeman (1B)
Jesse Hodges (3B)
* Danny Lockhart (2B-SS-3B)
Carlos Penalver (SS)
Gleyber Torres (SS)
NOTES: 16-year old Venezuelan SS Gleyber Torres was rated by Baseball America as the #2 International prospect this season. The Cubs signed him ("Signed for Future Service" - 2014 contract - $1.7M bonus) in July and he will be making his pro debut at Instructs... 17-year old switch-hitting Dominican SS-2B Frandy de la Rosa ($700K bonus in 2012) made his pro debut at Extended Spring Training in Mesa, but then spent the 2013 regular season with the DSL Cubs...
* Rashad Crawford
* Shawon Dunston Jr
* Jose Dore (also 3B-2B-1B)
# Kevin Encarnacion
NOTES: One of the fastest players in the organization, Rashad Crawford gave-up switch-hitting in Extended Spring Training and is now hitting exclusively LH to take greater advantage of his speed... Trey Martin underwent surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder in May and just started taking BP at Fitch Park a couple of weeks ago... Toolsy & athletic Jose Dore was acquired from SD during Spring Training and played 1B-2B-3B-LF-CF-RF at Extended Spring Training, so while he is listed as an outfielder, he can play just about anywhere in the INF or OF... Baseball America's top-rated 2013 international prospect (16-year old Dominican OF Eloy Jimenez) was signed by the Cubs in August ("Signed for Future Service" - 2014 contract - $2.8M bonus), and he is presently scheduled to make his pro debut at Dominican Academy Instructs in October and (probably) his U. S. debut at either Minor League Camp or Extended Spring Training in Mesa in 2014...
In addition, pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero, and Arodys Vizcaino, infielders Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, and outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler will likely spend a few days with the AZIL squad at Fitch Park before they report to the Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) a half-mile up the street at HoHoKam Park.
Tim Cossins (Catching)
Jose Flores (Infield/Bunting)
Anthony Iapoce (Hitting)
Derek Johnson (Pitching)
Carmelo Martinez (Assistant Hitting)
Lee Tinsley (Outfield/Baserunning)
AZIL GAME MANAGERS:
Gary Van Tol
Oscar Bernard (Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Hitting Coach)
Juan Cabreja (Coach)
Storm Davis (Pitching Coach)
Mariano Duncan (Hitting Coach)
Dave Keller (Coach)
Nate Maldonado (Catching Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach)
Osmin Melendez (Coach)
Bobby Mitchell (Coach)
David Rosario (Pitching Coach)
Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (Pitching Coach)
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?
Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump
Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.
j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.
felix pena, your turn.