Your 2008 Boise Hawks!
A few more of the recently drafted players arrived at Fitch Park today, including catcher Luis Flores (7th round pick out of Oklahoma State) and OF Tony Campana (13th round pick out of U. of Cincinnati). Both were immediately assigned to Boise.
And speaking of Boise, the Boise Hawks roster was posted in the Fitch Park clubhouse today, with 27 players assigned.
The 27-man roster includes 13 players who were selected in last week's Rule 4 Draft, plus one non-drafted free-agent (NDFA) signed after the conclusion of the draft. The other 13 players on the roster played in the Cubs organization last year.
The Northwest League has a 30-man roster limit, so as many as three more players could be assigned to Boise before Opening Day next Tuesday (or anytime, actually).
The Hawks will be departing Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for Boise tomorrow mornng at 7 AM, so the boys should be in fine shape for the Host Family Banquet in Boise, where each player will be paired with a "host family."
Here is the 2008 Boise Hawks roster (as of Friday 6/13):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Michael Bunton
* Arik Hempy
* James Leverton
* Mark Pawelek
* Ryan Flaherty (SS)
# Marwin Gonzalez (SS-2B-3B)
Josh Harrison (2B)
* Ryan Keedy (1B)
* Jake Opitz (2B)
Rebel Ridling (1B)
Josh Vitters (3B)
* Kyler Burke
* Tony Campana
* Drew Rundle
While the Hawks are in Boise preparing for NWL Opening Day, 14 members of the AZL Cubs will be traveling to Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday, and the 14 will be available to play in the Cubs-Padres "Hall of Fame" Game at Abner Doubleday Field in Coooperstown on Monday.
The crew will then get a "VIP Tour" of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum on Tuesday, before returning to Arizona on Wednesday to prepare for the AZL season that will commence next weekend.
Nice field trip for the kids, some of whom are only 17 years old.
Jim Hendry and Oneri Fleita could have plucked players from the Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and/or Peoria rosters for the HoF game, but they apparently decided they didn't want to cause any undo disruption to the clubs that are already in the midst of their regular season schedule (and Opening Day for the Boise Hawks is Tuesday, so diverting Boise players to Cooperstown would be inconvenient, too).
So for those of you who might watch the game on Monday, don't be too surprised if Junior (not Steve) Lake, Alvaro (not Sammy) Sosa, Kevin (not Geovany) Soto, Nelson (not Neifi) Perez, and Starlin (not Fidel) Castro get some PT in the later innings.
It's also POSSIBLE that 1B-OF Daryle Ward (rehabbing at Fitch Park while on the DL with a back injury) and/or RHP Angel Guzman (rehabbing at Fitch Park from 2007 TJS) could make the trip to Cooperstown, too, but that is still TBD.
Here is the current AZL Cubs roster (must be down to 35 players by AZL Opening Day):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Jeffrey Antigua
* Leon Johnson
* Luke Sommer
* Matt Cerda
Jose Guevara (REHAB - broken hand)
# Alvaro Sosa
* Bryan Jost (1B)
Starlin Castro (2B-SS)
John Contreras (3B-1B)
Sean Hoorelbeke (1B)
Dwayne Kemp (2B-LF)
Junior Lake (SS-3B)
Jose Made (2B-SS)
George Matheus (SS)
* Jeffrey Rea (REHAB - quad strain)
* Kurt Calvert
# David Macias
* Nelson Perez
# Cesar Salazar
And there are several others who are spending their Spring (and possibly their Summer, too) rehabbing at Fitch Park....
FITCH PARK INFIRMARY (11):
Ryan Acosta, RHP (UNKNOWN)
Alberto Alburquerque, RHP (2008 shoulder surgery rehab)
* Jeff Culpepper, OF (shoulder surgery rehab)
Rafael Dolis, RHP (2007 TJS surgery rehab)
* Clark Hardman, OF (UNKNOWN)
Jim Henderson, RHP (sore arm)
Kitt Kopach, RHP (2007 shoulder surgery rehab)
Oswaldo Martinez, RHP (2007 TJS rehab)
Jon Nagel, RHP (2008 draft pick - TJS rehab)
Cedric Redmond, RHP (torn labrum rehab - no surgery so far)
Larry Suarez, RHP (2008 TJS rehab)
Daryle Ward once again took batting practice this morning at Fitch Park, and he put on quite a power display,slamming several moon shots (or maybe I should say sun shots) onto 8th Street.
He said he feels a lot better than he did after yesterday's BP session (he felt some "jet lag" yesterday), and it certainly looks like he should be ready for a minor league rehab assignment very soon (that's if he doesn't go to Cooperstown as a chaperone with the AZL Cubs kids).
In Fitch Park roster news, RHP Jon Mueller has been promoted to Peoria, and the two Dominican RHPs who were demoted to the DSL Cubs in April after they got into an off-the-field fight (with each other) at EXST (the two being Francisco Acosta and Jose Severino) have been allowed to return to Fitch Park, and both pitched in today's intrasquad game.
Yes, believe it or not there actually was still ANOTHER intrasquad game today. The two squads were the Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs, but mixed together.
Hers the abridged box score...
1a. Ryan Keedy, 1B: 0-2 (K)
1b. Bryan Jost, 1B 1-1
2a. Jake Opitz, 2B: 1-1 (2 R, BB)
2b. Jeffrey Rea, 2B: 1-1
3. Josh Vitters, 3B 0-1 (R, BB)
4. Junior Lake, SS: 1-2 (R, RBI, 2B)
5. David Macias, LF: 1-1 (RBI, 2B, BB)
6. TeWayne Willis, CF: 1-2 (RBI, SB)
7. Kevin Soto, DH #1: 0-1 (SH)
8. Nelson Perez, RF: 1-2 (2B)
9a. Roberto Sabates, DH #2: 0-1
9b. Michael Brenly, PH: 0-1 (K)
10a. Alvaro Sosa, C: 0-1 (K)
10b. Carlos Perez, C: 0-1
1. Rebel Ridling, 1B 2-3 (2B, 3B, K, CS)
2. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B: 0-3 (2 K)
3. John Contreras, 3B: 0-2
4. Starlin Castro, SS: 0-2
5. Dwayne Kemp, LF: 1-2 (R)
6. Kurt Calvert, CF 1-2 (2B, RBI, K)
7. Kyler Burke, RF: 1-2 (SB)
8. Robinson Chirinos, C: 0-0 (2 BB)
9. Sean Hoorelbeke, DH: 0-1 (BB, K)
1. Marcus Hatley - 1.0 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
2. Jake Muyco - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
3. Carlos Rojas - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
4. Francisco Acosta - 0.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
5. Rogelio Carmona - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
1. Israel Camacaro - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
2. Andres Quezada - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
4. Jose Severino - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Alvaro Sosa 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Hot, clear skies, just freakin' hot
ATTENDANCE: 4 (including Jake Muyco's dad)
I am right there with you closing in on 60.
I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.
There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.
Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.
I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.
Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.
I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.
I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.
This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.
btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.
I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.
Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.
Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath of the Chapman trade:
SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete
EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin
There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.
And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .
I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.
I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.
Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).
chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).
The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.
McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.
There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.
to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.
I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?
And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?
We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.
Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place.