Projected Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters

Minor League Camp doesn't open for another couple of weeks, but here are the projected Cubs Minor League Camp rosters for the five squads (141 players) at Minor League Camp and also the DSL Cubs Reserve Lists (two teams - 70 players).

Players at Minor League Camp are sometimes initially placed one level above where they will likely play that season, and then they either get released or get demoted one level lower once the Cubs start to make cuts and send players to Minor League Camp at Fitch Park from the big league camp at HoHoKam, with an accompanying downward cascade of players from Iowa to Tennessee, Tennessee to Daytona, etc.

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PROJECTED 2009 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS:

IOWA (29):

PITCHERS (15):
Marco Carrillo
Angel Castro
Michael Cooper
Jesse Estrada
Dumas Garcia
Jim Henderson
Grant Johnson
* Casey Lambert
Alessandro Maestri (WBC - Team Italy)
Billy Muldowney
Blake Parker
* Jeremy Papelbon
Gregory Reinhard
* Jayson Ruhlman
* James Russell

CATCHERS (3)
* Mark Reed
Tony Richie
Chris Robinson

INFIELDERS (6)
Erick Almonte
Robinson Chirinos
# Matt Matulia
* Kyle Reynolds
Justin Sellers
* Nate Spears

OUTFIELDERS (5)
* James Adduci
* Matt Camp
* Tyler Colvin
Ryan Harvey
Ty Wright

TENNESSEE (28):

PITCHERS (15)
Alberto Alburquerque
Chris Archer
Todd Blackford
* Ryan Buchter 
Hung-Wen Chen (WBC - Team Chinese Taipei)
* John Gaub
Jay Jackson
Jordan Latham
Craig Muschko
John Muller
Jake Muyco
Jose Pina
* Dustin Sasser
* Chris Siegfried
Steve Vento

CATCHERS (2)
* Blake Lalli
Mario Mercedes

INFIELDERS (7)
Luis Bautista
Russ Canzler
Jose Made
Jonathan Mota
Jovan Rosa
Marquez Smith
Tony Thomas

OUTFIELDERS (4)
* Kyler Burke
Brandon Guyer
* Dylan Johnston
* Jonathan Wyatt

DAYTONA (32):

PITCHERS (18)
Ryan Acosta
* Jeffrey Beliveau
Alberto Cabrera
David Cales
Chris Carpenter
Casey Coleman
Rafael Dolis
Marcus Hatley
Robert Hernandez
Kevin Kreier
* James Leverton
Dan McDaniel
* Mark Pawelek
Audy Santana
Aaron Shafer
* Luke Sommer
Josh Whitlock
Hank Williamson

CATCHERS (3)
Luis Flores
Shawn McGill
Carlos Perez

INFIELDERS (7)
* Ryan Flaherty
Josh Harrison
* Ryan Keedy
* Jake Opitz
Rebel Ridling
Nate Samson
Josh Vitters

OUTFIELDERS (4)
* Cliff Andersen
* Tony Campana
Jericho Jones
* Drew Rundle

PEORIA (32):

PITCHERS (18):
* Jeffry Antigua
Justin Bristow
Manolin DeLeon
Yohan Gonzalez
Erik Hamren
Chris Huseby
Tommy Mejia
Dionis Nunez
Bubba O’Donnell
Julio Pena
Mike Perconte
Cedric Redmond
Dae-Eun Rhee
Carlos Rojas
Ryan Searle
Miguel Sierra
Larry Suarez
Harol Tolentino

CATCHERS (3)
Michael Brenly
Pat Mahoney
# Alvaro Sosa

INFIELDERS (6)
Starlin Castro
# Marwin Gonzalez
Gian Guzman
Sean Hoorelbeke
* Bryan Jost
Junior Lake

OUTFIELDERS (5)
* Kurt Calvert
# David Macias
* Nelson Perez
* Ryan Sontag
TeWayne Willis

BOISE/MESA (19 – see NOTE):

PITCHERS (8)
* Cody Hams
Su-Min Jung
Josh Lansford (ex-3B)
Toby Matchulat
Oswaldo Martinez
Tarlandus Mitchell
Jon Nagel
Adam Spencer

CATCHERS (3)
* Matt Cerda
John Contreras (ex-3B)
Jose Guevara

INFIELDERS (4)
* Hak-Ju Lee
Dwayne Kemp
George Matheus
* Logan Watkins

OUTFIELDERS (4)
Jae-Hoon Ha
Kevin Soto
Chris Weimer
* Sean Williams

NOTE: Balance of Boise/Mesa ST roster (about 15 players – probably ten pitchers, one catcher, two infielders, and two outfielders - TBD) will be players moved up to Fitch Park from DSL Cubs (see DSL CUBS roster below).

DSL CUBS - (70):

PITCHERS (42):
Frank Batista
* Alfredo Belizaire
Jane Bremon
Rogelio Carmona
Miguel Corletto
* Welington Cruz
Antonio Encarnacion
Diego Encarnacion
Eduardo Figueroa
Arturo Florentino
* Carlos Galvez
Ramon Garcia
Alvido Jimenez
Joel Lanfranco
Jesse Lebron
Luis Liria
Hector Mayorga
Maicol Medina
Roneidy Mejia
Jade Mendez
Enyelberth Pena
Genezeret Pena
Starlin Peralta
* Marcos Perez
Roderik Pichardo
Francoris Pineda
Gorge Pineda
Andres Quezada
Rafael Ramirez
Ramon Reyes
Roeldwin Reyes
Jhon Rodriguez
Santo Rodriguez
Braulio Rosario
Jose Rosario
* Abner Ruiz
Julio Sanchez
Tomas Sanchez
Yilver Sanchez
Deuris Severino
Jose Tineo
* Melvin Vasquez

CATCHERS (6):
Miguel Gonzalez
Yamel Liria
Juan Medina
Ricardo Parra
Carlos Romero
Jose Vigay

INFIELDERS (13):
# Arismendy Alcantara
Yohan Astacio
# Robert Bautista
# Ramon Bonilla
# Vismeldy Bieneme
# Rafael Disla
* Carlos Henry
# Alexander Mejia
# Jose Montecino
Carlos Morales
Juan Pena
* Melido Perez
Miguel Salazar

OUTFIELDERS (9):
Melvin Camarena
Alejandro Damian
* Francisco Guzman
Albert Hernandez
Pedro Medina
Jesus Morelli
Manuel Pestana
# Gregorio Robles
# Jose Valdez

MINOR LEAGUERS GONE

RELEASED LAST 12 MONTHS  
Luis Andrades, OF (DSL CUBS)
Zach Ashwood, LHP (PEORIA)
Luis Astorga, LHP (ST)
Jose Avila, INF (DSL CUBS)
Cory Bailey, RHP (ST)
Bienvenido Beltre, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Jose Bracho, C (DSL CUBS)
Ben Broussard, 1B (TENN)
Jim Brower, RHP (IOWA)
Michael Bunton, LHP (BOISE)
Yelson Cabrera, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Israel Camacaro, RHP (BOISE)
Matt Canepa, C (ST)
Julio Castillo, RHP (PEORIA)
Andy Cavazos, RHP (IOWA)
J. D. Closser, C (ST)
Corey Coles, OF (DAY)
Rafael Cova, RHP (MEXICO)
Miguel Cuevas, RHP (ST)
Jeff Culpepper, OF (EXST)
Alejandro De La Cruz, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Brian Dopirak, 1B (ST)
Derrek Ellison, LHP (ST)
Danny Fatheree, C (AZL CUBS - MENTOR)
Jesse Garcia, INF (IOWA)
Gasner Guerrier, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Justino Guzman, 1B (DSL CUBS)
Erik Hempy, LHP (EXST)
Yuri Higgins, RHP (ST)
Matt Hudgins, C (ST)
Edilmar Infante, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Elvin Jimenez, OF (DSL CUBS)
Leon Johnson,LHP (AZL CUBS)
Geoff Jones, LHP (IOWA)
Randy Keisler, LHP (IOWA)
Scott Koerber, LHP (ST)
Kitt Kopach, RHP (AZL CUBS)
Junniol Lami, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Elvis Lara, IF-OF (PEORIA)
Tim Layden, LHP (ST)
Brian Leclerc, OF (ST)
Simon Lee, RHP (ST)
Herasmo Magallanes, IF-OF (DSL CUBS)
Ryne Malone, INF (DAY)
Matt Maradeo, RHP (ST)
Andrew McCormick, RHP (ST)
Scott Meyer, RHP (EXST)
Ryan Meyers, RHP (DAY)
Pacheco Mota, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Billy Mottram, 3B (ST)
Jon Mueller, RHP (PEORIA)
Reinaldo Navarro, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Taylor Parker, LHP (ST)
Lenny Pena, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Mike Phelps, RHP (DAY)
Nelson Pierre, 2B (DSL CUBS)
Ramon Rache, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Pedro Ramirez, OF (DSL CUBS)
Hernan Ramos, RHP (ST)
Jeffrey Rea, 2B (PEORIA)
Jesus Reyes, OF (ST)
Alan Rick, C (ST)
Chris Rivera, RHP (ST)
Carlos R. Rojas, INF (ST)
Gregorio Rodriguez, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Roberto Sabates, C (EXST)
Issmael Salas, INF (TENN)
Cesar Salazar, OF (EXST)
Joel Santo, RHP (ST)
Jose Severino, RHP (AZL CUBS)
Chris Shaver, LHP (IOWA)
Andy Soto, 2B (DSL CUBS)
Min-Kyu Sung, OF (PEORIA)
Shingo Takatsu, RHP (ST)
Scott Taylor, RHP (EXST)
Yubrany Veras, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Chris Walker, OF (ST)
Les Walrond, LHP (ST)
Tanner Watson, RHP (TENN)
Chih-Hsiang Wen, OF (ST)

TRADED LAST 12 MONTHS:
Matt Avery, RHP (to WAS)
Jose Ceda, RHP (to FLA)
Darin Downs, LHP (to TB)
Joe Simokaitis, SS (to SEA)

POST-2008 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS:
Mike Burns, RHP
Hector Carrasco, RHP
Matt Craig, 1B-2B (signed with FLA)
Luis Figueroa, INF (signed with LAA)
Adam Harben, RHP
Josh Kroeger, OF (signed with CHW)
Billy Petrick, RHP
Carmen Pignatiello, LHP
Jason Stanford, LHP
Andres Torres, OF (signed with SF)

SELECTED IN 2008 RULE 5 DRAFT:
Yusuf Carter, OF (by OAK)
Mark Holliman, RHP (by MIL)
Donald Veal, LHP (by PIT)

PRESENT STATUS UNKNOWN
Joel Altagracia, 1B-3B
Pedro DeJesus, C
Davy Gregg, OF 
Clark Hardman, OF
Justin Rayborn, RHP
Marc Sawyer, 1B
Matt Weber, RHP
NOTE: Both Altagracia (who received a reported $140K bonus last July) and DeJesus were on the DSL Cubs Instructs roster last November, but neither are presently on a Cubs Minor League Reserve List. It's possible that their contracts were voided for some reason (possibly an age discrepancy, or maybe some type of pre-eixting injury or medical condition, or perhaps some other "issue").

Gregg, Rayborn, and Weber were placed on the Restricted List two years ago when they unofficially retired from Minor League Camp (Weber quit pro baseball to play college basketball), but all three were reinstated and then made eligible for the Rule 5 Draft post-2008, but were not selected. None of the three are on a Minor League Reserve List at this time, so they may have been released after the Rule 5 Draft.

Hardman (2007 9th round draft pick out of Cal State - Fullerton) and Sawyer (2007 15th round selection out of Yale) could still be on the Restricted List, and if so, they will probably remain there unless they decide to "unretire," or else they will  probably be reinstated in time for the 2010 Rule 5 Draft (players can remain on the Restricted List for a maximum of two years before they have to be reinstated).

Comments

Great writeup Phil.

Oh and 1st

BTW Scott Eyre is broke

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/p...

I heard that Eyre only has $44 million to get him through the next three years.

well-played

I didn't see Bob Brenley's kid. Is he still in the organization?

Mike Brenley is a Catcher at Peoria according to the list.

Thanks...too busy getting my face paint ready for the radio broadcast of today's game.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090225&c...

I love how the details of the 1st surgery keep getting more severe each time someone writes an article on ol' #22...this time Dr. Andrews did a 180 degree labrum repair AND a repair of a split tear in his capsule

Next we'll find out they had to call in Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy to assist in the procedure.

Didn't see Cashner anywhere on there???

probably because Cashner is an NRI and with the major league team right now...I would guess he starts in Daytona or Tennessee.

oops

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=274902

Q: Why in the world would the Cubs let Henry Blanco go? He was a mentor for Soto, he was strong defensively and he was a right-handed hitter on a team now dominated by lefties?

Miles: Insiders tell me the pitchers actually liked throwing to Koyie Hill better than they did to Blanco late last year. The Cubs won't come out and say they felt Blanco's game was beginning to fade, but that's the impression I get. Koyie Hill was a pretty good mentor to Soto for almost an entire year at Iowa in 2007. As it turned out, there really wasn't much of a financial market for Blanco out there.

Az. Phil, thanks so much for the projected spring rosters.

AZ Phil......nobody stays on top of things like you do, and we appreciate it. I noticed that on your projected rosters there is an * or an # nex't to some of the players names but I couldn't see an explanation for the symbols. I must be blind.

* = left handed (batting for position players, throwing for pitchers);
# = switch hitter

Thanks

Az Phil, it looks like the Cubs have parted ways with Pignatiello and Harben.

AZ Phil! I'm dying for information! I'm a brother of a Cubs minor leaguer, and there's absolutely NO coverage except for you! Is there any update in the works for the minor league coverage? Great article here by the way!

Btw, I greatly appreciate what you do. It helps us stay in the loop during Spring Training!

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  • Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.

    John Beasley 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.

    crunch 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?

    Brick 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • "An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."

    crunch 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.

    Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.

    In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)

    Rob G. 4 hours 1 min ago view
  • Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.

    billybucks 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.

    billybucks 5 hours 5 min ago view
  • Ramos torn ACL

    jacos 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • Sure, its not about his record.

    jacos 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • Do you start him Sunday or not?

    @jonmorosi Pitchers w/ sub-2.00 ERA in year of 185+ IP this century: Pedro ’00, Clemens ’05, Kershaw ’13/’14, Arrieta ’15, Greinke ’15, Hendricks ’16.

    Rob G. 6 hours 56 min ago view
  • Yeah -- that would be rough for him. But, Monty is getting people out, he's a lefty and he has experience working out of the bullpen. Hammel? None of the above.

    billybucks 7 hours 51 min ago view
  • even if he's not starting, abandoning hammel would be a bit of a 'screw you.' i think it might be -monty +hammel, but it's speculation.

    either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.

    crunch 8 hours 52 min ago view
  • Joe said he is leaning towards 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

    - 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
    - 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?

    billybucks 9 hours 3 min ago view
  • Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time  

    The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 38 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner.

    Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays.

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 39 min ago view
  • I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.

    Arizona Phil 10 hours 7 min ago view