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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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 16 hours 51 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 16 hours 56 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 17 hours 1 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 17 hours 13 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 17 hours 24 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 17 hours 49 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 18 hours 29 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 19 hours 42 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 19 hours 59 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 20 hours 3 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 20 hours 47 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 4 hours ago view