2009 Opening Day Minor League Rosters
C - Mark Johnson, Chris Robinson
INF - Andres Blanco, Matt Matulia, Luis Rivas, Nate Spears, Bobby Scales, Jake Fox
OF - Sam Fuld, Doug Deeds, So Taguchi, Jason Dubois, Brad Snyder
SP - Jose Ascanio, Mitch Atkins, Esmalian Caridad, Jeff Samardzija, Randy Wells
RP - Justin Berg, Jessie Estrada, Chad Fox, Kevin Hart, J.R. Mathes, Greg Reinhard, Jeff Stevens, Jason Waddell
That starting rotation is according to the press release and it mentions that Mitch Atkins will get Iowa's opening day start. Also, Triple A and Double A rosters should max out at 24 (according to AZ Phil at least) so there's a good chance two players are headed to the DL right away unless there's been a rule change. Then of course, why wouldn't they just sit back in extended spring training?
C - Welington Castillo, Steve Clevenger
INF - Darwin Barney, Tony Thomas, Jonathan Mota, Matt Camp, Blake Lalli, Kyle Reynolds.
OF - Jim Adduci, Brandon Guyer, Richie Robnett, Ty Wright
SP- James Russell, Hung-Wen Chen, Casey
Jackson, Casey Lambert (link)
RP - Todd Blackford, John Gaub, Alex Maestri, Jeremy Papelbon, Blake Parker, Vince Perkins,
Jayson Ruhlman, Brian Schlitter
25 total for 24 supposed roster spots, so something will have to give.
C- Mark Reed, Robinson Chirinos
INF - Russ Canzler, Starlin Castro, Jovan Rosa, Marwin Gonzalez, Nathan Samson, Marquez Smith
OF - Tyler Colvin, Drew Rundle, Dylan Johnston, Jonathan Wyatt
P- Alberto Albuquerque, David Cales, Rafael Dolis, James Leverton, Marcos Mateo, Dan McDaniel, Craig Muschko, Jake Muyco, Dustin Sasser, Ryan Searle, Luke Sommer, Steve Vento, Henry Williamson
C - Luis Flores, Mario Mercedes
INF - Rebel Ridling, Josh Harrison, Junior Lake, Ryan Flaherty, Josh
Vitters, David Macias
OF - Cliff Andersen, Kyler Burke, Tony Campana, Nelson
P - Chris Archer, Jeffrey
Beliveau, Ryan Buchter, Alberto Cabrera, Chris Carpenter, Erik Hamren, Marcus
Hatley, Chris Huseby, Kevin Kreier, Mike Perconte, Jose Pina, Aaron Shafer, Josh Whitlock
Last year's top pick Andrew Cashner looks like he'll stay back in Arizona for extended spring training still dealing with his oblique injury he suffered early on in camp. The mysterious case of Jordan Latham remains...mysterious. I was told he was released by Steve Holley at Inside the Ivy. Then when he ran his own story mentioning it (it's been edited since), the Cubs and particularly Latham's family freaked out a bit and Steve was assured that he wasn't released. Yet, he's not on any rosters suggesting he's staying back in extended spring training in Arizona. But for a kid with a 2.63 minor league ERA over two seasons and pitching in Daytona last year, that's an odd choice unless there's an injury of some sort...or possibly some personal issues that put him behind others.