Cubs Minor League Camp Roster Projections
Minor League Camp opened this week, as pitchers & catchers reported to Fitch Park after the Cubs moved up Center Streert to HoHoKam Park. Other minor league players will report on Tuesday.
Here are the projected Cubs Minor League Camp rosters (142 players), the DSL Cubs Reserve Lists (two teams combined - 66 players), plus some other stuff.
Players at Minor League Camp are often initially placed one level above where they are expected to play that season, and then they either get released or get demoted one or even two levels lower once the Cubs start to make cuts and send players to Minor League Camp (Fitch Park) from HoHoKam, with an accompanying downward cascade of players from Iowa to Tennessee, Tennessee to Daytona, etc.
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PROJECTED 2010 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS:
* Casey Lambert
* Scott Maine
Arismendy Mota (AAA Rule 5)
* Jeremy Papelbon
* Dustin Sasser
NOTE: Arismendy Mota was selected by the Washington Nationals in the AAA Phase of the December 2009 Rule 5 Draft and then was subsequently traded to the Cubs for cash considerations, so by rule he must be given a 15-day “fair trial” in Spring Training with AAA Iowa, but he can be assigned to any of the Cubs minor league affiliates prior to Opening Day.
* Mark Johnson
* Mark Reed
# Matt Matulia
* Ryne White
* Matt Spencer
* Jeffrey Beliveau
* Ryan Buchter
* James Leverton
* Chris Siegfried
* Luke Sommer
Jovan Rosa (ex-3B)
* Ryan Flaherty
# Marwin Gonzalez
D. J. LeMahieu
* Jake Opitz
* Kyler Burke
* Tony Campana
* Jason James
# David Macias
* Jeffry Antigua
* Brooks Raley
* Chris Rusin
* Richard Jones
* Matt Cerda
* Justin Bour
* Hak-Ju Lee
* Bobby Wagner
* Logan Watkins
* Nelson Perez
# Jose Valdez
* Austin Kirk
* John Mincone
* Marcos Perez
Brandon May (ex-3B)
# Alvaro Sosa
D. J. Fitzgerald
* Francisco Guzman
BOISE/MESA – EXST (20):
* Cody Hams
Dylan Johnston (ex-OF)
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
* Sergio Burruel
# Robert Bautista
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
* Kyung-Min Na
* Sean Williams
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa Spring Training roster is established prior to the start of Minor League Spring Training games (which should begin around March 18th), and will consist of players moved down from Peoria and Daytona, players moved up to Fitch Park from the DSL Cubs (see DSL CUBS roster below), and players who are rehabbing from injuries. This squad then becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training (EXST) team at Fitch Park April-May-June.
DSL CUBS (combined roster) - (66):
* Welington Cruz
* Carlos Galvez
* Richard Leyba
Pedro Medina (ex-OF)
* Abner Ruiz
# Hector Suarez
# Arismendy Alcantara
# Vismeldy Bieneme
# Rafael Disla
* Carlos Henry
# Jose Montecino
* Melido Perez
# Jesus Rodriguez
* Eduardo Gonzalez
* Alvaro Ramirez
# Gregorio Robles
NOTE: The DSL Cubs most-likely to get promoted to Fitch Park for Minor League Camp (or Extended Spring Training) include SS-2B Arismendy Alcantara, 3B-1B Joel Altagracia, RHP Frank Batista, RF Xavier Batista, 1B-OF Smaily Borges (26-year old Cuban defector who played for DSL Cubs #2 last season), C Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Felix Pena, 3B-1B Juan Pena, OF Alvaro Ramirez (24-year old ex-NYY who was signed by the Cubs in June 2009 after he was released by the Yankees), RHP Ramon Reyes, RHP Melvin Rosa, RHP Yilver Sanchez, and RHP Jose Tineo.
MINOR LEAGUERS GONE LAST 12 MONTHS
Ryan Acosta, RHP (ST) – signed with NYY
Erick Almonte, INF (ST) – signed with MIL
Cliff Andersen, OF (BOISE)
Ezequiel Astacio, RHP (IOWA)
Luis Bautista, 1B (ST) – signed with TB
Alfredo Belizaire, LHP (DSL CUBS)
Edward Campusano, LHP (ST)
Angel Castro, RHP (ST) – signed with PHI
Glenn Cook, OF (AZL CUBS)
Michael Cooper, RHP (ST)
Daley Cox, LHP (AZL CUBS)
Jesse Estrada, RHP (TENNESSEE) – signed with WAS
Arturo Florentino, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Erik Hamren, RHP (PEORIA)
Ryan Harvey, OF (ST) – signed with COL
Jim Henderson, RHP (ST) – signed with MIL
Sean Hoorelbeke, 1B (EXST)
Grant Johnson, RHP (ST)
Jericho Jones, OF (DAYTONA)
Bryan Jost, 1B (ST)
Ken Kadokura, RHP (ST)
Ryan Keedy, 1B (DAYTONA) – signed with FLA
Jesse Lebron, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Anderson Machado, INF (IOWA) – signed with MIL
Jose Made, INF (DAYTONA)
Pat Mahoney, C (ST)
Shawn McGill, C (ST)
Juan Medina, C (AZL CUBS)
Maicol Medina, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Alexander Mejia, 1B (DSL CUBS)
Tommy Mejia, RHP (ST)
Carlos Morales, INF (DSL CUBS)
Billy Muldowney, RHP (DAYTONA)
John Muller, RHP (ST)
Bubba O’Donnell, RHP (ST)
Mark Pawelek, LHP (ST) – signed with CIN
Genezaret Pena, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Carlos Perez, C (ST)
George Pineda, RHP (AZL CUBS)
Cedric Redmond, RHP (EXST)
Roeldwin Reyes, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Kyle Reynolds, 3B (TENNESSEE)
Tony Richie, C (ST)
Richie Robnett, OF (TENNESSEE) – signed with NYY
Jayson Ruhlman, LHP (TENNESSEE)
B. J. Ryan, LHP (IOWA)
Tomas Sanchez, RHP (DSL CUBS)
Audy Santana, RHP (ST) – signed with SF
Joe Simokaitis, RHP (TENNESSEE)
Matt Smith, LHP (ST)
Ryan Sontag, OF-LHP (BOISE)
Mike Stanton, LHP (ST)
Harol Tolentino, RHP (ST) – signed with PHI
Melvin Vasquez, LHP (AZL CUBS)
Steve Vento, RHP (DAYTONA)
Jose Vigay, C (DSL CUBS)
Chris Weimer, 1B (AZL CUBS)
Jason Waddell, LHP (IOWA) – signed with DET
Bill White, LHP (ST) – signed with PHI
TeWayne Willis, OF (ST)
Jonathan Wyatt, OF (DAYTONA)
Alberto Alburquerque, RHP (to COL for Jeff Baker)
Dumas Garcia, RHP (to TOR for $$$)
Josh Harrison, IF-OF (to PIT with Kevin Hart for John Grabow & Tom Gorzelanny)
Rocky Roquet, RHP (to OAK for $$$)
Justin Sellers, INF (to LAD for $$$)
POST-2009 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS – DID NOT RE-SIGN WITH CUBS:
Doug Deeds, OF – signed with AZ
Matt Craig, 1B
Casey Fossum, LHP
John-Ford Griffin, OF
Jose Pina, RHP – signed with OAK
Luis Rivas, INF
Nate Spears, INF - signed with BOS
Kurt Calvert, OF
Matt Williams, C
SELECTED IN DECEMBER 2009 RULE 5 DRAFT (AAA Phase):
Miguel Sierra, RHP (by TB)
Francisco Acosta, RHP
Wilson Contreras, C-3B
Clark Hardman, OF
NOTE: F. Acosta was placed on the Restricted List in July 2009, Hardman (2007 9th round draft pick out of Cal State - Fullerton) was placed on the Restricted List in October 2008, and W. Contreras (17-year old Venezuelan who received an $850K signing bonus last July) was placed on the Restricted List post-2009 after he was suspended by MLB for 50 games after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.
eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.
we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).
As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.
I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.
Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!
What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.
Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...
Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.
Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.
I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.
Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?
Maybe the three-headed dragon?
Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth
Three amigos time?
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.