Updated Minor League Camp Rosters
Here are the Cubs minor league rosters at Fitch Park as they were this morning (3/31).
OF Sam Fuld, 1B Micah Hoffpauir, and catcher Chris Robinson were sent down yesterday, but have not yet reported to Fitch Park.
As I’ve mentioned before, when the Cubs send players to Fitch Park (Minor League Camp) from HoHoKam Park, there are corresponding roster moves made at Fitch Park, as players are either moved downward (Iowa to Daytona, Tennessee to Daytona, et al) or released. (15 players were released last Sunday, although one was later re-signed).
At present, Iowa has 31 players (must get down to 24 by Opening Day), Tennessee has 31 players (must get down to 24 by Opening Day), Daytona has 27 players (must get down to 25 by Opening Day), and Peoria has 31 players (must get down to 25 by Opening Day). The Boise/Mesa squad presently has 39 players on its roster, but that number will actually increase by another 10-12 by this time next week.
The Boise/Mesa group is also the Cubs “Extended Spring Training” (EXST) squad that plays at Fitch Park April-May-June, before the Boise and AZL Cubs (Mesa) teams are formed in mid-June after the Rule 4 Draft. The EXST Cubs usually carry about 50 players, including players who were unable to make the Peoria Opening Day roster, and minor league players (mostly pitchers) who are rehabbing from injuries.
The Iowa and Tennessee clubs will usually carry 12 pitchers and 12 position players, and the Daytona and Peoria clubs will usually carry 13 pitchers and 12 position players. Each full-season affiliate also usually carries one “player-coach” (usually a catcher or a utility infielder) signed to a Minor League Uniform Player Contract who can be temporarily activated if a position player is placed on the minor league 7-day DL. The player-coach is moved back & forth to the roster as needed, sometimes for an extended period of time.
UPDATED 2010 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS – WEDNESDAY MORNING 3/31:
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* John Gaub
* Scott Maine
* J. R. Mathes
* Steve Clevenger
* Mark Johnson (Inactive – player/coach)
* Blake Lalli
* Matt Camp
* Micah Hoffpauir
* Bryan Lahair
# David Macias
# Bobby Scales
* James Adduci
* Sam Fuld
* Brad Snyder
* Ryan Buchter
Chris Carpenter (Limited Activity Only – Injury Rehab)
* Jeremy Papelbon
* Chris Rusin
* Chris Siegfried
* Luke Sommer
* Dustin Sasser
* Mark Reed
* Ryan Flaherty
# Marwin Gonzalez
* Jake Opitz
* Matt Spencer
* Tony Campana
* Jason James
Justin Bristow (Limited Activity Only – injury rehab)
* James Leverton
* Brooks Raley
# Alvaro Sosa
D. J. Lemahieu
# Matt Matulia (Inactive – player/coach)
* Ryne White
* Kyler Burke
* Brett Jackson
* Nelson Perez
# Jose Valdez
* Jeffry Antigua
* Jeffrey Beliveau
* Sergio Burruel
John Contreras (Inactive – player/coach)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Jovan Rosa (ex-3B)
* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
D. J. Fitzgerald
* Hak-Ju Lee
* Bobby Wagner
* Logan Watkins
* Richard Jones
* Alvaro Ramirez
Gian Guzman (ex-SS)
* Cody Hams
Marcus Hatley (TJS rehab)
Dylan Johnston (TJS rehab)
* Austin Kirk
* Casey Lambert (TJS rehab)
* John Mincone
* Marcos Perez
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
# Rafael Disla
Rebel Ridling (appendectomy rehab)
# Vismeldy Bieneme
* Francisco Guzman
* Kyung-Min Na
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa squad becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training (EXST) team at Fitch Park April-May-June.
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.
It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.
I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.
I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.
This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:
Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!
Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.
Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.
Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.
Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.
Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.
Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.
He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.
He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.
Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.
Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.
That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible