Your 2011 AZIL Cubs!

Here is the 2011 Cubs Arizona Instructional League roster.

The first AZIL league game for the Cubs will be this Friday at Fitch Park versus the Brewers.

The 47-man AZIL Cubs roster features eight players who will be making their professional debut, including 2011 11th round draft pick ($1.275M bonus) OF Shawon Dunston, Jr (Valley Christian HS - San Jose CA), 14th round draft pick ($2.5M bonus) RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS - Southern Pines, NC), 15th round draft pick catcher Justin Marra (Canadian Junior National Team), and 35th round draft pick RHP Ian Dickson (Lafayette College), recently-signed NDFA RHP David Henrie (Trinidad State JC), 16-year old switch-hitting $1.6M Venezuelan bonus baby catcher Mark Malave, 16-year old $1.1M Dominican bonus baby SS Luis Acosta, and 16-year old Curacao LHP Christopher Pieters ($350K bonus).

Another seven players will be making their U. S. debut, including DSL Cubs RHPs Jose Arias and Alexander Santana, 3B Jeimer Candelario, SS Carlos Penalver, and outfielders Jeffrey Baez and Eliecer Bonne (a 24-year old Cuban defector who signed with the Cubs this past spring), and 17-year old Italian catcher Alberto Mineo (who hit 270/333/338 in 31 games played at the MLB Australian Academy Program this past summer).

Besides Dunston, Jr, Maples, Marra, and Dickson, 13 other 2011 Cubs draft picks at Instructs include SS Javier Baez (1st round), 1B Dan Vogelbach (2nd round), 2B-OF Zeke DeVoss (3rd round), RHP Tony Zych (4th round), RHP Tayler Scott (5th round), C Neftali Rosario (6th round), OF Garrett Schlecht (9th round), INF Danny Lockhart (10th round), C Rafael Lopez (16th round), LHP Andrew McKirahan (21st round), 1B Rock Shoulders (25th round), RHP Michael Jensen (26th round), and OF Taiwan Easterling (27th round).

In addition, 25-year old 6’4 245# OF Matt Spencer is being converted to a LHP. Spencer was a two-way player (LHP-OF) in HS and in his first two years at the University of North Carolina (before transferring to Arizona State), so he is not a stranger to the mound.

Spencer was one of three players acquired from the Oakland A’s in the Jake Fox deal a couple of years ago, and he played 1B and all three OF spots for Tennessee and Iowa in 2011, hitting a combined 246/319/419 with 14 HR & 70 RBI between AA and AAA (but only 188/260/246 in 27 games at AAA). He also got into two blow-outs as a pitcher (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R 3 BB, 1 K).


Dave Bialas

Mark Johnson

Tom Beyers
Franklin Font
Jason Dubois
Brian Harper
Casey Kopitzke
Dennis Lewallyn
Carmelo Martinez
Tom Pratt
David Rosario
Lee Tinsley
Desi Wilson


* bats or throws left
# bats both

Jose Arias
* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
* Frank Del Valle
Ian Dickson
Dustin Fitzgerald
David Henrie
Michael Jensen
Luis Liria
Dillon Maples
* Andrew McKirahan
Tarlandus Mitchell
Amaury Paulino
Felix Pena
Starling Peralta
* Christopher Pieters
Austin Reed
Jose Rosario
* Zac Rosscup
Alexander Santana
Tayler Scott
* Matt Spencer (ex-OF)
Larry Suarez
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
Tony Zych

Yaniel Cabezas
# Micah Gibbs
* Rafael Lopez
# Mark Malave
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo
Neftali Rosario

Luis Acosta
Javier Baez
# Jeimer Candelario
# Zeke DeVoss
Dustin Geiger
* Danny Lockhart
Carlos Penalver
# Rock Shoulders
* Rubi Silva
* Dan Vogelbach

Jeffrey Baez
Eliecer Bonne
* Shawon Dunston, Jr
Taiwan Easterling
Reggie Golden
* Garrett Schlecht


complete game for Garza puts him at 191 IP, another complete game win versus Padres next week and he'll hit 200 and double digit wins. ERA is at 3.35 on the season.

If it happens to manage a CG shutout, he'd get his ERA down to 3.20 I believe.

Dempster at 190.2 IP with 2 starts to go, so he should top 200 with a bit to spare.

hoping to announce a new CBA before end of World Series, draft compensation and reverse luxury tax seem to be the key points to still hash out.

Finally, we conducted a little unofficial, unscientific poll of several executives this week, asking where they thought the marquee free-agent hitters on this market will wind up. The envelopes, please:

Pujols to St. Louis, Fielder to Nationals, Reyes to Giants

If that's the case, I hope we make a nice trade offer for Mike Morse. No idea why the Nats would want to spend that big on Fielder when they already have a solid 1B. I think they would be more likely to splurge on C.J. Wilson, if anything.

they also have LaRoche back next year, don't they?

not that either should keep them from pursuing Fielder or Pujols.

Morse is having a nice year at age 29, but can move to LF or be a trade chip for pitching they'll still desperately need. Wouldn't count on Harper starting the season with the team.

Zambrano or LaRoche?

Another odd thing about the Werth signing. What posistion is Harper going to play?

If they did sign Pujols or Fielder, and they really feel Harper is ready, I could see them having him start the season in the majors, because the Fielder/Pujols hype may distract a little from the glare on Harper. Of course, Harper would probably cry about it... he's got to be the least likeable minor league prospect since that kid we drafted who tried to kill someone in the on deck circle.

since that kid we drafted who tried to kill someone in the on deck circle.
Beanball Ben Christensen and Anthony Molina

here's an article on the 10 yr aftermath...

“I have three kids that are awesome, and I’m divorced, which is also awesome,’’ he said


Thanks a ton, AZPhil! I've been craving some minor league news ever since the season ended. This AZIL squad easily has me more excited than any other one I've followed. So much all-star potential. It gives a guy a reason to dream.

Thanks Phil. Been looking forward to this info.

Az Phil:

The AZIL squad has a ton of interesting pitchers (well, of the 24 not all can be interesting) , can you break down your expectations for those that deserve the most attention?

The leaves turn and AZ Phil takes over TCR.

I am excited for reports on the young Latinos. Keep the reports coming Az. Phil!

I am surprized that Ben Wells isnt at Fitch.

Phil - Have the Cubs had 16 year olds in the instructional league before. It sounds unusual to me.

Submitted by DavidP on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 1:06pm.
Phil - Have the Cubs had 16 year olds in the instructional league before. It sounds unusual to me.


DAVID P: I don't recall ever seeing 16-year olds at Instructs before. I believe this is the first time.

Where is Annie Savoy when you need her?

She's put on a few miles since her Nuke LaLoosh days. And she "retired" from banging minor leaguers at the end of the movie.

Good group of young exciting players. Little surprised not to see a guy like Ackerman on the list.

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  • I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work

  • Yes! In a 12-way tie for first!

  • Shit.

    Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.

  • Damn wanted Zimmermann

  • Yeah, this market. Remember when Ted Lilly signed a 4/$40m with the Cubs? It was like "Well, I guess if you can throw a ball, that's what the 3 and 4 starters are all getting." I'm glad I'm not a GM. Of course, they're spending our money...

  • in this market that seems like a decent deal relative to the market.

    given that d.price will probably get 30m-ish a year, 22m for 29yo zimm doesn't seem bad. i wouldn't complain about him suiting up for the cubs. one less option gone...

  • Zimmermann 5/$110m with Tigers. Youch.

    And the updated predications page:

  • Cubs 3B Christian Villanueva (who is out of minor league options) is hitting 358/464/500 for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and is leading the LMP in OBP, is second in BAvg and walks, is seventh in SLG, and is tied for 8th in HR. He also has struck out only 16 times in 175 PA. 

  • CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.

  • The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.

    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.

  • The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:

    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

    The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

  •'re flip-flopping again?!

    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

    I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.

  • Happ signs w Jays

    Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay

  • needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch

  • As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing