2012 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters
NRI RHP Marco Carrillo was one of four non-roster players cut from the Cubs 2012 MLB Spring Training roster today (RHP Trey McNutt, INF Jonathon Mota, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha were the others), and the Mexican right-hander arrived at Fitch Park Minor League Camp this morning just in time for Pitchers Fielding Practice.
Carrillo got into one Cactus League game, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning.
In addition to the 59 players left on the Cubs MLB Spring Training roster (39 players on the MLB 40-man roster, plus 20 non-roster players who received invitations to MLB Spring Training), there are presently 149 players at Fitch Park participating in Minor League Camp (152 once McNutt, Mota, and Ha arrive).
The players at Minor League Camp are divided into four squads that correspond to the Cubs four “full-season” minor league teams (AAA Iowa, AA Tennessee, Class-A Advanced Daytona, and Full-Season “A” Peoria), plus a 5th squad (known as “Boise/Mesa”) that represents the Cubs two short-season teams (Boise and AZL Cubs) that is gradually built from scratch during the course of Spring Training. (“Boise/Mesa” eventually will morph into the Cubs Extended Spring Training team next month).
Players at Minor League Camp are sometimes initially assigned to a squad one or maybe even two levels higher than where they are expected to play during the regular season, while others are initially assigned to the squad where they are expected to play.
As players are cut at Big League Camp and are optioned to the minors and/or sent to Minor League Camp (as was the case with Carrillo, McNutt, Mota, and Ha today), there is a corresponding cascade of roster moves made at Minor League Camp as players are moved down a level (or released) to make room for the players arriving from Big League Camp.(Players on the Iowa squad are moved down to the Tennessee squad, players on the Tennessee squad are moved down to the Daytona squad, players on the Daytona squad are moved down to the Peoria squad, etc).
Right now the rosters at Minor League Camp are fairly stable. Every now & then a player will get moved up or down to a different squad to provide position-balance or injury-coverage, and maybe a player here or there will get released, but generally not much will change with the rosters at Minor League Camp until the first “big cut” at the Big League Camp.
The first big “batch cut” at Big League Camp should happen around March 15th (next Thursday), because that is the first day Draft-Excluded Players (any minor league player eligible for selection in the last Rule 5 Draft who was added to the 40-man roster after August 15th) can be optioned to the minors, and it’s also the first day a Rule 5 Player can be outrighted to the minors.
Additionally, Minor League Spring Training games don’t start until next week, so it doesn’t make much sense to send a player who has already played in MLB Cactus League games to Minor League Camp when the pitchers and position players at Minor League Camp aren’t yet in game shape. Every now & then you will see a player get sent to Minor League Camp early (like Carrillo, McNutt, Mota, and Ha today), but when that happens it’s usually either a very young player, or a pitcher who is injured and/or out of shape and thus unable to pitch in MLB Cactus League games.
Besides the 211 MLB and minor league Cubs players presently in Mesa, there are 78 minor leaguers assigned to the Cubs Dominican Academy for Spring Training, and this group will eventually be split into two 35-man squads. These two squads (DSL Cubs #1 and DSL Cubs #2) are the two Cubs teams that play in the Dominican Summer League. A few of the more-promising and most-ready players at the Dominican Acdemy will be brought up to Fitch Park at the end of Spring Training and will get assigned to the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad.
CUBS 2012 MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS
PLAYER PERSONNEL DIRECTOR
MINOR LEAGUE FIELD COORDINATOR:
Tom Beyers (Short-Season Teams Hitting Coordinator)
Bill Dancy (Infield)
Dennis Lewallyn (Pitching Coordinator)
Marty Pevey (Catching)
James Rowson (Full-Season Teams Hitting Coordinator)
Lee Tinsley (Outfield/Baserunning)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Dave Keller (Hitting Coach)
Mike Mason (Pitching Coach)
Justin Berg (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Brooks Raley
* Nate Robertson
* Ryan Rowland-Smith
Luis Flores (see NOTE)
NOTE: Luis Flores is on the RESTRICTED LIST while serving a 50-game Prohibited Substance suspension, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities
# David Macias
* Jake Opitz
* Michael Burgess
Mariano Duncan (Hitting Coach)
Jeff Fassero (Pitching Coach)
* Jeffry Antigua
David Cales (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Brent Ebinger
Ricardo Estevez (see NOTE)
* Casey Harman
* Eric Jokisch
* Matt Spencer (ex-OF)
Rob Whitenack (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
NOTE: Ricardo Estevez is on the RESTRICTED LIST while serving a 50-game Prohibited Substance suspension, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities
* Sergio Burruel
* Rafael Lopez
* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
* Ryan Cuneo (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Zeke DeVoss
* Rubi Silva
* Logan Watkins
Taiwan Easterling (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Marty Mason (Pitching Coach)
Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach)
* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
P. J. Francescon
* Austin Kirk
* Jeff Lorick
A. J. Morris
* Zac Rosscup
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
Yaniel Cabezas (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Anthony Giansanti (ex-OF)
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Wes Darvill
* Richard Jones
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Ben Klafczynski
Barbaro Garbey (Hitting Coach)
Tom Pratt (Pitching Coach)
* Hunter Ackerman
* Willengton Cruz
Dillon Maples (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Sheldon McDonald
* Andrew McKirahan
Wilson Contreras (ex-3B)
# Wilfredo Petit
# Jeimer Candelario
# Marco Hernandez
# Brian Inoa
* Danny Lockhart
# Rock Shoulders
* Dan Vogelbach
* Delbis Arcila
* Shawon Dunston, Jr
* Eduardo Gonzalez
* Trevor Gretzky (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Garrett Schlecht (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Oliver Zapata
Mark Johnson (Boise)
Bobby Mitchell (AZL Cubs)
Bill Buckner (Boise Hitting Coach)
Frank Castillo (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Jason Dubois (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Gian Guzman (AZL Cubs Ass’t Coach)
David Rosario (Boise Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Fitch Park Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ethan Elias (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Graham Hicks (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Austin Reed Colin Richardson
* Brian Smith
Austin Urban (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo
Antonio Valerio (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
NOT ON FIELD - WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN:
* Frank del Valle, P (?)
Gregori Gonzalez, IF-OF (?)
Yohan Gonzalez, P (?)
* Cam Greathouse, P (supposedly will report to EXST)
Alvido Jimenez, P (?)
Arturo Maltos-Garcia, P (2011 TJS rehab)
Amaury Paulino, P (?)
* Nelson Perez, OF (?)
CUBS DOMINICAN ACADEMY (79)
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR:
Franklin Blanco (Hitting Coach)
Leo Hernandez (Pitching Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach)
Leo Perez (Catching Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Pitching Coach)
* Adrian Aviles
* Alfredo Belizaire
* Augusto Colina
Juancito de la Cruz
Michael de la Cruz
* Alberto Diaz
* Warner Eusebio
* Frailyn Figueroa (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
* Manuel Fuentes
* Victor Garcia
Jeffrey Hernandez (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
* Richard Leyba
* Jose Martinez
Pedro Medina (ex-OF)
* Angel Mejias
Jose Morel (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
* Jose Paulino (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Enyelberth Pena (see NOTE)
* Christopher Pieters (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
* Carlos Rodriguez (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
* Luis Villalba
NOTE: Enyelberth Pena is on the RESTRICTED LIST, but is assigned to the Dominican Academy
# Erick Castillo
Steven de la Cruz
# Mark Malave (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
# Felix Perez
* Carlos Ramirez
# Engel Santana
Luis Acosta (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Antonio Gonzalez
* Gabriel Jimenez-Gallardo
* Ricardo Marcano (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
# Jose Montesino
# John Ortega
* Jefry Puente
# Jesus Rodriguez
* Frammi Cabrera
# Roberto Caro
* Edwin Contreras
# Kevin Encarnacion
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS DEPARTED LAST 12 MONTHS:
Ryan Buchter, LHP (to ATL for Rodrigo Lopez)
Kyung-Min Na, OF (to SD with Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates)
Tony Thomas, 2B (to BOS for Robert Coello)
SELECTED IN RULE 5 DRAFT:
Ryan Flaherty, INF (by BAL)
Marwin Gonzalez, INF (by BOS, then traded to HOU)
Joel Altagracia, 1B
Manuel Barrios, OF
Vismeldy Bieneme, INF
Smaily Borges, OF
Jane Bremon, RHP
Dave Bush, RHP (signed with PHI)
Johan DeJesus, C
Manolin DeLeon, RHP
Thomas Diamond, RHP (signed with MIN)
Rafael Disla, INF
Darlyn Figueroa, OF
D. J. Fitzgerald, OF (see NOTE)
Carlos Galvez, LHP
Jasly Gonzalez, OF
Miguel Gonzalez, C
Steve Grife, RHP (see NOTE)
Jose Guevara, C
Francisco Guzman, OF
Gian Guzman, INF
Cody Hams, LHP
Chris Huseby, RHP-OF (signed with BOS)
Nick Johnson, RHP (contract voided)
Danny Keefe, RHP
Max Kwan, C
James Leverton, LHP (see NOTE)
Robinson Lopez, RHP
Casey Lucchese, RHP (contract voided)
Alessandro Maestri, RHP (see NOTE)
Corey Martin, RHP (see NOTE)
J. R. Mathes, LHP (see NOTE)
Steven Maxwell, RHP (contract voided)
Brandon May, INF
Jake McAloose, INF
John Mincone, LHP (see NOTE)
Jesus Morelli, OF
Jake Muyco, RHP (see NOTE)
Augie Ojeda, INF
Mike Parisi, RHP (signed with LAD)
Michael Perconte, RHP (see NOTE)
Fernando Perez, OF (signed with NYM)
Marcos Perez, LHP
Manuel Pestana, OF
Alvaro Ramirez, OF (see NOTE)
Max Ramirez, C (signed with HOU)
Ramon Reyes, RHP
Gregorio Robles, OF
Jhon Rodriguez, RHP
Santo Rodriguez, RHP
Carlos Rojas, RHP
Carlos Romero, C
Jean Sandoval, RHP
Deuris Severino, RHP
Aaron Shafer, RHP (signed with ATL)
Cody Shields, OF
Chris Siegfried, LHP (see NOTE)
Kyle Smit, RHP
Luke Sommer, LHP (see NOTE)
Hector Suarez, C
Wladimir Telles, RHP
Pat Terry, C (contract voided)
Jose Tineo, RHP
Polin Trinidad, LHP (signed with OAK)
Jose Valdez, OF
Tzu-An Wang, RHP
NOTE: Player signed with team in independent league after getting released
MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP (signed with WAS)
Robert Coello, RHP (signed with TOR)
Angel Guzman, RHP (signed with LAD)
Dylan Johnston, OF-RHP
Lou Montanez, OF (signed with PHI)
Scott Moore, INF (signed with HOU)
Chris Robinson, C (signed with TEX)
Carlton Smith, RHP
Brad Snyder, OF (signed with HOU)
Alvaro Sosa, RHP
Jeff Stevens, RHP (signed with NYM)
John Urick, 1B
Justin Bristow, RHP
Travis Garcia, INF
Braden Looper, RHP
Craig Muschko, RHP
Jon Nagel, RHP
Eric Rice, RHP
Todd Wellemeyer, RHP
Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).
Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.
Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.
In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?
Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.
Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.
Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.
I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.
peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.
unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.
they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.
Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester
damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice
Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.
Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.
Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.
Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.
"Pitching prospects not looking so hot"
That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.
Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.
Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:
"Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
"No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"
How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.
Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.
2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.
Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.