39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus two players are on 60-day DL, and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)
25 players on ACTIVE LIST (roster is full), plus 14 players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* James Russell
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
# Arismendy Alcantara
# Emilio Bonifacio
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Chris Coghlan
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
60-DAY DL: 2
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
* Ryan Kalish, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Neil Ramirez, P
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Dan Straily, P
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
Darwin Barney, INF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 7/24/14
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
In his third AB in just his first professional game, Cubs 2012 1st round draft pick Albert Almora (Mater Academy - Hialeah Gardens, FL) blasted a two-run HR over the LF fence and onto the berm in front of the scoreboard to cap a three-run 5th, leading the AZL Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the AZL Brewers in Arizona League action tonight at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.
UPDATE #2: No doubt this is happening now and could be completed by the afternoon. Still awaiting the specifics though.
UPDATE #3:Keith Law speaks, "Filed to ESPN - if the Dempster trade is completed, Randall Delgado is in it, as well as something to balance the money". If that is indeed the complete deal, it's going to be Dempster and $$ for Delgado, or 2 months of Dempster for 5+ years of Delgado at pre-arbitration money until about 2015.
UPDATE #5:The twitter account for Dempster's charity(from which TCR has been banned from for some reason) has this sobering tweet: "THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!" Well la-dee-da!
FINAL UPDATE FOR TODAY:The Cubs brass have told Sveum that no deal is done and earlier reports were false, but does say that Dempster still could be traded.Translation: The Cubs brass fucked up and didn't keep Dempster in the loop and they're in damage control now.
Dan Vogelbach ripped an RBI single through the 3.5 hole and Jorge Soler followed with a 420-ft two-run HR over the berm beyond the left-centerfield fence to highlight a three-run 4th, but the AZL Reds scored six runs over the final five innings and defeated the AZL Cubs 6-4 in Arizona League action tonight at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.
Making his professional debut after signing a reported nine-year $30M contract with the Cubs, Cuban defector Jorge Soler went 0-3 as the DH, and the AZL Mariners pushed across a run in the top of the 12th to edge the AZL Cubs 4-3 in Arizona League action tonight at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.
LHP Anthony Prieto and three relievers combined to throw a three-hit shutout, Ben Carhart doubled, singled, walked, and drove-in a run, and Neftali Rosario singled, doubled, and scored two runs, as the AZL Cubs blanked the AZL Dodgers 4-0 in Arizona League action tonight at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.
I don't think you'll find anyone in baseball that believes Campana is as fast as Hamilton and you can see in the video Hamilton stumbling just a bit approaching second and what looks like some wide turns at second and third base that you don't see Campana taking from the wide shot and less camera time he's granted. But maybe Campana is just a better at those type of things which ultimately contribute to overall baserunning speed, although I certainly wouldn't point to this one clip as the definitive proof. And as noted by both readers, Hamilton slows up at the end once he realizes he'll be safe. But it's certainly closer than I thought it would be and makes for some fun triviality before tonight's Marlins/Cubs game.
Shawon Dunston Jr ripped an RBI single and a three-run inside-the-park HR and Lendy Castillo threw three innings of shutout ball, leading the AZL Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the AZL Athletics in Arizona League action tonight at Field #2 (Connie Mack Field) at the Papago Park Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ.
I'm getting more mileage out of this story than Ian Stewart will get out of his dismal 2012 Chicago Cubs season. In historical terms for 2012, third baseman, Ian Stewart will be just a small foot(wrist)note at the bottom of the media guide.
Stewart came to the Cubs in a "damaged goods" type trade. He didn't have a diagnosis for his 2011 bad left wrist woes and multiple doctors could not find any "structural" damage. Theo and Jed figured that a "non-structural" problem would get better with an off-season of rest. We all know that this is not the way Cubbery works.
Dan Vogelbach blasted a 415-foot+ two-run home run over the right-centerfield fence in the bottom of the 4th and an RBI double off the LF fence in the bottom of the 6th (he also stole a base), and Lendy Castillo and four relievers combined to throw a two-hitter, as the AZL Cubs defeated the AZL Padres 4-2 in Arizona League action tonight at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
UPDATE: The MLB Rule 4 Draft Competitive Balance Lottery has been postponed until Wednesday 7-18.
The Rule 4 Competitive Balance and Forfeited Draft Pick lotteries will be held next Monday, and while it does not appear that any MLB club will be forfeiting a 1st round pick as the result of exceeding its Signing Bonus Pool by 5%+ (although it could still happen), 12 MLB clubs will definitely be awarded Competitive Balance draft picks in next June's Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft).
(Oh My) Josh Vitters doubled and singled today to nudge his batting average past .300 as the Iowa Cubs, tied with Delmarva of the South Atlantic League for the most one-run losses in MiLB, nipped Omaha for the third straight day at Principal Park. Adrian Cardenas, whose error permitted Omaha to tie the game in the 7th, delivered a walk-off single in the 9th to give the I-Cubs a 6-5 victory.
Blah, blah, blah...I've been swamped and despite the recent not terrible baseball being played, the Cubs don't give me enough reasons to make sure I watch a game.
So I have little to offer today other than a quick recap of Baseball America's recent chat about their midseason Top 50 list which includes one Cub at #25 - Javier Baez (and one former Cub in Hak-Ju Lee at #47).
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I went to see Kane County yesterday. For those of you in the Chicago area, I recommend the experience. The ballpark is a nice modern facility and it is a nice family atmosphere.
Skulina started and was relieved by Concepcion. Each gave up a solo homer and the Cougars lost 2-1 to West Michigan, a Tigers affiliate. Skulina pitched decently, with 7K and 1 BB in 7 IP; his fastball seemed to top out at 91-92.
Pat Bourque. There's a name from the past that gives me the heebie jeebies. How about another like Gene Hiser (Cubs' 1st round pick in 1970)? They REALLY didn't know how to draft and develop position players back then.
Definitely a first in my lifetime, this minor league thing.
I remember reading the Sporting News long ago and every year looking to see how their ONE good prospect was doing. Then he'd come up to the majors, back in the day when there was no Internet, and you'd see a huge hitch in his swing, ala Pat Bourque. No warnings from forum posters, nothing. Just this awful hitch, and you knew, right then, that the guy you'd been watching in the minor league stats sheets was going to bomb badly.