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.

* bats or throws left
# bats both


IOWA (29):

Todd Blackford
David Cales
Chris Carpenter
Marco Carrillo
Hung-Wen Chen
Jay Jackson
* Casey Lambert
Alessandro Maestri
* Scott Maine
Arismendy Mota (AAA Rule 5)
Jake Muyco
* Jeremy Papelbon
Gregory Reinhard
* Dustin Sasser
Brian Schlitter
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.

Luis Flores
* Mark Johnson
* Mark Reed

Russ Canzler
# Matt Matulia
Scott McClain
Jonathan Mota
Marquez Smith
Tony Thomas
* Ryne White

Jason Dubois
Brandon Guyer
* Matt Spencer
Ty Wright


Chris Archer
* Jeffrey Beliveau
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
* Ryan Buchter
Chris Huseby
Josh Lansford
Jordan Latham
* James Leverton
Oswaldo Martinez
Dan McDaniel
Craig Muschko
Mike Perconte
Ryan Searle
Aaron Shafer
* Chris Siegfried
* Luke Sommer
Henry Williamson

Michael Brenly
John Contreras
Jovan Rosa (ex-3B)

* Ryan Flaherty
# Marwin Gonzalez
D. J. LeMahieu
* Jake Opitz
Rebel Ridling
Nate Samson

* Kyler Burke
* Tony Campana
* Jason James
# David Macias


* Jeffry Antigua
Justin Bristow
Alberto Cabrera
Julio Castillo
Manolin DeLeon
Yohan Gonzalez
Steve Grife
Marcus Hatley
Robert Hernandez
Su-Min Jung
Kevin Kreier
Corey Martin
Ronny Morla
Jon Nagel
Julio Pena
* Brooks Raley
Dae-Eun Rhee
* Chris Rusin
Josh Whitlock

Jae-Hoon Ha
* Richard Jones
Mario Mercedes

* Matt Cerda
* Justin Bour
Junior Lake
* Hak-Ju Lee
* Bobby Wagner
* Logan Watkins

Runey Davis
* Nelson Perez
# Jose Valdez

PEORIA (32):

Rogelio Carmona
Tim Clubb
Diego Encarnacion
Eduardo Figueroa
Jesse Ginley
Danny Keefe
* Austin Kirk
Luis Liria
Toby Matchulat
Trey McNutt
* John Mincone
Tarlandus Mitchell
Dionis Nunez
* Marcos Perez
Andres Quezada
Carlos Rojas
Jose Rosario
Larry Suarez
Robert Whitenack

Jose Guevara
Brandon May (ex-3B)
# Alvaro Sosa

D. J. Fitzgerald
Dwayne Kemp
George Matheus
Jordan Petraitis
Greg Rohan
Charles Thomas

* Francisco Guzman
Jesus Morelli
Cody Shields
Kevin Soto


Gian Guzman
* Cody Hams
Dylan Johnston (ex-OF)
Hector Mayora
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
Jake Schmidt
Adam Spencer
Nick Struck
Tzu-An Wang
Yao-Lin Wang

* Sergio Burruel
Garrett Maines

# Robert Bautista
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
Derek Helenihi

Dong-Yub Kim
* Kyung-Min Na
Blair Springfield
* 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):

Frank Batista
Jane Bremon
Darlin Castro
Miguel Corletto
* Welington Cruz
Antonio Encarnacion
Denis Estrada
* Carlos Galvez
Ramon Garcia
Enyel Gonzalez
Alvido Jimenez
Joel Lanfranco
* Richard Leyba
Eric Martinez
Pedro Medina (ex-OF)
Roneidy Mejia
Jade Mendez
Loiger Padron
Amaury Paulino
Enyelberth Pena
Felix Pena
Junior Pena
Starlin Peralta
Roderik Pichardo
Francoris Pineda
Ramon Reyes
Albert Robles
Jhon Rodriguez
Santo Rodriguez
Melvin Rosa
Braulio Rosario
* Abner Ruiz
Julio Sanchez
Yilver Sanchez
Deuris Severino
Jose Tineo
Francisco Turbi

Yonan Fuenmayor
Miguel Gonzalez
Yamel Liria
Ricardo Parra
Carlos Romero
# Hector Suarez

# Arismendy Alcantara
Joel Altagracia
Yohan Astacio
# Vismeldy Bieneme
Melvin Camarena
# Rafael Disla
Gregori Gonzalez
* Carlos Henry
# Jose Montecino
Juan Pena
* Melido Perez
# Jesus Rodriguez

Xavier Batista
Smaily Borges
Alejandro Damian
Dariyn Figueroa
* Eduardo Gonzalez
Jasly Gonzalez
Albert Hernandez
Manuel Pestana
* Alvaro Ramirez
# Gregorio Robles
Rander Valdez

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.



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 $$$)

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

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.


Angel Guzman's MRI revealed a career threatening ligament tear. He's likely done for good.

Wait Guzman hurt? Sounds like Ground Hogs Day. Cut ties and let's finally move on from this injury prone bust.

Callous much? You couldn't phrase that in a slightly more sympathetic way?

Angel Guzman has a significant ligament tear in front, bottom part of his right shoulder, a career-threating injury for the 28-year-old right-hander.
essentially this is a labrum tear plus a tear of the middle and inferior glenohumeral ligament. These often tear when the shoulder dislocates (or subluxes, partial dislocations). Probably similar to ARam's situation last year....but worse as that was not his throwing arm.


and sadness for Angel, couldn't get much tougher for him.

Carlos Silva: The much fatter, more expensive Jason Marquis minus the first half success and the ability to pinch hit?

you forgot pinch-running.

Which raises the question--who's faster on the basepaths, Carlos Silva or Daryle Ward?

this is fun...

Welcome to the Carlos Silva Era....

Let's hope it very short lived and he doesn't make the team out of Arizona.

Also, allowing 2 SB in the first inning does not make be feel any better.

Go Cubs!!!

I'll be there for the first 2-3 innings

also, if you're logged into the site, you are now automatically logged into Parachat

hmm, not working in Google Chrome for me, odd.

it does in Firefox.

Teahan K's against Silva, I wonder how embarrassing that is?

Guzman loses his brother and then possibly his career. Damn.

I'm on Firefox on a Mac and chat doesn't work for me. I'll try Safari and see...

Interesting, Chat loads fine on Safari, but it listed an error message in the posted comment section:
Error U2579

bah, works for me on Firefox on Mac

so much for technology

I'll install the old version by Monday

I did some checking and the problem seems to be that the "new" chat client requires an old (and less secure) version of java.

Guzman's injury news is a kick in the grapes. Poor kid has lost a lot.

The injury was the first player news I read after migrating my league from SN to ESPN today. He was a valuable player in that Roto league that counts holds last year, so much so that I traded for him later on. He then gave up 6 earned in his first two IP on my roster and didn't seem warm when he entered those games. Indeed, he never looked like the guy I had been watching all season long after that as he issued 8 BB over his final 9 IP. I wonder if he was pitching through pain in injury denial, or if it was just a rough stretch and the injury came later.

by Soriano

At least Silva isn't surprising us. lol.

Another Silva HR! Wait, he's pitching? Damn he sucks. Hopefully he's just rusty...? Naaah

Muskat on Guzman:

"He has a very unstable shoulder," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said on Saturday. "There's no timeframe of anywhere soon that he'll be pitching. Obviously, it wasn't good news."

The part I don't like (because it sets up the medical staff to second guessing). I guess a good reporter would report on whether Guzman had an MRI when he was shut down last September and if he did, why didn't they report on it?:

This injury is related to the soreness he had at the end of last season near his right armpit, which prompted the Cubs to shut Guzman down on Sept. 22.

Anatomy of the shoulder, including inferior glenohumeral ligament (item-4):

Marmol seems to have more movement on his pitches. Could it be from the gravy stains that Silva left on the ball?

Oh snap!

awesome info Phil..

when did Rosa become a catcher and Rundle a pitcher? The things I miss. I can't believe Todd Blackford is still in this organization (acquired from the Braves for Hollandsworth)

Submitted by Rob G. on Sat, 03/06/2010 - 3:09pm.
awesome info Phil..

when did Rosa become a catcher and Rundle a pitcher? The things I miss. I can't believe Todd Blackford is still in this organization (acquired from the Braves for Hollandsworth)


ROB G: OF Drew Rundle was convertted to LHP, 3B Jovan Rosa and IF-OF Brandon May were converted to catcher, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha was converted back to catcher (the position he played in high school), at Instructs last Fall. Also, Matt Cerda is done as a catcher (he was moved to 3B at Instructs).

Lou in dugout reading the Cubs 2010 media guide

probably trying to figure out all the guys sitting in his dugout.

easy single to LF, Soriano completely overruns it, butchers the play and it bounces past him, runner heads home and they probably had him, but Theriot throws a JJ and bounces the relay throw

woo spring training

Brenly gives get well wishes to Rebel Ridling. Had emergency appendectomy last week. que M*SH theme.

Hendry just said on TV, Angel Guzman will probably go visit Dr. James Andrews.

Andres Blanco sprains ankle on a successful pickoff throw at 2B from Wellington Castillo...comes out of game limping. Replaced by 'The' Starlin Castro.

Cashner walks the first two, W. Castillo picks off the guy at 2b, Blanco rolls his ankle and leaves the game, Castro in

Castillo airmails next throw to 2b on a steal

Hendry said best case scenario is 2-3 months on Guzman but he'll see Andrews as Cubster said...

Colvin was headed home last year, but due to injuries was called up and apparently was tired from the long season and moved to Arizona and decided to get in better shape to survive a full season. Worked out in Mesa with Cubs strength coach (Buss) all offseason, Hendry said he looks like an everyday player now.

"Cubs aren't a team that overhypes prospects"....


Byrd can't throw out T. Flowers on a single, Cashner throwing hard, but straight and control is off...

wow...kinnard wears #78 for a reason.

back to back homers and a walk...carlos silva raises a turkey drumstick to you, dude.

Pic of Kinnard after leaving the game...

carlos silva...we trade one guy who supposedly doesn't care, though he shows up every year in shape and ready to go for someone who supposedly cares, though he shows up yet another year out of shape and not ready for much.

at least silva is a guy you'd want to have a beer with...and the club "saved" 4-6m bucks which they blew more loot on top of that to sign bradley's replacement.

never wanted to see a billy martin type so badly in the clubhouse leadership...the pre-alcoholic-mess martin, that is.

now silva...that's a guy who got a contract and "checked out"...but at least he smiles while he sucks.

As AZ Phil said yesterday, Silva would be starting today, unless it "interfered with his lunch", which it obviously does.

Crunch -- Two points:

1. You keep comparing Bradley to Silva, but the comparison is irrelevant. The Cubs didn't trade Bradley to get Silva. They traded Bradley to get rid of Bradley. When it became obvious that no one else wanted Bradley, they agreed to trade bad contracts with Seattle. But make no mistake about it. Getting rid of Bradley was the goal. Who they got for him was not what the trade was all about.

2. I've heard others say something similar to what you said about Billy Martin. Something to the effect of, "If we had a manager like Billy Martin, we wouldn't have had the problems with Bradley we had last year." Martin was a tough-nosed manager who didn't take shit from anyone. If you think he would have coddled Bradley, I think you're wrong. He was much more likely to kill Bradley than coddle him.

i know it's irrelevant in this case...i'm just venting, honestly.

and i don't think martin would tame bradley, but i don't think martin would let other players even hint at that as being a problem with performance of the team.

I think you're probably right about Martin, Crunch. But I think before Bradley could have become a distraction, Martin would have dealt with him.

I just want to know how loose the clubhouse was after being down six runs after an inning and a half yesterday.

for the win....

I am still going to stand by belief that this is no better than a 3rd place team - as it stands now - in the Central.

According to Len Kasper on today's broadcast, the restrooms have been refurbished, Captain Morgan Club is opening soon, and there's a new party room on the sky deck level. Given all this, how can you possibly believe this is "no better than a 3rd place team" ?? Where your spree de corpse?

Captain Morgan Club is opening soon
yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum

One other item ref Minor League Camp....

I cannot confirm at this time, but 17-year old OF Kyung-Min Na (called the "fastest HS player in Korea" when the Cubs signed him for $725K last year) might have been placed on the Restricted List while he is attending school back home in South Korea. He was at Instructs at Fitch Park last fall, however, with fellow Koreans RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, SS Hak-Ju Lee, Catcher (ex-OF) Jae-Hoon Ha, and OF Dong-Yub Kim. (RHP Su-Min Jung was the only one of the Cubs Korean prospects who did not participate in the 2009 AZ Instructional League, and that was because he went back to South Korea in August to attend college).

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  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.