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


IOWA (31):


PITCHERS (14):
Mitch Atkins
Casey Coleman
Thomas Diamond
* John Gaub
Jeff Gray
Jay Jackson
Alessandro Maestri
* Scott Maine
Marcos Mateo
* J. R. Mathes
Mike Parisi
Blake Parker
Brian Schlitter
Jeff Stevens


CATCHERS (4)
Welington Castillo
* Steve Clevenger
* Mark Johnson (Inactive – player/coach)
* Blake Lalli
Chris Robinson


INFIELDERS (8)
Darwin Barney
* Matt Camp
* Micah Hoffpauir
* Bryan Lahair
# David Macias
Nate Samson
# Bobby Scales
Tony Thomas


OUTFIELDERS (5)
* James Adduci
Jason Dubois
* Sam Fuld
* Brad Snyder
Ty Wright


TENNESSEE (31):


PITCHERS (16)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Todd Blackford
* Ryan Buchter
David Cales
Chris Carpenter (Limited Activity Only – Injury Rehab)
Marco Carrillo
Andrew Cashner
Hung-Wen Chen
Craig Muschko
Jake Muyco
* Jeremy Papelbon
David Patton
* Chris Rusin
* Chris Siegfried
* Luke Sommer
* Dustin Sasser


CATCHERS (3)
Robinson Chirinos
Luis Flores
* Mark Reed


INFIELDERS (8)
Russ Canzler
Starlin Castro
* Ryan Flaherty
# Marwin Gonzalez
Jonathan Mota
* Jake Opitz
Marquez Smith
* Matt Spencer


OUTFIELDERS (4)
Smaily Borges
* Tony Campana
Brandon Guyer
* Jason James


DAYTONA (27):


PITCHERS (16)
Chris Archer
Justin Bristow (Limited Activity Only – injury rehab)
Alberto Cabrera
Rafael Dolis
Chris Huseby
Jordan Latham
* James Leverton
Oswaldo Martinez
Dan McDaniel
Trey McNutt
Arismendy Mota
Mike Perconte
* Brooks Raley
Dae-Eun Rhee
Ryan Searle
Aaron Shafer


CATCHERS (3)
Michael Brenly
Mario Mercedes
# Alvaro Sosa


INFIELDERS (4)
Junior Lake
D. J. Lemahieu
# Matt Matulia (Inactive – player/coach)
Josh Vitters
* Ryne White


OUTFIELDERS (4)
* Kyler Burke
* Brett Jackson
* Nelson Perez
# Jose Valdez


PEORIA (31):


PITCHERS (16):
* Jeffry Antigua
Frank Batista
* Jeffrey Beliveau
Tim Clubb
Yohan Gonzalez
Steve Grife
Su-Min Jung
Danny Keefe
Corey Martin
Ronny Morla
Jon Nagel
Andres Quezada
Jake Schmidt
Nick Struck
Larry Suarez
Robert Whitenack


CATCHERS (3):
* Sergio Burruel
John Contreras (Inactive – player/coach)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Jovan Rosa (ex-3B)


INFIELDERS (8):
* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
D. J. Fitzgerald
* Hak-Ju Lee
George Matheus
Greg Rohan
* Bobby Wagner
* Logan Watkins


OUTFIELDERS (4):
Runey Davis
* Richard Jones
Jesus Morelli
* Alvaro Ramirez


BOISE/MESA (39):


PITCHERS (22):
Rogelio Carmona
Eduardo Figueroa
Jesse Ginley
Gian Guzman (ex-SS)
* Cody Hams
Marcus Hatley (TJS rehab)
Dylan Johnston (TJS rehab)
* Austin Kirk
* Casey Lambert (TJS rehab)
Luis Liria
Toby Matchulat
* John Mincone
Tarlandus Mitchell
Julio Pena
* Marcos Perez
Carlos Rojas
Melvin Rosa
Jose Rosario
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
Adam Spencer
Tzu-An Wang
Yao-Lin Wang


CATCHERS (3):
Jose Guevara
Garrett Maines
Carlos Romero


INFIELDERS (8):
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
# Rafael Disla
Derek Helenihi
Brandon May
Rebel Ridling (appendectomy rehab)
Charles Thomas


OUTFIELDERS (6):
# Vismeldy Bieneme
* Francisco Guzman
Dong-Yub Kim
* Kyung-Min Na
Cody Shields
Blair Springfield


NOTE: The Boise/Mesa squad becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training (EXST) team at Fitch Park April-May-June.

Comments

Phil,

Any idea what the reasoning is behind limiting the 2A and 3A teams to 24 players instead of 25? I think it'd be advantageous to allow expanded rosters in the minors.

Osiris

Submitted by Osiris on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 7:47pm.
Phil,

Any idea what the reasoning is behind limiting the 2A and 3A teams to 24 players instead of 25? I think it'd be advantageous to allow expanded rosters in the minors.

Osiris

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OSIRIS: I don't know why it's that way.

Who were the released players and who was resigned?
thanks, Phil

Submitted by chuck on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 8:12pm.
Who were the released players and who was resigned?
thanks, Phil

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CHUCK: The Grim Reaper tapped slick-fielding 21-year old Dominican SS Robert Bautista, 1B-C (ex-3B) John Contreras, 20-year old Dominican RHP Diego Encarnacion, 21-year old Venezuelan RHP Robert Hernandez (considered a fairly decent prospect a couple of years ago before a PED suspension sidetracked his career), 22-year old 5'8 Dutch 2B Dwayne Kemp, veteran AAA RHP Jeff Kennard (who got an NRI to big league camp but got cut early), RHRP Kevin Kreier (5-4 3.77 ERA at Peoria in 2009), RHP (ex-3B) Josh Lansford (son of ex-MLB 3B Carney Lansford), 21-year old Dominican RHP Dionis Nunez (3-3 2.84 ERA at Boise in 2009), 3B Jordan Petraitis (2009 28th round draft pick out of Miami of Ohio), Iowa Cubs RHP Gregory Reinhard (acquired from TB for RHP Jae-Kuk Ryu in 2007), 21-year old Venezuelan OF Kevin Soto, RHP Josh Whitlock (2008 26th round pick out of the U. of West Virginia), Australian OF Sean Williams, and RHP Hank Williamson (7-4 4.93 ERA with 87 K in 84 IP at Daytona in 2009, one of the two pitchers the Cubs got from Baltimore for Felix Pie prior to the 2009 season).

The Cubs then re-signed John Contreras (who was converted to catcher a year ago) and it appears that he will be a player-coach with Peoria.

Phil -- thank you for all the updates. With your insight, I wonder if any of the releases surprised you. I was surprised they released Encarnacion (he is only 20 and did ok at AZ Cubs) and Dwayne Kemp (seems injuries hurt his development) and extremely surprised they released Robert Hernandez (who before the PEDs I thought was one of our top 5 pitching prospects) and Sean Williams (who is only 19 and could easily be sent back to Australian academy, couldn't he?).

Any insight you have would be great. Thank you again for all the updates.

Submitted by springs on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 8:51pm.
Phil -- thank you for all the updates. With your insight, I wonder if any of the releases surprised you. I was surprised they released Encarnacion (he is only 20 and did ok at AZ Cubs) and Dwayne Kemp (seems injuries hurt his development) and extremely surprised they released Robert Hernandez (who before the PEDs I thought was one of our top 5 pitching prospects) and Sean Williams (who is only 19 and could easily be sent back to Australian academy, couldn't he?).

Any insight you have would be great. Thank you again for all the updates.

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SPRINGS: The Cubs release players for all sorts of various reasons, not always most-directly related to what the player did on the field.

In the case of Dwayne Kemp, he has a LOT of self-confidence, but he was hurt a lot (leg), and was unable to stay healthy for an extended period of time to where he could show the Cubs what he could do.

Robert Hernandez has talent, but apparently the Cubs saw issues with him that made them think they should release him. Remember, minor league baseball players are just like other people, except they are under a lot of pressure and sometimes they make bad choices.

I don't know what the deal was with Sean Williams and Diego Encarnacion.

Phil,
Thanks again for the update. I asked you some questions about the player/coach in a post about two weeks ago and I really appreciated your answer. Thanks, things make more sense now with your explanation (like why the Cubs would carry a 25 year old catcher in single A).
Keep up the great work! I always look forward to your posts!
Tom in Peoria

Phil,

Asked this in the previous thread, but this is a better place for it: Do you know why Josh Lansford was released (as reported in the previous thread)? Have you seen him on the mound at all? He just recently converted, didn't he?

Submitted by Charlie on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 8:20pm.
Phil,

Asked this in the previous thread, but this is a better place for it: Do you know why Josh Lansford was released (as reported in the previous thread)? Have you seen him on the mound at all? He just recently converted, didn't he?

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CHARLIE: Josh Lansford showed some promise as a one-inning relief pitcher, and he was thought of highly-enough that he got an invite to Instructs last Fall, but he had back problems the last couple of years that retarded his progress (and ended his Instructs season the first week he was there). His age (25 going on 26) didn't help his chances, either.

Thanks, Phil!

Really hate to see Smith and Vitters stifled so we can get more playing time for Bobby Scales et al in Iowa.

Any news on the Cuban signee Jose Yasser Serrano? Thanks Phil.

Submitted by Hagsag on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 5:27am.
Any news on the Cuban signee Jose Yasser Serrano? Thanks Phil.

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HAGSAG: Nothing yet. I would think he'll begin at Extended Spring Training, and then go to Daytona when he's ready.

Neither Burke nor Jackson listed in OF's @ Tennessee? Vitters @ Daytona too? Thought/hoped all 3 would be @ AA this year en route to Des Moines...

Burke and Jackson would have to skip a level to go to Tennessee. Jackson was just drafted last June.

Flaherty looks like he may be skipping Daytona, but he's older than the three you mentioned--by three years (Vitters), two years (Jackson) and a year and three quarters (Burke).

For some of these guys, DesMoines will not be on the road to Chicago. Consider moving to Knoxville, Mike, where the action will be the next few years. Chicago's closer, though, if you want to see Tyler Colvin.

I can hop on I-81 and get to Knoxville in about eight hours, or I have Felix Pie just up the road in Baltimore.

been known to happen, especially for 1st round picks from major college programs...as for felix the cat, i've seen enough of him...

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  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 17 min 3 sec ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 20 min 37 sec ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 23 min 37 sec ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 44 min 2 sec ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 46 min 19 sec ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 48 min 49 sec ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 51 min 55 sec ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 53 min 40 sec ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 59 sec ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • i was going off what AZPhil said above...they keep talking about tweaking the rules, i didn't know if that had been changed or not. my winter/spring was way too hectic aside from a couple weeks vacation in janurary and i missed a lot of stuff.

    if not, this is one hell of an expensive trade for what looks to be 30-40 innings of play...including the playoffs. damn.

    crunch 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • Did the QO rules change?

    unless there's a TARDIS involved, I dont believe that's a possibility

    Rob G. 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • I didn't think you could offer a QO to a player who was traded during the season? For example, Lester was not offered a QO when the Cubs signed him.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • I think the assumption is that make him a Qualify Offer and he signs elsewhere next year.

    billybucks 1 hour 37 min ago view