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:
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# bats both
* John Gaub
* Scott Maine
* J. R. Mathes
* Steve Clevenger
* Mark Johnson (Inactive – player/coach)
* Blake Lalli
* Matt Camp
* Micah Hoffpauir
* Bryan Lahair
# David Macias
# Bobby Scales
* James Adduci
* Sam Fuld
* Brad Snyder
* Ryan Buchter
Chris Carpenter (Limited Activity Only – Injury Rehab)
* Jeremy Papelbon
* Chris Rusin
* Chris Siegfried
* Luke Sommer
* Dustin Sasser
* Mark Reed
* Ryan Flaherty
# Marwin Gonzalez
* Jake Opitz
* Matt Spencer
* Tony Campana
* Jason James
Justin Bristow (Limited Activity Only – injury rehab)
* James Leverton
* Brooks Raley
# Alvaro Sosa
D. J. Lemahieu
# Matt Matulia (Inactive – player/coach)
* Ryne White
* Kyler Burke
* Brett Jackson
* Nelson Perez
# Jose Valdez
* Jeffry Antigua
* Jeffrey Beliveau
* Sergio Burruel
John Contreras (Inactive – player/coach)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Jovan Rosa (ex-3B)
* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
D. J. Fitzgerald
* Hak-Ju Lee
* Bobby Wagner
* Logan Watkins
* Richard Jones
* Alvaro Ramirez
Gian Guzman (ex-SS)
* Cody Hams
Marcus Hatley (TJS rehab)
Dylan Johnston (TJS rehab)
* Austin Kirk
* Casey Lambert (TJS rehab)
* John Mincone
* Marcos Perez
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Wes Darvill
# Rafael Disla
Rebel Ridling (appendectomy rehab)
# Vismeldy Bieneme
* Francisco Guzman
* Kyung-Min Na
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa squad becomes the Cubs Extended Spring Training (EXST) team at Fitch Park April-May-June.
it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?
sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.
HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).
Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.
I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.
One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players.
CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.
Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.
As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?
AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?
Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.
AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.
I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.
But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.
Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.
Jason deGrom -- oh, my.
Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.
Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.
Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.
Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.
that game sounds fun as hell.
I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.