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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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 29 min 33 sec ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 41 min 49 sec ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 50 min 43 sec ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 56 min 9 sec ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 1 hour 14 min ago view
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    johann 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 2 hours 8 min ago view
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    The E-Man 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 3 hours 30 min ago view
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    johann 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 3 hours 53 min ago view
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    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 5 hours 3 min ago view
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    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 5 hours 42 min ago view
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    Transmission 5 hours 42 min ago view