Your 2011 Boise Hawks and Your 2011 AZL Cubs!
Minor League Field Coordinator Dave Bialas and the coaching staff at Fitch Park have completed their final observations and evaluations of the newly-signed draft picks, and so here are the rosters for the Boise Hawks ands AZL Cubs as of 7 AM (MST) this morning:
2011 DRAFT PICKS IN CAPS
* bats or throws left
# bats both
NOTE: Boise has a 30-man ACTIVE LIST (of which 25 players including at least 10 pitchers can be designated as ACTIVE prior to each game) and a 35-man RESERVE LIST, and the AZL CUBS have a 35-man combined ACTIVE LIST/RESERVE LIST, of which 25 players including at least ten pitchers can be designated as ACTIVE for each game.
At present Boise has four roster slots open, and the AZL Cubs have two roster slots open. Draft picks must be placed on a minor league roster no later than 15 days after signing, so once the Cubs sign another six draft picks, the Boise and AZL Cubs rosters will be full.
BOISE HAWKS (26)
* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
* Willengton Cruz
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
# Vismeldy Bieneme
* Wes Darvill
* Pin-Chieh Chen
D. J. Fitzgerald
* BEN KLAFCZYNSKI
DISABLED LIST (5):
Jose Guevara, C (ankle)
Tarlandus Mitchell, P (ankle)
Jesus Morelli, OF (hand)
Eric Rice, P (elbow)
# Jose Valdez, OF (unknown)
AZL CUBS (33)
* Hunter Ackerman
P. J. FRANCESCON
* SHELDON McDONALD
* Brian Smith
* Luis Villalba
# Brian Inoa
* Alberto Mineo (MLB EUROPEAN ACADEMY)
# Marco Hernandez
* Eduardo Gonzalez
# Oliver Zapata
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?