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:

* 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.


* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
* Willengton Cruz
Dustin Fitzgerald
Jin-Young Kim
Luis Liria
Hector Mayora
Austin Reed
Santo Rodriguez
Jose Rosario
Yilver Sanchez
Bryce Shafer
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
Yao-Lin Wang
Ben Wells

Yaniel Cabezas
Carlos Romero

# Vismeldy Bieneme
Wilson Contreras
* Wes Darvill
Dustin Harrington

* Pin-Chieh Chen
D. J. Fitzgerald
Reggie Golden

Jose Guevara, C (ankle)
Tarlandus Mitchell, P (ankle)
Jesus Morelli, OF (hand)
Eric Rice, P (elbow)
# Jose Valdez, OF (unknown)

Mark Johnson

David Rosario
Desi Wilson


* Hunter Ackerman
Rafael Diplan
Ramon Garcia
Ryan Hartman
Alvido Jimenez
Jon Nagel
Amaury Paulino
Felix Pena
Starling Peralta
Colin Richardson
Jean Sandoval
* Brian Smith
* Luis Villalba
Joe Zeller

Johan DeJesus
# Brian Inoa

Gioskar Amaya
Dustin Geiger
Gregori Gonzalez
# Marco Hernandez
Max Kwan

* Eduardo Gonzalez
Dong-Yub Kim
Blair Springfield
# Oliver Zapata

Juan Cabreja

Frank Castillo
Jason Dubois
Gian Guzman
Rick Tronerud


As I mentioned in a comment on a previous thread yesterday, Paul Hoilman (2011 19th round draft pick out of East Tennessee State) hit a 450+ ft HR over the CF Green Monster off Jin Young Kim in a "live" BP session at Field Park Field #2 yesterday morning.

Hoilman was the Home Run Derby champ at the 2010 College World Series, and finished tied for third in HR in NCAA Div-1 this season. I am going to go WAY out on a limb and predict that Hoilman will lead the Northwest League in HR. He is a beast.

And if he flops at baseball he is an Academic All-American majoring in math, and plans to eventually attend either medical school or law school.

As a general rule of thumb (and there are exceptions), HS and JC draft picks are usually assigned to the AZL Cubs, and college draft picks get assigned to Boise (if there is room).

College players who don't sign immediately after the conclusion of the draft usually have to spend some time with the AZL Cubs before moving up to Boise, and then if and when they do move up, guys who were initially assigned to Boise could get released or could get demoted to AZL Cubs or could get promoted to Peoria to make room for the new guys (if the Boise roster is full).

Four college pitchers (P. J. Francescon, Pete Levitt, Casey Lucchese, and Sheldon McDonald) are presently at Fitch Park, and any or all could move up to Boise in short order.

Also, Florida State just got eliminated at a Super Regional, so FSU senior catcher Rafael Lopez (Cubs 16th round draft pick) will probably be assigned to Boise soon after he signs. He is obviously in playing shape.

Other college picks who would likely get to Boise pretty fast if and when they sign would include U. of Miami 2B-CF Zeke DeVoss, U. of Louisville RHRP Tony Zych, U. of Alabama OF Taylor Dugas, U. of Texas LHRP Andrew McKirahan (presently with the Longhorns at the College World Series), Florida State OF Taiwan Easterling, TCU RHSP Steven Maxwell, and Clemson RHRP Scott Weismann. In fact, Zych, Dugas, and Maxwell (who is a 5th year senior) could get jumped to Peoria. But again, that's only if they sign.

Taiwan Easterling is an interesting case. Because he also plays college football, the Cubs can spread his bonus out over five years, but with strings attached (as was the case with Matt Szczur this time last year), with Easterling returning to Florida State for the Fall Semester to play football, before deciding whether to puruse a career in pro baseball or in pro football.

With the Cubs performing as they are it's nice to look forward to next year, or the one after, etc. etc. Thanks for all of the interesting info.

Submitted by chuck on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 10:28am.
With the Cubs performing as they are it's nice to look forward to next year, or the one after, etc. etc. Thanks for all of the interesting info.


CHUCK: Boise should have a pretty good team.

A starting rotation/piggyback group consisting of Liria-Wang-Wells-Reed-Kim-Cruz-Rosario are all quality arms, ex-OF Kyler Burke and ex-3B Charles Thomas have made tremendous strides in their conversions to pitcher, Pin-Chieh Chen really started to play well at Extended Spring Training once he was moved from 2B to CF and he could be a dynamite lead-off hitter, Yaniel Cabezas was unofficial EXST Cubs MVP (he led the team in RBI and handled himself very well behind the plate), and the quintet of Klafczynski-Hoilman-Fitzgerald-Golden-Contreras should be a powerful force in the middle of the Hawks order (DJ Fitz struggled big time at Peoria, but he should feast on the lesser pitching he'll see at Boise).

Your posts are very informative. It's much better than trying to keep up with things, solely by watching the transaction lists.

AZ Phil, how has Reggie Golden looked lately? Has he continued to lose weight and get into shape?

...or has he STARTED to lose weight and get in shape?

Submitted by Paul Noce on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 12:19pm.
AZ Phil, how has Reggie Golden looked lately? Has he continued to lose weight and get into shape?


PAUL N: Reggie Golden really struggled the last four weeks of Extended Spring Training.

After hitting a HR in his 1st AB at Talking Stick on May 10th, Golden hit 123/206/123 in his next 63 PA, going 7-57 with 21 K, four BB, and two HBP, and all seven of the hits were singles.

And you could really see the frustration, too. Obviously he had never struggled like that before.

While he could turn out to be a RH version of Michael Burgess, I think he'll probably be OK long-term. He has as much power as anybody in the Cubs organization. He just needs to get himself into better condition next off-season and keep his eyes on the prize.

Levine says Chris Carpenter gonna be called up today.

Replaces DeWitt in LF.

WSCR saying he's not even on the 40-man roster... is this true?

believe so, they just DFA'd Snyder though, so there should be a spot.

Coleman going back down? Davis being released? Mothra attacking Wrigley Field tonight?

Quade building an all-pitcher team. I think this could be trend setting.

Coleman seems the obvious choice...

Wood going to the DL for Baker....Snyder DFA'd.....
So Carpenter takes Wood's spot, baker takes Snyder's.


Coleman was called up when Snyder was sent down...

Casey Coleman was recalled to replace Brad Snyder, Baker was activated when Kerry Wood went on the DL, and Carpenter will replace Coleman (presumably).

The Cubs would have had to add Carpenter to their 40-man roster post-2011 anyway (he's eligible for the Rule 5 Draft next December), so it's just a few months early.

Sullivan tweeted Coleman was indeed sent out for Carpenter.

Wake Up Call for Riggins
Your staff is worse

Looks like they are all wearing them.

The curse of the goat might as well be the curse of the red herring at this point. They're not winning a world series this year, not because of a curse, but because they are bad at the game of baseball.

Maybe I shouldn't take it too seriously... idk.

RT @CarrieMuskat #cubs lineup for tue rf fuke, ss castro, 3b ramy, 1b pena, lf dewitt, c soto, 2b baker, cf TBD, p wells

I hear TBD has trouble with the breaking ball.

allegedly Reed might show up in time for the game.

He's already there, needs to be cleared by MLB or something.

I misinterpreted a tweet, thanks.

Reed shows up in Yahoo lineup, so must have been cleared.

Wait. Yahoo has a team now? Well, they'll probably beat the Cubs if they do.

reed was there last night.

bob b. was making jokes about it looked like m.byrd and r.johnson got into a fight because they both had black eyes.

Why Carpenter? He was recently demoted to AA from Iowa because his velocity is down and his BB rate is terrible. Dolis, who is on the 40 man is a much better choice. I just don't get it.

it's time to see what carp has on the mlb level, anyway.

he's gone from 1-time interesting starting fringe prospect to too-wild pen guy.

he's 25.5 years old...time to see what he's got if he's got it at all.

dolis has control issues of his own, but yeah, he's the better prospect and probably the better arm at this point.

Colvin sent down with Johnson activated. I assume either Jersey Shore or Lamehieu will get sent down when Sorryano is activated, most likely D.J.

2 cubs errors so far...neat.

make that 3 errors...

okay, so cubs pitchers still can't bunt.

i'm willing to give garza a little time to catch up, but c'mon...


it's wells first game back, but going 0-2 on 2 attempts is plain old cubbery.

bunting the 3rd foul for a K is solid gold cubbery.

and fuku flies out for out 2...which should have been out 2 with a run scoring at least.

r.johnson still sitting on 2nd because a pitcher couldn't get a bunt down in 3 tries.

scored tix for sunday night game hooray
wells is pitching..ugh



free tix are free tix

I'm going to go out on a limb...Brewers win World Series this year.

Wow...yet another error. What is wrong with these players?!?

It's like it is infectious. It could be an issue with moving people around from position to position. But it isn't all Quade...the players have to take some blame.

Speaking of that, Soraino 0-2 with 2 K so far tonight. 1-9 in Iowa so far.

castro x2, wells x1

castro's problem is he's castro...he did make a nice run saving play in the 1st, though.

"the players have to take some blame"

Jim Hendry?

Randy Wells can go away too

quade fail on not arguing that non-out that was an out at 2nd...unless we're missing something there.

"so...ronnie belliard will retire as an iron pig." - len
"it's the kind of thing you dream about when you're a kid." - bob
"iron pigs win! iron pigs win!" - len

and here comes "other" carpenter for his debut...inheriting man on 2nd, 1 out.

1st up a RBI double to r.weeks.

welcome to the cubs.

throwing 95-98mph (99mph on the stadium gun)

took him 10 pitches to throw a slider...and it got him a K.

slider clocked in at the high 80s...damn.

Cub Carpenter is the preferred nickname :)

and immediately gives up an RBI double.

Fits right in

He's not really a Cub pitcher until he walks a run in.

checked Sam Fuld's numbers

OMG! How could the Cubs ever trade him!!

228/279/345 14/21 SB's

You made Phil Rogers cry


...oh wait, the cubs are 10000 games out of 1st.

and quade gets ejected again...arguing something he's wrong about.

fans are 100% behind him, though...that's something. he's not enjoying a lot of public support lately. at least it's not public hate.

Still a honeymoon. How often does a Cubs manager get the harassment in the first year, although Baylor was pretty close.

LaTroy pitching at Wrigley.

I know how this story ends.

God spared LaTroy this time. Finally.

oh sweet...the 5 man infield. love this shift.


ninja gets 2 wins in 2 days.

Barney to the DL. Baker everyday?

Cubs are going to call up Baez

Or Sczur

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.