Your 2011 AZIL Cubs!
Here is the 2011 Cubs Arizona Instructional League roster.
The first AZIL league game for the Cubs will be this Friday at Fitch Park versus the Brewers.
The 47-man AZIL Cubs roster features eight players who will be making their professional debut, including 2011 11th round draft pick ($1.275M bonus) OF Shawon Dunston, Jr (Valley Christian HS - San Jose CA), 14th round draft pick ($2.5M bonus) RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS - Southern Pines, NC), 15th round draft pick catcher Justin Marra (Canadian Junior National Team), and 35th round draft pick RHP Ian Dickson (Lafayette College), recently-signed NDFA RHP David Henrie (Trinidad State JC), 16-year old switch-hitting $1.6M Venezuelan bonus baby catcher Mark Malave, 16-year old $1.1M Dominican bonus baby SS Luis Acosta, and 16-year old Curacao LHP Christopher Pieters ($350K bonus).
Another seven players will be making their U. S. debut, including DSL Cubs RHPs Jose Arias and Alexander Santana, 3B Jeimer Candelario, SS Carlos Penalver, and outfielders Jeffrey Baez and Eliecer Bonne (a 24-year old Cuban defector who signed with the Cubs this past spring), and 17-year old Italian catcher Alberto Mineo (who hit 270/333/338 in 31 games played at the MLB Australian Academy Program this past summer).
Besides Dunston, Jr, Maples, Marra, and Dickson, 13 other 2011 Cubs draft picks at Instructs include SS Javier Baez (1st round), 1B Dan Vogelbach (2nd round), 2B-OF Zeke DeVoss (3rd round), RHP Tony Zych (4th round), RHP Tayler Scott (5th round), C Neftali Rosario (6th round), OF Garrett Schlecht (9th round), INF Danny Lockhart (10th round), C Rafael Lopez (16th round), LHP Andrew McKirahan (21st round), 1B Rock Shoulders (25th round), RHP Michael Jensen (26th round), and OF Taiwan Easterling (27th round).
In addition, 25-year old 6’4 245# OF Matt Spencer is being converted to a LHP. Spencer was a two-way player (LHP-OF) in HS and in his first two years at the University of North Carolina (before transferring to Arizona State), so he is not a stranger to the mound.
Spencer was one of three players acquired from the Oakland A’s in the Jake Fox deal a couple of years ago, and he played 1B and all three OF spots for Tennessee and Iowa in 2011, hitting a combined 246/319/419 with 14 HR & 70 RBI between AA and AAA (but only 188/260/246 in 27 games at AAA). He also got into two blow-outs as a pitcher (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R 3 BB, 1 K).
2011 CUBS ARIZONA INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER:
ACTIVE LIST (47):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
* Frank Del Valle
* Andrew McKirahan
* Christopher Pieters
* Zac Rosscup
* Matt Spencer (ex-OF)
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)