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:


FIELD COORDINATOR:
Dave Bialas


GAME MANAGER:
Mark Johnson


INSTRUCTORS:
Tom Beyers
Franklin Font
Jason Dubois
Brian Harper
Casey Kopitzke
Dennis Lewallyn
Carmelo Martinez
Tom Pratt
David Rosario
Lee Tinsley
Desi Wilson


ACTIVE LIST (47):


* bats or throws left
# bats both


PITCHERS (24):
Jose Arias
* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
* Frank Del Valle
Ian Dickson
Dustin Fitzgerald
David Henrie
Michael Jensen
Luis Liria
Dillon Maples
* Andrew McKirahan
Tarlandus Mitchell
Amaury Paulino
Felix Pena
Starling Peralta
* Christopher Pieters
Austin Reed
Jose Rosario
* Zac Rosscup
Alexander Santana
Tayler Scott
* Matt Spencer (ex-OF)
Larry Suarez
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
Tony Zych


CATCHERS (7):
Yaniel Cabezas
# Micah Gibbs
* Rafael Lopez
# Mark Malave
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo
Neftali Rosario


INFIELDERS (10):
Luis Acosta
Javier Baez
# Jeimer Candelario
# Zeke DeVoss
Dustin Geiger
* Danny Lockhart
Carlos Penalver
# Rock Shoulders
* Rubi Silva
* Dan Vogelbach


OUTFIELDERS (6):
Jeffrey Baez
Eliecer Bonne
* Shawon Dunston, Jr
Taiwan Easterling
Reggie Golden
* Garrett Schlecht

Comments

complete game for Garza puts him at 191 IP, another complete game win versus Padres next week and he'll hit 200 and double digit wins. ERA is at 3.35 on the season.

If it happens to manage a CG shutout, he'd get his ERA down to 3.20 I believe.

Dempster at 190.2 IP with 2 starts to go, so he should top 200 with a bit to spare.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/rumblings...

hoping to announce a new CBA before end of World Series, draft compensation and reverse luxury tax seem to be the key points to still hash out.

Finally, we conducted a little unofficial, unscientific poll of several executives this week, asking where they thought the marquee free-agent hitters on this market will wind up. The envelopes, please:

Pujols to St. Louis, Fielder to Nationals, Reyes to Giants

If that's the case, I hope we make a nice trade offer for Mike Morse. No idea why the Nats would want to spend that big on Fielder when they already have a solid 1B. I think they would be more likely to splurge on C.J. Wilson, if anything.

they also have LaRoche back next year, don't they?

not that either should keep them from pursuing Fielder or Pujols.

Morse is having a nice year at age 29, but can move to LF or be a trade chip for pitching they'll still desperately need. Wouldn't count on Harper starting the season with the team.

Zambrano or LaRoche?

Another odd thing about the Werth signing. What posistion is Harper going to play?

If they did sign Pujols or Fielder, and they really feel Harper is ready, I could see them having him start the season in the majors, because the Fielder/Pujols hype may distract a little from the glare on Harper. Of course, Harper would probably cry about it... he's got to be the least likeable minor league prospect since that kid we drafted who tried to kill someone in the on deck circle.

since that kid we drafted who tried to kill someone in the on deck circle.
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Beanball Ben Christensen and Anthony Molina

here's an article on the 10 yr aftermath...

http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_0807d36...

“I have three kids that are awesome, and I’m divorced, which is also awesome,’’ he said

Lol.

Thanks a ton, AZPhil! I've been craving some minor league news ever since the season ended. This AZIL squad easily has me more excited than any other one I've followed. So much all-star potential. It gives a guy a reason to dream.

Thanks Phil. Been looking forward to this info.

Az Phil:

The AZIL squad has a ton of interesting pitchers (well, of the 24 not all can be interesting) , can you break down your expectations for those that deserve the most attention?

The leaves turn and AZ Phil takes over TCR.

I am excited for reports on the young Latinos. Keep the reports coming Az. Phil!

I am surprized that Ben Wells isnt at Fitch.

Phil - Have the Cubs had 16 year olds in the instructional league before. It sounds unusual to me.

Submitted by DavidP on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 1:06pm.
Phil - Have the Cubs had 16 year olds in the instructional league before. It sounds unusual to me.

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DAVID P: I don't recall ever seeing 16-year olds at Instructs before. I believe this is the first time.

Where is Annie Savoy when you need her?

She's put on a few miles since her Nuke LaLoosh days. And she "retired" from banging minor leaguers at the end of the movie.

Good group of young exciting players. Little surprised not to see a guy like Ackerman on the list.

Recent comments

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  • Wow -- no Soler today, despite begin short of OF. As Baez's star rises, Jorge's has dimmed considerably.

  • http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/15458724/more-ped-busts-coming-ma...

    "OTL: More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball"

    Don't be a Cub, don't be a Cub, don't be a Cub!!!

  • Sorry typing too fast.

  • I think while I get what you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • The players are required to perform with minimal thinking, relying on reflex, reaction, and muscle memory (or, as you say, rhythm). I think this point of view doesn't lend itself well to changing things up. Wearing Zany suits, on the other hand, does sound like fun and definitely keeps things interesting.

  • Scared me for a minute with your anagram for "Almora".

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?