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.

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  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • QuietMan 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 33 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 44 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 46 min ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 12 hours 34 min ago view