2012 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters

NRI RHP Marco Carrillo was one of four non-roster players cut from the Cubs 2012 MLB Spring Training roster today (RHP Trey McNutt, INF Jonathon Mota, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha were the others), and the Mexican right-hander arrived at Fitch Park Minor League Camp this morning just in time for Pitchers Fielding Practice.

Carrillo got into one Cactus League game, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning.

In addition to the 59 players left on the Cubs MLB Spring Training roster (39 players on the MLB 40-man roster, plus 20 non-roster players who received invitations to MLB Spring Training), there are presently 149 players at Fitch Park participating in Minor League Camp (152 once McNutt, Mota, and Ha arrive).

The players at Minor League Camp are divided into four squads that correspond to the Cubs four “full-season” minor league teams (AAA Iowa, AA Tennessee, Class-A Advanced Daytona, and Full-Season “A” Peoria), plus a 5th squad (known as “Boise/Mesa”) that represents the Cubs two short-season teams (Boise and AZL Cubs) that is gradually built from scratch during the course of Spring Training. (“Boise/Mesa” eventually will morph into the Cubs Extended Spring Training team next month).

Players at Minor League Camp are sometimes initially assigned to a squad one or maybe even two levels higher than where they are expected to play during the regular season, while others are initially assigned to the squad where they are expected to play.

As players are cut at Big League Camp and are optioned to the minors and/or sent to Minor League Camp (as was the case with Carrillo, McNutt, Mota, and Ha today), there is a corresponding cascade of roster moves made at Minor League Camp as players are moved down a level (or released) to make room for the players arriving from Big League Camp.(Players on the Iowa squad are moved down to the Tennessee squad, players on the Tennessee squad are moved down to the Daytona squad, players on the Daytona squad are moved down to the Peoria squad, etc).

Right now the rosters at Minor League Camp are fairly stable. Every now & then a player will get moved up or down to a different squad to provide position-balance or injury-coverage, and maybe a player here or there will get released, but generally not much will change with the rosters at Minor League Camp until the first “big cut” at the Big League Camp.

The first big “batch cut” at Big League Camp should happen around March 15th (next Thursday), because that is the first day Draft-Excluded Players (any minor league player eligible for selection in the last Rule 5 Draft who was added to the 40-man roster after August 15th) can be optioned to the minors, and it’s also the first day a Rule 5 Player can be outrighted to the minors.

Additionally, Minor League Spring Training games don’t start until next week, so it doesn’t make much sense to send a player who has already played in MLB Cactus League games to Minor League Camp when the pitchers and position players at Minor League Camp aren’t yet in game shape. Every now & then you will see a player get sent to Minor League Camp early (like Carrillo, McNutt, Mota, and Ha today), but when that happens it’s usually either a very young player, or a pitcher who is injured and/or out of shape and thus unable to pitch in MLB Cactus League games.

Besides the 211 MLB and minor league Cubs players presently in Mesa, there are 78 minor leaguers assigned to the Cubs Dominican Academy for Spring Training, and this group will eventually be split into two 35-man squads. These two squads (DSL Cubs #1 and DSL Cubs #2) are the two Cubs teams that play in the Dominican Summer League. A few of the more-promising and most-ready players at the Dominican Acdemy will be brought up to Fitch Park at the end of Spring Training and will get assigned to the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad.


Oneri Fleita

Brandon Hyde

Tom Beyers (Short-Season Teams Hitting Coordinator)
Bill Dancy (Infield)
Dennis Lewallyn (Pitching Coordinator)
Marty Pevey (Catching)
James Rowson (Full-Season Teams Hitting Coordinator)
Lee Tinsley (Outfield/Baserunning)

* bats or throws left
# bats both

IOWA (30)

Dave Bialas

Dave Keller (Hitting Coach)
Mike Mason (Pitching Coach)

Frank Batista
Dallas Beeler
Marco Carrillo
Hung-Wen Chen
Marcus Hatley
Aaron Kurcz
Jordan Latham
Oswaldo Martinez
* Brooks Raley
Kevin Rhoderick
* Nate Robertson
* Ryan Rowland-Smith
Brian Schlitter
Ryan Searle
Nick Struck

Juan Apodaca
Luis Flores (see NOTE)
Mario Mercedes
NOTE: Luis Flores is on the RESTRICTED LIST while serving a 50-game Prohibited Substance suspension, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities

Leugim Barroso
# David Macias
* Jake Opitz
Rebel Ridling
Greg Rohan
Nate Samson
Marquez Smith
Elliot Soto

* Michael Burgess
Evan Crawford
Ty Wright


Buddy Bailey

Mariano Duncan (Hitting Coach)
Jeff Fassero (Pitching Coach)

* Jeffry Antigua
Dan Berlind
* Brent Ebinger
Ricardo Estevez (see NOTE)
* Casey Harman
Ty’Relle Harris
* Eric Jokisch
Matt Loosen
Yoannis Negrin
Juan Serrano
* Matt Spencer (ex-OF)
Larry Suarez
Tony Zych
NOTE: Ricardo Estevez is on the RESTRICTED LIST while serving a 50-game Prohibited Substance suspension, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities

* Sergio Burruel
Taylor Davis
* Rafael Lopez
Chad Noble

* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
# Zeke DeVoss
* Rubi Silva
Rafael Valdes
* Logan Watkins

Abner Abreu
John Andreoli
Eliecer Bonne


Brian Harper

Marty Mason (Pitching Coach)
Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach)

* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
Zach Cates
Eduardo Figueroa
Dustin Fitzgerald
P. J. Francescon
Su-Min Jung
* Austin Kirk
Luis Liria
* Jeff Lorick
A. J. Morris
Starling Peralta
Jose Rosario
* Zac Rosscup
Bryce Shafer
Hayden Simpson
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
Brett Wallach

Anthony Giansanti (ex-OF)
Neftali Rosario

# Arismendy Alcantara
* Wes Darvill
Dustin Harrington
Paul Hoilman
* Richard Jones
Pierre LePage
Ronald Torreyes

* Pin-Chieh Chen
Reggie Golden
* Ben Klafczynski
Mayke Reyes
Blair Springfield


Casey Kopitzke

Barbaro Garbey (Hitting Coach)
Tom Pratt (Pitching Coach)

* Hunter Ackerman
* Willengton Cruz
Ramon Garcia
Ryan Hartman
Michael Jensen
Pete Levitt
Carlos Martinez
Hector Mayora
* Sheldon McDonald
* Andrew McKirahan
Tarlandus Mitchell
Roderik Pichardo
Yao-Lin Wang
Ben Wells
Joe Zeller

Wilson Contreras (ex-3B)
# Wilfredo Petit

Gioskar Amaya
Javier Baez
Xavier Batista
# Jeimer Candelario
Ryan Durrence
Dustin Geiger
# Marco Hernandez
# Brian Inoa
* Danny Lockhart
# Rock Shoulders
Kenny Socorro
* Dan Vogelbach
Brad Zapenas

* Delbis Arcila
Yasiel Balaguert
* Shawon Dunston, Jr
* Eduardo Gonzalez
Dong-Yub Kim
Trey Martin
* Garrett Schlecht (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Oliver Zapata


Mark Johnson (Boise)
Bobby Mitchell (AZL Cubs)

Bill Buckner (Boise Hitting Coach)
Frank Castillo (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Jason Dubois (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Gian Guzman (AZL Cubs Ass’t Coach)
David Rosario (Boise Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Fitch Park Rehab Pitching Coach)

Jose Arias
Ian Dickson
David Henrie
Jin-Young Kim
Felix Pena
James Pugliese
Austin Reed
Colin Richardson
Tayler Scott
* Brian Smith
Scott Weismann

* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo



* Frank del Valle, P (?)
Gregori Gonzalez, IF-OF (?)
Yohan Gonzalez, P (?)
* Cam Greathouse, P (supposedly will report to EXST)
Alvido Jimenez, P (?)
Arturo Maltos-Garcia, P (2011 TJS rehab)
Amaury Paulino, P (?)
* Nelson Perez, OF (?)



Carmelo Martinez

Juan Cabreja
Yudith Ozorio

Franklin Blanco (Hitting Coach)
Leo Hernandez (Pitching Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach)
Leo Perez (Catching Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Pitching Coach)

Gilberto Abreu
Daniel Adrian
Pedro Araujo
Manuel Asencio
* Adrian Aviles
* Alfredo Belizaire
Pedro Brazoban
Enger Cabreja
Javier Castro
* Augusto Colina
Juancito de la Cruz
Michael de la Cruz
* Alberto Diaz
Jorge Diaz
Rafael Diplan
Antonio Encarnacion
* Warner Eusebio
* Frailyn Figueroa (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Alexander Frias
* Manuel Fuentes
* Victor Garcia
Enyel Gonzalez
Luis Guillen
Jeffrey Hernandez (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
* Richard Leyba
Eric Martinez
* Jose Martinez
Pedro Medina (ex-OF)
* Angel Mejias
Jose Morel (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Yomar Morel
Loiger Padron
* Jose Paulino (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Enyelberth Pena (see NOTE)
Hector Perez
Jesus Pereyra
* Christopher Pieters (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Amalio Reyes
* Carlos Rodriguez (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Melvin Rosa
Victor Salazar
Julio Sanchez
Yilver Sanchez
Alexander Santana
Carlos Severino
Daury Torrez
Francisco Turbi
* Luis Villalba
NOTE: Enyelberth Pena is on the RESTRICTED LIST, but is assigned to the Dominican Academy

# Erick Castillo
Steven de la Cruz
# Mark Malave (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Jhonny Pena
# Felix Perez
* Carlos Ramirez
# Engel Santana

Luis Acosta (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Antonio Gonzalez
* Gabriel Jimenez-Gallardo
* Ricardo Marcano (16-year old signed during 2011-12 International Signing Period)
Carlos Montero
# Jose Montesino
# John Ortega
Adonis Paula
Carlos Penalver
* Jefry Puente
# Jesus Rodriguez
Francisco Sanchez

Jeffrey Baez
* Frammi Cabrera
Arnaldo Calero
# Roberto Caro
Jose Casilla
* Edwin Contreras
# Kevin Encarnacion
Enderson Mercedes
Shamiel Ubiera
Rhander Valdez



Ryan Buchter, LHP (to ATL for Rodrigo Lopez)
Kyung-Min Na, OF (to SD with Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates)
Tony Thomas, 2B (to BOS for Robert Coello)

Ryan Flaherty, INF (by BAL)
Marwin Gonzalez, INF (by BOS, then traded to HOU)

Joel Altagracia, 1B
Manuel Barrios, OF
Vismeldy Bieneme, INF
Smaily Borges, OF
Jane Bremon, RHP
Dave Bush, RHP (signed with PHI)
Johan DeJesus, C
Manolin DeLeon, RHP
Thomas Diamond, RHP (signed with MIN)
Rafael Disla, INF
Darlyn Figueroa, OF
D. J. Fitzgerald, OF (see NOTE)
Carlos Galvez, LHP
Jasly Gonzalez, OF
Miguel Gonzalez, C
Steve Grife, RHP (see NOTE)
Jose Guevara, C
Francisco Guzman, OF
Gian Guzman, INF
Cody Hams, LHP
Chris Huseby, RHP-OF (signed with BOS)
Nick Johnson, RHP (contract voided)
Danny Keefe, RHP
Max Kwan, C
James Leverton, LHP (see NOTE)
Robinson Lopez, RHP
Casey Lucchese, RHP (contract voided)
Alessandro Maestri, RHP (see NOTE)
Corey Martin, RHP (see NOTE)
J. R. Mathes, LHP (see NOTE)
Steven Maxwell, RHP (contract voided)
Brandon May, INF
Jake McAloose, INF
John Mincone, LHP (see NOTE)
Jesus Morelli, OF
Jake Muyco, RHP (see NOTE)
Augie Ojeda, INF
Mike Parisi, RHP (signed with LAD)
Michael Perconte, RHP (see NOTE)
Fernando Perez, OF (signed with NYM)
Marcos Perez, LHP
Manuel Pestana, OF
Alvaro Ramirez, OF (see NOTE)
Max Ramirez, C (signed with HOU)
Ramon Reyes, RHP
Gregorio Robles, OF
Jhon Rodriguez, RHP
Santo Rodriguez, RHP
Carlos Rojas, RHP
Carlos Romero, C
Jean Sandoval, RHP
Deuris Severino, RHP
Aaron Shafer, RHP (signed with ATL)
Cody Shields, OF
Chris Siegfried, LHP (see NOTE)
Kyle Smit, RHP
Luke Sommer, LHP (see NOTE)
Hector Suarez, C
Wladimir Telles, RHP
Pat Terry, C (contract voided)
Jose Tineo, RHP
Polin Trinidad, LHP (signed with OAK)
Jose Valdez, OF
Tzu-An Wang, RHP
NOTE: Player signed with team in independent league after getting released

Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP (signed with WAS)
Robert Coello, RHP (signed with TOR)
Angel Guzman, RHP (signed with LAD)
Dylan Johnston, OF-RHP
Lou Montanez, OF (signed with PHI)
Scott Moore, INF (signed with HOU)
Chris Robinson, C (signed with TEX)
Carlton Smith, RHP
Brad Snyder, OF (signed with HOU)
Alvaro Sosa, RHP
Jeff Stevens, RHP (signed with NYM)
John Urick, 1B

Justin Bristow, RHP
Travis Garcia, INF
Braden Looper, RHP
Craig Muschko, RHP
Jon Nagel, RHP
Eric Rice, RHP
Todd Wellemeyer, RHP


c'mon crafty zac rosscup...let's move to AA and show the cubs there's room for a finesse lefty pen arm.


T. Wood gives up a 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 H and gets 1K in 2.2 IP

scoreless work from R. Lopez, Wells, Rhee and L. Castillo

2-run HR by E. Gonzaelz, solo shots by Byrd and Clevenger, RBI by Barney, Soriano had a double as well

Nice to see our Euro import is accounted for.

I thought Marcos Perez had potential.... guess not. Why did Eric Rice and Craig Muschko retire? Who else do you think is on thin ice this spring training, AZ Phil?

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 10:39pm — Koyies Bansaw

I thought Marcos Perez had potential.... guess not. Why did Eric Rice and Craig Muschko retire? Who else do you think is on thin ice this spring training, AZ Phil?


K BANSAW: I can't say for sure why Muschko and Rice retired, but playing minor league baseball can be an expensive hobby.

For example, players at Peoria typicaly make about $8,000 a year (even less at Boise), and even players at Tennessee make about $12,000 until they get some leverage by becoming a minor league FA after seven seasons.

And if a player is married and has kids it can be a definite financial hardship to play pro ball, especially if the player has other options in the Real World.

And then other times it's because a player (usually a pitcher) suffers a serious shoulder or elbow injury and either the player can't afford to spend the time or does not want to invest the time needed to rehab the injury when there is no guarantee the player will ever be anything close to what he was before the injury.

And sometimes a player just simply loses his appetite for playing baseball.

As to why a particular player is released, sometimes it has little or nothing to do with the player's performance on the field. Not speaking about any player in particular here, but some Cubs minor leaguers have been released over the years because of alcohol or substance abuse issues, or after commiting a crime, or chronic tardiness, or insubordination, or getting into fights with coaches and/or teammates, etc.

And if a player is a bordeline prospect to begin with (and most are), the organizatiion will usually give the player a second chance, but you better not be a serial screw up, because It's just not good for morale to allow a particular player to get away with breaking the rules over & over again when other players do follow the rules. .

Still no news on Concepcion?

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 1:07pm — Hagsag

Still no news on Concepcion?


HAGSAG: Nothing.

Phil, what is your scouting report on Gretzky? Is he any type of prospect?

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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 mlb.tv 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 equation...plus 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.