2013 Cubs AZ Instructional League Roster
10/2 UPDATE: LHP Rob Zastryzny (Cubs 2013 2nd round draft pick) has been added to the Cubs AZ Instructional League roster.
9/19 UPDATE: Carrie Muskat posted the updated 2013 Cubs AZ Instructional League roster yesterday at MLBBlogs Network, and that roster shows that RHP C. J. Edwards and OF Kevin Encarnacion have been deleted from last week's AZIL preliminary roster, and 16-year old OF Eloy Jimenez (the top-rated international prospect from 2013) has been added.
Here is the preliminary 2013 Cubs Arizona Instructional League (AZIL) roster (subject to change):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Johermyn Chavez (ex-OF)
C. J. Edwards
* Tyler Ihrig
Juan Carlos Paniagua
* Sam Wilson
NOTES: A former Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospect as an outfielder and an outfielder throughout his pro career coming into the 2013 season, 24-year old 6'3 220 Johermyn Chavez was signed as a six-year minor league FA by the Cubs last off-season, got an NRI to Spring Training, and played RF at AA Tennessee through May 9th (hitting just 206/306/270 in 24 SL games) before going to Mesa (Fitch Park) and being converted to a RHP. He saw some game action for the AZL Cubs in August, and he will be a 6YFA again post-2013 if he does not re-sign with the Cubs... 23-year old RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua ($1.5M bonus in 2012) got a late start due to visa problems and then strugled at both Kane County and Boise... 24-year old RHP Jose Rosario struggled at KC in 2013, and since he will be a minor league FA (6YFA) post-2014, he really needs to get past low-"A" in 2014... 6'7 19-year old Dominican RHP Jefferson Mejia was signed by the Cubs in July ($850K bonus) and made his pro debut with the DSL Cubs (3 G - 9.0 IP) in August... 18-year old RHP Jen-Ho Tseng was rated by Baseball America as the #6 international pitching prospect in 2013 (and the #1 international prospect in Taiwan) prior to signing with the Cubs in August ("Signed for Future Service" - 2014 contract - $1.625M bonus) and he will be making his pro debut at Instructs...
Ben Carhart (ex-3B)
# Erick Castillo
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
# Mark Malave (ex-3B)
* Alberto Mineo
Giuseppe Papaccio (ex-INF)
# Wilfredo Petit
NOTES: Jordan Hankins played 2B in college (Austin Peay) but his position was announced as "catcher" when the Cubs drafted him in the 11th round this past June. However, he played only 3B-2B-1B at AZL Cubs and Boise... Wiill Remillard was drafted by the Cubs out of Coastal Carolina U. in June (he was Josh Conway's catcher in college) and signed in July, but he did not play in the AZL due to a back injury, so he will be making his pro debut at Instructs... Alberto Mineo was signed as a 16-year old out of Italy in 2010 ($225K bonus), but he has yet to advance past rookie ball (AZL)... Although he was signed ($1.6M bonus) as a catcher as a 16-year old in July 2011, switch-hitting Mark Malave was moved to 3B when he made his pro debut at Instructs two years ago. (BTW, same thing happened with Willson Contreras, who was signed by the Cubs as a catcher in 2009, was immediately moved to 3B, and then was moved back to catcher after the 2011 season)...
Gioskar Amaya (2B)
# Jeimer Candelario (3B)
# Frandy de la Rosa (SS-2B)
Kelvin Freeman (1B)
Jesse Hodges (3B)
* Danny Lockhart (2B-SS-3B)
Carlos Penalver (SS)
Gleyber Torres (SS)
NOTES: 16-year old Venezuelan SS Gleyber Torres was rated by Baseball America as the #2 International prospect this season. The Cubs signed him ("Signed for Future Service" - 2014 contract - $1.7M bonus) in July and he will be making his pro debut at Instructs... 17-year old switch-hitting Dominican SS-2B Frandy de la Rosa ($700K bonus in 2012) made his pro debut at Extended Spring Training in Mesa, but then spent the 2013 regular season with the DSL Cubs...
* Rashad Crawford
* Shawon Dunston Jr
* Jose Dore (also 3B-2B-1B)
# Kevin Encarnacion
NOTES: One of the fastest players in the organization, Rashad Crawford gave-up switch-hitting in Extended Spring Training and is now hitting exclusively LH to take greater advantage of his speed... Trey Martin underwent surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder in May and just started taking BP at Fitch Park a couple of weeks ago... Toolsy & athletic Jose Dore was acquired from SD during Spring Training and played 1B-2B-3B-LF-CF-RF at Extended Spring Training, so while he is listed as an outfielder, he can play just about anywhere in the INF or OF... Baseball America's top-rated 2013 international prospect (16-year old Dominican OF Eloy Jimenez) was signed by the Cubs in August ("Signed for Future Service" - 2014 contract - $2.8M bonus), and he is presently scheduled to make his pro debut at Dominican Academy Instructs in October and (probably) his U. S. debut at either Minor League Camp or Extended Spring Training in Mesa in 2014...
In addition, pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero, and Arodys Vizcaino, infielders Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, and outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler will likely spend a few days with the AZIL squad at Fitch Park before they report to the Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) a half-mile up the street at HoHoKam Park.
Tim Cossins (Catching)
Jose Flores (Infield/Bunting)
Anthony Iapoce (Hitting)
Derek Johnson (Pitching)
Carmelo Martinez (Assistant Hitting)
Lee Tinsley (Outfield/Baserunning)
AZIL GAME MANAGERS:
Gary Van Tol
Oscar Bernard (Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Hitting Coach)
Juan Cabreja (Coach)
Storm Davis (Pitching Coach)
Mariano Duncan (Hitting Coach)
Dave Keller (Coach)
Nate Maldonado (Catching Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach)
Osmin Melendez (Coach)
Bobby Mitchell (Coach)
David Rosario (Pitching Coach)
Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (Pitching Coach)
With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?
Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.
This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.
This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.
CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now.
LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.
AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).
I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.
Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)
E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.
Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.
More on the Cub Way.
Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.
Send Soler down!
Awesome thanks AZ
Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!
given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.
i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.
Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?
He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.
My guess? Toronto.