2014 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters
Dillon Maples, Jen-Ho Tseng, Felix Pena, and Ivan Pineyro threw "live" BP this morning, as Cubs minor leaguers had their first full-squad work-out at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
2014 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS (last updated 3-6-2014):
These are the four squads that were actually ON THE FIELD at Minor League Camp today.
However, about 20 players under club control who I would have expected to be at Minor League Camp were not on the field, but most of the MIA are international players, so visa issues may be the reason some of them are absent. I do know that OF Kevin Encarnacion is rehabbing from serious injuries (burns & shoulder injury) sustained in a car crash in the Dominican Republic this past off-season. Encarnacion was reportedly pulled from the wreck just seconds before the vehicle exploded. Also, INF Elliot Soto is on the Restricted List while serving a 50-game "Drug of Abuse" suspension, and he will not be eligible to be reinstated until late May (although players serving drug & substance suspensions are permitted to participate in Spring Training and Extended Spring Training at the discretion of the club).
NOTE: ROSTERS AT MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ARE FLUID. Minor League players are often initially assigned to a squad one or even two levels above where they will ultimately be assigned once the regular season starts. Minor League Camp roster assignments are based on several factors, including the player's position as it relates to the specific needs of the organization, and the player's age, amount of professional experience, and previous season's performance (including any time spent at a post-season Instructional League). As players are sent to Minor League Camp from the Major League squad during the course of Spring Training, there are corresponding roster moves made at Minor League Camp as players are either moved down a level or released.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Hunter Cervenka
P. J. Francescon
* Austin Kirk
Barret Loux (limited activity only)
Trey McNutt (limited activity only)
* Charlie Cutler
* Lars Anderson
Stephen Bruno (limited activity only - 2013 TJS rehab)
* Wes Darvill
* Walter Ibarra
# Zeke DeVoss
Jae-Hoon Ha (limited activity only)
* Rubi Silva
* Frank del Valle
* Nathan Dorris
C. J. Edwards
* Jeff Lorick
* Andrew McKirahan
* Danny Canela
# Jeimer Candelario
* Marco Hernandez
Tim Saunders (limited activity only)
* Dan Vogelbach
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Jose Dore
* Bijan Rademacher
# Oliver Zapata
* Gerardo Concepcion
* Michael Heesch
Juan Carlos Paniagua
* Al Yevoli
* Rob Zastryzny
Ben Carhart (ex-3B)
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
# Mark Malave
* Justin Marra
* Zak Blair (limited activity only)
* Danny Lockhart
* Rock Shoulders
* Shawon Dunston Jr
* Jacob Hannemann
* Trevor Gretzky
KANE COUNTY (38):
Jesus Castillo (limited activity only)
Josh Conway (limited activity only - 2013 elbow surgery rehab)
* Tyler Ihrig
Ryan McNeil (limited activity only - 2013 TJS rehab)
* Anthony Prieto
* Sam Wilson
* Alberto Mineo
Rony Rodriguez (ex-OF)
* Jacob Rogers
# Alex Sanchez
# Trevor Stevens
* Kevin Brown
* Rashad Crawford
NOT PRESENT ON FIELD: (3/6)
* Jeffry Antigua, P
Jeffrey Baez, OF
Marcelo Carreno, P
# Erick Castillo, C
Willson Contreras, C
# Frandy de la Rosa, INF
# Kevin Encarnacion, OF (INACTIVE - rehabbing from injuries sustained in off-season car crash)
Eduardo Figueroa, P
Mike Hamann, P
David Henrie, P
Jin-Young Kim, P
Loiger Padron, P
Amaury Paulino, P
# Wilfredo Petit, C
* Carlos Rodriguez, P
Francisco Sanchez, INF
* Brian Smith, P
Elliot Soto (RESTRICTED LIST - serving 50-game "Drug of Abuse" suspension)
Gleyber Torres, INF
Yao-Lin Wang, P
BOISE/MESA (EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING)
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad will form the week of March 10th, consisting of players who will be left behind in Arizona to provide a replacement cadre in case of an injury to a player at Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee, and/or Iowa during the first two months of the season, inexperienced players who are competing for jobs with one of the "Short Season" teams that begin league play in June, and players (both MLB and minor league) getting into playing shape and/or rehabbing from an injury.
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.