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.
Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.
I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.
Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.
I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.
I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.
I am right there with you closing in on 60.
I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.
There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.
Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.
I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.
Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.
I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.
I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.
This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.
btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.
I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.
Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.
Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath of the Chapman trade:
SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete
EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin
There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.
And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .
I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.
I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.
Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).
chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).
The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.
McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.