Updated Cubs 2014 Minor League Camp Rosters (3/27)
Five players arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy this week and were assigned to the Kane County squad, although they will be remaining in Mesa for Extended Spring Training once Minor League Camp has concluded:
Varonex Cuevas, INF
Frailyn Figueroa, LHP
Dalfis Ortiz, INF
Jose Paulino, LHP
Alexander Santana, RHP
2014 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS (last updated 3-27-2014):
NOTE: All four of the Cubs full-season minor league affiliates (Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and Kane County) must get down to the 25-man Active Roster limit by Opening Day. There will be some downward roster movement this weekend, but most roster cuts at the very end of Minor League Camp are made by releasing players or placing injured players on the Disabled List. Almost all minor league clubs carry 13 pitchers and 12 position players. The Kane County squad will be split in half this weekend, with 25 players assigned to KC, and the remaining players either released, placed on the DL, or moved down to the Boise/Mesa squad (Extended Spring Training).
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Tommy Hottovy
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Jonathan Sanchez
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Charlie Cutler
* Rafael Lopez
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Lars Anderson
* Logan Watkins
* Chris Coghlan
Jae-Hoon Ha (limited activity only)
* Brett Jackson
* Mitch Meier (INACTIVE - may have been released)
* Rubi Silva
Casper Wells (limited activity only - knee)
* Hunter Cervenka
* Frank del Valle
C. J. Edwards
P. J. Francescon
Pierce Johnson (limited activity only - hamstring)
* Austin Kirk
* Jeff Lorick
* Walter Ibarra
Albert Almora (limited activity only - knee)
# Zeke DeVoss
Jorge Soler (limited activity only)
* Nathan Dorris
* Michael Heesch
* Andrew McKirahan
* Al Yevoli
* Rob Zastryzny
Ben Carhart (ex-3B)
Nate Maldonado (player-coach)
* Justin Marra
# Jeimer Candelario
* Wes Darvill
* Marco Hernandez
* Rock Shoulders
* Dan Vogelbach
* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Jose Dore (INACTIVE - may have been released)
Reggie Golden (INACTIVE - may have been released)
* Jacob Hannemann
# Oliver Zapata
KANE COUNTY (60):
* Gerardo Concepcion
* Frailyn Figueroa
* Tyler Ihrig
Dillon Maples (limited activity only)
Juan Carlos Paniagua
* Jose Paulino
* Anthony Prieto
Brad Renner (limited activity only)
* Sam Wilson (limited activity only)
# Mark Malave
* Alberto Mineo
Rony Rodriguez (ex-OF)
* Zak Blair
* Danny Canela (ex-C)
# Varonex Cuevas
* Jordan Hankins
* Danny Lockhart
# Dalfis Ortiz
* Jacob Rogers
# Alex Sanchez (INACTIVE - may have been released)
# Trevor Stevens (limited activity only - right hand injury)
* Kevin Brown
* Rashad Crawford
* Shawon Dunston Jr
* Bijan Rademacher
STILL NOT PRESENT ON FIELD: (going back to beginning of Minor League Camp)
* Jeffry Antigua, P
# Kevin Encarnacion, OF (INACTIVE - rehabbing from injuries sustained in off-season car crash)
Mike Hamann, P
Loiger Padron, P
* Brian Smith, P
Elliot Soto, INF (RESTRICTED LIST - 50-game Drug of Abuse suspension)
BOISE/MESA (EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING)
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad will form during Minor League Camp, and will consist 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.
PITCHERS REHAB GROUP (7):
Marcelo Carreno (2013 shoulder surgery)
Jesus Castillo (2013 unknown-type injury)
Josh Conway (2013 elbow stress fracture)
Eduardo Figueroa (arrived late)
Barret Loux (shoulder)
Ryan McNeil (2013 TJS)
Trey McNutt (shoulder)
In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.
Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?
Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]
ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.
cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/
HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC.
ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels.
M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores) the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating.
E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.
Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).
PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.