Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters - Updated

Following the most-recent cuts from big league camp and reassignments (demotions and outright releases) at Minor League Camp, here are (best as I can determine) the current rosters at Fitch Park:  

MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS:

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS

IOWA:
Jose Ascanio
Matt Avery
Cory Bailey
Justin Berg
* Edward Campusano
* Neal Cotts
* Derrick Ellison
Jesse Estrada
Sean Gallagher
Jim Henderson (limited physical activity - unknown-type injury)
Mark Holliman
* Geoff Jones 
Juan Mateo
* J. R. Mathes
* Ryan O’Malley
Billy Petrick
Rocky Roquet

TENNESSEE:
Mitch Atkins
Esmailin Caridad 
Jose Ceda
Adam Harben
Grant Johnson
* Scott Koerber
* Casey Lambert
Alessandro Maestri
Marcos Mateo
* Jeremy Papelbon
Gregory Reinhard 
* Jayson Ruhlman
Jeff Samardzija
* Chris Shaver
* Donald Veal 
Tanner Watson

DAYTONA:
Alberto Alburquerque
Todd Blackford
Marco Carrillo
Michael Cooper (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
* Darin Downs
Dumas Garcia
* Arik Hempy
Robert Hernandez
Ryan Meyers
Billy Muldowney
Leonel Perez (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
Mike Phelps
Jose Pina (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
* James Russell
Joel Santo
* Chris Siegfried
Stephen Vento

PEORIA:
* Zach Ashwood
* Michael Bunton
Alberto Cabrera
Rafael Dolis (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
Marcus Hatley
Chris Huseby
Jordan Latham
Matt Maradeo
Scott Meyer
Jon Mueller (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
John Muller
* Mark Pawelek
Cedric Redmond 
Dae-Eun Rhee
* Dustin Sasser

BOISE/MESA:
Francisco Acosta
Ryan Acosta
* Jeffry Antigua
* Luis Astorga
Rogelino Carmona
Eduardo Figueroa
Yohan Gonzalez
Kitt Kopach (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
Kevin Kreier
Oswaldo Martinez (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
Craig Muschko
Blake Parker
Julio Pena
Hernan Ramos
Carlos E. Rojas 
Audy Santana
Ryan Searle
Jose Severino
Miguel Sierra
Larry Suarez (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
Scott Taylor (serving 50-game illegal substance suspension)
Harol Tolentino

CATCHERS

IOWA:
# J. D. Closser
# Koyie Hill (C-1B)
Jake Muyco
Tony Richie

TENNESSEE:
Welington Castillo
* Steve Clevenger (C-1B)
Chris Robinson

DAYTONA:
* Blake Lalli (C-1B)
Mario Mercedes
* Mark Reed

PEORIA:
Luis Bautista (C-1B)
Josh Donaldson
Carlos Perez
Roberto Sabates 
 
BOISE/MESA:
Carlos Guevara 
* Alvaro Sosa

INFIELDERS

IOWA:
# Andres Blanco (SS)
# Matt Craig (1B-3B)
* Kyle Reynolds (3B)
* Alan Rick (1B)
# Bobby Scales (2B)
Joe Simokaitis (SS)
 
TENNESSEE:
Robinson Chirinos (2B)
Brian Dopirak (1B)
Josh Lansford (3B)
# Matt Matulia (SS)
Carlos R. Rojas (SS)
Issmael Salas (3B-1B)
* Nate Spears (2B)

DAYTONA:
Darwin Barney (SS)
Russ Canzler (1B)
* Dylan Johnston (SS-2B)
* Ryne Malone (3B-1B)
Jonathan Mota (2B-SS)
Marquez Smith (3B)
Tony Thomas (2B)
 
PEORIA:
# Marwin Gonzalez (SS)
Gian Guzman (SS)
* Jeffrey Rea (2B)
Jovan Rosa (3B)
* Drew Rundle (1B-OF)
Nathan Samson (2B)
Josh Vitters (3B)

BOISE/MESA:
Starlin Castro (SS)
John Contreras (3B)
# Dwayne Kemp (2B)
* Bryan Jost (1B) - limited physical activity - knee surgery rehab
Junior Lake (SS)
Elvis Lara (2B) 
# Jose Made (2B-SS)

OUTFIELDERS

IOWA:
* Matt Camp
Jake Fox
* Josh Kroeger
# Andres Torres

TENNESSEE  
* James Adduci
Yusuf Carter
* Corey Coles
* Tyler Colvin 
Ryan Harvey
* Jonathan Wyatt

DAYTONA:
* Kyler Burke
* Jeff Culpepper (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
* Leon Johnson 
Ty Wright

PEORIA:
* Cliff Andersen
Brandon Guyer (limited physical activity – injury rehab)
* Nelson Perez
* Luke Sommer
# Min Kyu Sung (player-coach)

BOISE/MESA:
# Andres Quezada
Kevin Soto 
Jesus Reyes

WHEREBOUTS UNKNOWN (by me):
Hung-Wen Chen, P
Rafael Cova, P 
# Luis Figueroa, INF
* Clark Hardman, OF
Yuri Higgins, P
Chris Rivera, P
* Marc Sawyer, 1B
Chi-Hsiang Wen, OF

NOTE: As far as I know, Chen, Cova, Sawyer, and Wen never reported. I suspect Sawyer MIGHT be finishing his senior year at Yale and will report late. Figueroa probably either got released or quit after he got sent down from big league camp, and I don't know what happened to Hardman, Higgins, and Rivera. They were at Fitch Park for a while, but have since disappeared, so either they are hurt to the extent that they can't perform even limited activities on the field, or they quit, or they got released.

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Comments

Was I censored?

JOE: I deleted the original post so I could replace it with one that was readable. Your comment getting deleted was simply a casualty of war, my friend. "Colateral damage" I believe it's called.

That's what I figured...just a kiddin'.

Any surprises Phil? Is smardzija really going to start the year out in Tennessee?

Jeff Samardzija will start the 2008 season at AA. He still needs to perfect his slider and a workable off-speed pitch.

LHP James Russell has looked VERY good. He was a 2007 14th round pick (dropped due to signability issues) out of the U. of Texas and he signed late, so he is essentially making his pro debut this year.

Word was Russell was going to return to school with fellow Longhorn (and Team USA) catcher Preston Clark (Cubs '07 33rd round pick), but the Cubs showed Russell some extra $$$ at the last minute and got him to change his mind.

Russell will probably be the #1 starter at Daytona in 2008 and could move very quickly through the system. He is the son of former MLB closer Jeff Russell.

Welington Castillo has been promoted (mid-ST!) from Daytona to Tennessee, so he must have REALLY impressed Oneri Fleita and the Cubs minor league people to do that. He is a catcher in the mold of the Flying Molina Brothers, and has developed some HR power to go along with a solid bat and plus-arm.

It looks like 3B Kyle Reynolds (son of ex-MLB SS Craig Reynolds) has made the jump to AAA. He's always been a pretty good fielder, but he developed HR power last year, and has basically morphed into Scott Moore Redux.

Dunedin HS teammates Brian Dopirak and Ryan Harvey have been reunited at AA Tennessee, and they have been mashing the ball all Spring. If they can stay healthy, Tennessee could have a very powerful middle of the order in '08, with Tyler Colvin, Brian Dopirak, Ryan Harvey, and Welington Castillo hitting 3-4-5-6.

Daytona should have a good team, too, with '07 draft picks SS Darwin Barney (Oregon State), 2B Tony Thomas (Florida State), 3B Marquez Smith (Clemson), LF Ty Wright (Oklahoma State), and either Leon Johnson (BYU) or Jonathan Wyatt (Georgia) in CF, plus Kyler Burke (acquired from SD for Michael Barrett) in RF. All are definite MLB prospects.

RHP reliever Alessandro Maestri (Team Italy) and LHP Jeremy Papelbon (who will apparently be converted into a starter) have been impressive, too, and both could well make the jump from Peoria to AA. 

2007 1st round pick Josh Vitters is locked in a battle with Jovan Rosa for the starting 3rd base job at Peoria. The loser goes to Extended Spring Training and then to Boise.in June. 

Az Phil:

Matt Camp split most year a (low A) Peoria/Daytona (high A) with a brief showing at Tenn (AA). So what did he do to deserve the promotion to start the year in the Iowa OF?

Do you think Carmen Pignatello has earned a mlb roster spot based on his spring? I know...some guys are blocked by veterans with big salaries on the team, but it must be tough when you don't give up a run all spring for a team with only one veteran lefty reliever who is coming off of a pretty inconsistent 2007. I'm not so sure I like the argument that the rest of the bullpen righty's can get out left handed hitters.

matt camp projects as a backup (4th/5th) OF anyway.

even with an aluminum bat he was nothing more than "pesky" at ncsu.

think...adam greenberg without a head injury. =p

he should be a usefull swiss-army-knife OF'r who could slip into the lineup if anyone gets injured or slowed. his fielding and patience is probably gonna make his value more than "developing" some power...dunno if he's got any in that frame to do anything with.

Thanks for all your work, Phil. You keep me tuned in.

rock on,

Submitted by Cubster on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 7:34pm.

Az Phil: Matt Camp split most year a (low A) Peoria/Daytona (high A) with a brief showing at Tenn (AA). So what did he do to deserve the promotion to start the year in the Iowa OF?

Do you think Carmen Pignatello has earned a mlb roster spot based on his spring? I know...some guys are blocked by veterans with big salaries on the team, but it must be tough when you don't give up a run all spring for a team with only one veteran lefty reliever who is coming off of a pretty inconsistent 2007. I'm not so sure I like the argument that the rest of the bullpen righty's can get out left handed hitters.

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CUBSTER: The Cubs like Matt Camp as a utility player (2B-LF-CF). He has plus-speed and is a good base-stealer. Although he doesn't play SS, offensively he's in the mold of a Ryan Theriot-type player. Right now he's with the Iowa squad, but once Sam Fuld and Eric Patterson get sent down, Camp should end up at Tennessee as the starting LF and lead-off hitter there.

As for Pignatiello, I believe he is the Cubs best bet for a lefty reliever in 2008. I don't know if Uncle Lou sees it that way, but I think it's pretty obvious.

Scott Eyre certainly isn't the answer, that's for sure.

Ideally, the Cubs will get George Sherrill as part of the Brian Roberts deal. Sherrill is probably the #1 lefty reliever in baseball.

Baltimore Sun article tonight about Roberts----to sum it up, he hasn't been told he won't be traded

Anybody know when Brian Roberts reports to Camp?

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I should be strung up for that one.

AZ, I thought among your mind bogglingly detailed posts I saw that we lost Brian Dopirak. No? Or did I just lose track of him in my head because he didn't seem to be panning out?

And Lou Piniella confirms: when he said he'd have a rotation announcement by Friday, he meant it, dammit.

It's now Saturday where I am.

Did he say which Friday, dammit?

by Friday, he must have meant Monday

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

rotation and closer to be announced Monday...Pie tabbed as the regular CFer. Don't like Cedeno out there as a backup, so expect a trade.

Piniella said there's no chance "right now" of Soriano going back to the leadoff spot because of the cold weather in Chicago to start the season.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/bas...

says he wouldn't mind Fuku in the leadoff spot, but doesn't like having his two lefties spread out so far apart. Definitely didn't like Fuku in the 5 spot...

cedeno straight up for r. davis (the man is fast)and out of options just
like cedeno.
screw ,the roberts trade right now keep those chips

Az Phil, I seem to remember the Cubs signing a young OF named Haesung Kook. I see he is not around Fitch either.Do you know where he is at?

This Washington reporter says the Cubs looking for a 2nd baseman? Somebody out there doesn't understand why they are interested in Roberts. His logic is if they can't get Roberts, why not get Lopez.

Felipe Lopez with the Nats?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...

Maybe they'd trade Austin Kearns for our righty backup OF. He does play a bit of CF, he's a righty bat and he's an OBP guy (and Hendry used to have a mancrush on him).

Hey, if they can make up trades...so can I.

Felipe Lopez would be almost as good as Roberts. They can keep Kearns IMO.

Ryno, Have you not seen Felipe "oops" Lopez play? He's a defensive liability. His bat is totally not worth it. No Nats please. Coco Crisp lost his job in Boston because he's no better than an overpaid Corey Patterson. You might as well get Todd Walker back here if you don't care about defense.

"They can keep Kearns IMO."

Darth Vader in cleats?

here is the link to the Baltimore Sun/Roberts article

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baseball/bal-sp...

The potential deal continues to be a popular topic in the Orioles' clubhouse, with players regularly asking reporters whether it will get done. Nobody seems to be sure of the answer. When asked if the trade will go down, three Orioles officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, gave three different answers. One said yes, one said no and the other said it was "50-50."

lol!

AZ Phil:

Assuming McGehee is sent back to Iowa, what happens to the Third Base logjam there?

And who do you like most as an ML-contributer-- McGehee, Reynolds, or Craig?

Submitted by Romero on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 8:26am.

AZ Phil: Assuming McGehee is sent back to Iowa, what happens to the Third Base logjam there?

And who do you like most as an ML-contributer-- McGehee, Reynolds, or Craig?

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ROMERO: I think it's very likely that Reynolds will be the #1 3B at Iowa, McGehee will play some 3B, some 1B, and will catch once or twice or a week, and Matt Craig is a likely candidate to get released before Opening Day, since he will be a six-year minor league FA after the 2008 season.

I believe Reynolds could be a starting or platoon 3B in the big leagues at some point, while McGehee willl probably be a C-3B-1B-RHPH. I don't think Craig will play in the big leagues, but if he does it will be as a DH. He is a lousy defender at 3B.

Thanks, Phil.

Didn't the organization experiment with converting Craig into a catcher a couple of years ago? I'm assuming that experiment didn't take.

And why would the Cubs release Craig? Couldn't we just trade him to Baltimore for something of use? Perhaps throw him into the Roberts booty?

:)

Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 7:50am.

Az Phil, I seem to remember the Cubs signing a young OF named Haesung Kook. I see he is not around Fitch either.Do you know where he is at?

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HAGSAG: He got released. 

Submitted by Old and Blue on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 9:00pm.

AZ, I thought among your mind bogglingly detailed posts I saw that we lost Brian Dopirak. No?

Or did I just lose track of him in my head because he didn't seem to be panning out?

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OLD & BLUE: Brian Dopirak will be the starting 1B at AA Tennessee in 2008.

He will be a six-year minor league FA after the 2008 season if he's not put back on the Cubs 40-man roster by the end of the World Series. But he'll have to have a MUCHO big-time "break-out" season at AA for that to happen.

My prediction for the most-likely Dopirak Destination this time next year? 

Baltimore Orioles sign him to a minor league contract and he gets an NRI to ST.

AZ Phil,

Thanks as always for the reporting!

Submitted by Romero on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 11:09am.

Thanks, Phil.

Didn't the organization experiment with converting Craig into a catcher a couple of years ago? I'm assuming that experiment didn't take. And why would the Cubs release Craig? Couldn't we just trade him to Baltimore for something of use? Perhaps throw him into the Roberts booty?

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ROMERO: The experiment lasted about a week.

There are a lot of guys who get released the last week of Minor League Camp where you would think they would have some value in a trade, but they just don't. A lot of times a club will release a player at the end of ST when the player gets caught in a "numbers game" (Iowa and Tennessee have only 24-man rosters, so there's room for only four players on the bench), even though it,means the club gets nothing back. And that's especially true if the player will be a six-year minor league free-agent after the season anyway, as is the case with Matt Craig.

So unless something bad happens to Reynolds, Hoffpauir, Lansford, or Dopirak before the start of the season, Craig has zero future in the Cubs organization in 2008 and will likely get released next week. Then he can sign someplace else and get a fresh start, preferably as a DH.

AZ Phil,

What do you make of Brian Dopirak's 2004 statistics? Aberration, or did someone simply steal his mojo after the season ended? Has anyone else followed the Brian Dopirak career path, and if so, how did their careers end up--MLB regulars or unknown minor leaguers?

Not AZ Phil, but I saw Dopirak play in a few games that year, and he appeared to be a man among boys in that league. You could tell, though, that he had trouble with off-speed stuff. It looks like, at this point, if a pitcher gets behind and comes in with a fastball Dopirak's got a chance. Otherwise he gets a steady diet of garbage and K's.

Any idea where these guys are (if in fact they are still in the organization)

RP Tim Lahey (not Layden)
RP John Webb
RP Mike Nannini
2B Gary Cates
SS John Nelson

AZ Phil can fill you in on the rest, but Lahey should still be with the big league team. It doesn't look like he'll make the team out of camp and as a Rule 5 draftee, he'll first have to go through waivers where any team can pick him up for a nominal fee but be forced to keep him on their 25-man roster all year. If he makes it through waivers, he'll be offered back to the Twins for a fee or possibly be the PTBNL in the Craig Monroe deal as AZ Phil has speculated.

Didn't we trade Nannini to the Marlins at some point?

And I'd think the others have been released at some point or another.

Did the Cubs finnally decide to get rid of Alfred Joseph? i can't seem to find what happend to him. I've knew he always had a little bit of an attitude problem.

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