Your 2008 Boise Hawks!
A few more of the recently drafted players arrived at Fitch Park today, including catcher Luis Flores (7th round pick out of Oklahoma State) and OF Tony Campana (13th round pick out of U. of Cincinnati). Both were immediately assigned to Boise.
And speaking of Boise, the Boise Hawks roster was posted in the Fitch Park clubhouse today, with 27 players assigned.
The 27-man roster includes 13 players who were selected in last week's Rule 4 Draft, plus one non-drafted free-agent (NDFA) signed after the conclusion of the draft. The other 13 players on the roster played in the Cubs organization last year.
The Northwest League has a 30-man roster limit, so as many as three more players could be assigned to Boise before Opening Day next Tuesday (or anytime, actually).
The Hawks will be departing Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for Boise tomorrow mornng at 7 AM, so the boys should be in fine shape for the Host Family Banquet in Boise, where each player will be paired with a "host family."
Here is the 2008 Boise Hawks roster (as of Friday 6/13):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Michael Bunton
* Arik Hempy
* James Leverton
* Mark Pawelek
* Ryan Flaherty (SS)
# Marwin Gonzalez (SS-2B-3B)
Josh Harrison (2B)
* Ryan Keedy (1B)
* Jake Opitz (2B)
Rebel Ridling (1B)
Josh Vitters (3B)
* Kyler Burke
* Tony Campana
* Drew Rundle
While the Hawks are in Boise preparing for NWL Opening Day, 14 members of the AZL Cubs will be traveling to Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday, and the 14 will be available to play in the Cubs-Padres "Hall of Fame" Game at Abner Doubleday Field in Coooperstown on Monday.
The crew will then get a "VIP Tour" of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum on Tuesday, before returning to Arizona on Wednesday to prepare for the AZL season that will commence next weekend.
Nice field trip for the kids, some of whom are only 17 years old.
Jim Hendry and Oneri Fleita could have plucked players from the Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and/or Peoria rosters for the HoF game, but they apparently decided they didn't want to cause any undo disruption to the clubs that are already in the midst of their regular season schedule (and Opening Day for the Boise Hawks is Tuesday, so diverting Boise players to Cooperstown would be inconvenient, too).
So for those of you who might watch the game on Monday, don't be too surprised if Junior (not Steve) Lake, Alvaro (not Sammy) Sosa, Kevin (not Geovany) Soto, Nelson (not Neifi) Perez, and Starlin (not Fidel) Castro get some PT in the later innings.
It's also POSSIBLE that 1B-OF Daryle Ward (rehabbing at Fitch Park while on the DL with a back injury) and/or RHP Angel Guzman (rehabbing at Fitch Park from 2007 TJS) could make the trip to Cooperstown, too, but that is still TBD.
Here is the current AZL Cubs roster (must be down to 35 players by AZL Opening Day):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Jeffrey Antigua
* Leon Johnson
* Luke Sommer
* Matt Cerda
Jose Guevara (REHAB - broken hand)
# Alvaro Sosa
* Bryan Jost (1B)
Starlin Castro (2B-SS)
John Contreras (3B-1B)
Sean Hoorelbeke (1B)
Dwayne Kemp (2B-LF)
Junior Lake (SS-3B)
Jose Made (2B-SS)
George Matheus (SS)
* Jeffrey Rea (REHAB - quad strain)
* Kurt Calvert
# David Macias
* Nelson Perez
# Cesar Salazar
And there are several others who are spending their Spring (and possibly their Summer, too) rehabbing at Fitch Park....
FITCH PARK INFIRMARY (11):
Ryan Acosta, RHP (UNKNOWN)
Alberto Alburquerque, RHP (2008 shoulder surgery rehab)
* Jeff Culpepper, OF (shoulder surgery rehab)
Rafael Dolis, RHP (2007 TJS surgery rehab)
* Clark Hardman, OF (UNKNOWN)
Jim Henderson, RHP (sore arm)
Kitt Kopach, RHP (2007 shoulder surgery rehab)
Oswaldo Martinez, RHP (2007 TJS rehab)
Jon Nagel, RHP (2008 draft pick - TJS rehab)
Cedric Redmond, RHP (torn labrum rehab - no surgery so far)
Larry Suarez, RHP (2008 TJS rehab)
Daryle Ward once again took batting practice this morning at Fitch Park, and he put on quite a power display,slamming several moon shots (or maybe I should say sun shots) onto 8th Street.
He said he feels a lot better than he did after yesterday's BP session (he felt some "jet lag" yesterday), and it certainly looks like he should be ready for a minor league rehab assignment very soon (that's if he doesn't go to Cooperstown as a chaperone with the AZL Cubs kids).
In Fitch Park roster news, RHP Jon Mueller has been promoted to Peoria, and the two Dominican RHPs who were demoted to the DSL Cubs in April after they got into an off-the-field fight (with each other) at EXST (the two being Francisco Acosta and Jose Severino) have been allowed to return to Fitch Park, and both pitched in today's intrasquad game.
Yes, believe it or not there actually was still ANOTHER intrasquad game today. The two squads were the Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs, but mixed together.
Hers the abridged box score...
1a. Ryan Keedy, 1B: 0-2 (K)
1b. Bryan Jost, 1B 1-1
2a. Jake Opitz, 2B: 1-1 (2 R, BB)
2b. Jeffrey Rea, 2B: 1-1
3. Josh Vitters, 3B 0-1 (R, BB)
4. Junior Lake, SS: 1-2 (R, RBI, 2B)
5. David Macias, LF: 1-1 (RBI, 2B, BB)
6. TeWayne Willis, CF: 1-2 (RBI, SB)
7. Kevin Soto, DH #1: 0-1 (SH)
8. Nelson Perez, RF: 1-2 (2B)
9a. Roberto Sabates, DH #2: 0-1
9b. Michael Brenly, PH: 0-1 (K)
10a. Alvaro Sosa, C: 0-1 (K)
10b. Carlos Perez, C: 0-1
1. Rebel Ridling, 1B 2-3 (2B, 3B, K, CS)
2. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B: 0-3 (2 K)
3. John Contreras, 3B: 0-2
4. Starlin Castro, SS: 0-2
5. Dwayne Kemp, LF: 1-2 (R)
6. Kurt Calvert, CF 1-2 (2B, RBI, K)
7. Kyler Burke, RF: 1-2 (SB)
8. Robinson Chirinos, C: 0-0 (2 BB)
9. Sean Hoorelbeke, DH: 0-1 (BB, K)
1. Marcus Hatley - 1.0 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
2. Jake Muyco - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
3. Carlos Rojas - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
4. Francisco Acosta - 0.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
5. Rogelio Carmona - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
1. Israel Camacaro - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
2. Andres Quezada - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
4. Jose Severino - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Alvaro Sosa 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Hot, clear skies, just freakin' hot
ATTENDANCE: 4 (including Jake Muyco's dad)
Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"
To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.
HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.
Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.
"they just fade away"
(Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)
Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.
I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.
AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?
He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.
Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.
I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.
I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).
Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.
"What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "
As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.
Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.
Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer
-0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...
-3 WAR projected over the course of a season.
the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.
Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.
i'll take him over frandy since it's unlikely he'll progress as a SS (and 2nd isn't looking much better).
i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.
I'm not saying he's great, but can we agree on the word "decent"? Became a pro at 23, called up at 26; nothing wrong with that trajectory, he hasn't been knocking around. Even in the majors his SO9 is 9.7. In the minors it's 12.2, so he's always missed bats, and without being a wild man: his walks are low. He cost the Cubs an unheralded A-ball middle infielder and a roster spot.