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)
Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario named to Futures Game...
Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:
best relievers in baseball tend to not be the best relievers for very long though...
Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.
In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?
Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.
I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.
Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester
Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.
Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.