2020 Cubs Winter Instructs
2020 Cubs Winter Instructs is well underway on the backfields at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa.
Pitchers & catchers reported a week ago, and today was the first "full squad" work-out.
Rather than inviting 2019 draft picks and recently-signed IFA, the Cubs instead opted to invite mostly older players (including some with significant minor league experience) to instructs this year. (13 of the invitees are eligible to be minor league free-agents post-2020).
Several players & coaches from the Lotte Giants (KBO) are attending Instructs as guests of the Cubs, but it's possible that one or more of the Korean players could end up being acquired by the Cubs at some point. (Ex-Cubs minor league OF, coach, and scout Min-Kyu Sung was hired as GM of the Giants last September).
CUBS 2020 WINTER INSTRUCTS ROSTER: 67
The roster will be updated if there are changes.
(Last updated 2-3-2020)
* throws or bats left
# bats both
(primary defensive position played at Instructs in parenthesis)
* Adam Choplick
Oscar de la Cruz
* Bryan Hudson
* Ryan Lawlor
* Brendon Little
* Brailyn Marquez
* Eugenio Palma
* Jack Patterson
Jerrick Suiter (ex-1B)
* Matt Tenuta
Cam Balego (also 1B-2B-3B)
Orian Nunez (also 1B-2B-3B)
* Jonathan Soto
* Bryce Windham (also 1B-2B-3B)
* Aramis Ademan (SS)
Sung-Keun Bae (SS - Lotte Giants - KBO)
Wladimir Galindo (3B-1B)
# Reivaj Garcia (2B)
# Josue Huma (SS-2B)
Levi Jordan (2B-3B)
Dong-Kyu Kim (2B - Lotte Giants - KBO)
* Ju-Hyun Kim (1B - Lotte Giants - KBO)
David Masters (SS-2B)
# Fidel Mejia (3B-1B)
Christopher Morel (3B-SS)
* Luke Reynolds (1B-3B)
* Alfonso Rivas (1B)
Jake Slaughter (1B-2B-3B)
Luis Vazquez (SS)
Delvin Zinn (2B-3B)
* Edmond Americaan
* D. J. Artis
* Jae-Yoo Kim (Lotte Giants - KBO)
Eddy Julio Martinez
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Jonathan Sierra
* Vance Vizcaino
* D. J. Wilson
COODINATORS & COACHES:
James Ogden (Pitching Performance Coordinator)
Casey Jacobson (Pitching Development Coordinator)
Josh Zeid (Rehab Pitching Coordinator)
Tony Cougoule (Pitching Coach)
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach)
Charlie Haeger (Pitching Coach)
Mike Mason (Pitching Coach)
Doug Willey (Pitching Coach)
Chris Valaika (Hitting Coordinator)
Mark Johnson (Catching Coordinator)
Doug Dascezo (Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator)
Jonathan Mota (Infield Coordinator)
Mike Roberts (Baserunning Instructor)
Chad Allen (Hitting Coach)
Rachel Folden (Hitting Coach)
Kyu-Hyun Moon (Lotte Giants - KBO)
Hank Park (Lotte Giants - KBO)
Eric Patterson (Hitting & Infield Defense Coach)
Steven Pollakov (Hitting Coach)
Will Remillard (Catching Coach)
Will Skett (Hitting & Outfield Defense Coach)
Desi Wilson (Hitting & 1B Defense Coach)
Mike McNulty (Coordinator)
STRENCTH & CONDITIONING COACHES:
Doug Jarrow (Coordinator)
crunch 17 hours 58 min ago (view)
the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.
btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while. the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him. that signing probably is in the bag.
Wrigley Rat 20 hours 1 min ago (view)
I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 min ago (view)
Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players.
And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).
crunch 2 days 39 min ago (view)
b.colon has signed to a mexican league team. woo old dudes. he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.
Cubster 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
Replacing someone like David DeJesus?
crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.
he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.
Eric S 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade
Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs
Arizona Phil 3 days 20 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day.
Arizona Phil 3 days 20 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
Q could be subbed in for any of those too
crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 11 min ago (view)
I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.
crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)
M's sign him 1/2m
crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs. it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.
Cubster 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
BA ranks Cubs system @22.
LHP Brailyn Marquez (37), SS/OF Nico Hoerner (40), OF Brennen Davis (94)
Skinny: Towering lefty Brailyn Marquez took as big of a jump as any pitcher in the minors and has drawn comparisons to both Aroldis Chapman and David Price. Nico Hoerner got a taste of the big leagues, too. The system still has a ways to go to return to prominence, however.
Charlie 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Probably an upgrade over Descalso, but not clearing that very low bar by very much.