Cubs Release Eleven Minor League Pitchers
The Cubs released eleven minor league pitchers yesterday:
Anderson Acevedo - age 25 (Dominican Republic)
Yan de la Cruz - age 25 (Dominican Republic)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF) - age 21 (Dominican Republic)
Hector Alonso Garcia - age 20 (Mexico)
Jose Alejandro Gonzalez (ex-OF) - age 23 (Venezuela)
Ronaldo Lopez (ex-INF) - age 20 (Venezuela)
Junior Marte - age 23 (Dominican Republic)
Enzo Perez - age 18 (Venezuela)
Andry Rondon - age 23 (Dominican Republic)
Freddy Tineo - age 21 (Venezuela)
Sucre Valdez - age 25 (Dominican Republic)
The eleven are mainly older pitchers who have not progressed to the Cubs' satisfaction. In fact none of the eleven ever made it out of short-season ball (only five of the eleven made it as far as Eugene, and another five never even made it out of the DSL).
All eleven are RHP and were originally IFA signed out of Latin America. Three (W. Feliz, J. Gonzalez, and R. Lopez) were position-player conversions, three others (A. Acevedo, Y. de la Cruz, and E. Perez) were second-contract guys (previously released by another organization), and ten of the eleven would have been Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2019.
Only two of the eleven (W. Feliz and H. Garcia) were signed by the Cubs as 16-year old IFA in their first-eligible ISP, and Feliz was originally signed as an outfielder. Garcia was one of the 25 players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico 2014-18. (E. Perez was originally signed as a 16-year old IFA by SD, but was released by the Padres two years later).
Junior Marte is the most-notable pitcher released, because a couple of years ago he was so impressive in Extended Spring Training that he was signed by the Boras Corporation (same day Boras Corp signed Jose Albertos).
he played 2nd (not that well) when he first came up when maddon wasn't busy trying to make lineup space for jonathan herrera.
it's one of those things where baez is more talented, but that talent allows him to play 2nd as well as SS while russell excells at SS compared to his play at 2nd.
that said, if they decide baez is in a groove they might shift russell to 2nd anyway... *shrug*
n.hoerner took one off the wrist and was removed from the smokies game. boo.
also, cory abbott had another good outing.
I was thinking the same thing. Has Addy taken any reps at 2nd?
No way in hell should they move Baez off of shortstop when Russell in back.
rizzo did a good baseball thing. hopefully more of that will follow. HR #195 career.
maeda kinda sucks tonight. he picked a great night for it.
A killer ASS.
Jake Stinnett on the Cubs radar anymore?
crowd is heavily sparce for a LAD/CHC night game except for the bleachers...even if it is a cold april night.
David Bote to the Paternity Leave List and LHP Randy Rosario is recalled from Iowa, so the Cubs will apparently go with a nine-man bullpen and a three-man bench while Bote is absent.
Crying poor is more acceptable than honesty, if honesty would note a "gentleman's agreement" between the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, and Red Sox to not go over the spending limits.
In the highly unlikely case that's in play.
I agree that for only 3 games, taking into consideration option years and 40-man roster makes complete sense. Guess I'm still a little peeved about the Ricketts crying poor when they more than likely have a lamp not being used that costs more than $25k.
VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.
As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!
"Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."
It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.
Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?