2014 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters

Dillon Maples, Jen-Ho Tseng, Felix Pena, and Ivan Pineyro threw "live" BP this morning, as Cubs minor leaguers had their first full-squad work-out at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.

2014 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS (last updated 3-6-2014):

These are the four squads that were actually ON THE FIELD at Minor League Camp today. 

However, about 20 players under club control who I would have expected to be at Minor League Camp were not on the field, but most of the MIA are international players, so visa issues may be the reason some of them are absent. I do know that OF Kevin Encarnacion is rehabbing from serious injuries (burns & shoulder injury) sustained in a car crash in the Dominican Republic this past off-season. Encarnacion was reportedly pulled from the wreck just seconds before the vehicle exploded. Also, INF Elliot Soto is on the Restricted List while serving a 50-game "Drug of Abuse" suspension, and he will not be eligible to be reinstated until late May (although players serving drug & substance suspensions are permitted to participate in Spring Training and Extended Spring Training at the discretion of the club).   

NOTE: ROSTERS AT MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ARE FLUID. Minor League players are often initially assigned to a squad one or even two levels above where they will ultimately be assigned once the regular season starts. Minor League Camp roster assignments are based on several factors, including the player's position as it relates to the specific needs of the organization, and the player's age, amount of professional experience, and previous season's performance (including any time spent at a post-season Instructional League). As players are sent to Minor League Camp from the Major League squad during the course of Spring Training, there are corresponding roster moves made at Minor League Camp as players are either moved down a level or released. 

* bats or throws left
# bats both



Frank Batista
Lendy Castillo
* Hunter Cervenka
Casey Coleman  
Paolo Espino
P. J. Francescon
Carlos Gutierrez
* Austin Kirk
Barret Loux (limited activity only)
Matt Loosen
Trey McNutt (limited activity only)
Yoanner Negrin
Dae-Eun Rhee
Ryan Searle
Nick Struck
Tony Zych

Yaniel Cabezas
* Charlie Cutler
Taylor Davis
Chadd Krist

* Lars Anderson
Stephen Bruno (limited activity only - 2013 TJS rehab)
* Wes Darvill
Dustin Geiger
Edgar Gonzalez
* Walter Ibarra
Greg Rohan
Jonathon Mota

John Andreoli
# Zeke DeVoss
Anthony Giansanti 
Jae-Hoon Ha (limited activity only)
* Rubi Silva



Corey Black
Tyler Bremer
Zach Cates
* Frank del Valle 
* Nathan Dorris
C. J. Edwards
Pierce Johnson
* Jeff Lorick
* Andrew McKirahan
Alan Oaks
Steve Perakslis
Starling Peralta
Ivan Pineyro
Austin Reed 
Jose Rosario
Ben Wells 

* Danny Canela
Carlos Escobar
Lance Rymel

Gioskar Amaya
# Jeimer Candelario
* Marco Hernandez
Giuseppe Papaccio
Tim Saunders (limited activity only)
* Dan Vogelbach
Brad Zapenas

* Pin-Chieh Chen
* Jose Dore
Reggie Golden
* Bijan Rademacher
# Oliver Zapata



Jose Arias
Justin Amlung
* Gerardo Concepcion
Zack Godley
* Michael Heesch
Michael Jensen 
Trey Masek
Juan Carlos Paniagua
Felix Pena
Orbandy Rodriguez
Tayler Scott
Tyler Skulina
 Michael Wagner
* Al Yevoli
* Rob Zastryzny

Cael Brockmeyer
Ben Carhart (ex-3B)
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
# Mark Malave
* Justin Marra

* Zak Blair (limited activity only)
David Bote
* Danny Lockhart
Carlos Penalver
* Rock Shoulders

Yasiel Balaguert
* Shawon Dunston Jr 
* Jacob Hannemann
* Trevor Gretzky
Trey Martin 



Paul Blackburn
Jesus Castillo (limited activity only)
Trevor Clifton
Josh Conway (limited activity only - 2013 elbow surgery rehab)
Josh Davis
Scott Frazier
David Garner
Trevor Graham
Zak Hermans
Corbin Hoffner
* Tyler Ihrig
Trey Lang
Erick Leal
Dillon Maples
Ryan McNeil (limited activity only - 2013 TJS rehab)
Jefferson Mejia
Hector Perez
* Anthony Prieto
James Pugliese
Jasvir Rakkar
Brad Renner 
Daury Torrez
Jen-Ho Tseng
Duane Underwood
* Sam Wilson

Tyler Alamo 
* Alberto Mineo
Rony Rodriguez (ex-OF)
Neftali Rosario

Kelvin Freeman
Jesse Hodges
* Jacob Rogers
# Alex Sanchez
# Trevor Stevens

* Kevin Brown
Charcer Burks 
* Rashad Crawford
Eloy Jimenez


* Jeffry Antigua, P
Jeffrey Baez, OF
Marcelo Carreno, P
# Erick Castillo, C
Willson Contreras, C 
# Frandy de la Rosa, INF
# Kevin Encarnacion, OF (INACTIVE - rehabbing from injuries sustained in off-season car crash)
Eduardo Figueroa, P
Mike Hamann, P
David Henrie, P
Jin-Young Kim, P
Loiger Padron, P 
Amaury Paulino, P
# Wilfredo Petit, C   
* Carlos Rodriguez, P
Francisco Sanchez, INF
* Brian Smith, P
Elliot Soto (RESTRICTED LIST - serving 50-game "Drug of Abuse" suspension) 
Gleyber Torres, INF
Yao-Lin Wang, P 



NOTEThe Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad will form the week of March 10th, consisting of players who will be left behind in Arizona to provide a replacement cadre in case of an injury to a player at Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee, and/or Iowa during the first two months of the season, inexperienced players who are competing for jobs with one of the "Short Season" teams that begin league play in June, and players (both MLB and minor league) getting into playing shape and/or rehabbing from an injury. 







Sorry AZ phill don't mean to hijack Urlacher is an idiot http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bears/post/_/...

Everyone is a mercenary these days, whether we like it or not. 8 years is a long time to stay with one company.

Urlacher is paid now to say reactionary things...a whole lot of nothing. Urlacher would have left the Bears long ago if they weren't willing to pay him enough. It's just business.

Wow you've hit the big time rob - I'm reading this off my Flipboard - first time I've seen a TCR article on it

Thanks, Phil!

Thanks, Phil. Any word on Wilson Contreras?

CUBNUT: Willson Contreras was MIA today. I expected to see him working with the Tennessee squad, since he is likely ticketed for Daytona, and because the Tennessee squad presently has only three catchers (the other squads have 4-5 catchers each). 

I strongly suspect that several Cubs minor leaguers will be coming to the Under Armour Performance Center in Mesa from the new Cubs Dominican Academy in the near-future, and Contreras, Jeffrey Baez, Francisco Sanchez, et al, will probably be in that group. Then another group will be sent to Arizona from the Dominican Academy once Extended Spring Training starts up in April. 

Thank you, sir. 

oh god no...MLB network has given chris russo a TV show. why? why are you doing this to your network? ...to us? why? oh god...why? at least it's a day time 1-hour show. hopefully they won't dare show it as a replay during the evening. ugg.

OMG, Az Phil's minor league reports are back! Love it!

Is this season worth watching? I'm at a point where I may want to upgrade my Dish Network TV package so I can watch Cub games this summer, but I only want to do it if it will be worth it. I'd easily just pay the MLB.TV fees so I could watch it anywhere, but the stupid f***ing blackout rules put the brakes on that idea.

I've been tempted to get MLB.TV anyways, and just become a Pirates fan. Somehow, that seems better than paying more money to Dish Network.

Don't they cut prices after all star break? I would wait til then.

Many interesting things should happen this season, and hopefully more than a handful will take place at the major league level.

If handful is the betting point for interesting things happening at the major league level, I'll take the under. My heart hopes for more, but my head expects less.

It depends on your definition of "interesting". ...And "handful".

What's interesting for me is that the Cubs remind me a bit of the Blackhawks as they emerged and built a core of homegrown talent. The Cubs haven't emerged yet, but it's a lot easier for me to root for these guys than the late Hendry teams that were made of journeymen. This team has too many journeymen, too, but I have a feeling we'll see a kid come up by mid summer. Castro is a perfect example. I root for him instead of being disgusted by last year's efforts. I don't have that bad taste in my mouth by watching a crappy, mid level journeyman. Instead I'm seeing a 24 year old who's already done quite a bit of good stuff, who evidently worked pretty hard over the winter, and who had a bad year. Same with Rizzo, not as bad a year by any stretch. But a kid who didn't come up through the system but is probably gonna be around awhile, and who overcame cancer. Even Baez the other day said his best at bat was a strikeout the other day because he worked the count. Is he saying that kind of stuff because he knows Theo wants to hear it? Maybe. Good. The farm system is getting so packed that they can afford flameouts, whereas before, all our hopes were centered around that year's Gary Scott.

The new colors are pretty. Unless I'm the only one who can see the changes to the site, in which case I will need to alter my dosage.

not sure what's happening there...

Things is blue now. Also the site is much faster now. For the past couple months, it was taking a minute to load every page.

I saw something on the news about some people in Florida who ate steaks laced with LSD that they bought from Walmart. Have you had a steak lately?

What a deal! Can't beat those always low prices, especially on the LSD.

I live in Washington...LSD isn't my brand of poison. Plus, I'm a Target man. [edit] Damn it, the blue is gone. I really liked it.

I also like Target and weed.

Cubs Angels replays midnight central on MLB network

for those starved for cubs excitement i suggest not looking at the score or box score and watching the full game...or at least innings 7-9. bryant HR in the CLE game, btw.

CRUNCH: The Kris Bryant HR was a line-drive rope to the opposite field.  

Friday news & notes from Cubs Minor League Camp... 

16 pitchers threw "live" BP at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park this morning, including Corey Black, Zach Cates, Hunter Cervenka, Gerardo Concepcion, Josh Davis, Scott Frazier, Trevor Graham, Corbin Hoffner, Michael Jensen, Austin Kirk, Erick Leal, Matt Loosen, and Andrew McKirahan (one "inning" each - about 25-30 pitches), and Juan Carlos Paniagua, Tayler Scott, and Daury Torrez (two "innings" a piece - about 50 pitches total). All of the pitchers who threw were able to complete their outings without mishap, and Paniagua's stuff (slider/fastball combo) was absolutely filthy.   

Although he plays 1B when the Daytona pitchers do their morning PFP, Rock Shoulders is assigned to the Outfielder Group during general fielding practice. So expect Shoulders to get some PT in LF at Daytona this season (he has played some LF in previous seasons), since he is blocked at 1B by both Anthony Rizzo and Dan Vogelbach, and it won't be possible to use the DH to get Shoulders and Vogelbach enough ABs between them once they reach AA (presuming they continue to advance together at the same pace). Unlike Vogelbach, Shoulders actually has a decent arm (he played 3B in HS and JC), and he seems to be able to locate fly balls easily and without any drama, although he is a VERY slow runner and so he doesn't cover much ground.  

Prior to the "live" BP sessions, hitters took "traditional" BP to warm up, hitting against coaches throwing from behind a screen in front of the mound. Highlights of the "warm-up" BP were a Vogelbach vs Candelario HR Derby during their final round (they hit in the same group) on Field #5 (no broken car windows in the parking lot, but both hit some long bombs), and then (just like that) Candelario and Vogelbach both got invited to play in the MLB Cactus League game at Cubs Park. And I cannot fail to mention an Eloy Jimenez towering tape-measure HR that landed on the roof of the clubhouse beyond the LF fence in his final "warm-up" BP AB on Field #7. Jimenez is an absolute beast.

"And I cannot fail to mention an Eloy Jimenez towering tape-measure HR that landed on the roof of the clubhouse beyond the LF fence in his final "warm-up" BP AB on Field #7. Jimenez is an absolute beast." I love it! Got a distance estimate?

JOHN B: They don't have the diatances marked on the fences at either the Minor League Camp fields or even at the main stadium (known as "Cubs Park"), but I would say the ball landed at a point about equivalent to maybe the top of a building on the north side of Waveland. 

Of course, this was a coach throwing a "BP fastball," but still there is no question that Jimenez has plus-HR power. Hopefully it will translate to games. 

Memories of Glenallen Hill... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wDrw76ieTs

Wow. That's even crazier than it sounded on first read! And he's just a kid still. As if Cubs fan need another hitting prospect to get geeked about, but I think I might have just gone there on JImenez.

Thanks for the reports, AZ Phil! Any thoughts on where Jimenez ends up playing this year? Does he stay in extended spring training? Will he see any A ball this year, or will it be exclusively Rookie league?

Isn't he 17 years old by now? Bring him up.

CHARLIE: No question Eloy Jimenez will be at Extended Spring Training April-June, but then where he goes will depend on his performance & progress at EXST.

If he struggles at EXST, he will be sent to the DSL Cubs. If he does OK but not great, he'll stay in Mesa and will spend the summer with the AZL Cubs. If he pulls a Baez, he could jump directly to Boise and get fast-tracked. But whatever happens, I'm sure he will be a post-season Instructs to further his baseball education.  

I doubt that Eloy will see Kane County in 2014, but if he shows sufficient progress during the upcoming season he could very well be at KC in 2015.

and Paniagua's stuff (slider/fastball combo) was absolutely filthy. --- AZ Phil: Glad to hear JCP is looking good. Any thoughts why Paniagua struggled so much last year?

CUBSTER: Because of his inability to get a work visa due to birth certificate issues, JCP got a late start on the 2013 season and really didn't get it together until Instructs.

I think he probably projects as a future late-inning power reliever, although he appears to have the stamina to be a starter if he can improve his change-up. 

His stuff is really electric and sometimes he has difficulty with command.

shame vogel isn't seeing LF time rather than rock...but it's most likely because he's not capable. if he emerges as a legit 1st base candidate he'll make for good trade bait...or maybe even force a.rizzo out in trade if rizzo continues to not have any idea how to handle a LH pitcher. i really hope rizzo figures out lefties at least enough to be respected by lefty pitchers (and the managers who sub them in when rizzo shows up at the plate).

Phil- I saw Shoulders play LF last year for Kane County in one game, and I agree he looked okay out there. He's a big, strong-looking kid, has had some offensive success, and can draw a walk, but it also seemed to me he has a slow bat. It's be great to see that name in an MLB lineup, but it looks as if a whole lot of people in the Cub organization are ahead of him.

I think the key thing for Rock Shoulders (who has a "slider speed" bat that makes it hard for him to do anything with plus-fastballs) or any hitter who has a deficiency is to know what you can't handle, and then learn to recognize those pitches and not swing at them.

For example, it's fairly obvious that Junior Lake murders fastballs and handles breaking balls from LHPs OK, but he can't hit breaking balls thrown by RHPs (unless it's a hanging "spinner"). Unfortunately, he has yet to learn to recognize breaking balls, but if he can do that, he could at least not swing at them and take a chance that the pitch will be out of the strike zone. While he still wouldn't be able to hit RH breaking balls, he would at least be able to cut his strikeouts and increase his walks just by virtue of not swinging at pitches he can't handle. 

That's why "pitch recognition" is just as important as "strike zone recognition" (maybe even moreso). If you know what you can't do and then avoid doing it, that's half the battle. So for Shoulders, it would be a matter of recognizing fastballs he can't handle and then not swing at them. It won't make him a better hitter because he still can't handle what he can't handle, but at least it would cut down his strikeouts and increase his walks by virtue of taking more pitches.

The Oakland A's are one organization that teach "pitch recognition" like a religion, which is why A's prospects take a lot of pitches (probably more than any other organization of the ones based in AZ). Young A's hitters are trying to learn to identify pitches they can't handle and then not swing at them, even if the pitch is in the strike zone. That goes against the conventional approach that teaches "strike zone recogntion." (where you try to swing at strikes but lay off of pitches out of the strike zone).  

Brett Jackson was like that until last season (which is why he always seemed like an oddball in the Cubs organization), taking lots of pitches (including strikes) and drawing lots of walks but also getting called out on strikes a lot. Then he tried to be more aggressive last year and not take so many pitches, which was a total fiasco because there are a couple of types of pitches he just can't handle (LH breaking balls and high-velocity fastballs). That's why I think the A's are one organization that might want to try and "salvage" Brett Jackson (at least the pre-2013 version). 

Zeke DeVoss is another guy like that.


This is fascinating and enlightening. While it seems intuitive on some level, this is the first time I've heard the dichotomy explained so clearly. Thank you.

Monday news & notes from Minor League Camp...

14 pitchers threw "live" BP this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa:

TWO-INNINGS (50-60 pitches each):   
Matt Loosen
Dillon Maples
Felix Pena

ONE INNING (25-30 pitches each):  
Zach Cates
Hunter Cervenka
Gerardo Concepcion
Josh Davis
Scott Frazier
Trevor Graham
Corbin Hoffner
Michael Jensen
Austin Kirk
Erick Leal
Andrew McKirahan

Generally speaking, pitchers who have been extended to two innings of "live" BP at this point in Minor League Camp are the ones presently being primed as starters.  

The 20 "MIA" from last week are still absent, and the rosters of the four squads are all exactly the same as they were at the first full squad workout last week, with two exceptions:

RHP Pierce Johnson (Tennessee) and RHP Brad Renner (KC) have been shut-down and are restricted to "Limited Activity Only." (That is, they are cleared to participate in Pitchers Fielding Practice only). 

So Johnson and Renner join pitchers Josh Conway, Jesus Castillo, Barret Loux, Ryan McNeil, and Trey McNutt, Infielders Zak Blair, Stephen Bruno, and Tim Saunders, and outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha on the "Limited Activity Only" list (which is essentially the Minor League Camp Disabled/Rehab Group).


When I mention Eloy Jimenez to my son, he says, "Oh, the guy who looks like B.J. Upton." The Cubs have some pretty good scouts these days.

Thanks Phil. Can't wait to get down there and see the young talent. What is your take on Giansanti?

BIG SKY: Anthony Giansanti can play 3B-2B-1B-LF-RF and he also learned to catch a couple of years ago to add to his versatilty (although he does not have the skills to be a  frontline catcher). 

He is the prototypical minor league "supersub," and he will probably have that role at either Daytona or Tennessee (wherever he is needed) in 2014.  

Minor league "full season" teams have 25-man rosters (AA and AAA rosters were expanded from 24 to 25 a couple of years ago), but almost all of them have 13-man pitching staffs. meaning they can carry only four bench guys. That makes a player like Giansanti especially valuable to a minor league team with a "short bench."

Thank you Phil. Reason I asked is because he is from my hometown. As always, I appreciate your insight. I am really hoping that they leave those gates unlocked for extended spring training!

FWIW, the exact same 20 players who were MIA at Minor League Camp on Thursday were also MIA on Friday.

Phil, do you think Concepcion has any chance at all?

HAGSAG: I saw quite a but of Gerardo Concepcion at EXST in 2012, a little bit late last season in Mesa while he was rehabbing from back surgery, and one "live" BP session at Riverview yesterday.

What I know is that hitters make consistent hard contact (lots of line drives) against him, he has no true "strikeout" pitch, and he has difficulty throwing strikes. 

For him to be successful, he will have to develop a reliable sinker or a cutter, be able to throw a change-up he can command, and throw strikes. And stay healthy.

AZ Phil said: "What I know is that hitters make consistent hard contact (lots of line drives) against him, he has no true "strikeout" pitch, and he has difficulty throwing strikes." So you're saying there's a chance!

AZ Phil said: "What I know is that hitters make consistent hard contact (lots of line drives) against him, he has no true "strikeout" pitch, and he has difficulty throwing strikes." Carlito: what it sounds like to me is he needs to learn how to throw a knuckler.

Haha! Exactly ...

Why is everything blue?

For me, the comment headings are blue text, and there is a light blue background on some parts, but the rest is black text and white background. I think it looks nice this way. When I LOAD/REFRESH the page, the background is a dark blue, but then once the page finishes loading it ends up white.

Colors back to normal now. Bam.

HR sureholds, triple boni (playing SS), r.shoulders appears in his 1st ST game of the year and goes 1-1 (single) another great outing for jokisch in relief (3ip 3h 0bb 4k - through 2 outings 6ip 3h 2bb 5k 0r/er) n.ramirez throws another solid inning (1ip 0h 0bb 1k) j.hammels spring debut 3ip 2h 3bb 4k (0r)

for those who have BP subscriptions, they reposted a longer article that is a hybrid of a 2004 writeup plus a 2009 interview with the Tommy John surgery originator, Dr. Jobe (in honor of the recent passing of Dr. Frank Jobe). Some interesting stuff about Hendry and Dempster from when Demp was recovering from TJ surgery.
All throughout Dempster's rehab, Dr. Kremchek was in constant communication both with Dempster and with Larry Rothschild, the Cubs pitching coach who was helping to manage Dempster's progress. Available by cell phone, Kremchek could help the team make quick decisions about advancing the hard-tossing righty. Dempster was throwing in extended Spring Training and Class A ball in May; he was in Triple-A in June and July; and on August 1, exactly a year to the day from when was first put on the DL, he was called up to the Cubs' 25-man roster.
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php... and the audio broadcast of the interview with Tommy John and Dr. Frank Jobe: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/radio/audio... plus the LA Times article on Jobe's passing: http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-frank...

per Roto... Twins option former Cub, Brooks Raley, to AAA Rochester

http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-will-have... No news there, but I've decided I like Hammel. He seems like a really nice guy. https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/44271... Also, the Cards signed Aledmys Diaz which means he's going to be awesome.

We have a keeper league with mainly TCR readers and we're down a few members. If you want to get into a league send me an email.

baez double...scores on a RBI single by lake. get ready for another "bring him up now" twitter/online freakout. rugs is 3/3 with a HR and 2 singles. rizzo hit a triple. r.sweeney pulled from the game with a sore right knee, day-to-day.

The Rizzo triple was extra sweet, because the pitch before it, he nailed a borderline foul-homer that was called foul. It was also fun to hear Braun get boo'ed. It doesn't fix anything. He's still insanely rich because of his cheating, but at least shame the guy.

The Rizzo triple should have been scored a double and an E-8 (the CF executed a kick-save while sliding to stop it). 

Also Kris Bryant looked bad at 3B again, not being able to reach down and field a routine grounder that was scored an E-5 (maybe he is just too tall & stiff?), and then not being able to come in and field a swinging-bunt-bouncer and make a throw (a play most third-basemen make). 

Also RF Casper Wells lost a ball in the sun in the top of the 9th (Grimm gave up a walk, a swinging-bunt infield hit, and a the Wells sun single), and Ryan Roberts ranged way too far to his right while trying to field a bouncer, allowing the ball to tip off his glove into right-center. If Roberts had stopped before going that far toward second-base, Barney would have made the play and Roberts could have had time to get back to first-base to receive the throw from Barney. 

This is exactly the problem you often will see when a player (especially a guy who has played a lot of 3B) plays 1B the first time in his career. He thinks he has to range as far as he can toward second-base (which is what you are supposed to do at 3B), but a first-baseman just can't do that. He has to stop his pursuit after a step and let the second-baseman make the play. 


AZ PHIL: Thanks as always. Another year has passed, and the Cubs will be bringing up the rear once more in the Central. Consistency! Wondering why the hell TheCorp is keeping Lendy Garcia still? Secoondly, I have read some positive, pre-TJS stuff on Stephen Bruno from scouts. I recall you have been on-board with him early on. How is he doing in-camp? Would he get assigned to AA out of the box, or stay in AZ for ExtST? Thanks and best.

Lendy Castillo ('cause Lendy's mom and dad still care)

E-MAN: Stephen Bruno is wearing a wrap & pressure sleeve on his right elbow, and he isn't throwing overhand at all. He takes fielding practive with everybody else and he either flips the ball with his glove or tosses the ball underhand. 

I think he almost certainly will begin the season at Extended Spring training and DH while he continues to rehab the elbow, and he'll probably move up to Tennessee in May or June (presuming there are no setbacks). 

The pre-TJS Bruno was a versatile athlete with a plus-bat who was seemingly ticketed to be a multi-positional super-sub with the added possibility that he might even learn to catch, but now he could be limited to playing only 2B or LF for a while. He might even turn into an every-day 2B. 

INF Tim Saunders is also wearing a wrap & pressure sleeve on his right elbow (same as Bruno), and he isn't throwing overhand, either. I don't know what his injury was last season that landed him on the Daytona 60-day DL, but it's pretty obvious that he is rehabbing some kind of significant elbow or triceps injury. 

BTW, both Bruno and Saunders can hit just fine. They just can't throw. So I would expect both of them to start the 2014 season at Extended Spring Training. 


Today is the first day that Draft-Excluded players can be sent to the minors (by outright or optional assignment), and it's also the first day that players selected in the Major League Phase of the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft can be returned to the minor league club from which the player was drafted (presuming Outright Assignment Waivers have been secured) or sent to the minors or released by the drafting club (if Outright Assignment Waivers have been secured and the club from which the player was drafted declines to re-claim the player).

A Draft-Excluded Player is any minor league player eligible for selection in the next Rule 5 Draft whose contract is selected and who is added to an MLB 40-man roster anytime between August 15th and the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs have three Draft-Excluded players on their 40-man roster (Zac Rosscup, Arismendy Alcantara, and Dallas Beeler), but they have no Rule 5 players on their 40-man roster this season (they had Hector Rondon last season). But the organization did lose one player in the Major League Phase of the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft. RHP Marcos Mateo (selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks off the AAA Iowa roster). 

If the Diamondbacks decide not to keep Mateo on their MLB 25-man roster (or place him on an MLB DL), he must be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers, where he can be claimed by any other MLB club for the $25,000 Rule 5 player waiver price (the waiver price is $25,000 for Rule 5 and Draft-Excluded players, and it's $20,000 for all others), with the claiming club assuming the Rule 5 obligations. 

If Outright Assignment Waivers are secured, the D-backs would next have to offer Mateo back to the minor league club from which he was drafted for half the Rule 5 Draft price ($25,000). If Iowa declines to re-claim the player, Arizona can outright Mateo to the minors or release him.

The problem with the Cubs re-claming Mateo (if they are given the opportunity) is that he has been outrighted previously in his career, so he has the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted. And a Rule 5 player who is re-claimed MUST be sent outright to the minor league club from which he was drafted. So if the Cubs were to re-claim Mateo for $25,000, he MUST be sent outright to Iowa, and then he can elect free-agency (because has been outrighted previously in his career). And the Cubs would be out the $25,000 they spent to re-claim him.


'Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will begin fielding and hitting drills Tuesday as he recovers from a right hamstring strain that has kept him out of spring games. "Let's see this weekend," Castro said Monday morning. "Maybe I can get into a game." Cubs manager Rick Renteria, however, said later Monday that Castro's return to game action may not occur until next week.' http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/105... Any news on when Olt can play third

Cardinals are being pummeled by the Tigers 17-0. Fun.

the joys of spring training. ATL in next to last place out of all NL teams with STL one place ahead of them (PHI in last)...MIA in 1st. TEX and BOS bringing up the rear for the AL.

cain pitches 5 perfect vs cubs...cubs still win all the offense was singles and walks...no one got multiple hits, no one got a hit and a walk. ninja pitched 3 great innings, 2 run 4th...4ip 5h 0bb 5k rusin picked up the win with 3 innings of no hit, no walk, no K pitching

I'm sure glad that Brian Roberts trade finally happened so we could all get a good look at those tats. http://www.trbimg.com/img-1394494840/turbine/... Oh, wait. That's Ryan Roberts. Damn you, Theo!!

Mad Max lookalike contest winner? http://tinyurl.com/omohfpt

Sorry to be very late to the party, but what's up with Pierce Johnson being shut down?

I was going to ask the same thing

Right-hander Pierce Johnson, the Cubs’ second-ranked pitching prospect, has been sidelined from workouts for much of the past week because of hamstring “tightness,” but the Cubs don’t consider it serious enough to have a lingering effect into the season. Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ senior vice president for scouting and player development, said it could push Johnson’s season debut at Class AA Tennessee back by maybe a week. “It might be one skipped start,” he said, “but it shouldn’t be a situation where he’s left back here in Arizona.” http://www.suntimes.com/sports/26136309-573/c...

Thanks! and, phew!

No kidding. The Cubs need every one of their pitching prospects healthy. Any time there is an injury I'm holding my breath it's not an arm issue.

Tribe Theo seems able to cobble together a decent starting staff, so I'm not too worried. Rosio seems pretty good, too. Now, let's score some runs!

zach petrick making his second spring training appearance with the cards...he's already trumped his brother's career everywhere but the wallet =p ...throws an inning of no hit, no walk, 2K ball... billy...drafted in 2002...not even 30 years old yet. sigh. he was pretty good when his arm wasn't falling off. he kept the ball in the park, didn't walk many, got Ks... he couldn't stay healthy as a starter or reliever, though.

unless the box score is screwed up (mlb.com), g.kottaras is playing CF and leading off today. not much about that sounds right...i dunno if i trust that box score. i'm inclined to believe it's really j.lake...or boni. -edit- updated boxscore shows j.lake...phew. barney playing SS. t.wood not having a good day. 2.2ip 9h 5er 1bb 0k rondon also got smacked around 1.1ip 5h 6er 1bb 0k

I was at the game, the box score pretty well tells the story. They got rocked and couldn't hit anything. I sat really close to the dugout and it seems there is never a coach more than 2 feet from Soler. Just by looking in the dugout during the game, on the field pregame, and during the national anthem, he seems to be on a short leash on a personal level. He must have some Puigness to him. He stood right in front of us during the anthem in just his under armor.....that's a strong kid.

"Jorge, get that fork away from the Barney"

Cubs v. Mariners on MLB Network tonight at 9 central.

live game, not a replay...woo.


6 people made it to parachat at one time (7 or 8 total, i think) tonight...not a bad showing for a non-opening day game.

McCown to Tampa. 2 years/$10 mill. Wow...that's a nice paycheck for him!

Classic Lovie

m.garza (MIL) destroyed today...adding to an already crappy spring. the 2 errors didn't help, but he didn't really help himself aside from that. 1.2ip 9h 1bb 1k 10r/6er, 46pitches wish they were showing pitch velocity. he's been hit to hell and back this spring. 5.2ip 19h 3bb 4k 17r/12er on the spring.

Bryant, Soler and Bryant sent down http://sincaatourney.files.wordpress.com/2014...

Bryant and Bryant? I understand sending Bryant down, but I figured Bryant would stick around a little longer.

Kobe Bryant (nice save, kid) Alomara

With Bryant not looking over his shoulder...Olt, whammo. Bomb to CF on a highish fastball. 1-1

crunch and I are in parrot chat

Javy F'n Baez

Back to the Future: J. Baez called up June 20th, 2014 M. Cabrerra called up June 20th, 2003 Travis Wood hits a 3 run HR in the bottom of the 2nd, Game 7, NLCS.

Too bad Wood will be throwing straight as an arrow that night.

Nice to see Olt with a great game. Couldn't try parachat, was on an ipad watching the game. The Surface ads are good - iPad needs to learn multitasking. So if Olt comes back online, and it looks promising so far, that was one helluva trade.

Marcus Mateo returned to Cubs from DBacks - Rule 5 draftee.

Any news on when Olt will begin to play third?


Thanks "Soon," Olt said. "I know it's going to be soon. I said before, the biggest thing is I don't want to have a setback. They really wanted to take it slow." http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140...

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  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 1 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of 25-year old 6'5 260 RHP Adam Heidenfelder from Gary (American Association) and he has been assigned to the ACL Cubs.  


  • Hagsag 14 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Does anyone know what type of injury Amaya has?


  • Hagsag 14 hours 12 min ago (view)

    I can not believe what a good 3b he has been playing.


  • Wrigley Rat 20 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Robert Stock was claimed off waivers by the Mets.


  • crunch 22 hours 2 min ago (view)

    HR in the 8th.  dope.


  • crunch 1 day 12 min ago (view)

    he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...


  • crunch 1 day 22 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...


  • crunch 1 day 44 min ago (view)

    “It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”


    “I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    I am with my hero Zo.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...



  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed C Harrison Wenson (ex-LAA) to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Hi-A South Bend. Wenson spent five seasons in the Angels organization, and he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training as an extra catcher with the Halos this past spring. 


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

    cubs are down by 1.

    hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.


  • crunch 2 days 24 min ago (view)

    nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.


  • crunch 2 days 40 min ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.