Cubs Release Seven from Minor League Camp, While Hoerner & Ademan Move Down a Level


The Cubs have released minor league RHSP Christian Bergman. He was in MLB Camp as an NRI until he was sent down to Minor League Camp last week. 



RHP Mario Meza has been released so that he can pursue opportunties in the Mexican League.  



In the aftermatth of 15 players being sent to Minor League Camp from MLB Camp on Friday, the Cubs released seven players from Minor League Camp Sunday morning, and several others have been reassigned to new squads to make room for the new arrivals from Sloan Park. 

OF Chris Carrier (2017 9th round draft pick - U. of Memphis) 
C Benny Kaleiwahea (2018 NDFA - Tennessee Tech) 
OF Kwangmin Kwon (2015 IFA - South Korea - $1.2M signing bonus) 
RHP Brady Miller (2017 23rd round draft pick - Western Oregon) 
RHP Nathan Sweeney (2016 32nd round draft pick - Cherry Creek HS - Greenwood Village, CO - $100K signing bonus)
1B-C Franklin Tineo (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) 
1B Kevin Zamudio (2015 IFA - Mexico - $150K signing bonus) 

Kwon is easily the most noteworthy of the seven, having received a signing bonus in excess of a million dollars. My most vivid memories of Kwon are his winning the Home Run Derby at Instructs post-2015 and then being forced to wear a king's crown and a flowing robe and carry a sceptre while parading around the backfields, and then last year stopping to carefully sign an entire sheet of baseball cards (using Korean characters!) on the walkway between the fields while en route to stretching before a game on Field #6, and then getting yelled at for being late. And his teammates would sometimes give him a rash of shit for something he would do and he'd just smile and laugh along with everybody. 

And Nathan Sweeney received a $100K bonus after being drafted by the Cubs in 2016. He had signed an NLI with the University of Arizona and so he was not expected to sign with any MLB club if drafted, which is why he wasn't selected until the 33rd round. 

In addition to the seven players getting released, nine other players at Minor League Camp were moved-down one level: 

INF Christian Donahue 
INF Nico Hoerner  

INF Aramis Ademan 
C Michael Cruz 
OF Brandon Hughes 

C Caleb Knight 
1B Tyler Durna 
INF Austin Upshaw 
INF Delvin Zinn 

There's still two weeks left before the Cubs need to make final decisions, but the rosters for the Cubs four full season affiliates are beginning to take shape. 


AZ Phil, I thought I read somewhere that the Cubs were going back to one AZL team this year. Is that correct? And if so, do you anticipate seeing a lot more low level prospects being released?

erich081: The Cubs still have two teams in the AZL. In fact, three more MLB organizations are adding a second AZL team in 2019, so now there will be seven MLB clubs fielding two teams in the AZL (CUBS, SD, SF, and CLE, joined by MIL, LAD, and OAK in 2019), for a total of 21 AZL teams.  

It's lost on me why this hasn't been the case before.

More games mean more at-bats and more innings pitched for developing players, who are obscenely cheap (and useful) out of the college ranks. A quality four-year college vet ought to be able to clown a high school senior draftee. If good at one level, advance and try again. 

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  • Hagsag 49 min 45 sec ago (view)

    Hoping that Rizzo's back won't be a problem.


  • crunch 4 hours 3 min ago (view)

    arizona summer league from the distant east coast point of view is an interesting baseball sideshow for the most part, but that AZL 1 vs 2 game sounds awesome.  the players and coaches have to be stoked for that one.


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 7 min ago (view)

    18-year old SS Luis Verdugo last ten games for AZL Cubs #2 (45 PA): 429/467/881 with four doubles, five HR, and 18 RBI, including three three-hit games and one four-hit game among the ten games.

    As I mentioned at the start of the AZL season in June, Verdugo is the Cubs top prospect in the AZL (see my comment in this thread from June 15th).    


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Both AZL Cubs #2 and AZL Athletics Gold win (big) in their games Saturday night and Dodgers Mota clinches one of the two remaining playoff slots with a win while Royals and Padres #1 lose.

    So it's AZL Cubs #1 vs AZL Cubs #2 at Sloan Park Sunday afternoon (with game-time temperatures 110+), with Benjamin Rodriguez scheduled to pitch for Cubs #1 and Carlos Ocampo scheduled to start for Cubs #2. (Richard Gallardo and Benjamin Rodriguez are the Cubs top two pitching prospects in the AZL, so Cubs #2 will have their hands full).    


  • crunch 7 hours 19 min ago (view)

    oscar de la cruz since passing through waivers unclaimed...8 relief appearances

    11.2ip 11h 2bb 16k, 2r/er (both earned runs in 1 appearance)


  • crunch 12 hours 23 min ago (view)

    it's kinda crazy to think there's a chance pedro strop won't make the post season roster (yeah, the cubs have to get there first) unless he shows something different the next 5 weeks.  it's been hard to watch.


  • crunch 16 hours 3 min ago (view)

    yeah, and evidently they can't pitch either.

    now we need a few stupid baserunning mistakes to go with this new look.


  • crunch 16 hours 12 min ago (view)

    cubs can't field or hit anymore.

    this is not a good late-season look.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 42 min ago (view)

    What happened to Danny Hultzen this time??


  • Jackstraw 16 hours 52 min ago (view)

    All whites are distinctive.  And ugly.


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 37 min ago (view)

    There should be a number of good players and pitchers available off Outright Assignment Waivers over the next few days as non-contending clubs look to jettison payroll even if they can't get players back. The only problem is that the claiming club assumes 100% of the player's remaining pro-rated salary (albeit only one month's worth, unless the player is signed beyond 2019 and/or has a post-season buy-out).   


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 21 min ago (view)

    BTW, Danny Zardon (signed by the Cubs out of Independent ball during Minor League Camp in March and converted from 3B to catcher at EXST) is now being converted to RHP in the AZL.    


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 21 min ago (view)

    The AZL regular season concludes on Monday and the playoffs start on Tuesday and although AZL Cubs #1 has been eliminated, AZL Cubs #2 is right in the middle of the race to get one of the last two playoff slots. 


  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Today is the last day of the DSL regular season. Neither DSL Cubs #1 nor DSL Cubs #2 qualified for the DSL playoffs. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    RHP Kelvin Abreu (April 2019 IFA - Venezuela) had his contract voided and he has been released. He spent his entire pro career (four months) on the Restricted List.