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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  • Eric S 2 hours 37 min ago (view)

    And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out. 


  • crunch 3 hours 52 sec ago (view)

    tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.


  • tim815 3 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.


  • crunch 4 hours 45 min ago (view)

    aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.


  • crunch 4 hours 49 min ago (view)

    omfg chatwood...with the bat.


  • crunch 4 hours 50 min ago (view)

    RIP heyward's bat.

    shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.

    it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.


  • Eric S 5 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer


  • crunch 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

    wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

    call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.


  • crunch 8 hours 24 min ago (view)

    he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

    he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

    he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.


  • VirginiaPhil 8 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Control problems?


  • crunch 8 hours 53 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote

    i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again


  • crunch 15 hours 16 min ago (view)

    it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

    he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.


  • Hagsag 16 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)


    way to break a tie.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)