2017 Minor League Camp Rosters (Updated 3/28)


to TENNESSEE: RHP Stephen Perakslis 1B Yasiel Balaguert, and INF Jason Vosler;
 loaned to YUCATAN (Mexican League): RHP Mario Meza:
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Craig Brooks, Scott Effross, Pedro Araujo, James Norwood, and Jeremy Null, LHP Jordan Minch and Tommy Thorpe, C Tyler Pearson, and 3B Jesse Hodges;
TENNESSEE to SOUTH BEND: C-1B Alberto Mineo;
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: RHP Jared Cheek, John Michael Knighton, Dakota Mekkes, and Tyler Peyton, LHP Marc Huberman, Jose Paulino, and Wyatt Short, 3B Wladimir Galindo, 1B-OF Chris Pieters, and OF D. J. Wilson,   

So Cubs Opening Day minor league rosters are starting to take shape.   


: RHP Andury Acevedo and RHP David Garner were moved down to the Tennessee squad from the Iowa squad prior to Thursday's doubleheader at Riverview Park, and most of the relief pitchers who were originally assigned to the South Bend squad at the start of Minor League Camp have been moved down to Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training). So expect a half-dozen or more relievers to be moved down to the South Bend squad from the Iowa, Tennessee, and/or (especially) Myrtle Beach squads tomorrow or Saturday.   

Also, the Cubs have purchased the contract of 19-year old OF Alonso Gaitan from the Los Toros de Tijuana (Mexican League). Gaitan played for Tijuana against the Cubs at Minor League Camp last week and impressed the Cub brass. I expect one or more Cubs minor leaguers to be "loaned" to Tijuana and/or Yucatan to help alleviate the roster crunch at the end of Minor League Camp.   

In addition, catcher Erick Castillo (presently assigned to the Tennessee squad) is no longer switch-hitting. He is now batting only RH. Castillo is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the Cubs system, and batting only RH going forward might help improve the offensive side of his game.


: RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua and RHP Michael Wagner were moved down to the Tennessee squad from the Iowa squad...


3/28 ORIGINAL POST: RHP Jordan Brink, RHP Cole Brocker, RHP Josh Conway, LHP Colton Freeman, RHP Tanner Griggs, RHP Randy McCurry, RHP Zach Rafferty, RHP Alexander Santana, RHP Nick Sarianides, RHP (ex-INF) Ho-Young Son, LHP Kyle Twomey, C Sam Tidaback, INF Munenori Kawasaki, and 1B-OF Jose Paniagua have been released. (RHP Maikel Cleto and RHP Jim Henderson were released earlier).

There will be additional moves made over the next day or two, including roster adjustments at Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, South Bend, and Eugene/Mesa (Extended Spring Training)  At present, Iowa is 18 players over the Opening Day roster limit, Tennessee is nine over, Myrtle Beach is eight over, and South Bend is seven under. There is no roster limit at Extended Spring Training.


To help alleviate the minor league roster crunch, one or more players might be loaned to teams in the Mexican League.

And six or seven might be claimed by Miami or Anaheim by dinnertime.

AZ PHIL: Any insight on Griggs & Twomey being cut? By the stats line, neither were setting the world on fire, but neither seemed like the weakest link either.

First.Pitch 120: No info on the reason behind releasing Griggs and Twomey. I was particularly susprised by those two, but there are more on the way...  

JORGE SOLER: Likely to miss the start of the season with oblique strain. He can't blame the cold on that. Get better dude.

from WSCR... Brian Duensing magically developed back spasms and starts on the DL. 25th roster spot solved. Montgomery only LH in the bullpen. Also confirmed on Roto. Also, Russell's back spasms resolved and he will start taking BP.

Russell loaned his spasms to Duensing. No magic involved.

Nothing like pitching 2 hitless innings with 2 Ks to flare up the 'ol back spasms.

There goes the purported "leverage" claimed by fans of teams in the southeastern USA.

It's a shame about Josh Conway. He got snake-bit by the injury bug, especially after that unfortunate groundskeeping screw-up that resulted in his arm injury early on.

Wow, 28 pitchers still on the Iowa roster!

And I'm not seeing Alec Mills name

mbauer Thanks for noting that one. It has been fixed.

Thanks for these rosters AZPhil!

what a total shitshow of a game...11-11 in the 6th...shame it's not on tv. lackey got lit the hell up and schwarber hit 2 homers.

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  • erich081 4 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.


  • Eric S 4 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season



  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.  


  • Charlie 6 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?


  • crunch 7 hours 21 min ago (view)

    i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.


  • Charlie 7 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.


  • crunch 8 hours 34 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

    ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.


  • QuietMan 14 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,


  • George Altman 15 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.


  • Mike Wellman 17 hours 13 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.


  • Charlie 18 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?