2016 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters (Updated)
4/4 UPDATE: RHP Andury Acevedo, C-1B Taylor Davis, INF Ryan Dent, and RHP Starling Peralta to AA Tennessee from AAA Iowa, RHP Cole Brocker and OF-1B Kelly Dugan to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING from AA Tennessee, RHP James Norwood and RHP Michael Wagner to South Bend from Myrtle Beach, RHP Pedro Araujo, RHP Jared Cheek, RHP Kyle Miller, LHP Jose Paulino, LHP Tyler Peitzmeier, and RHP Alexander Santana to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING from South Bend, C Erick Castillo to Myrtle Beach from EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING, and 3B Adonis Paula to South Bend from, EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING.
Also, SS Aramis Ademan, OF Jose Gonzalez, SS Rafael Narea, SS Yonathan Perlaza, OF Ruben Reyes, OF Abraham Rodriguez, and OF Jonathan Sierra have arrived at Minor League Camp from the Cubs Dominican Academy.
4/3 UPDATE: OF Bijan Rademacher moves-down from AAA Iowa to AA Tennessee, and 3B Jesse Hodges, RHRP Daniel Lewis, RHP Tommy Nance, RHSP Jeremy Null, and C Tyler Pearson move-down from Myrtle Beach to EXST. NOTE: Tyler Pearson and Alberto Mineo MIGHT serve as player-coaches (Pearson with Tennesse and Mineo with South Bend - TBA).
Also, 2B Jhonny Bethencourt, RHP Hector Garcia, RHP Jose Leidenz, 3B Rafael Mejia, and SS Yeiler Peguero have arrived at Minor League Camp from the Cubs Dominican Academy.
4/1 UPDATE: 18 players who are assigned to the Cubs Dominican Academy but who were not invited to Minor League Camp will be attending Extended Spring Training and will be arriving over the next several days. The first three (LHP Pablo Ochoa, LHP Eugenio Palma, and RHP Andri Rondon) arrived today. Ochoa and A. Rondon attended Instructs in Mesa last Fall, but Palma is making his U. S. debut.
3/31 UPDATE The Cubs released ten players from Minor League Camp yesterday, including two one-time 5th round draft picks:
Angelo Amendolare, 2B (2015 draft - 27th round - U. of Jacksonville)
Fernando Cruz, RHRP (ex-KC - post-2014 6YFA)
Jesus Guzman, 1B (post-2015 FA - Japan)
Corbin Hoffner, RHRP (2012 draft - 14th round - St. Petersburg JC)
Trey Masek, RHRP (2013 draft - 5th round - Texas Tech)
Mike O'Neill, OF (ex-STL - December 2015 Rule 5 Draft - Minor League Phase)
Luis Parra, LHRP (ex-TEX - post-2015 6YFA)
Jasvir Rakkar, RHRP (2012 draft - 26th round - SUNY Stony Brook)
Jacob Rogers, 1B (2012 draft - 40th round - Mt. Olive College)
Tayler Scott, RHRP (2011 draft - 5th round - Notre Dame HS - Scottsdale, AZ)
3/28 UPDATE: In Minor League Camp roster news, long-time Cubs minor league INF Jonathan Mota (2003 IFA - Venezuela) has retired as a player. Although he signed a 2016 minor league player contract during the off-season, he has been working exclusively as a coach with the Myrtle Beach (Hi-A) squad since Minor League Camp opened earlier this month, and will continue to do so going forward.
3/26 UPDATEL: In Minor League Camp roster news, the Cubs have released RHRP Matt Brazis (acquired from SEA for OF Justin Ruggiano post-2014), 1B Matt Clark (ex-MIL), OF Donnie Cimino (2015 37th round draft pick - Weslyan U.), LHRP Heath Dwyer (2015 NDFA - VCU), LHRP Nick Greenwood (ex-STL), C-INF Jordan Hankins (2013 11th round draft pick - Austin Peay), RHRP Yomar Morel (2010 IFA - Dominican Republic), RHRP Santiago Rodriguez (2013 IFA - Dominican Republic), RHSP Austyn Willis (2014 18th round draft pick - Barstow HS - Barstow, CA), and LHRP Sam Wilson (2013 8th round draft pick - Lamar CC).
3/14 UPDATE 17-year old RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M signing bonus) has arrived and has been assigned to the South Bend squad. Although he just arrived at Minor League Camp, Albertos participated in Fall Instructs at the Cubs Under Armour Performance Center in Mesa last September-October, and he is one of six IFA players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico (so far) during the 2015-16 International Signing Period (with six being as many IFA as the Cubs had signed out of Mexico over the previous ten years combined).
In addition, RHP Matt Brazis (Iowa squad) has been cleared for full activity, while RHP Luis Hernandez (injured while throwing a "live" BP session last week) is now restricted to Limited Activity Only with the South Bend squad.
3/12 UPDATE: Francisco Garay and Wander Feliz have arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy, and both are being converted from position player to pitcher.
A 17-year old 6'2 Panamanian, Garay hit just 126/190/146 with a whopping 96 K in 220 PA while playing both 3B and SS for the VSL Cubs in his debut pro season last year, and the 18-year old 6'2 Feliz hit 235/375/333 in 202 PA and 54 games (mostly in RF) for the DSL Cubs in 2015 (his rookie season). Garay received a $200K signing bonus in July 2014, so his failure as a position player is especially noteworthy.
Garay and Feliz have been assigned to the South Bend group, but both will very likely be assigned to the Extended Spring Training squad, once it is formed in the coming days.
2016 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ROSTERS (last updated 4-4-2016):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Jeffry Antigua
* Scott Barnes
Carl Edwards Jr
* Eric Jokisch
* Manny Parra
* C. J. Riefenhauser
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Munenori Kawasaki
* Dan Vogelbach
* Logan Watkins
Albert Almora Jr
* Ryan Kalish
Juan Carlos Perez
* Gerardo Concepcion
Juan Carlos Paniagua
* Rob Zastryzny
# Victor Caratini
# Jeimer Candelario
* Jake Hannemann
* Billy McKinney
* Bijan Rademacher
MYRTLE BEACH: 26
* Tyler Ihrig
* Jordan Minch
* Tommy Thorpe
# Erick Castillo
# Ian Happ
* Danny Lockhart
* Jason Vosler
* Rashad Crawford
* Shawon Dunston Jr
SOUTH BEND: 27
* Ryan Kellogg
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
* Kyle Twomey
* John Williamson
P. J. Higgins (ex-INF)
* Andrew Ely
* Bryant Flete
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Donnie Dewees
Eddy Julio Martinez
* Daniel Spingola
EUGENE/MESA (EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING): 77+15
Frank Batista (INJURY REHAB GROUP - knee)
Dallas Beeler (INJURY REHAB GROUP - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (INJURY REHAB GROUP - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Aaron Brooks (INJURY REHAB GROUP - hip contusion)
Aaron Crow (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
P. J. Francescon (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton
* Jack Leathersich (INJURY REHAB GROUP - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
M. T. Minacci
* Pablo Ochoa
* Eugenio Palma
* Tyler Peitzmeier
Jonathan Pettibone (INJURY REHAB GROUP - 2015 right shoulder surgery)
* Manny Rondon
Duane Underwood Jr (INJURY REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - TJS)
* Aramis Ademan
Javy Baez (ACTIVE REHAB - thumb contusion)
* Blake Headley
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon
Christian Villanueva (INACTIVE - fractured fibula)
# Sutton Whiting
* Luis Ayala
# Roberto Caro
* Kelly Dugan
# Robert Garcia
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Trey Martin (ACTIVE REHAB)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
# Shane Victorino (ACTIVE REHAB - calf)
* D. J. Wilson
CUBS DOMINICAN ACADEMY
NOTE Latin American Cubs minor leaguers who do not attend Minor League Camp and/or Extended Spring Training in Arizona have their Spring Training at the Cubs Dominican Academy. Players who have Spring Training at the Dominican Academy are eventually assigned to one of the two Cubs DSL teams (DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2).
DSL CUBS: 53+2
Assael Aquino (INACTVE - RESTRICTED LIST – 72 game PED suspension)
* Andres Bonalde
* Faustino Carrera
Luiz Escanio (INACTIVE - RESTRICTED LIST – 72 game PED suspension)
* Riger Fernandez
* Jose MacDonna
* Brailyn Marquez
* Alex Pacheco
# Herson Perez
# Fidel Mejia
* Cristopher Morel
* Jose Gutierrez
CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF (last updated 12-17-2015)
FIELD COORDINATOR & CATCHING COORDINATOR: Tim Cossins
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Jim Brower
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATOR: Mike Mason
HITTING COORDINATOR: Andy Haines
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
INFIELD COORDINATOR; Jose Flores
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR:Doug Dascenzo
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Josh Lifrak
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Darnell McDonald
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Raymond Fuentes
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Rod Nichols (Pitching Coach), Brian Harper (Hitting Coach), and Leo Perez (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Mark Johnson (Manager), Terry Clark (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Osmin Martinez (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Mariano Duncan (Hitting Coach), and Juan Cabreja (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), David Rosario (Pitching Coach), Guillermo Martinez (Hitting Coach), and Ricardo Medina (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Jesus Feliciano (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (Hitting Coach), and Gary Van Tol (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Ron Villone (Pitching Coach), Jeremy Farrell (Hitting Coach), and Chris Valaika (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: TBA (Pitching Coach) and Lance Rymel (Assistant Coach)
DSL CUBS #1: Claudio Almonte (Manager), Eduardo Villacis (Pitching Coach), Carlos Ramirez (Hitting Coach), Antonio Valerio (Assistant Coach), Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach), and Jose Cueto (Assistant Pitching Coach)
DSL CUBS #2: Pedro Gonzalez (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Franklin Blanco (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR: Nick Frangella
ASSISTANT MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Chuck Baughman
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Shane Nelson and Sean Folan (Iowa), Jon Fierro (Tennessee), Toby Williams (Myrtle Beach), Mike McNulty (South Bend), Logan Severson (Eugene), TBA (AZL Cubs), Jose Alvarez (DSL Cubs #1), and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs #2)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Doug Jarrow
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Ryan Clausen (Iowa), Mike Megrew (Tennessee), Jason Moriss (Myrtle Beach), Ed Kohl (South Bend), Ryan Nordtvedt (Eugene), TBA (AZL Cubs), Tomas Sanchez and Amaury Gonzalez (DSL Cubs #1), and Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs #2)
crunch 19 hours 28 min ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 22 hours 42 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 22 hours 53 min ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 23 hours 12 min ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 3 days 13 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.
Cubster 3 days 21 hours ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 4 days 23 hours ago (view)
For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.
crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
crunch 5 days 16 hours ago (view)
former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.
green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.
Arizona Phil 5 days 22 hours ago (view)
Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.
crunch 6 days 2 hours ago (view)
chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)
mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...