2018 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters
Other than players who will be going on the DL in the next couple of days, here are the last of the Minor League Camp roster moves left-over from Monday
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP Daury Torrez
MYRTLE BEACH to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING: RHP Kyle Miller and RHP Erling Moreno
NOTE: See updated Cubs Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Dominican Academy rosters below (IOWA - 28, TENNESSEE - 26, MYRTLE BEACH - 27, and SOUTH BEND - 27... all four affiliates must get rosters down to 25 by Thursday)
Roster moves Sunday night and Monday morning at Minor League Camp:
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: LHP Ryan Kellogg
TENNESSEE to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING: RHP Adbert Alzolay and INF Gioskar Amaya
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: RHP Elvis Diaz
SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Matt Swarmer (this was a last-minute addition to the Myrtle Beach squad before Pelicans left town)
SOUTH BEND to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING: RHP Ivan Medina
EUGENE/MESA to SOUTH BEND: INF Christian Donahue (this was a last-minute addition to the South Bend squad before the SB-Cubs left town)
Roster moves Sunday at Minor League Camp:
TRADED: LHP Daniel Camarena to New York Yankees for PTBNL or cash
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP Zach Hedges
IOWA to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING: RHP Jose Rosario and LHP Kyle Ryan
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: LHP Yapson Gomez
MYRTLE BEACH to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING: RHP Enrique de los Rios
SOUTH BEND to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING: RHP Luis Aquino
Roster moves Saturday at Minor League Camp
IOWA to TENNESSEE: INF Gioskar Amaya
Roster moves Friday at Minor League Camp:
SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Jhon Romero, C-1B Tyler Alamo, OF Kevonte Mitchell, and OF Connor Myers
SOUTH BEND to EUGENE/MESA (EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING): RHP Fauris Guerrero, RHP Brendan King, RHP Casey Ryan, and 1B-OF Joe Martarano
ASSIGNED TO EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING: RHP Garrett Kelly (was acquired from Schaumburg - Frontier League on 3/21)
Roster moves Thursday at Minor League Camp:
CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS: The Cubs have claimed (actually re-claimed) RHP Cory Mazzoni off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and he has been optioned to AAA Iowa. (Mazzoni was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on Tuesday). So the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) now stands at 38.
SIGNED: OF-INF Chris Coghlan signed a minor league contract and he has been assigned to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING. (Coghlan had been at Minor League Camp as an unsigned player since last Saturday, unofficially participating in morning baserunning and fielding drills and BP, but he was not actually offered a contract until today).
Roster moves Wednesday at Minor League Camp:
CUBS (MLB) to MINOR LEAGUE CAMP: RHP Shae Simmons was optioned to AAA Iowa (MLB Active List now stands at 25), and RHP Anthony Bass, RHP Justin Hancock, LHP Kyle Ryan, C-1B Taylor Davis, C-1B Chris Gimenez, IF-OF Ryan Court, INF Mike Freeman, and 1B-OF Efren Navarro have been assigned to AAA Iowa.
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP James Pugliese, C-1B Ian Rice, C Erick Castillo, 1B-OF Yasiel Balaguert, 3B-1B Jason Vosler, and OF Charcer Burks
IOWA to MYRTLE BEACH: C P. J. Higgins
TENNESSEE to YUCATAN (Mexican League): RHP Mario Meza (loaned)
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Casey Bloomquist, RHP Kyle Miller, LHP Jordan Minch, C Tyler Pearson, INF Vimael Machin, and OF-1B Chris Pieters
TENNESSEE to SOUTH BEND: C Tyler Payne
MYRTLE BEACH to TENNESSEE: RHP Oscar de la Cruz
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: RHP Brian Glowicki, RHP Manuel Rodriguez, C-1B Michael Cruz, and OF Brandon Hughes
MYRTLE BEACH to EUGENE/MESA (EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING): C-1B Gustavo Polanco, C-1B Kevin Zamudio, and OF Roberto Caro
SOUTH BEND to EUGENE/MESA (EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING): RHP Sean Barry, LHP Eugenio Palma, RHP Jeffrey Passantino, RHP Jake Steffens, RHP Mitch Stophel, C-INF Cam Balego, C Alexander Guerra, C-1B Richard Nunez, INF Christopher Morel, INF Ramsey Romano, INF Delvin Zinn, and OF Kwangmin Kwon
Roster moves Tuesday at Minor League Camp:
CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS: RHP Cory Mazzoni by Los Angeles Dodgers
RELEASED: RHP David Berg, LHP Marc Huberman, RHP Mark Malave, RHP Steve Perakslis, LHP Carson Sands, LHP Tommy Thorpe, C-1B Cael Brockmeyer, 1B-3B Kevin Cornelius, 1B-3B Adonis Paula, and OF Robert Garcia
The Cubs optioned LHRP Randy Rosario to AAA Iowa on Friday, so the Cubs now have 36 players on their MLB Spring Training squad (including ten NRI).
Roster moves at Minor League Camp on Friday:
PLACED ON RESTRICTED LIST: AAA Iowa RHRP David Garner has been suspended for 50 games (second positive test for Drug of Abuse)
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: C Jhonny Pereda, INF Andruw Monasterio, OF Robert Garcia, and OF Daniel Spingola
TENNESSEE to SOUTH BEND: C-1B Tyler Alamo
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: RHRP Mark Malave, RHRP Jhon Romero, C Will Remillard, INF Yeiler Peguero, OF Chris Carrier, OF Kevonte Mitchell, and OF Connor Myers
Roster moves Thursday at Minor League Camp:
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP Thomas Hatch, RHP Steve Perakslis, and OF Eddy Julio Martinez
TENNESSEE TO IOWA: RHP Duane Underwood Jr and RHP Daury Torrez
C Marcus Mastrobuoni has reported and has been assigned to the South Bend squad
Roster moves Wednesday at Minor League Camp:
CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS: LHP Dario Alvarez by Seattle Mariners
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP Trevor Clifton
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Connor Myers
Roster moves Monday at Cubs Minor League Camp:
RETIRED: C Carlos Diaz
IOWA to TENNESSEE: C Tyler Pearson
TENNESSEE TO MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Oscar de la Cruz, RHP Elvis Diaz, RHP Mark Malave, RHP Jhon Romero, LHP Wyatt Short, C Will Remillard, and INF Austin Upshaw
MYRTLE BEACH TO SOUTH BEND: RHP Luis Aquino and INF Ramsey Romano
MYRTLE BEACH to EUGENE/MESA: C Henderson Perez
The Cubs optioned RHP Dillon Maples and OF Mark Zagunis to AAA Iowa on Friday, so the Cubs now have 37 players on their MLB Spring Training squad (including ten NRI).
Roster moves Friday at Cubs Minor League Camp and at Cubs Dominican Academy:
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP Mario Meza, RHP Preston Morrison, RHP Tommy Nance, RHP Jake Stinnett, RHP Daury Torrez, and INF Vimael Machin
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: INF Adonis Paula
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: RHP Ivan Medina, 1B Joe Martarano, and OF Chris Singleton
RELEASED FROM CUBS DOMINICAN ACADEMY: RHP Luiz Escanio, RHP Miguel Estevez, and RHP Francisco Garay
Roster moves Wednesday at Cubs Minor League Camp and at Cubs Dominican Academy:
IOWA to TENNESSEE: OF Jeffrey Baez, 3B Jesse Hodges, OF Trey Martin, and SS Carlos Penalver
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: LHP Bryan Hudson, RHP Erick Leal (REHAB), LHP Jose Paulino, and LHP Manuel Rondon (REHAB)
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: RHP Jesus Camargo, RHP Fauris Guerrero, RHP Brendan King, and LHP Eugenio Palma
RELEASED FROM CUBS DOMINICAN ACADEMY: OF Carmelo Alfonzo, RHP Anyel Beato, OF Jorge Jules, 1B Fidel Matos, RHP Bryan Molina, RHP Edison Novas, 1B-OF Jose Rojas, and OF Tony Rijo
The Cubs optioned LHP Dario Alvarez, INF David Bote, RHP Luke Farrell, RHP Cory Mazzoni, RHP Alec Mills, RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, and LHP Rob Zastryzny to AAA Iowa and reassigned NRI INF Chesny Young and OF Jacob Hannemann to Minor League Camp.
Corresponding roster moves at Cubs Minor League Camp on Tuesday:
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP Dave Berg, LHP Ryan Kellogg, and RHP Kyle Miller
IOWA to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Tyler Peyton and RHP Matt Swarmer
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Ben Hecht and RHP Erling Moreno
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: RHP Cory Abbott, RHP Jose Albertos, RHP Jeffrey Passantino, RHP Casey Ryan, and LHP Carson Sands
Today is the first day that players with MLB Rule 6 Draft-Excluded status can be sent to the minors, and the Cubs have optioned RHPs Adbert Alzolay, Oscar de la Cruz, and Duane Underwood Jr to AA Tennessee. (Alzolay and de la Cruz were two of the Cubs five Draft-Excluded players, the others being David Bote, Dillon Maples, and Jen-Ho Tseng).
Also, ten NRI (RHPs Craig Brooks, David Garner, and Tom Hatch, LHPs Alberto Baldonado, Daniel Camarena, and Michael Roth, C Ian Rice, INF Jason Vosler, and OFs Charcer Burks and Bijan Riademacher) have been reassigned to Minor League Camp.
As a result, there should be a number of corresponding roster moves made at Minor League Camp over the next two or three days (especially involving pitchers) to make room for the players who were sent down, once they physically report to the backfields (and that usually takes a couple of days).
So the Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 49 (including twelve NRI).
ORIGINAL POST 3/5:
Here are the 2018 Cubs Minor League Camp rosters as of 12 noon 3/5.
Keep in mind that players at Minor League Camp are often initially assigned to a level one or sometimes even two levels above where they will be on Opening Day. As players are sent to Minor League Camp from the MLB squad (the first "batch cut" should be next Sunday or Monday), there is a cascade effect as corresponding roster moves are made at each level (players are moved-down or released).
2018 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS (last updated 4-3-2018):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Alberto Baldonado
* Randy Rosario
* Michael Roth
Duane Underwood Jr
* Rob Zastryzny
* Mike Freeman
* Efren Navarro
* Jacob Hannemann
* Bijan Rademacher
Oscar de la Cruz
* Jason Vosler
Eddy Julio Martinez
MYRTLE BEACH: 27
* Bryan Hudson
* Ryan Kellogg
* Jordan Minch
* Jose Paulino
* Wyatt Short
P. J. Higgins
* Aramis Ademan
* Vimael Machin
* Austin Upshaw
* Chris Pieters
* Daniel Spingola
* D. J. Wilson
SOUTH BEND: 27
* Yapson Gomez
* Brendon Little
* Ricky Tyler Thomas
* Michael Cruz
# Christian Donahue
# Yeiler Peguero
* Jared Young
# Zach Davis
# Brandon Hughes
EUGENE/MESA (EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING): 67+17
NOTE: The Eugene/Mesa squad is formed when Minor League Cactus League games begin. Players assigned to the Eugene/Mesa squad will eventually form the Cubs Extended Spring Training group after the conclusion of Minor League Camp in March.
Corey Black (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - February 2017 TJS)
* Faustino Carrera
Alfredo Colorado (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)
Enrique de los Rios
Hector Alonso Garcia (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)
David Garner (ACTIVE - on RESTRICTED LIST while serving 50 game Drug of Abuse suspension)
* Danny Hultzen (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - 2016 left shoulder surgery)
Erick Leal (ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow)
Chi-Feng Lee (ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow)
Braxton Light (ABSENT - present status unknown)
Gabriel Lima (INACTIVE - Restricted List)
* Brailyn Marquez
Ryan McNeil (ACTIVE REHAB - back, hip, and right elbow)
M. T. Minacci (ACTIVE REHAB - right elbow)
* Pablo Ochoa
* Eugenio Palma
Yunior Perez (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)
Andry Rondon (ABSENT - present status unknown)
* Manuel Rondon (ACTIVE REHAB - ???)
* Kyle Ryan
* Justin Steele (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - July 2017 TJS)
Allen Webster (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - ???)
Ryan Williams (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM - 2017 right shoulder surgery)
Cam Balego (ex-INF)
Will Remillard (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2016 TJS #2)
* Jonathan Soto
Franklin Tineo (ex-INF - LIMITED ACTIVITY - left wrist)
# Fidel Mejia
# Yonathan Perlaza (INACTIVE - knee surgery)
* Carlos Sepulveda (LIMITED ACTIVITY - post-2017 right shoulder surgery)
* Luis Ayala (LIMITED ACTIVITY - right shoulder)
# Roberto Caro
* Chris Coghlan
* Tolly Filotei
Jose A. Gonzalez
# Jose Gutierrez
* Kwangmin Kwon
* Ruben Reyes (ABSENT - present status unknown)
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
DOMINICAN ACADEMY: 82+3
NOTE: Cubs minor leaguers from Latin America who do not attend Minor League Camp in Mesa have their Spring Training at the Cubs Dominican Academy in Boca Chica, DR. About twenty of these players (mostly pitchers) will be moved-up to Extended Spring Training in April and compete for jobs with Eugene or one of the two Cubs AZL teams.
* Andres Bonalde (LIMITED ACTIVITY - complications from appendectomy)
* Jonathan Bruzual
* Alejandro Carrillo
Yan de la Cruz
Wilfre Delgado (INACTIVE - Restricted List - 72-game PED Suspension 1-12-2018)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
* Riger Fernandez
* Miseal Garcia
* Jesus Gomez
Jose M. Gonzalez
* Ferrol Heredia
* Johan Lopez
Ronaldo Lopez (ex-INF)
* Alex Pacheco (INACTIVE - Restricted List)
* Luis Rodriguez
* Luis Silva
* Didier Vargas
* Saul Vazquez
# Santiago Blanco
* Rochest Cruz
# Reivaj Garcia
# Josue Huma
# Herson Perez
* Oliver Zapata
# Josue Fernandez
Jose Alonso Gaitan
* Kelvin Hidalgo
# Albert Hinirio
* Ervis Marchan
* Kevin Miranda
* Alexander Ovalles
* Brailin Pena
* Marco Valenzuela
* Ricardo Verenzuela
CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF
FIELD COORDINATOR & CATCHING COORDINATOR: Tim Cossins
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Brendan Sagara
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATORS: Mike Mason (full season clubs) and Steve Merriman (EXST & short-season clubs)
HITTING COORDINATOR: Jacob Cruz
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jeremy Farrell
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
BASERUNNING INSTRUCTOR: Mike Roberts
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Josh Lifrak
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: John Baker
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Raymond Fuentes
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Rod Nichols (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Chris Valaika (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Mark Johnson (Manager), Terry Clark (Pitching Coach), Jesus Feliciano (Hitting Coach), and Ben Carhart (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach), and Paul McAnulty (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Steve Lerud (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Osmin Melendez (Hitting Coach), and Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #1: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Steve Janssen (Pitching Coach), Wes Long (Hitting Coach), and Leo Perez (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #2: Jonathan Mota (Manager), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach), and Steve Carter (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and TBA (Rehab Coach)
DSL CUBS #1: Lance Rymel (Manager), Eduardo Villacis (Pitching Coach), TBA (Hitting Coach), Antonio Valerio (Assistant Coach), and Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach)
DSL CUBS #2: Pedro Gonzalez (Manager), Jose Cueto (Pitching Coach), TBA (Hitting Coach), Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach), and Carlos Ramirez (Assistant Pitching Coach)
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Chuck Baughman
ASSISTANT MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro
LATIN AMERICAN TRAINING COORDINATOR: Jose Alvarez
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Mike McNulty (Iowa), Toby Williams (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), James Edwards (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs #1), Matthew Hussey (AZL Cubs #2), Brennan Connelly and German Suncin (DSL Cubs #1), and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs #2)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Doug Jarrow
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Ryan Clausen (Iowa), Jason Moriss (Tennessee), Keegan Knoll (Myrtle Beach), Ryan Nordtvedt (South Bend), Dallas Lopez (Eugene), Mike Megrew (AZL Cubs #1), TBA (AZL Cubs #2), Tomas Sanchez and Amaury Gonzalez (DSL Cubs #1), and Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs #2)
crunch 13 hours 35 min ago (view)
j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.
w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend). braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.
crunch 1 day 13 hours 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 1 day 16 hours 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 1 day 16 hours 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 1 day 17 hours 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 19 hours 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 22 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 3 days 14 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 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 3 days 15 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 4 days 7 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 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 5 days 17 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 6 days 5 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 6 days 10 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 6 days 16 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.