Eugene Emeralds, AZL Cubs, and Mesa Rehab Rosters (updated 6/13)

The Cubs Extended Spring Training squad has been split into three groups:

Eugene Emeralds
AZL Cubs
Mesa Rehab 

MINOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME & ROSTER LIMITS

For the purpose of determining minor league roster limits & restrictions, a minor league player accrues a year of "service time" for every season in which the player spends at least 30 days on an MLB and/or minor league active list and/or disabled list, unless the player spent the entire season on the Disabled List.

1. Service time accrued by a player while assigned to a club or clubs in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) and/or Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) does not count when determining minor league roster limits and restrictions for minor league clubs in non-foreign affilated leagues.

2. A position player making a position change to pitcher or a pitcher making a position change to position player receives a one-year exemption from minor league service time restrictions. However, a position player being converted to a pitcher may not be used as a position player in a minor league game during the exempt year, and a pitcher being converted to a position player may not be used as a pitcher in a minor league game during the exempt year.

3. A player on a minor league "rehab" assignment does not count against the Active List or Reserve List of the affiliate to which he is assigned.

4. A maximum of three players on a minor league rehab assignment may be assigned to any one affiliate at any one time, but there is no limit to the number of players who can be on a minor league rehab assignment with the organization's Extended Spring Training and post-season Instructional League squads.

EUGENE (SS-A): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 25 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, maximum three players with four or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)
OPENING DAY: Friday 6/17 versus Boise 

AZL CUBS (SS-R):
 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, no players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)  
OPENING DAY: Monday 6/20 versus AZL Brewers 

Here are the rosters as of 9 AM (MST) this morning:

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EUGENE EMERALDS: 33

Updated 6-13-2016

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 18
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease
Jared Cheek
Enrique de los Rios
P. J. Francescon
Scott Frazier
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton 
Mark Malave 
M. T. Minacci 
Tommy Nance
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
* C. J. Riefenhauser 
* Manny Rondon
Alexander Santana
Pedro Silverio
* Justin Steele

CATCHERS
: 3 
Marcus Mastrobuoni 
* Alberto Mineo
Tyler Payne

INFIELDERS: 7
Wladimir Galindo 
* Vimael Machin
Andruw Monasterio
Jose Paniagua
# Yeiler Peguero
* Chris Pieters
Matt Rose

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Michael Foster
# Robert Garcia
* Ricardo Marcano
Kevonte Mitchell 
* D. J. Wilson

MANAGER: 
Jesus Feliciano

COACHES 
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach) 
Gary Van Tol (Assistant Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach) 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH 
Ryan Nordtvedt 

ATHLETIC TRAINER
Logan Severson 

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AZL CUBS
: 23 

Updated 6-13-2016

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 10
Jose Albertos
Luis Aquino 
Javier Assad 
* Yapson Gomez
Jose Leidenz
Junior Marte
Erling Moreno
* Eugenio Palma 
Andry Rondon
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)

CATCHERS
: 3 
Eric Gonzalez
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco

INFIELDERS
: 5
Jhonny Bethencourt
Rafael Mejia
Isaac Paredes 
# Edgar Rondon 
Kevin Zamudio

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Luis Ayala
Jose Gonzalez 
* Kwang-Min Kwon
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes

MANAGER
Carmelo Martinez 

COACHES 
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach) 
Jeremy Farrell (Hitting Coach) 
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach) 
Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach) 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH 
Dallas Lopez 

ATHLETIC TRAINER
Adrian Pettaway 

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MESA REHAB: 23 

Updated 6-13-2016

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 18
Andury Acevedo (May 2016 knee surgery)
Jeffry Antigua (???)
Frank Batista (April 2016 TJS)
Jordan Brink (post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker (???)
Jesus Camargo (???)
Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (right elbow)
Andin Diaz (left elbow)
Stephen Fife (oblique strain)
Tanner Griggs (???)
Luis Hernandez (???)
* Jack Leathersich (July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (???)
Joe Nathan (April 2015 TJS)
Manny Parra (April 2016 TJS)
Zac Rosscup (May 2016 left shoulder surgery) 
Ryan Williams (???)

CATCHERS
: 2
Taylor Davis (???) 
Will Remillard (April 2016 TJS #2) 

INFIELDERS: 2
Adonis Paula (broken left hand)
Christian Villanueva (fractured fibula)

OUTFIELDERS: 1
Ryan Kalish (May 2016 appendectomy) 

REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR 
Chuck Baughman  

COACHES 
Lance Rymel (Assistant Rehab Coach/Bullpen Catcher)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach) 

Comments

After the conclusion of Sunday morning's workout at Riverview Park, there was a brief (two-inning) intrasquad game played on Field #1 so that Dylan Cease and Bryan Hudson could have a final tune-up before their scheduled starts for Eugene versus Boise this coming Friday and Saturday respectively. 

Here is the box score from the game (the squads had not yet been divided into "Eugene" & "AZL Cubs") : 

SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. D. J,. Wilson, CF: 0-1 (P-5)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-0 (BB, SB)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
5. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-1 (F-9)
6. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
7. Yohan Matos,LF: 0-1 (K) 
8. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-0 (BB) 
9. Jose Gonzalez, DH: 0-1 (L-8) 

SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-1 (5-3)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-1 (1B, CS)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 0-0 (BB) 
4. Matt Rose, 1B: 0-1 (L-7)
5. Jose Paniagua, DH: 0-0 (BB)
6. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-1 (F-8)
7. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (3-6 FC) 
8. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 1-1 (2B) 
9. Rafael Mejia, 3B: NO AB

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHER:
Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (17 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHER:
Dylan Cease:  2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 37 pitches (21 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:  
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE 

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS
CF D. J. Wilson - baserunner  (Alberto Mineo) thrown out 986-2 attmpting to score from 1st base on two-out double to right-centerfield 

ATTENDANCE: 1 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

The Eugene Emeralds are on their way to Sky Harbor Airport, but the AZL Cubs had a work-out this morning (Monday) at Riverview Park. 

RHRP Jordan Brink (post-2015 right shoulder surgery) and LHRP Andin Diaz (left elbow/triceps injury) each threw "live" BP (first time this season for both of them), one inning (20 pitches) each.

Among the hitters facing Brink and Diaz were AAA Iowa OF Ryan Kalish (May 2015 appendectomy) and South Bend 3B Adonis Paula (April 2015 broken hand), Kalish also participated fully in outfield & baserunning drills, and looks to be in good shape.  

3B Christian Vilanueva had his first  BP session since breaking his leg in a Spring Training work-out in February, and he launched four balls over the LF fence. Then he took about 50 grounders on the half-field. Villanueva is out of minor league options, so once he has completed his 21-day Article XiX-C minor league injury rehab assignment (which will probably begin next Monday at AZL Cubs) the Cubs will have to figure out what to do with him. A one-time Baseball America Top 100 prospect, Villanueva is actually still a decent 3B prospect, and if the Cubs can't find a spot for him on their MLB 25-man roster, another MLB club probably can/will.

RHSP Oscar de la Cruz (right elbow soreness) threw a 25-pitch bullpen side-session this morning and apparently had no problems, unlike last week when his bullpen was shut-down after only a half-dozen pitches. One of the Cubs top prospects (he was ranked as the Cubs #3 pitching prospect and their 8th best overall prospect by Baseball America coming into the 2016 season), de la Cruz has not pitched in a game since being shut-down with a sore elbow at Minor League Camp in March.  

RHP (ex-INF) Ho-Young Son threw a bullpen side-session with the other nine AZL Cubs pitchers this morning, and his fastball sure has a lot of movement (it's almost uncatchable). With his extreme sidearm delivery, Son is being groomed as a one-inning reliever. 

Phil, did anything on the respective rosters surprise you? And thanks again for your great reporting all year!

Phil, Forgive my apparent ignorance, but what on earth is the manager of the Emeralds supposed to do with 18 pitchers? Seems like maybe a half dozen too many. Double headers every day in the Northwest league?

obligatory "not phil, but..." a chunk of guys in eugene will be working on things as much off-game as in-game. they may not get as much in-game work as some guys in full-season leagues, but it's not exactly uncommon to see games where relievers or innings-restricted starters start a game only to put in a few innings. it's a league populated by a chunk of guys that are filtered for a better challenge than what's going to be left in arizona, or are "sent down" from higher levels because they're struggling at higher level full-season minor league ball. they may still be working on things or refining things, but when they are in-game they can at least face a decent level of talent.

CHAMP: The Eugene and AZL Cubs rosters are fluid and will change almost daily. For example, LHRP Tyler Peitzmeier was moved up to South Bend after yesterday morning's workout (before the Emeralds left for Eugene), and Francescon and Riefenhauser might not even pitch at Eugene (they could get assigned to Tennessee or get released in the next few days). A couple of more players presently assigned to Eugene could get released in the next few days, too, and especially once the draft picks start to arrive.  

Draft picks and NDFA must be placed on a minor league active list or DL no later than 15 days after the club files the player's contract with the MLB office, and many of the draftees will be assigned to Eugene. So eventually there will actually be 20-21 pitchers on the Eugene active roster, including maybe as many as 9-10 2016 draft picks. 

Much obliged!

It was the final tune-up for AZL Cubs Opening Day starter RHP Erling Moreno, as the 6'7 Colombian worked in a three-inning initrasquad "sim" game played this morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Moreno pitched three shutout innings (47 pitches), allowing four singles and a walk while striking out one and inducuing one GIDP, with a 5/1 GO/AO.  

Ex-NYM LHRP Jack Leathersich (July 2016 TJS) and RHRP Tanner Griggs also pitched in the game. Leathersich struck out four (all four swinging) and walked one in two hitless innings.

Because the AZL Cubs do not have enough position players in camp to field two full teams, there was no batting order or "teams" for the position players. Instead, they rotated in and out of the field in groups of three or four, getting two or three PA a piece (which is why it was considered a "sim" game rather than a traditional intrasquad game).

Here is the abridged box score from the game:  

POSITION PLAYERS:
Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 6-3, 1B, 2 RBI)
Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-2 (6-3, 3B, R)
Guatavo Polanco, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
Edgar Rondon, 2B-SS: 0-2 (4-3, 1-3)
Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-0 (BB, BB)
Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-2 (F-8, 1B)
Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, K) 
Adonis Paula, 3B-1B: 0-2 (K, K)
Luis Ayala, LF-CF: 0-2 (5-3, 3-1)
Yohan Matos, LF: 1-2 (F-9, 1B)
Jose Gonzalez, CF-RF: 1-2 (K, 1B, CS)
Ruben Reyes, RF: 1-2 (1B+E7, 4-3, R) 
Kevin Zamudio, C: NO AB 
NOTE: OF Kwang-Min Kwon was not on the field today. 
 
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS: 
Erling Moreno: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GO/AO, 47 pitches (30 strikes) 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS: 
1. Jack Leathersich: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Tanner Griggs: 1.0 IP, 3 H 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 21 pitches (10 strikes) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS: 
Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS:
1. Eric Gonzalez (Leathersich) 
2. Keven Zamudio (Griggs) 

ERRORS: 1
LF Yohan Matos: E-7 (fielding error on line-drive single to left allowed batter to take 2nd base)

ATTENDANCE: 1 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on Leathersich?

HAGSAG:: Jack Leathersich's first outing at EXST (5/27) was not good, as he struggled to throw strikes and was unable to complete his assigned inning  

However, since then he has thrown the ball very well, and he racked up strikeouts in yesterday's intrasquad "sim" game, throwing both his fastball and curve for strikes.  

I expect he will probably go on a rehab assignment with the AZL Cubs starting Monday (AZL Opening Day) and then hopefully get reinstated from the DL and be assigned to AA or AAA within a couple of weeks. 

RHRP Joe Nathan has thrown well in two bullpen side sessions and one "live" BP over the last week at EXST and will probably begin an Article XIX-C minor league rehab assignment very soon. Because he is on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL, Nathan can do his rehab at any level in the system (players signed to minor league contracts can only rehab at EXST and then either with the AZL Cubs or Eugene), so he could conceivably be at AAA by next week, although he is not eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL until 7/16.  

Also, recently-signed LHRP Brian Matusz threw a 25-pitch bullpen side-session yesterday before the "sim" game at Riverview Park and both he and Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach Ron Villone seemed pleased with the result, and so he will probably move-up to AAA shortly. I suspect he probably has a 7/1 or 7/15 opt-out clause in his contract, though, so that he can walk away if he is not added to the Cubs MLB 25-man roster by the opt-out date (whatever that may be).  

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 47 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 48 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 9 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 9 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 13 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 2 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 15 hours 39 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 45 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 15 hours 49 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 15 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 15 hours 58 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 59 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 2 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 5 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...