93 Cubs Minor Leaguers Headed to Mesa
93 Cubs minor leaguers will be reporting to the Cubs Under Armour Performance Center at Mesa Riverview Park over the next few days.
68 of the players will be assigned to the "basic" (traditional) Cubs AZ Instructional League squad, 19 will be assigned to the "advanced" Instructs squad, and eight will be assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. (Two of the players assigned to the Cubs "advanced" Instructs squad will move to the AFL on 10/11).
Only the "advanced" Instructs squad (actually a Cubs/Angels "co-op" team) will be playing games against other organizations. The "basic" squad will be playing "sim" games and intrasquad games only.
Among the players assigned to the "basic" Instructs squad are seven international free-agents signed during the 2015-16 International Signing Period. These players will be making their pro debut at Instructs. Also, eight minor leaguers who played for the DSL Cubs or VSL Cubs in 2015 will be making their U. S. debut at Instructs
Additionally, Vimael Machin (Cubs 2015 10th round draft pick - Old Dominion University) will be making the conversion from infielder to catcher (which will likely continue at Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training next season), Yohan Matos (2015 AZL Cubs) is being moved from catcher to OF, and 2015 Cubs 1st round draft pick Ian Happ (U. of Cincinnati) will be getting reps mostly at 2B (he played both 2B and CF in college, but only OF at Eugene and South Bend after signing with the Cubs).
All of the Cubs 2015 draft picks are attending instructs except for 1B-3B Blake Headley (20th round - U. of Nebraska), SS Sutton Whiting (24th round - U. of Louisville), IF-OF Angelo Amendolare (27th round - Jacksonville U.), OF Daniel Spingola (31st round - Georgia Tech), and OF Donnie Cimino (37th round - Weslyan U.), plus NDFA LHP Heath Dwyer. All five (plus Dwyer) were college seniors who were signed primarily to provide minor league roster depth.
Here are the Cubs instructs rosters:
2015 CUBS AZ INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER (basic squad):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Jose Albertos (2015 IFA – Age 16 - Mexico)
* Wander Cabrera (2015 DSL)
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Bryan Hudson
* Ryan Kellogg
M. T. Minacci
* Pablo Ochoa (2015 DSL)
* Tyler Peitzmeier
Eury Ramos (2015 DSL)
Andri Rondon (2015 DSL)
* Manny Rondon
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
* Kyle Twomey
* John Williamson
Miguel Amaya (2015 IFA – Age 16 - Panama)
* Vimael Machin (ex-INF)
Gustavo Polanco (2015 VSL)
* Aramis Ademan (SS – 2015 IFA – Age 17 - Dominican Republic)
Jhonny Bethencourt (2B - 2015 VSL)
# Frandy de la Rosa (2B)
Luis Diaz (SS – 2015 IFA – Age 16 - Dominican Republic)
Vladimir Galindo (3B)
# Ian Happ (moving to 2B from CF)
P. J. Higgins (2B-3B-SS)
Rafael Mejia (3B - 2015 DSL)
Andruw Monasterio (SS)
Isaac Paredes (SS – 2015 IFA – Age 16 - Mexico)
# Yeiler Peguero (SS - 2015 DSL)
* Chris Pieters (1B – ex-LHP)
Matt Rose (1B)
* Carlos Sepulveda (2B)
* Jason Vosler (3B)
* Donnie Dewees
# Robert Garcia
* Jake Hannemann
* Kwang-Min Kwon (2015 IFA – Age 17 - South Korea)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
Jose Paniagua (OF-1B)
* Jonathan Sierra (2015 IFA – Age 17 - Dominican Republic)
* D. J. Wilson
2015 ANGELS/CUBS CO-OP ADVANCED AZ INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER
33 players (14 LAA/19 CUBS)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Victor Alcantara (LAA)
Paul Blackburn (CUBS)
Matt Brazis (CUBS)
Tyler Carpenter (LAA)
David Garner (CUBS - thru 10/10)
Joe Gatto (LAA)
* Ronnie Glenn (LAA)
Michael Jensen (CUBS)
* Jordan Minch (CUBS)
Garrett Nuss (LAA)
Steve Perakslis (CUBS)
Eduardo Paredes (LAA)
James Pugliese (CUBS)
Tayler Scott (CUBS)
Tyler Skulina (CUBS)
Duane Underwood Jr (CUBS)
Cael Brockmeyer (C-1B - CUBS - thru 10/10)
# Victor Caratini (CUBS)
Michael Strentz (LAA)
Wade Wass (LAA)
* Kody Eaves (2B - LAA)
Andrew Daniel (2B-3B - LAA)
Zach Houchins (3B-SS - LAA)
Gleyber Torres (SS- CUBS)
* Dan Vogelbach (1B - CUBS)
Chesny Young (2B-3B - CUBS)
* Alex Abbott (LF- LAA)
Jeffrey Baez (RF - CUBS)
Charcer Burks (LF - CUBS)
* Rashad Crawford (CF- CUBS)
* Natanael Delgado (RF- LAA)
* Shawon Dunston Jr (LF - CUBS)
* Bo Way (CF - LAA)
CUBS ASSIGNED TO 2015 MESA SOLAR SOX (AFL)
Corey Black, P
Cael Brockmeyer, C (Taxi Squad)
# Jeimer Candelario, 3B
Willson Contreras, C
David Garner, P
Pierce Johnson, P
Mark Zagunis, OF
Rob Zastryzny, P
crunch 4 hours 37 min ago (view)
side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.
they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...
crunch 6 hours 43 min ago (view)
Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.
blah blah spring training...
baseball on TV...neat.
First.Pitch.120 9 hours 58 min ago (view)
We just traded for Maddux!!! ......... nope, the other one.
crunch 22 hours 29 min ago (view)
yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the trade...it's practically asking to be written that way.
jeff passan did it quite well... https://twitter.com/jeffpassan/status/136577746706...
that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).
Charlie 23 hours 8 min ago (view)
Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.
i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.
Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
This is a straight up troll
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.
ptbn from the josh osich deal.
totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.
Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal
crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...
first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.
radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised. the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.
crunch 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.
looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.
Arizona Phil 4 days 21 hours ago (view)
AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August.
Mike Wellman 6 days 5 hours ago (view)
I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 6 hours ago (view)
Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.
This team has no direction at the moment.
Sonicwind75 6 days 7 hours ago (view)
As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer. Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague. Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio. I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.