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
Arizona Phil 6 hours 2 min ago (view)
You can pretty much figure out from my AZIL game reports who the Cubs will likely target if they trade Kyle Hendricks to the Angels during the off-season (which I believe is a distinct possibility).
crunch 9 hours 23 min ago (view)
"On Wednesday, and again on Friday, manager Joe Maddon said the Angels needed to land two front-line starters or risk perpetual mediocrity. On Saturday, Mike Trout said the Angels had “a lot of money to spend” and the offseason was “going to be big.”"
$180.3m payroll and the star player + manager softly demanding more talent.
wait. you can do that?
hey d.ross and...umm...hold up...do you have to have a star player to make this kind of demand? sigh.
tim815 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Exactly. Teams realized that under-playing the rest of the season, and assessing what's currently on-hand, works. At least, better than pickung three or four spots lower on the draft board with less spending space.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
It required a good amount of luck, and the other hard part is like a third of the league are tanking now too. Last time it was basically us and Houston.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
this team is very hard to watch. i can't take this for 1-2 more years. i hope the 2022 plan is at least hybrid-competitive (team built to compete, but trade-ready if failing mid-season).
rebuilding on total destruction for a slew of 1st round picks for years is/was lame even if those 1st round picks was pretty much all that worked for the cubs in the theo-era drafts.
K Dub 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
PHIL: Thanks for the update on Devers. Are you able to give us some more context (velocity, pitch mix, etc)? Also, was Drew Gray included in the group you compared Devers to when you said Devers was "by far" the ACL Cubs best pitching prospect? I ask because I know Gray only pitched 4 innings this season.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
cards 15 wins a row...franchise record
Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.
Eric S 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2
Cubster 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins.
crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!
crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.
also davies still sucks.
tim815 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.
bradsbeard 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.
Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate.
First.Pitch.120 3 days 10 hours ago (view)