2017 Cubs AZ Instructs Underway
77 Cubs minor leaguers have reported or will soon be reporting to the Cubs Under Armour Performance Center at Mesa Riverview Park.
70 of the players have been assigned to Cubs AZ Instructs, and seven have been assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
There will be no "Advanced Instructs" this year. (The Cubs and Angels fielded a "co-op" team in AZ Advanced Instructs the previous two seasons), so there are no games scheduled against other organizations. There are also no intrasquad games planned as of now (only instructional/situational "sim" games)..
Not including players who attended AZ Instructs last year and/or Extended Spring Training earlier this year, twelve minor leaguers who played for the DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2 in 2017 will be making their U. S. debut at Instructs this year. In addition, one 2017 NDFA and two IFA signed in the 2017-18 ISP will be making their pro debut at Instructs.
16 of the Cubs 2017 draft picks who signed are attending instructs. One (Cam Balego) is being converted from infielder to catcher.
18 players attending instructs who finished their seasons at Eugene (Northwest League) will be arriving later this week. (The Emeralds post-season playoff run ended last Tuesday).
Also, the seven players assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox will report the week of September 25th to prep for the AFL.
The first work-out was this morning, including baserunning drills on Fields 3 & 6, then PFP on Fields 1 & 2, fielding practice for infielders on Field #4, fieldng practice for outfielders on Field #6, and fielding practice for the catchers in the enclosed batting cages, and finally a lengthy BP session (with coaches throwing) on Fields 3, 5, and 6.
Here is the Cubs instructs roster:
Tim Cossins, Field Coordinator
Jim Brower, Pitching Coordinator
Dave Keller, Latin American Field Coordinator
Andy Haines, Hitting Coordinator
Jose Flores, Infield Coordinator
Doug Dascenzo, Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator
Mike Mason, Assistant Pitching Coordinator
Tom Beyers, Assistant Hitting Coordinator
Ben Carhart, Hitting Coach
Jeremey Farrell, Hitting Coach
Armando Gabino, Pitching Coach
Osmin Melendez, Infield Coach
Jonathan Mota, Infield Coach
Leo Perez, Hitting Coach
Mike Roberts, Baserunning Coach
Carlos Rojas, Infield Coach
Jovanny Rosario, Outfield Coach
Lance Rymel, Catching Coach
Anderson Tavarez, Pitching Coach
Chris Valaika, Hitting Coach
Jose Zapata, Pitching Coach
Josh Lifrak, Mental Skills Program Director
John Baker, MSP Coordinator
Rey Fuentes, Latin MSP Coordinator
Chuck Baughman, Rehab Training Coordinator
James Edwards, Athletic Trainer
Logan Severson, Athletic Trainer
German Suncin, Athletic Trainer
STRENTGH & CONDITIONING
Doug Jarrow, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Ryan Clausen, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Dallas Lopez, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jason Morriss, Strength & Conditioning Coach
2017 CUBS AZ INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER:
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Jonathan Bruzual (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Yovanny Cruz (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* Riger Fernandez (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* Bryan Hudson
* Brendon Little
Ronaldo Lopez (ex-INF - 2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* Brailyn Marquez
Hector Matos (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Carlos Paula (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Jesus Tejada (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* Ricky Tyler Thomas
* Didier Vargas (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Cam Balego (ex-INF)
* Michael Cruz
Henderson Perez (2017 DSL - attended EXST earlier this year)
* Jonathan Soto (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* Aramis Ademan (SS)
Gioskar Amaya (1B-2B-3B - missed 2017 season - February 2017 knee surgery)
Jhonny Bethencourt (2B=3B)
Luis Diaz (2B – 2017 DSL - was at Instructs last year & EXST earlier this year)
# Christian Donahue (2B - August 2017 NDFA - Oregon State - making pro debut)
Austin Filiere (3B)
Luis Hidalgo (1B)
# Josue Huma (SS - 2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Joey Martarano (1B)
# Fidel Mejia (3B)
Andruw Monasterio (2B-3B)
Christopher Morel (SS - 2017 DSL - attended Instructs last year & EXST earlier this year)
Rafael Narea (SS)
Orian Nunez (2B-3B - 2017 DSL - attended EXST earlier this year)
# Yonathan Perlaza (2B-3B)
Fabian Pertuz (SS - 2017 IFA - Colombia - making pro debut)
Gustavo Polanco (1B)
* Carlos Sepulveda (2B)
* Austin Upshaw (1B-2B-3B)
Luis Vazquez (SS)
Luis Verdugo (SS - 2017 IFA - Mexico - making pro debut)
* Jared Young (2B)
Delvin Zinn (2B-3B)
# Luis Ayala (formerly LH-hitter only, now is switch-hitter)
# Zach Davis
Jose Alonso Gaitan (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
# Brandon Hughes
Fernando Kelli (2017 DSL - attended Instructs last year & EXST earlier this year)
* Kwang-Min Kwon
Eddy Julio Martinez
* Chris Pieters
* Jonathan Sierra
* Ricardo Verenzuela (2017 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* D. J. Wilson
CUBS PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO 2017 MESA SOLAR SOX (AFL): 7
Pedro Araujo, P
Charcer Burks, OF
David Bote, INF
Alec Mills, P
Ian Rice, C
Jake Stinnett, P
* Jason Vosler, 3B
NOTE: RHP Oscar de las Cruz was removed from the Mesa Solar Sox roster on 9/18 due to injury and catcher Ian Rice was elevated from the "Taxi Squad" to the MSS Active Roster. It is psssible that another Cubs pitcher will be added to the MSS roster at a later date (TBD).
MESA SOLAR SOX HITTING COACH:
crunch 3 hours 16 min ago (view)
Alexander Dimm 3 hours 41 min ago (view)
I'm in. What more do we need, really. A beer. A game or two. The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope). Have fun with a micro-mini season. Let the powers fight over the labor agreements. They can finish by next spring, right?
crunch 3 hours 53 min ago (view)
2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.
Cubster 5 hours 13 min ago (view)
And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.
crunch 7 hours 25 min ago (view)
they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.
declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.
...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram
Charlie 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.
Cubster 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section): In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.
Cubster 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:
Arizona Phil 2 days 30 min ago (view)
Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30):
Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)
Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February)
Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020
Charlie 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.
crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
"A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"
d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins
Jackstraw 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively. None really jump to mind.
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person
Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.
Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:
Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
I agree. Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild.
Hagsag 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.