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:
Arizona Phil 2 hours 4 min ago (view)
And if Bryant does win the Service Time grievance his value in a trade this coming off-season will be diminished, because one year of club control until he becomes a free-agent versus two years of control is a significant difference.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 20 min ago (view)
Q-MAN: It actually wouldn't surprise me if Bryant wins the grievance.
Cubster 3 hours 21 min ago (view)
...and our Manager can dance!
QuietMan 4 hours 41 min ago (view)
Still cant get the images of that SNL skit out of my mind.
Cubster 6 hours 58 min ago (view)
This is really sad. A fatal pulmonary embolism is quite rare, older data had about 0.019% incidence (range 0-0.6%, for total knees). DVT without prophylaxis is higher and most people are getting prophylaxis (blood thinners) postop. DVT (leg clots) is a nuisance but not life threatening (unless the clot goes to the lungs). Patients with a history of DVT are at greater risk and there are other risk factors.
Cubster 7 hours 16 min ago (view)
Kaplan also tweets Ross is the new manager and they are working on contract. Tweet reported in mlbtr too.
"Cubs made their decision late yesterday afternoon and the other candidates have been informed they are indeed out. David Ross is the choice."
QuietMan 7 hours 22 min ago (view)
The Kris Bryant service time grievance is finally being heard by an arbitrator this week according to Kaplan.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.
bradsbeard 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.
crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old
crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
"MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."
espada's had 2 interviews. for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work. SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.
JustSayin' 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter. MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent. They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players. In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted. For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 2 days 22 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.