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:
bradsbeard 3 hours 8 min ago (view)
I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)?
Cubster 5 hours 48 min ago (view)
Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen. https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/01/17/les-grobstein-1952-2022/
Cubster 6 hours 1 min ago (view)
Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
Tribune article today on the Cub https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-alexis-hernan...
CubsCentral08 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
List is up to 12 now
Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic
Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:
- RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
- LHP - Kevin Valdez
- RHP - Jensi Ramirez
- RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
- RHP - Eligio Paredes
- RHP - Jair Jimenez
- OF - Edward Vargas
Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:
- Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
- Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
- Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
- Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):
Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):
- Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
- Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
- Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
- Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
- Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.
they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.
Cubster 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run.
crunch 5 days 23 hours ago (view)
meeting on thursday. hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.
crunch 1 week 23 hours ago (view)
yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager. first female manager in the minors.
she was also the first female strength/conditioning coach and hitting coach in rookie leagues for the yanks.
crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)
"Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""
tim815 1 week 4 days ago (view)
As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".
Wrigley Rat 1 week 6 days ago (view)
AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!
crunch 1 week 6 days ago (view)
cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.
2022 looking good so far.
Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)
Welcome to 2022.
First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.