81 Cubs Minor Leaguers Punch Tickets to Mesa
81 Cubs minor leaguers will be reporting to the Cubs Under Armour Performance Center at Mesa Riverview Park over the next few days.
57 of the players have been assigned to the "basic" (traditional) Cubs AZ Instructional League squad, 17 have been assigned to the "advanced" Instructs squad, and seven have been assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
The "advanced" Instructs squad (actually a Cubs/Angels "co-op" team) will be playing games against other organizations, but the "basic" squad will be playing "sim" games and intrasquad games only.
Not including players who attended AZ Instructs last year and/or Extended Spring Training earlier this year, eight minor leaguers who played for the DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2 in 2016 will be making their U. S. debut at Instructs this month. However, there are no 2016-17 Cubs IFA making their pro debut at Instructs this year. (Eight 2015-16 Cubs IFA made their pro debut at Instructs last year).
All of the Cubs 2016 draft picks are attending instructs except for RHP Bailey Clark (5th round - Duke), RHP Michael Rucker (11th round - BYU), LHP Colton Freeman (20th round - U. of Alabama), 2B Trent Giambrone (25th round - Delta State), and OF Tolly Filotei (38th round - Faulkner State CC). Also, RHP Thomas Hatch (2016 3rd round - Oklahoma State), RHP Stephen Ridings (2016 8th round pick - Haverford), and RHP Tyler Peyton (2016 29th round - U. of Iowa) will be making their pro debut.
The 23 players who finished their seasons either at Eugene (Northwest League Champions) or at Myrtle Beach (Carolina League Mills Cup Champs) will be arriving late.
About a dozen injured players will be assigned to the UAPC for rehab (TBA), and it is possible that several post-season eligible Cubs players who are not included on the NLDS 25-man active roster could be assigned to the Angels/Cubs Advanced Instructs co-op team after the conclusion of the MLB regular season to get game reps and stay in playing shape.
Here are the Cubs instructs rosters:
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
Juan Cabreja, Infield Coach
Jose Cueto, Pitching Coach
Jeremey Farrell, Hitting Coach
Jesus Feliciano, Hitting & Outfield Coach
Armando Gabino, Pitching Coach
Carmelo Martinez, Hitting Coach
Guillermo Martinez, Hitting Coach
Osmin Melendez, Infield Coach
Jonathan Mota, Infield Coach
Mike Roberts, Baserunning Coach
Jovanny Rosario, Outfield Coach
Lance Rymel, Catching Coach
Ron Villone, Pitching Coach
Ty Wright, Hitting & Outfield Coach
Jose Zapata, Pitching Coach
Chuck Baughman, Rehab Coordinator
Mike McNulty, Trainer
Logan Severson, Trainer
Sean Folan, Trainer
STRENTGH & CONDITIONING
Doug Jarrow, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Ryan Clausen, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Mike McGrew, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jason Morriss, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Dallas Lopez, Strenth & Conditioning Coach
2016 CUBS AZ INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER (basic squad):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Faustino Carrera (2016 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Alfredo Colorado (2016 DSL - making U. S. debut))
Hector Garcia (2016 DSL - was at EXST this year and AZL last year)
Fauris Guerrero (2016 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Thomas Hatch (2016 3rd round pick - Signed for Future Service - making pro debut)
* Marc Huberman
* Bryan Hudson
* Brailyn Marquez (2016 DSL - making U. S. debut)
Carlos Ocampo (2016 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* Jose Paulino
Yunior Perez (2016 DSL - making U. S. debut))
Tyler Peyton (2016 29th round pick - placed on 60-day DL after signing - making pro debut)
Eury Ramos (2016 DSL - was at Instructs last year)
Stephen Ridings (2016 8th round pick - placed on 60-day DL after signing - making pro debut)
* Manuel Rondon
* Wyatt Short
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF - was converted to RHP at EXST)
Miguel Amaya (2016 DSL - was at EXST this year)
* Michael Cruz
* Aramis Ademan (SS – 2016 DSL - was at EXST this year)
Luis Diaz (2B – 2016 DSL - was at Instructs last year)
Wladimir Galindo (3B)
Rafael Mejia (1B)
Andruw Monasterio (SS)
Christopher Morel (3B)
Rafael Narea (SS - 2016 DSL - was at EXST in 2015 & 2016)
Isaac Paredes (SS)
# Yonathan Perlaza (3B - 2016 DSL - was at EXST this year)
# Yeiler Peguero (2B)
Zack Short (SS)
Delvin Zinn (2B)
* Luis Ayala (CF)
Zach Davis (CF)
# Jose Gutierrez (CF - 2016 DSL - making U. S. debut)
# Fernando Kelli (CF - 2016 DSL - making U. S. debut)
* Kwang-Min Kwon (RF)
Connor Myers (CF)
* Chris Pieters (LF)
* Abraham Rodriguez (LF - 2016 DSL - was at EXST this year)
* Jonathan Sierra (RF - 2016 DSL - was at Instructs last year and EXST this year)
* D. J. Wilson (CF)
2016 ANGELS/CUBS CO-OP ADVANCED AZ INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER
17 Cubs players
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Oscar de la Cruz
* Jordan Minch
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
P. J. Higgins
* Alberto Mineo
* Carlos Sepulveda (2B)
* Jason Vosler (3B)
* Donnie Dewees (CF)
Eddy Julio Martinez (RF)
There will also be about 15 Angels players on the roster - TBA
CUBS PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO 2016 MESA SOLAR SOX (AFL)
# Victor Caratini, C
Ryan McNeil, P
Steve Perakslis, P
James Farris, P
# Ian Happ, 2B
Eloy Jimenez, OF
Duane Underwood Jr, P
MESA SOLAR SOX PITCHING COACH:
tim815 5 hours 29 min ago (view)
The rush to 70 players.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 46 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez.
crunch 8 hours 30 min ago (view)
it screws up stats. i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.
it also makes historical comparisons difficult.
the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high. what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.
Charlie 9 hours 35 min ago (view)
Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...
I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 20 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List.
crunch 12 hours 45 min ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 13 hours 11 min ago (view)
stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...
boog used to call games for ATL, btw...
tim815 15 hours 40 min ago (view)
Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.
I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.
watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough. he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...
he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse. that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.
crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
this shane bieber guy kinda sucks. 1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.
i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.
...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.
George Altman 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period.
Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.
SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.
It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.
crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.
i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts. i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.
I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.