Your 2008 Boise Hawks!
A few more of the recently drafted players arrived at Fitch Park today, including catcher Luis Flores (7th round pick out of Oklahoma State) and OF Tony Campana (13th round pick out of U. of Cincinnati). Both were immediately assigned to Boise.
And speaking of Boise, the Boise Hawks roster was posted in the Fitch Park clubhouse today, with 27 players assigned.
The 27-man roster includes 13 players who were selected in last week's Rule 4 Draft, plus one non-drafted free-agent (NDFA) signed after the conclusion of the draft. The other 13 players on the roster played in the Cubs organization last year.
The Northwest League has a 30-man roster limit, so as many as three more players could be assigned to Boise before Opening Day next Tuesday (or anytime, actually).
The Hawks will be departing Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for Boise tomorrow mornng at 7 AM, so the boys should be in fine shape for the Host Family Banquet in Boise, where each player will be paired with a "host family."
Here is the 2008 Boise Hawks roster (as of Friday 6/13):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Michael Bunton
* Arik Hempy
* James Leverton
* Mark Pawelek
* Ryan Flaherty (SS)
# Marwin Gonzalez (SS-2B-3B)
Josh Harrison (2B)
* Ryan Keedy (1B)
* Jake Opitz (2B)
Rebel Ridling (1B)
Josh Vitters (3B)
* Kyler Burke
* Tony Campana
* Drew Rundle
While the Hawks are in Boise preparing for NWL Opening Day, 14 members of the AZL Cubs will be traveling to Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday, and the 14 will be available to play in the Cubs-Padres "Hall of Fame" Game at Abner Doubleday Field in Coooperstown on Monday.
The crew will then get a "VIP Tour" of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum on Tuesday, before returning to Arizona on Wednesday to prepare for the AZL season that will commence next weekend.
Nice field trip for the kids, some of whom are only 17 years old.
Jim Hendry and Oneri Fleita could have plucked players from the Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and/or Peoria rosters for the HoF game, but they apparently decided they didn't want to cause any undo disruption to the clubs that are already in the midst of their regular season schedule (and Opening Day for the Boise Hawks is Tuesday, so diverting Boise players to Cooperstown would be inconvenient, too).
So for those of you who might watch the game on Monday, don't be too surprised if Junior (not Steve) Lake, Alvaro (not Sammy) Sosa, Kevin (not Geovany) Soto, Nelson (not Neifi) Perez, and Starlin (not Fidel) Castro get some PT in the later innings.
It's also POSSIBLE that 1B-OF Daryle Ward (rehabbing at Fitch Park while on the DL with a back injury) and/or RHP Angel Guzman (rehabbing at Fitch Park from 2007 TJS) could make the trip to Cooperstown, too, but that is still TBD.
Here is the current AZL Cubs roster (must be down to 35 players by AZL Opening Day):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Jeffrey Antigua
* Leon Johnson
* Luke Sommer
* Matt Cerda
Jose Guevara (REHAB - broken hand)
# Alvaro Sosa
* Bryan Jost (1B)
Starlin Castro (2B-SS)
John Contreras (3B-1B)
Sean Hoorelbeke (1B)
Dwayne Kemp (2B-LF)
Junior Lake (SS-3B)
Jose Made (2B-SS)
George Matheus (SS)
* Jeffrey Rea (REHAB - quad strain)
* Kurt Calvert
# David Macias
* Nelson Perez
# Cesar Salazar
And there are several others who are spending their Spring (and possibly their Summer, too) rehabbing at Fitch Park....
FITCH PARK INFIRMARY (11):
Ryan Acosta, RHP (UNKNOWN)
Alberto Alburquerque, RHP (2008 shoulder surgery rehab)
* Jeff Culpepper, OF (shoulder surgery rehab)
Rafael Dolis, RHP (2007 TJS surgery rehab)
* Clark Hardman, OF (UNKNOWN)
Jim Henderson, RHP (sore arm)
Kitt Kopach, RHP (2007 shoulder surgery rehab)
Oswaldo Martinez, RHP (2007 TJS rehab)
Jon Nagel, RHP (2008 draft pick - TJS rehab)
Cedric Redmond, RHP (torn labrum rehab - no surgery so far)
Larry Suarez, RHP (2008 TJS rehab)
Daryle Ward once again took batting practice this morning at Fitch Park, and he put on quite a power display,slamming several moon shots (or maybe I should say sun shots) onto 8th Street.
He said he feels a lot better than he did after yesterday's BP session (he felt some "jet lag" yesterday), and it certainly looks like he should be ready for a minor league rehab assignment very soon (that's if he doesn't go to Cooperstown as a chaperone with the AZL Cubs kids).
In Fitch Park roster news, RHP Jon Mueller has been promoted to Peoria, and the two Dominican RHPs who were demoted to the DSL Cubs in April after they got into an off-the-field fight (with each other) at EXST (the two being Francisco Acosta and Jose Severino) have been allowed to return to Fitch Park, and both pitched in today's intrasquad game.
Yes, believe it or not there actually was still ANOTHER intrasquad game today. The two squads were the Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs, but mixed together.
Hers the abridged box score...
1a. Ryan Keedy, 1B: 0-2 (K)
1b. Bryan Jost, 1B 1-1
2a. Jake Opitz, 2B: 1-1 (2 R, BB)
2b. Jeffrey Rea, 2B: 1-1
3. Josh Vitters, 3B 0-1 (R, BB)
4. Junior Lake, SS: 1-2 (R, RBI, 2B)
5. David Macias, LF: 1-1 (RBI, 2B, BB)
6. TeWayne Willis, CF: 1-2 (RBI, SB)
7. Kevin Soto, DH #1: 0-1 (SH)
8. Nelson Perez, RF: 1-2 (2B)
9a. Roberto Sabates, DH #2: 0-1
9b. Michael Brenly, PH: 0-1 (K)
10a. Alvaro Sosa, C: 0-1 (K)
10b. Carlos Perez, C: 0-1
1. Rebel Ridling, 1B 2-3 (2B, 3B, K, CS)
2. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B: 0-3 (2 K)
3. John Contreras, 3B: 0-2
4. Starlin Castro, SS: 0-2
5. Dwayne Kemp, LF: 1-2 (R)
6. Kurt Calvert, CF 1-2 (2B, RBI, K)
7. Kyler Burke, RF: 1-2 (SB)
8. Robinson Chirinos, C: 0-0 (2 BB)
9. Sean Hoorelbeke, DH: 0-1 (BB, K)
1. Marcus Hatley - 1.0 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
2. Jake Muyco - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
3. Carlos Rojas - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
4. Francisco Acosta - 0.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
5. Rogelio Carmona - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
1. Israel Camacaro - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
2. Andres Quezada - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
4. Jose Severino - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Alvaro Sosa 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Hot, clear skies, just freakin' hot
ATTENDANCE: 4 (including Jake Muyco's dad)
JustSayin' 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 5 days 15 hours ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 5 days 17 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 5 days 21 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 6 days 9 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 1 week 13 hours ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."
bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)
This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options.
Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago (view)
I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins
...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw
erich081 1 week 2 days ago (view)
I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.
Hagsag 1 week 3 days ago (view)
I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.