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):

BOISE HAWKS

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS (14):
* Michael Bunton
Casey Coleman
Marcus Hatley
* Arik Hempy
Jay Jackson
Tommy Mejia
* James Leverton
John Muller
Jake Muyco
Bubba O'Donnell
* Mark Pawelek
Jose Pina
Harol Tolentino
Josh Whitlock

CATCHERS (3):
Michael Brenly
Luis Flores
Carlos Perez

INFIELDERS (7):
* Ryan Flaherty (SS)
# Marwin Gonzalez (SS-2B-3B)
Josh Harrison (2B)
* Ryan Keedy (1B)
* Jake Opitz (2B)
Rebel Ridling (1B)
Josh Vitters (3B)

OUTFIELDERS (3):
* 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):  

AZL CUBS

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS (18):
Francisco Acosta
* Jeffrey Antigua
Eric Allen
Israel Camacaro
Rogelio Carmona
Manolin DeLeon
Yohan Gonzalez
Chris Huseby
* Leon Johnson
Tarlandus Mitchell
Dionis Nunez

Julio Pena
Mike Perconte
Andres Quezada
Carlos Rojas
Jose Severino
Miguel Sierra
* Luke Sommer

CATCHERS (5):
* Matt Cerda
Robinson Chirinos
Jose Guevara (REHAB - broken hand)
Roberto Sabates 
# Alvaro Sosa

INFIELDERS (9):
* 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)  
 
OUTFIELDERS (6):
* Kurt Calvert
# David Macias
* Nelson Perez
# Cesar Salazar
Kevin Soto
TeWayne Willis

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...

SQUAD "A"
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 

SQUAD "B":
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)

PITCHERS:

SQUAD "A"
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

SQUAD "B":
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   

ERRORS: NONE!

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Alvaro Sosa 1-2 CS

WEATHER: Hot, clear skies, just freakin' hot

ATTENDANCE: 4 (including Jake Muyco's dad)

Comments

Great report, Phil!! Couple of loose ends. Where did Eric Allen, Manolin DeLeon and Mike Perconte come from? I don't recognize those names. Also, what happened to Dionis Nunez, Ryan Searle, Jeff Culpepper and Clark Hardman? I'm not spotting them anywhere. Did they join the lost socks?

Love all your reports, Phil! I know Eric Allen and Mike Perconte were signed as NDFAs. Think Ryan Searle went back to Australia for their Baseball Academy. Don't know about the others. I'll throw out a few other MIA names: Michael Christi, Brett Summers, Donny Walters, Bill Moss and Mark Sawyer. I think they all were released, but maybe Phil could confirm that.

You can see Brett Summers (no relation) on reruns of the old "Match Game" television show, if you can find them. -She may even be still on the set! She sits in between Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. Hope this is helpful.

ALEX & HOOK: The Cubs sent Ryan Searle back to the Australian Baseball Academy with LHP Cody Hams on May 22nd.

I neglected to list OFs Jeff Culpepper and Clark Hardman at the Fitch Park Infirmary, although I have fixed that.

I omitted RHP Dionis Nunez from the AZL Cubs roster (I fixed that, too).

RHP Manolin DeLeon (the co-closer for the DSL Cubs in 2007) got promoted from the Cubs Dominican Baseball Academy to EXST at Fitch Park just prior to the start of the DSL season.

Eric Allen (King College), Mike Perconte (Murray State), and Tommy Mejia (Dominican College) are the three NDFA RHPs signed by the Cubs (so far) after the Rule 4 Draft last week.

As far as the other players mentioned, Yale grad Marc Sawyer retired (he probably found he could make more than $5,000 per year working in the private sector), and the others were released.

Pure gold Arizona Phil - thank you!!! Redacted

I think Fidel is past prospect status. Thanks for the update, Phil.

What's up with the 1:07am start time? Is that a canadian thing, ey?

It takes two minutes to sing the Canadian anthem. Also, I think you mean 1:07 p.m.

Az PHIL - You made mention of your mid year top 10 cub prospects.....any chance you can point me in the right direction of that post or repost it for me as I'm always interested in your insights. It seems as though the top prospects (per BA) have struggled a bit this year.

AZ Phil - Would love for you to join us on the Boise Hawks preseason special on Monday to talk about what you have seen in extended spring training...if you are interested, email me at [email protected]... BTW - Mike Perconte's dad, Jack, is a former MLBer...I think he choked up on the bat (left-handed hitting second baseman) more than anyone in big league history

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  • Hagsag 2 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Indeed

     

  • Sonicwind75 3 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Off all the awards and accolades Rizzo earned during his time in Chicago; perhaps the most important is being named the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2017.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 15 min ago (view)

    technically correct is the best kind of correct.

    also, rizzo's charity work (himself and the time he gives, not just his money) is top notch stuff.

     

  • tim815 6 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Anything to be noted about Temblador, Venezuela's Pedro Ramirez, who is shredding as the pipelines youngest player?

     

  • bradsbeard 7 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Arizona Phil, some folks (mostly me!) were wondering if you had any thoughts/info on Luis Devers, who seems to be having a nice ACL season despite being a bit old for the level. Got touched for a HR last night but hadn't given up multiple runs in a start before then and has struck out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks. Many thanks in advance!

     

  • Hagsag 12 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 27 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).

    Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 59 min ago (view)

    So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign. 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 37 min ago (view)

    https://www.mlb.com/news/jed-hoyer-clarifies-comments-on-traded-cubs

    similar story, similar quotes, different site/author

     

  • QuietMan 20 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network

    Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.

    @TonyAndracki23 with the story.

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 22 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."

    That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    while not known as a clubhouse cancer, there's more than a few stories about his "leadership qualities" lacking or otherwise being a bit of a jerk at points in time.  they're mostly rumor, and none of the rumors are awful...

    reminded a bit of this justin wilson/rizzo exchange back in 2018...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqCelMPe_74

     

  • videographer 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    /With all the player movement in the last week, I wonder if the Cubs are now 85% compliant for vaccinated players.  We know Sogard and Rizzo were not vaccinated and I can assume the players taking their place of the 40 man roster are vaccinated.  It will be an interesting story going forward when all trade noise settles down.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.

    He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.

    "I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."

    ...dude, no.  keep that to yourself.