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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 5 
David Bote 
Garrett Cooper
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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A Rosa By No Other Name

Jovan Rosa had three hits, including a grand slam HR crushed over the CF fence, as the Daytona Cubs and Stocton Ports (Oakland A's Hi-"A" affiliate) played to an 8-8 tie at the Papago Park Sports Complex in Phoenix this afternoon.

A 21-year old corner infielder signed by the Cubs as a "Draft & Follow" out of Lake City JC (FL) in May 2007, Rosa led the Midwest League in doubles last season with 43.

Here is today's abridged box score (D-Cubs players only). Note that Russ Canzler and Marquez Smith have been demoted from AA Tennessee to Daytona, apparently an indication that OF Brandon Guyer and INF Jonathan Mota may have made the Tenneessee Smokies Opening Day roster.

Also, Tyler Colvin (rehabbing from Fall 2008 TJS) will be the DH with Daytona until he is ready to return to the outfield at either Tennessee or Iowa later this season.(Daytona plays in a league that uses the DH in all games, while AA Tennessee and AAA Iowa only use the DH when playing an American League affiliiate on the road).    

DAYTONA CUBS:

LINEUP:
1. Nate Samson, 2B: 2-5 (1B, 6-3, 1-3, 1B, F-9 - 1 R)
2a. Mark Reed, C: 0-2 (1-3 SH, K, E-4, BB - 1 R, 1 SB)
2b. John Contreras, C: 0-1 (K)
3. Tyler Colvin, DH: 1-4 (L-8, 2B, BB, K, K)
4. Jovan Rosa, 1B-3B: 3-5 (K, P-4, 1B, HR, 1B - 2 R, 4 RBI)
5. Dylan Johnston, RF 1-4 (3B, 4-3, BB, K, K - 2 R, 1 SB)
6. Russ Canzler, LF-1B: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, 1-4-3, K - 1 RBI)
7. Drew Rundle, CF: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3, BB, BB - 1 SB)
8a. Marquez Smith, 3B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K - 1 R)
8b. Jonathan Wyatt, LF: 0-1 (P-5)
9a. Starlin Castro, SS: 1-3 (5-3, K, BB - 1 R)
9b. Marwin Gonzalez, SS: 0-0 (BB)

PITCHERS:
1. James Leverton - 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP, 4/5 GO/FO
2. Robert Hernandez - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO
3. Chris Siegfried - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO)
4. Erik Hamren - 2.0, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO)

ERRORS (1):
Marwin Gonzalez - muffed ground ball with bases loaded, allowing run to score 

Comments

Do you think they will keep Marquez Smith and Jovan Rosa together? If you throw in Canzler, it seems difficult to find positions for all of them. Smith should remain at 3b, but I would expect they want to keep trying Rosa there as well (does he have the bat for 1b?) Also, do you expect either Starlin Castro or Marwin Gonzalez to be at Daytona? I would expect Flaherty to be SS and don't think Gonzalez or Castro are ready for high A ball. Would love to see Guyer to start at Daytona and build more confidence -- actually was looking forward to the (potential) incredible production from Johnston, Burke and Guyer together in the OF. Thanks again for this and all the updates.

Submitted by springs on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 8:47pm.

Do you think they will keep Marquez Smith and Jovan Rosa together? If you throw in Canzler, it seems difficult to find positions for all of them. Smith should remain at 3b, but I would expect they want to keep trying Rosa there as well (does he have the bat for 1b?)

Also, do you expect either Starlin Castro or Marwin Gonzalez to be at Daytona? I would expect Flaherty to be SS and don't think Gonzalez or Castro are ready for high A ball.

Would love to see Guyer to start at Daytona and build more confidence -- actually was looking forward to the (potential) incredible production from Johnston, Burke and Guyer together in the OF.

Thanks again for this and all the updates.

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SPRINGS: The minor league rosters are probably about 95% set right now.

I think the Canzler and Smith demotions are probably the final Spring Training moves downward from Tennessee. I suspect Canzler will play mostly in LF, Rosa mostly at 1B, and Marquez Smith will play 3B. And yes, Rosa does have the bat to play 1B, although his future could be as a corner IF-OF if he can learn to play LF and RF. Since Tyler Colvin will be the DH most every day at Daytona, it won't be possible for the Cubs to use Canzler or Rosa at DH very often. 

I haven't seen Tennessee in action since Canzler and Smith got demoted, but it's possible that Kyle Reynolds could have been moved down from Iowa when Smith and Canzler got demoted, and will play mostly 3B at AA, with both Steve Clevenger and Blake Lalli getting PT at 1B when they aren't catching. But if Reynolds did get sent down (and I don't know that he did, but Iowa is loaded with veteran infielders Hendry might like to keep on retainer at AAA in case something bad happens to one of the Cubs infielders), that would still leave one too many position players at AA.  

And I do expect both Starlin Castro and Marwin Gonzalez to start the season at Daytona. Player Development Director Oneri Fleita really loves those two guys (and Junior Lake, too, who will probably be the primary utility infielder at Peoria). Of course if Mota were to get moved down to Daytona from Tennessee (Justin Sellers and Matt Camp are also utility infielders at Tennessee right now), that could cause a Marwin Gonzalez to move down to Peoria, and Lake to EXST. 

BTW, Canzler getting demoted back to Daytona has got to be a bitter pill to swallow for him. While Marquez Smith only played about 40 games at Daytona in 2008 (he spent most of the year at Peoria), Canzler was at Daytona for the entire '08 season, and really had no competition for the 1B job at Tennessee. And yet here he is, back at Daytona again. That does not bode well for his future in the Cubs organization.

 

Awesome updates AZPhil!! I am thrilled to hear that Brandon Guyer is moving up the ranks. He was easily one of the top players in Peoria last year despite struggling at times at the plate. He is very athletic and has surprising speed for his size. He played all of the OF positions in Peoria (mostly CF), but where do you see him settling in at the major league level?

Submitted by rob9999 on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 10:56pm.

I am thrilled to hear that Brandon Guyer is moving up the ranks. He was easily one of the top players in Peoria last year despite struggling at times at the plate. He is very athletic and has surprising speed for his size. He played all of the OF positions in Peoria (mostly CF), but where do you see him settling in at the major league level?

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ROB: Adding a power stroke to his game is what's taken Brandon Guyer's game to the next level. I now rank him as one of the Cubs Top 10 prospects (up from Top 15 during this past off-season).  

As long as he remains with the Cubs (I say that because he could get traded), I expect Guyer will probably end up in CF, but capable of playing the corners, too, doing basically what Reed Johnson does now.

Don't forget Guyer's "natural" position is 3B (that's the position he played in HS), but he was moved to LF at UVA, partly to take greater advantage of his athleticism, but mainly because some guy named Ryan Zimmerman was already playing 3B for the Cavaliers. 

BTW, kudos to Cubs master-scout Billy Swoope for bird-dogging Guyer. Swoope is probably the best Area Scout in baseball (IMO).

Its great that Starlin Castro has advanced enough to play for Daytona at least so far. Phil, I am interested where Michael Brenly fits?

Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 04/04/2009 - 6:55am.

Its great that Starlin Castro has advanced enough to play for Daytona at least so far. Phil, I am interested where Michael Brenly fits?

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HAGAG: It appears that position players like Michael Brenly, Jericho Jones, Ryan Keedy, Sean Hoorelbeke, Kurt Calvert, Ryan Sontag, Chris Weimer, TeWayne Williis, Dwayne Kemp, Matt Cerda, Logan Watkins, George Matheus,Alvaro Sosa, and Kevin Soto have been assigned to Extended Spring Training (EXST Cubs), where the older ones will spend April-May at Fitch Park waiting for their "Letter of Transit" (waiting for somebody at Peoria or Daytona who playes their position to get hurt or get demoted to EXST)  Otherwise, all of them are hoping for a slot at Boise in June.

The players assigned to EXST could be there because they failed to make the Peoria roster, or they could be injured. Also, one or more of them could get released in the next couple of days, too, since Peoria still needs to cut two position players who will likely end up at EXST. . 

AZ Phil- Maybe the answer to this one is too simple for me to see. What's the point in an NL team having somebody be an every-day DH, as you suggest Colvin will be at Daytona? Training somebody for a job that doesn't exist at the big club seems like training somebody to do the job for another team.

Submitted by Jackstraw on Sat, 04/04/2009 - 10:16am.

AZ Phil- Maybe the answer to this one is too simple for me to see.

What's the point in an NL team having somebody be an every-day DH, as you suggest Colvin will be at Daytona? Training somebody for a job that doesn't exist at the big club seems like training somebody to do the job for another team.

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JACKSTRAW: Tyler Colvin had Tommy John surgery last November and isn't at the point yet where he can throw well enough to play defense, so he will DH at Daytona (where they use the DH in every game) until he's ready to return to the OF sometime later in the season, and then he will be moved up to Tennessee or Iowa (the I-Cubs and Smokies only use the DH when they play an A. L. affiliate on the road). 

One other move of note from this morning.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos (ex-2B who was converted to catcher last Summer) has been demoted from AA Tennessee to Daytona where he will share catching duties with Mark Reed, and John Contreras (ex-3B who is being converted to catcher) will be assigned to EXST.  

This means either Welington Castillo, Chris Robinson, or Shawn McGill got assigned to AA to share catching duties there with Steve Clevenger and Blake Lalli (both of whom hit LH and also play 1B). And then either Robinson or McGill probably got released (Iowa had four catchers, and needed to cut two). 

And 19-year old Australian RHP Ryan Searle and 22-year old Dominican RHP Alberto Alburquerque (who had shoulder surgery a year ago, but is a decent prospect when healthy) have apparently made the Daytona Opening Day roster (both worked in Daytona's game today), with 19-year old Venezuelan bonus baby (and Carlos Zambrano clone) RHP Larry Suarez (who missed most of last season after undergoing elbow surgery during Spring Training) assigned to Peoria (he pitched today, too). Somebody asked a while back about RHP Justin Bristow (2008 5th round pick out of East Carolina who was shut down with a sore shoulder at Boise last August). He's OK and is also assigned to the Peoria roster, as is LHP Ryan Buchter (who was acquired from WAS for RHP Matt Avery last November).

It looks like 2B Jake Opitz (2008 12th round pick out of U. of Nebraska) is with the EXST group now, too. (He was with Peoria as recently as yesterday). He was together with Sean Hoorelbeke, Ryan Keedy, and Chris Weimer this morning, and all of them are assigned to Boise/Mesa (EXST). I haven't seen 2008 draft picks Ryan Sontag (23rd round) or TeWayne Willis (28th round) around for a few days. They were assigned to Boise/Mesa, but they may have been released.

The Cubs are supposed to release at least a dozen minor league players (mostly pitchers) at Fitch Park this afternoon. So Opening Day rosters for Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and Peoria should be finalized by this evening.

Submitted by falcon on Sat, 04/04/2009 - 4:50pm.

I heard that Willis injured himself while diving for a ball in centerfield a week or so ago. Can they still release you if you're injured?

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FALCON: If Willis was injured diving for a ball, they won't release him until he has a chance to try and rehab the injury.  

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess Canario, Mervis, Strumpf and Vazquez are the only guys blocked. Everyone else has time.
    Canario is the only guy there that's used multiple options.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger debut wednesday.

    also, taillon may not start until this weekend (tentatively)...throwing a sim game today.  he's "working on things" and is having some minor leg soreness running with cleats (fielding, covering 1st), but not while pitching or off-field.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: I don't think the Cubs will add any AAV until the MLB Trade Deadline (and even that is dependent on how well the Cubs are playing and where they are in the standings at that point in time). 

    Otherwise, the Cubs might perhaps do something like "exchange" Drew Smyly ($10.5M in 2024 AAV plus an additional potential $3M in performance bonuses) for J. D. Davis ($6.9M in 2024 and then he is a FA post-2024) and then maybe (hopefully) jettison Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal without having to eat any salary (like if clubs claim Wisdom and Madrigal off waivers and thereby take on 100% of Wisdom's 2024 $2.725M salary and 100% of Madrigal's $1.81M salary). The Cubs don't need to get anything back for Wisdom and Madrigal other than AAV space and the $50,000 waiver price. 

    Another possibility would be a prospect for prospect trade, like when the Diamondbacks traded OF Daulton Varsho (the D'backs were overloaded with LH-hitting outfielders) to the Blue Jays for C Gabriel Moreno (Moreno was blocked in Toronto by Kirk and Jansen). 

    So if the Cubs have an opportunity to trade an outfield or middle-infield prospect for maybe a young arm or a 3B or catching prospect of similar value, I could see that happening.

  • crunch (view)

    z.wheeler (PHI) got a 3/126m extension...42m a year for age 35-37.

    SP market is getting crazy.

  • George Altman (view)

    Well said, Crunch. Every point is spot on perfect. And even if Ricketts allowed Hoyer to go all the way to the next AAV Level ($257M), it's $4,000,000!! For one damn year. He's got $80M+ coming off next year. Wonder what Blake Snell on an opt out deal would do for Cubs playoff chances this yeat. It's absolutely maddening and I too am exhausted from fans defending billionaires. Just stop.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the chances are that Jed makes a trade before OD?

    MLB Network today and Chicago Radio have both speculated as recently as yesterday that Jed will make a sizable move.

    They spoke about Alonso still and Bieber from Cleveland. 

    Social Media thinks JD Davis from SF might work now (I think we have that RH/3B/DH spot covered though).

    I wouldn't mind a SP like Bieber (he's in his last year of his original deal). Hendricks scares me. He's not the ground ball guy he used to be. He'd be lucky to have a sub 5 ERA in my opinion. CLEV needs OF slug. Canario is available (not even going to think about ONKC, PCA or Jaquar here). Brennan Davis probably needs a new spot. Mervis could get a chance at their 1B gig opposite Naylor as their DH. Vazquez appears ready for a shot at MLB level ball. 

    Thoughts?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Guardians - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    KYLE HENDRICKS
    FB: 86-88
    CH: 80-81
    SL: 79-80 
    CV: 74 
    COMMAND: Threw three innings and allowed three runs on five hits (three singles and two doubles), one walk, and a WP, and he struck out one (swinging)... one run scored in each of the three innings... command was off right from the gitgo (he hit two batters in the 1st inning!)... threw 52 pitches (33 strikes - six swing & miss - six foul balls) over the course of the three innings, so at least he got his pitch count up over 50 (he threw only 29 pitches in two innings of work in his first outing last Tuesday)...  

    HECTOR NERIS
    FB: 90 
    SPLIT: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single but then induced an F-7 and an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... threw 10 pitches (but only five strikes - no swing & miss)... FB velo was down a tick from his last outing and split was a bit off (strike throwing on FB must be better than 50% to get swing & miss on splitter)... 

    ADBERT ALZOLAY
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 85-87 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single on a 95-MPH FB on his sixth pitch of the AB, but then retired the next three men in a row (P-4, 5-3, K-swinging on a SL)... Needed 18 pitches to retire the side (12 strikes - five swing & miss, including three on SL, one on CT, and one on FB)... 

    DANIEL PALENCIA
    FB: 96-98
    SL/CT: 88-90 
    CH: 86 
    COMMENT: Hurled a 1-2-3 6th inning (L-8, 6-3, P-6)... Threw only 50% strikes (12 pitches -six strikes - one swing & miss on a CH - two foul balls)...   

    EDWIN ESCOBAR
    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 7th inning (4-3, K-swinging, 5-3)... 13-pitches (nine strikes - one swing & miss on SL - two foul balls)... FB has good velo but he doesn't get swing & miss with it, so he throws mainly his "plus" slider (which is his "go-to" strikeout pitch)... of all of the Cubs MLB ST LHRP contenders I have seen so far, Escobar is #1 (Luke Little's stuff is more electric, but he still has trouble commanding it and is clearly not MLB-ready)...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-96
    CT: 91-92
    SL: 80-82 
    COMMENT: Pitched the 8th inning after the Cubs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th... allowed a lead-off single on a 1-0 FB and a two-out single on a 1-0 CT, but he did manage to retire the side without allowing a run... struck out two (both swinging)... threw 19 pitches (11 strikes - five swing & miss - one foul ball)... stuff is plus but FB command comes & goes... 

    BRAD WIECK
    FB: 86-87
    SLOW CV: 67-68 
    COMMENT: Threw a 1-2-3 seven pitch (five strike) 9th (F-7, K-swinging on an 86 MPH FB, and F-9) to record the save... while he at one-time featured a mid-90's FB, a mid-80's SL, and a mid-70's CV, after enduring heart surgery in 2021 and TJS in 2022 the 6'8 250+ lefty has morphed into an EXTREME soft-tosser, complete with an "eephus" CV that would make Bill "Spaceman" Lee jealous... 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, and with the way they've used him in the organization, I'd imagine he'd be fine with a mostly benchwarmer status; and at this point I don't know why Madrigal is still on the roster.......

  • crunch (view)

    you'd think a guy that could play 2nd and 3rd that has more pop than madrigal could at least get a shot at the team while they're busy paying him to be a multi-millionaire minor leaguer.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Are we able to orchestrate a giant nationwide conspiracy to convince Bote that all the games during the regular season are now also spring training games and don't count?