Your 2018 AZL Cubs #1! (and Your 2018 AZL Cubs #2, too!)
Here are the 2018 Opening Day rosters for AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 as of Monday morning 6/18. Since both teams are based at the same location (the Cubs Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ), moving a player from one AZL Cubs team to the other will be very easy and so it could occur fairly often (including anytime any day prior to game time).
All of the MLB clubs that have Spring Training in Arizona (except the Colorado Rockies) field at least one team in the Arizona League (AZL). Along with the Giants and the Indians, the Cubs have added a second AZL team this season. (The Padres added a second AZL team last year). So there are 18 teams in the AZL in 2018.
On nights when only one of the AZL Cubs teams is playing at home, that team will usually play in Sloan Park (the MLB Cubs Spring Training stadium). On nights when both AZL Cubs teams are playing at home at the same time (as is the case tonight on AZL Opening Day, when AZL Diamondbacks are at AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Reds are at AZL Cubs #2), one team will play in the stadium and the other will play across the street on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex (RBC Field #1 being the only Riverview "backfield" with lights).
Teams that play in the AZL have a 35-man Reserve List limit - AND - a 35-man Active List limit (with 30 players designated "active" for each game, of which ten must be pitchers).
Also, there is no restriction on minor league service time for players in the AZL until July 1st, at which point there can be no players with three or more years of MLB and/or minor league partial or full active seasons accrued (VSL/DSL seasons excluded) on active rosters.
A player on an Article XIX-C minor league rehab assignment from the MLB club or on a short-season rehab assignment from a Cubs minor league affiiate of a higher-classification do not count against the AZL team's reserve list or active list, and while there is no limit on the number of players on an MLB DL who can be assigned on an Article XIX-C minor league rehab assignment with any one minor league affiliate, a maximum of three minor league players can be assigned on a rehab assignment to any one AZL team and to the short-season Eugene affiliate at any one time.
NOTE: 2018 Rule 4 Draft picks and Rule 4 NDFA are in italics
* bats or throws left
# bats both
AZL CUBS #1: 37+1
* Jonathan Bruzual
* Pablo Ochoa (INACTIVE - 60-day DL - April 2018 TJS)
* Jack Patterson
* Didier Vargas
# Josue Huma
# Yonathan Perlaza (ACTIVE REHAB - on South Bend 7-day DL - off-season knee surgery)
* D. J. Artis
* Chris Coghlan (ACTIVE REHAB - on Iowa DL 7-day DL - shoulder)
* Tolly Filotei
# Jose Gutierrez
* Abraham Rodriguez
Steve Janssen (Pitching Coach)
Wes Long (Hitting Coach)
Leo Perez (Assistant Coach)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH:
AZL CUBS #2: 28+2
* Riger Fernandez
Hector Alonso Garcia
Jose M. Gonzalez
M. T. Minacci
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL)
* Luis Silva
Malcom Quintero (RESTRICTED LIST)
# Reivaj Garcia
# Fidel Mejia
Juan Mora (RESTRICTED LIST)
Jose Alonso Gaitan
Jose A. Gonzalez
Claudio Almonte (Hittng Coach)
Mike Carter (Assistant Coach)
Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach)
Arizona Phil 5 hours 50 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: Chris Allen was at AZ Winter Instructs January-February, then at Minor League Camp in March (but he didn't pitch in any ST games), and then Extended Spring Training after that, but he didn't pitch in any EXST games until about two or three weeks ago.
He hasn't allowed a run yet at EXST. Good size (6'4). Still lanky so he could fill-out. Throws strikes (70% strikes today). 87-90 MPH two-seamer has sink and runs away from RH hitters, and he has a plus-CV and also throws a CH. Six up / six down today (3-U, 6-3, K, K, K, 4-3).
crunch 6 hours 6 min ago (view)
MIL loses to PHI...CHC with a 2.5 game lead in the division.
crunch 6 hours 37 min ago (view)
Hagsag 6 hours 57 min ago (view)
Phil, is it just me or is Chris Allen getting a lot of people out?
Jackstraw 7 hours 14 sec ago (view)
Darvish or the pen. You want to be hung or shot?
Jackstraw 7 hours 1 min ago (view)
You've been drinking, haven't you. I mean, more than usual.
George Altman 7 hours 28 min ago (view)
Chatwood for closer...........makes it exciting like Lee Smith......(runs for cover).
George Altman 7 hours 29 min ago (view)
I'm sure me or brothers had baseball cards of Lindy McDaniel, Larry Jackson, Bob Buhl and George Altman which my Mom threw away or 'garage saled' them when I was in college............thanks, Mom.....love you, anyway.
crunch 7 hours 36 min ago (view)
chatwood first cubs save.
phew...needed that win for sanity.
Eric S 7 hours 36 min ago (view)
I think Theo can put the phone down now. Cubs finally have their lockdown, drama free closer in Chatwood.
crunch 7 hours 37 min ago (view)
after putting 2 on via hits, chatwood throws a sinker/cutter followed by a changeup (lefty batter).
he gets a ground ball double play on the 97mph fastball following.
it's been a while since he's thrown 2 off-speed pitches to the same batter. many batters see nothing but the fastball.
Eric S 7 hours 43 min ago (view)
Sets up just like yesterday with Votto and Suarez leading off the ninth ... one more run to play with though today with the two run lead
crunch 7 hours 53 min ago (view)
woo. cubs lead.
crunch 7 hours 56 min ago (view)
no idea. i thought he was done after 7, myself. it wasn't exactly a smooth/simple 7th.
Eric S 7 hours 56 min ago (view)
Particularly after it appeared he was airing it out in the seventh, perhaps thinking that was his last inning.
Charlie 8 hours 36 sec ago (view)
Anybody have an explanation of why he started the 8th? I can't figure it out. Lefty batter leading off the inning and Darvish was already very near 100 pitches.