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)
hopefully the fans stay respectful and don't lower themselves to the type of scum that were heckling hunter pence...
Careful what you tweet regarding KB - he’s reading and he’s pissed! I kinda like seeing KB hot under the collar - very out of character for him.
For those of you who did not see the game....
Kris Bryant's first inning HR off Chase Anderson was a towering fly ball that was a bit wind-aided, but not unlike what you might see at Wrigley Field. The line single had a lot of top-spin and fell in front of the left-fielder.
Here are some of the velo readings for the Cubs pitchers:
NOTE: Nibbled too much, but he did strike out Eric Thames with FB/SL combo.
looked like a good one from the box score. i've been out all day, back home now, and ready to take in my first televised game of the spring (HOU/WAS).
is o.de la cruz still considered a starter or is he transitioning to the pen? looks like he put in a solid inning pulling up the end of the game.
First 2019 Cubs MLB Cactus League game today. This is my 42nd year of Cubs Spring Training (first one was in Scottsdale in 1978).
HAGSAG: No word yet, but don't be surprised if guys like Rademacher, Martin, and Torrez end up in Mexico or in independent baseball.
A number of former Cubs minor leaguers and big leaguers (INF Arismendy Alcantara, C Sergio Burruel, INF Dustin Geiger, INF-OF Junior Lake, RHP Yoanner Negrin, OF Felix Pie, RHP Armando Rivero, INF Issmael Salas, OF Dave Sappelt, and RHP Carlos Zambrano) played in the Mexican League last year, and INF-OF Logan Watkins just signed with Tijuana after playing indy ball in 2018.
E-MAN: Mike Olt signed a 2019 minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins last month.
Don’t see BJ signed to any club yet. Mike Olt, however, played AAA for the Red Sawx last year. Anyone hear if he is resigned?
Has anyone heard if any of these past Cubs minor leaguers have found a team..Mazonni, Rademacher, D. Torrez, Coghlan or Trey Martin?
HAGSAG: The pecking order for minor league field assignments is:
It hasn't been announced yet, but I would expect either D'Angelo Jimenez (DSL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach) or Enrique Wilson (DSL Cubs #2 Hitting Coach) to replace Michael Carter as AZL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach, with Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach with DSL Cubs #2) replacing either Jimenez or Wilson.
Glad to see Mark Johnson get a promotion if that is what it is.
it's now 79-83 since the brews signed moosetacos, btw...
2/25 split squad cubs/dodgers game has been picked up to be televised (dodgers feed) ..cubs also playing SD the same day (radio only)
neither cubs sat/sun/mon/tues/wed/thurs games are televised.
lame...very very lame.
first televised game is friday march 1st unless something changes (@Dbacks on the ARZ feed).