2019 Cubs Winter Instructs (Updated 1/22)
2019 Cubs Winter Instructs is well underway on the backfields at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa.
Instructs actually began on January 7th, but the first ten days were spent on Cubs Way orientation & player conditioning and then rain on Tuesday postponed full-scale field activities for another couple of days.
CUBS 2019 WINTER INSTRUCTS ROSTER: 64
The roster will be updated if there are changes.
(Last updated 1-22-2019)
* throws or bats left
# bats both
* Faustino Carrera
* Bryan Hudson
* Brendon Little
* Brailyn Marquez
* Eugenio Palma
* Wyatt Short
Orian Nunez (ex-INF)
* Jonathan Soto
INFIELDERS: 19 (position played during infield practice in parenthesis)
* Aramis Ademan (SS)
Jhonny Bethencourt (3B)
Luis Diaz (2B)
* Tyler Durna (1B)
# Reivaj Garcia (2B)
Nico Hoerner (SS - see NOTE below)
# Josue Huma (3B-SS)
Levi Jordan (3B-2B-SS)
# Fidel Mejia (3B-1B)
Christopher Morel (SS)
Miguel Pabon (2B-SS)
# Yonathan Perlaza (3B-2B)
* Luke Reynolds (1B-3B)
Jake Slaughter (1B-3B-2B)
* Jared Young (1B-OF)
Luis Vazquez (SS)
Luis Verdugo (SS)
* Andy Weber (2B-SS)
Delvin Zinn (2B-3B)
NOTE: Hoerner did not participate with the other infielders in group infield practice on Fields #3 and #4; instead he received intense one-on-one instruction from Minor League Infield Coordinator Jonathan Mota on Field #6
* Edmond Americaan
* D. J. Artis
Carlos Morfa (U. S. debut - played in DSL in 2018)
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Cole Roederer
ASSISTANT PITCHING CORDINATORS:
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR:
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATORS:
David da Silva
Ben Carhart (hitting coach)
Michael Carter (hitting coach)
Keoni DeRenne (infield coach)
Steve Lerud (hitting coach)
Darnell McDonald (outfield coach)
Osmin Melendez (hitting coach)
Manny Olivera (pitching coach)
Lance Rymel (catching coach)
Anderson Tavarez (pitching coach)
Jamie Vermilyea (pitching coach)
Desi Wilson (hitting coach)
Enrique Wilson (hitting coach)
REHAB COACH/BULLPEN CATCHER:
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR:
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES:
Arizona Phil 7 hours 7 min ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.
He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.
He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 58 min ago (view)
DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 58 min ago (view)
W-RAT: Mark Zagunis was sent outright to the minors last September, and because he did not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted he remains under club control through the 2020 season, and so he is signed to a minor league contract that expires at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series.
Wrigley Rat 9 hours 29 min ago (view)
Thank you AZ Phil! Does that mean he's been signed to a minor league contract, then? Because he's out of options.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 24 min ago (view)
I love these scouting reports. Thanks Phil!
You wouldn't happen to have this info for the road games Sun and Mon?
Arizona Phil 10 hours 34 min ago (view)
W-RAT: Mark Zagunis is assigned to AAA Iowa but he did not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 World Series if he is not added back to an MLB reserve list (40-man roster) in the meantime.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 58 min ago (view)
Most of the pitchers who threw today pitched Saturday night, so not a lot of new pitch/velo info.
NOTES: First Cactus League game outing of 2020 for Lester... looked uncomfortable on the mound and even when he was warming up in the bullpen before the game... stuff and command were not sharp... hopefully Lester has at least one good year left in him...
Wrigley Rat 11 hours 6 min ago (view)
Whatever happened to Mark Zagunis? I thought we still held his rights, but he was just out of options? Haven't heard anything about him in awhile & I think he would make a good platoon partner with Schwarber.
crunch 12 hours 13 min ago (view)
3h 43m game today.
at least i've seen a lot of "i need to hop on baseball reference" cubs minor leaguers and new hires in the past 2 days.
rex brothers looked good again.
crunch 14 hours 11 min ago (view)
1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.
yesterday's game was 3h 45m.
crunch 15 hours 30 min ago (view)
lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.
no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.
crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while. i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid. it's probably a safer range.
his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop. i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.
Rob Richardson 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.
he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign. there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.
i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...
First.Pitch.120 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
ha. also, this reminds me that Grand Slam cereal existed in the late 90s. it was basically Kix with the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (in baseball items shape). it was actually really good.