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:
crunch 5 hours 38 min ago (view)
a loss is a loss, and there's more than a few of them with various people at fault...but kimbrel giving the cubs 4 losses in 22.2ip when given a lead to work with is some kind of special for a guy getting $16m a year to throw 60-70 innings.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 9 min ago (view)
Criaig Kimbrel has allowed nine HR in 22.2 IP, and Rowan Wick is the only pitcher who has thrown as many as 33 IP in MLB in 2019 who has yet to allow a HR.
crunch 7 hours 40 min ago (view)
14 wins in their last 16 games.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 57 min ago (view)
I think what we saw with Joe Maddon and the Cubs players in 2019 is what happens when an audience has seen a comedian one too many times and the same old jokes that used to be hilarious just aren't funny anymore. Joe needs to find a new audience.
crunch 9 hours 48 min ago (view)
along with that, i'm not sure how maddon will adapt to not being able to use 6-15 pitchers in a 9 inning game once that's history. it seems to be hard-wired into his managing DNA. it's a bit of an exageration to say he wouldn't adapt, but his extremely "hands on" bullpen management seems to be one of his things.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 7 min ago (view)
Maddon shoulders plenty of blame. I’m not saying blame shouldn’t be anywhere else (cough pitching development) but Maddons style of managing is designed to keep a team loose. This team has been a little too loose since 2017. To say nothing of the puzzling bullpen management, excessive trust game to game and year to year, and other issues. Joe was the perfect guy to get this team the first title. He was never going to get us a second.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 31 min ago (view)
And the MLB clubs that would probably have the highest degree of interest in Maddon for 2020 would be the Mets, Phillies, Angels, Pirates, White Sox, and Rockies (probably in that order).
BobbyD 10 hours 50 min ago (view)
I despised that pterodactyl clown on the ass sox last year. Now that's he's made it his miss to put the Cubs in a death spin... Just drop him off somewhere far away.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 54 min ago (view)
I'm gonna say Mike Borzello will be managing the Cubs in 2020, and Mark Loretta will get the SD job.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 55 min ago (view)
Kimbrel has until October 31st to designate the eight MLB clubs to which he will not accept a trade, and then it will be up to the Cubs to find a taker (and good luck with that).
Charlie 10 hours 57 min ago (view)
Can we go back and swap Kimbrel for Keuchel?
crunch 10 hours 57 min ago (view)
who's gonna manage the cubs next year? =p
barring a miracle over the next week i dunno if he's gonna make it to 2020. replacing the manager is generally the go-to for a team looking to make a "major change" without actually spending much money. i dunno if maddon can survive this collapse even if he doesn't shoulder much blame.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 58 min ago (view)
Updated 2019 Cubs PH numbers (sorted by PA):
crunch 11 hours 15 min ago (view)
baez K's on 3 pitches.
cubs lose their 5th in a row. brews play a night game.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 16 min ago (view)
The patented Cub Tease Rally
crunch 11 hours 18 min ago (view)
baez pinch hitting. okay, then.