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:
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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on why the Cubs didn't spend more money this offseason on the free-agent market: "Pretty easy. We don’t have any more.''
that said, it's a strong team...can't complain too much, though they're playing very loose and fast with the patchwork pen "fixes."
let's hope it goes better than the 5th or 6th time someone has "fixed" jason heyward's swing.
Interesting, this appears to the year of mechanical fixes in the staff, Quintana's toe point and new confidence in his changeup, Hamel's fixes, Chatwood's double pump, wondering if other fixes are in store from the new pitching regime.
That I am sure is an under statement.
I've never really thought about Theo's politics. But I assume it's not the politics of Joe Ricketts.
I only spend baseball money on MLB.tv and tickets when the Cubs come to town (away games). So, like you, there's very little way for me to cut back on spending without just changing team loyalty. I'm still irked.
Baseball is such a silly thing to care about, though. And they keep presenting ethical roadblocks to that whimsy.
m.moosetacos returns to the brewers for 1/10m
I saw in Bleacher Report that Miguel Amaya is in camp. Picture of him with the Red Baron.
Charlie, Crunch; yep...gotta wonder how much Theo chafes working for these folks...
"Montgomery has been limited to long toss early in camp due to shoulder stiffness. Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said the southpaw could resume throwing bullpens in two or three days."
also, j.tazawa isn't expected until monday because of visa issues...
add the leaked joe ricketts racist-and-xenophobic-beyond-all-hell emails to the mix and you got a hell of an off-season. it's bigger news than the 100 nickle and dime contracts they added, anyway.
many (most) people will overlook this, but a chunk of the ricketts family not only talks the talk of their socially immoral beliefs (imo), they put money and labor behind pushing it...and it didn't just start this offseason.
With Russell's press conference and the Cubs deal with Sinclair both coming near the end of a very slow offseason, I'm having a very hard time getting excited for spring training. Curious what other's think about these issues going forward? I really would like none of my money going to Sinclari. Russell's continued non-admission of specific acts is par for the course but still undercuts his statements about being accountable. Do you all find this issues obstacles to enjoying baseball, too?
Brailyn Marquez and Yovanny Cruz were the two best Cubs pitching prospects at Extended Spring Training last year. Cruz throws a mid-90's two-seamer and a hard-slider and probably projects as a reliever at the higher levels, unless he can find a reliable off-speed pitch.
erich081: Dakota Mekkes is in a similar position as James Norwood this time last year, meaning he is Rule 5 Draft eligible after the season so adding him to the 40 could happen at any time, especially if the Cubs need a bullpen arm and Mekkes is pitching well at AAA Iowa.
PHIL: What’s your impressions of Yovanny Cruz? I’ve read his breaking ball is devastating. Also, is Luke Reynolds out your way? Do you think he has the goods to be a successful MLB player?
maddon on the closer role...
"I think primarily the focus will be who's rested, who hasn't pitched a couple days in a row," Maddon said. "And work it that way until Brandon becomes available. And when he becomes available, it's still not going to be an everyday kind of thing. So, I will work off numbers, but I think with this particular group, a lot of it will have to do with who's most rested."
m.montgomery has a stellar attitude about being locked out of the SP competition and being a swing man...