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)
And yet, no credit given to Tom Ricketts placing the interests of fans (or his $1B baseball operation) ahead of politics, by hiring a progressive like Theo in the first place...
I think the best response is to cast aside a lifetime of diehard fandom (no doubt cultivated during the highly profitable Wrigley regime - unless you’re a Zell guy), and stop buying their xenophobic $20 Javy Baez t-shirts.
Tom is a Ted Cruz look alike.
Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
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.