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)
Eric S 1 hour 39 min ago (view)
Not a hill I’m going to die on for sure, but compare the 2019 defense vs 2016, I believe Cubs are bottom half on defense. Also, last info I saw on the topic, Cubs lead the majors in outs recorded on the basepaths. At six games over .500, Four teams in the NL have better records than the Cubs, who are now tied with the Phillies and just a game ahead of the Brewers. I think it was Bill Parcells who said you are what your record says you are - have to agree here too.
CubbyBlue 2 hours 13 min ago (view)
I've lost the joy of making this Cub fan blow himself up.
If I had continiued today, Dan would have dragged himself back into frame as a bloodied Leonardo DiCaprio and said, "I ain't afraid to die any more. I done it already."
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 42 min ago (view)
I wonder if Joe will talk about how he feels re: next years contract to media today?
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 43 min ago (view)
I don’t think Kintzler threw a single pitch where a Pirate swung and missed. All swings led to foul balls or that walk off hit. It was obvious he had nothing. The guy hadn’t pitched in over a week, so I can’t really blame him.
Jackstraw 6 hours 40 min ago (view)
Cubs at home = Roadrunner
Cubs on road = Wile E. Coyote
crunch 13 hours 33 min ago (view)
23 years old and carving up the hopes and dreams of the very young kids he was pitching against...
hard to take a 23 year old in DSL too seriously, but his numbers were filthy. 0.87 era, 0.48 whip, 11.6 k/9
Arizona Phil 13 hours 48 min ago (view)
RHRP Marcos Encarnacion (DSL Cubs #2 closer) busted for PED (the ever-popular stanozolol), gets 72-game suspension that will carry through the 2020 season (he will be 25 in November 2020). Encarnacion formerly pitched in the Reds organization and was signed as a 23-year old second-contract FA by the Cubs in June.
crunch 14 hours 15 min ago (view)
Charlie 14 hours 22 min ago (view)
By the end of this road trip, Bill might really have seen some things. No shortage of stuff to discuss in therapy.
crunch 14 hours 28 min ago (view)
obligatory farnsworth flashback video...
some nice bonus "pissed off sarge" gary matthews in there, too...and dusty baker handling shit. say what one wants about his lineup construction, dusty put up with some insane baseball attitudes with players he managed. i still can't believe a clubhouse with jeff kent and barry bonds didn't result in attempted murder at the very least.
Charlie 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
I think they are better than slightly above average in every area but the bullpen. Fangraphs WAR numbers suggest they are top 4 offense in the NL, top 5 rotation in NL, and bottom 5 bullpen in the NL. But that still suggests they should be right where they are, struggling to stay in the back of the pack of contenders for the postseason. So, that's probably close to what you are saying, but we could maybe attribute it mostly to one flaw--the bullpen.
Eric S 14 hours 47 min ago (view)
Brandon Morrow says hello too re the front office’s best laid plans
Charlie 14 hours 56 min ago (view)
Started to feel like I was watching Kyle Farnsworth and just knowing that he didn't have a way of getting the batter out.
For those looking to identify the particular nightmare I was reliving: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/2004...
Charlie 15 hours 1 min ago (view)
Kyle Ryan and Brandon Kintzler handling a 1-run lead in a 9th inning following a sweep to the Phillies. This is not the bullpen the front office has been trying to assemble. The closer, the setup man/backup closer (Strop), the future closer (Edwards), and the replacement closer (Kimbrel) have all fallen through in one way or another. If they can make the playoffs, I suppose we expect Kimbrel and Cishek as reinforcements? It's still going to be rough with Strop underperforming.
crunch 15 hours 30 min ago (view)
this has been a particularly rough set of losses...ow.
Eric S 15 hours 31 min ago (view)
The thing is, this Cub team has so many flaws you really can’t take the inevitable meltdowns too harshly. The Cubs are a slightly above average team - that’s all