2019 Cubs Minor League Camp Rosters (Updated 3/30)
IOWA to TENNESSEE: OF Charcer Burks
TENNESSEE to EUGENE/MESA: RHP Ryan Williams
SOUTH BEND to EUGENE/MESA: RHP Yovanny Cruz
The Cubs released what was described as the Myrtle Beach Opening Day roster on Friday, but as you will note it's exactly the same as the current Myrtle Beach Minor League Camp roster below, and it is three players over the Opening Day roster limit.
So three of the Cubs four full season affiliates are getting close to the Opening Day 25-man limit but none of them are quite there yet, and Iowa keeps adding players!
SIGNED: INF Dixon Machado (assigned to IOWA)
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Tyler Peyton
MYRTLE BEACH to EUGENE/MESA: RHP Casey Bloomquist (going back to the Rehab Throwing Program) and OF Brandon Hughes (is being converted to LHP)
SOUTH BEND to EUGENE/MESA: RHP Sean Barry and OF Jose Gutierrez
SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Jesus Camargo (replaces Bloomquist) and OF Grant Fennell (replaces Hughes)
MLB CAMP to IOWA: LHP Brian Duensing
RELEASED: C-1B Michael Cruz, 1B Tyler Alamo, INF Austin Upshaw, and OF Luis Ayala
IOWA to TENNESSEE: RHP Craig Brooks, RHP Tom Hatch, and RHP Michael Rucker
IOWA to MYRTLE BEACH: C Tyler Payne
TENNESSEE to MYRTLE BEACH: RHP Alex Lange, LHP Luis Lugo, INF Jhonny Bethencourt, INF Yeiler Peguero, 2B Carlos Sepulveda, and OF D. J. Wilson
TENNESSEE to SOUTH BEND: C Rafelin Lorenzo
MYRTLE BEACH to SOUTH BEND: LHP Eugenio Palma, RHP Jeffrey Passantino, LHP Ryan Lawlor, INF Levi Jordan, INF Rafael Narea, INF Andy Weber, OF Jose Gutierrez, and OF Nelson Velazquez
MYRTLE BEACH to EUGENE/MESA: C Jonathan Soto
SOUTH BEND to EUGENE/MESA: RHP Ivan Medina, LHP Jack Patterson, RHP Jake Reindl, RHP Carlos Vega, C Alexander Guerra, C Caleb Knight, INF Jake Slaughter, SS Luis Vazquez, and OF Dalton Hurd
EUGENE/MESA to MYRTLE BEACH: C-INF Cam Balego (replaces M. Cruz as #3 catcher at MB)
IOWA to TENNESSEE: C-1B Ian Rice and INF Vimael Machin
The Cubs have optioned LHP Kyle Ryan to Iowa, signed RHP Junichi Tazawa (who was released by the Cubs on Saturday) to a new (different) 2019 minor league contract, and assigned Tazawa and MLB NRI RHP Allen Webster to Minor League Camp.
With less than a week remaining before the Cubs four full-season minor league affiliates (Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend) leave Arizona in their rear-view mirrors, the rosters of the four full-season affiliates are becoming a bit more clear, although considerable adjustments and pruning are still needed (see updated 2019 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS below):
2019 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE CAMP ROSTERS (last updated 4-1-2019):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Alberto Baldonado
* Tim Collins
* Brian Duensing
* Kyle Ryan
Duane Underwood Jr
* Francisco Arcia
# Cristhian Adames
* Jim Adduci
* Zach Borenstein
* Donnie Dewees
* Jacob Hannemann
# Ian Happ
* Ian Clarkin
* Jordan Minch
* Manuel Rondon
* Wyatt Short
* Justin Steele
P. J. Higgins
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - serving as a COACH)
* Christian Donahue
# Robel Garcia
* Vimael Machin
* Jared Young
# Roberto Caro
Eddy Julio Martinez
MYRTLE BEACH: 28
* Bryan Hudson
* Ryan Kellogg
* Luis Lugo
* Aramis Ademan
# Yeiler Peguero
* Luke Reynolds
* Carlos Sepulveda
# Zach Davis
* D. J. Wilson
SOUTH BEND: 27
* Faustino Carrera
* Ryan Lawlor
* Brailyn Marquez
* Eugenio Palma
* Tyler Durna
# Fidel Mejia
* Andy Weber
* D. J. Artis
* Cole Roederer
* Jonathan Sierra
NOTE: The Eugene/Mesa group is formed after Cactus League Minor League games begin in mid-March. Most of the players who are assigned to the Eugene/Mesa group will be assigned to EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING after the conclusion of MINOR LEAGUE CAMP
ACTIVE PITCHERS: 30
* Chris Allen
Jamie Galazin (ex-OF)
* Brandon Hughes (ex-OF)
* Danny Hultzen
* Pablo Ochoa
* Jack Patterson
REHAB PITCHERS: 13
* Andres Bonalde
Enrique de los Rios
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
* Luke Hagerty
* Conor Lillis White
* Brendon Little
* Josh Sawyer
* Jerry Vasto
Marcus Mastrobuoni (REHAB)
Orian Nunez (ex-INF)
* Jonathan Soto
Danny Zardon (ex-INF)
Gioskar Amaya (REHAB)
Yasiel Balaguert (INACTIVE - serving as a COACH)
# Santiago Blanco (REHAB THROWING PROGRAM)
Jesse Hodges (REHAB - right shoulder)
# Josue Huma
# Yonathan Perlaza
* Edmond Americaan
Jose Cardona (REHAB - right wrist)
# Jose Gutierrez
* Chris Pieters (INACTIVE - serving as a COACH)
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING (PROJECTED): 24 additional beyond the EUEGENE/MESA squad from Minor League Camp
NOTE: The EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING group forms after the conclusion of MINOR LEAGUE CAMP in April and eventually upwards of 100 players will be assigned (including players rehabbing from injuries).
The players listed below are - NOT - at MINOR LEAGUE CAMP as of 3/6, which means they are not competing for roster slots with the Cubs four full-season affiliates (listed above), but they are expected to be among the minor leaguers who will be reporting to the UAPC in Mesa prior to the start of EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING in April.
* Jonathan Bruzual (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Fernando Calderon (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
* Riger Fernandez (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Emilio Ferrebus (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Julio Guante (DSL eligibility has expired)
Elias Herrera (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Chi-Feng Lee (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Braxton Light (RESTRICTED LIST)
M. T. Minacci (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
* Ruben Reyes (ex-OF - was assigned AZL Cubs in 2018)
* Luis Silva (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Jesus Tejada (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
* Didier Vargas (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Omar Ventura (DSL eligibility has expired)
Daniel Diaz (DSL eligibility has expired)
# Reivaj Garcia (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Ignacio Otano (DSL eligibility has expired)
Miguel Pabon (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Henrry Pedra (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Luis Verdugo (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Yovanny Cuevas (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Jose Alonso Gaitan (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
* Ezequiel Pagan (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
Carlos Pacheco (was assigned to AZL Cubs in 2018)
DOMINICAN ACADEMY: 77
NOTE: Cubs minor leaguers from Latin America who do not attend Minor League Camp in Mesa have their Spring Training at the Cubs Dominican Academy in Boca Chica, DR. About thirty of these players (mostly pitchers) will be moved-up to Extended Spring Training in April and compete for jobs with Eugene or with one of the two Cubs AZL teams.
* Alejandro Carrillo
Richard Gallardo (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Miseal Garcia
* Jesus Gomez
Darling Grullon (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Ferrol Heredia
Manuel Heredia (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Johan Lopez
* Joel Machado (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
Hector Matos (RESTRICTED LIST)
Yander Montero (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Anderson Parra
* Luis Rodriguez
* Saul Vazquez (RESTRICTED LIST)
# Flemin Bautista
Edwin Castillo (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Rochest Cruz
* Ervis Marchan
# Pedro Martinez
Rafael Morel (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
# Ronny Simon
* Orlando Zapata
# Ezequiel Alavado
# Josue Fernandez
Orlando Guzman (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Kelvin Hidalgo
# Albert Hinirio
* Jose Lopez (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Kevin Miranda
* Cristian More
* Brailin Pena
* Yohendrick Pinango (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Marco Valenzuela
* Ricardo Verenzuela
CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF (updated 2-22-2019)
FIELD COORDINATOR: Jeremy Farrell
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Brendan Sagara
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATORS: Mike Mason and Carlos Chantres
HITTING COORDINATOR: Chris Valaika
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
CATCHING COORDINATOR: Mark Johnson
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jonathan Mota
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
BASERUNNING INSTRUCTOR: Mike Roberts
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Josh Lifrak
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Bob Tewksbury
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATORS: David DaSilva and John Baker
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Raymond Fuentes
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Rod Nichols (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Keoni DeRenne (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Terry Clark (Pitching Coach), Chad Allen (Hitting Coach), and Ben Carhart (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Steve Lerud (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (Hitting Coach), and Osmin Melendez (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Paul McAnulty (Hitting Coach), and Pedro Gonzalez (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Lance Rymel (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Michael Carter (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #1: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Yasiel Balaguert (Hitting Coach), and Darnell McDonald (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #2: Ricardo Medina (Manager), Manny Olivera (Pitching Coach), Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach), and Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and Tyler Pearson (Rehab Assistant Coach)
DSL CUBS #1: Leo Perez (Manager), Jose Cueto (Pitching Coach), D'Angelo Jimenez (Hitting Coach), Antonio Valerio (Assistant Coach), and Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach)
DSL CUBS #2: Carlos Ramirez (Manager), Luis Hernandez (Pitching Coach), Enrique Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach)
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Chuck Baughman
ASSISTANT MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Mike McNulty (Iowa), Toby Williams (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), James Edwards (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs #1), Matthew Hussey (AZL Cubs #2), Brennan Connelly (DSL Cubs #1), and German Suncin and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs #2)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Doug Jarrow
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Ryan Clausen (Iowa), Jason Morriss (Tennessee), Keegan Knoll (Myrtle Beach), Ryan Nordtvedt (South Bend), Dallas Lopez (Eugene), Mike Megrew (AZL Cubs #1), Andres Rondon (AZL Cubs #2), Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs #1), and Amaury Gonzalez and Tomas Sanchez (DSL Cubs #2)
crunch 12 min 26 sec ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 26 min 18 sec ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 33 min 11 sec ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 18 min ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.
Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.
green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.
Arizona Phil 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.
crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)
mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...
crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
t.clifton straight up falling off a cliff sucked to watch happen last year.
i had a lot of faith in the guy to at least hold his own in AAA, even if he needed another season or 2 after to get ready for prime time.
he ended up giving out homers like candy on halloween while retaining his high walk and injury rate.
that said, his career is far from done. most likely many other teams willing to give him a minor league deal.
Arizona Phil 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
Keep in mind that most free-agents who sign a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft are eligible for selection. (The only exception would be a free-agent who is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, such as a player whose only previous pro experience was in a foreign major league or in an independent minor league, or a player who was released by another MLB organization but is still not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).
Arizona Phil 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
If you're wondering if players who sign minor league successor contracts ever get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the answer is most definitely - YES -.
The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft after the Indians signed him to a minor league successor contract, and the Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Cubs signed him to a minor league successor contract.
Hagsag 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
Got to get Taylor Davis back.
Arizona Phil 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
So the Cubs were ultimately able to retain five of their seven most-valuable post-2019 minor league free-agent eligibles (Rea, Pereda, de la Cruz, Lugo, and Burks), losing only Clifton and Leal (both of whom are probably looking for a fresh start in another organization after maybe feeling stalled in the Cubs system).
crunch 5 days 31 min ago (view)
that's some of that 4-D chess i keep hearing about.
checkmate, boras. cub gets 10 more years of club control for bryant.