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 2 hours 30 min ago (view)
d.jeter and l.walker (10th and final year on ballot, 76.6%) are going to the HOF.
jeter got 99.75% of the vote...highest for a position player (griffey jr 99.32% 2016). m.rivera got 100% last year.
larry walker decided to dress up for his first post-election interview. class act.
crunch 5 hours 20 min ago (view)
nice. i love seeing the undrafted who still try to make a career get a shot.
it seems he's somewhat recently hit 97mph on his fastball which helped attract some interest.
good luck to the dude.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 30 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released eight players from their Dominican Academy: RHRP Donato Auguste, RHRP Marco Encarnacion, RHRP Rodrigo Garcia, RHRP Francisco Gracia, LHRP Anderson Parra, RHRP Willians Vasquez, 1B Jeinser Brete, and OF Kevin Miranda.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 49 min ago (view)
Rex Brothers has one minor league option left and Article XX-D status (so he can elect free-agency if outrighted) if he were to be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster at some point in 2020.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 57 min ago (view)
RHSP Max Bain (contract acquired by Cubs from Utica Unicorns of USPBL last week) minor league UPC has not yet been filed with MLB.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 3 min ago (view)
The Josh Phegley, Bryan Brickhouse, Rex Brothers, Juan Gamez, and Caleb Simpson minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but the Tyler Olson and Jason Adam contracts are still pending.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 15 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed LHRP Rex Brothers (ex COL, ex-ATL), RHRP Bryan Brickhouse, RHRP Juan Gamez (pitched in Mexican League in 2019), and RHRP Caleb Simpson to minor l;eague contracts, and Brothers is the only one of the four likely receive an NRI to Cubs MLB Spring Training.
crunch 1 day 1 min ago (view)
""There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of," Arenado said. "You can quote that." Arenado added, "You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there. There is a lot of disrespect."
The third baseman didn't want to elaborate on what he felt was disrespectful, but clearing the relationship between Arenado and the front office needs to be repaired."
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
some good news...or bad news depending on how you feel about it...for the k.bryant trade market...
"Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Monday indicated that Nolan Arenado will not be dealt prior to spring training and trade talks involving the third baseman are off for now."
now MLB and crew need to decide whether bryant has an extra year of club control or not...still waiting...
rangers, braves, and nats are supposedly looking at 3rd base upgrades. cards are, too, but bryant to the cards would be a mutiny level trade decision.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
"Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, and Brewers are "believed to be among the teams with some interest" in free agent reliever Pedro Strop.
Nicholson-Smith on Sunday that Strop had three offers in-hand (two from NL clubs and one from an AL club) and will likely make his decision soon."
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
meanwhile "bitpartisan" lawmakers are working as hard as they can to make sure many labor/pay protection laws applicable to other workers don't apply to minor league teams for many years now by coding it into law or attempting to...
some of these same people are now crying foul over MLB team owner's plan to get rid of dozens of minor league teams for restructuring in order to save $$ by billionaire team owners.
"hey, we're doing this favor for you at the expense of workers. remember this!" - lawmakers
"oh, we will." - MLB team owners
Charlie 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Fair pay for minor leaguers and international free agents would soften the blow of nickel and diming the MLB payroll for sure. It won't happen until the players union represents minor league interests, of course, unless an outside law suit forces the minimum wage issue.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them. it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys. that's no way to run things...
JustSayin' 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
So true. The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families. You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor. If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.
that's a real shame.
JustSayin' 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair. That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche. I find this interesting. Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible. It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries. Those don't even factor in the luxury tax. You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos