2020 Cubs Winter Instructs
2020 Cubs Winter Instructs is well underway on the backfields at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa.
Pitchers & catchers reported a week ago, and today was the first "full squad" work-out.
Rather than inviting 2019 draft picks and recently-signed IFA, the Cubs instead opted to invite mostly older players (including some with significant minor league experience) to instructs this year. (13 of the invitees are eligible to be minor league free-agents post-2020).
Several players & coaches from the Lotte Giants (KBO) are attending Instructs as guests of the Cubs, but it's possible that one or more of the Korean players could end up being acquired by the Cubs at some point. (Ex-Cubs minor league OF, coach, and scout Min-Kyu Sung was hired as GM of the Giants last September).
CUBS 2020 WINTER INSTRUCTS ROSTER: 67
The roster will be updated if there are changes.
(Last updated 2-3-2020)
* throws or bats left
# bats both
(primary defensive position played at Instructs in parenthesis)
* Adam Choplick
Oscar de la Cruz
* Bryan Hudson
* Ryan Lawlor
* Brendon Little
* Brailyn Marquez
* Eugenio Palma
* Jack Patterson
Jerrick Suiter (ex-1B)
* Matt Tenuta
Cam Balego (also 1B-2B-3B)
Orian Nunez (also 1B-2B-3B)
* Jonathan Soto
* Bryce Windham (also 1B-2B-3B)
* Aramis Ademan (SS)
Sung-Keun Bae (SS - Lotte Giants - KBO)
Wladimir Galindo (3B-1B)
# Reivaj Garcia (2B)
# Josue Huma (SS-2B)
Levi Jordan (2B-3B)
Dong-Kyu Kim (2B - Lotte Giants - KBO)
* Ju-Hyun Kim (1B - Lotte Giants - KBO)
David Masters (SS-2B)
# Fidel Mejia (3B-1B)
Christopher Morel (3B-SS)
* Luke Reynolds (1B-3B)
* Alfonso Rivas (1B)
Jake Slaughter (1B-2B-3B)
Luis Vazquez (SS)
Delvin Zinn (2B-3B)
* Edmond Americaan
* D. J. Artis
* Jae-Yoo Kim (Lotte Giants - KBO)
Eddy Julio Martinez
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Jonathan Sierra
* Vance Vizcaino
* D. J. Wilson
COORDINATORS & COACHES:
James Ogden (Pitching Performance Coordinator)
Casey Jacobson (Pitching Development Coordinator)
Josh Zeid (Rehab Pitching Coordinator)
Tony Cougoule (Pitching Coach)
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach)
Charlie Haeger (Pitching Coach)
Mike Mason (Pitching Coach)
Doug Willey (Pitching Coach)
Chris Valaika (Hitting Coordinator)
Mark Johnson (Catching Coordinator)
Doug Dascezo (Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator)
Jonathan Mota (Infield Coordinator)
Mike Roberts (Baserunning Instructor)
Chad Allen (Hitting Coach)
Rachel Folden (Hitting Coach)
Kyu-Hyun Moon (Lotte Giants - KBO)
Hank Park (Lotte Giants - KBO)
Eric Patterson (Hitting & Infield Defense Coach)
Steven Pollakov (Hitting Coach)
Will Remillard (Catching Coach)
Will Skett (Hitting & Outfield Defense Coach)
Desi Wilson (Hitting & 1B Defense Coach)
Mike McNulty (Coordinator)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES:
Doug Jarrow (Coordinator)
Arizona Phil 1 day 35 min ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 3 days 12 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 3 days 13 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 6 days 6 hours ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 6 days 11 hours ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 6 days 14 hours ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 12 hours ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 1 week 19 hours ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 1 week 21 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 1 week 1 day ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."