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 2 hours 24 sec ago (view)
The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).
Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 32 min ago (view)
So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign.
crunch 6 hours 10 min ago (view)
similar story, similar quotes, different site/author
QuietMan 6 hours 32 min ago (view)
Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network
Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.
@TonyAndracki23 with the story.
Wrigley Rat 7 hours 44 min ago (view)
Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.
Charlie 11 hours 58 min ago (view)
A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."
That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.
crunch 12 hours 11 min ago (view)
while not known as a clubhouse cancer, there's more than a few stories about his "leadership qualities" lacking or otherwise being a bit of a jerk at points in time. they're mostly rumor, and none of the rumors are awful...
reminded a bit of this justin wilson/rizzo exchange back in 2018...
videographer 12 hours 45 min ago (view)
/With all the player movement in the last week, I wonder if the Cubs are now 85% compliant for vaccinated players. We know Sogard and Rizzo were not vaccinated and I can assume the players taking their place of the 40 man roster are vaccinated. It will be an interesting story going forward when all trade noise settles down.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.
He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges.
crunch 15 hours 8 min ago (view)
jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.
"I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."
...dude, no. keep that to yourself.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 20 min ago (view)
After the feel-good videos and goodbyes, Jed decided to say the players didn't seem to want to negotiate and place blame at their feet. Rizzo responded today, basically saying "wtf man, shut up, that's a lie."
I haven't really blamed Jed for much of this as I feel mgmt forced his hand but this... definitely a misstep Jed. And it also makes me wonder, the next core, if they don't want to sign below market extensions, are we gonna see a similar tear down?
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
yeah. i think it would have worked better if they weren't local boys. better sell on having a built in "friend" in a new, far away place. still not a bad move for an incentive, though...
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Was clearly just a signing as an incentive to sign his brother
crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
david can go ahead and not sign with the cubs if he wishes.
there is absolutely nothing about his game that looks like he could even play A-ball. his low-division college game is weak and his summer league wood bat game is abysmal.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Grand Canyon University's pitching staff got a big boost with recent Phoenix Alhambra High School ace Daniel Avitia deciding not to sign with the Chicago Cubs and, instead, honoring his letter of intent to the NCAA Division I school."
Mostly, they didn't give me the money I wanted," said Avitia, who was asking for $300,000. "The best position for me is to go to GCU and get in the top rounds (after his junior season)." Avitia said that the Cubs wouldn't go any higher than $125,000 in negotiations.
Eric S 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
Edwin took the L today in team USA's extra inning loss to Japan - should be able to help the Cubs efforts to secure a high draft pick soon.