Iowa, Daytona and Kane County released their rosters for the 2013 season on Monday, followed by Tennessee on Tuesday. Boise will release its roster as a later date as its season does not start until June, as will the AZL team based in Mesa and the Dominican and Venezuelan summer league squads.
* 40-Man Roster
Iowa Cubs Opening Day Roster
Pitchers: RHP Esmailin Caridad, RHP Yoanner Negrin, LHP Chris Rusin, LHP Brooks Raley, RHP Nick Struck, RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Barret Loux, RHP Casey Coleman, RHP Blake Parker, RHP Jenesen Lewis, RHP Cory Wade, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Jaye Chapman, RHP Drew Carpenter
Catchers: Luis Flores, J.C. Boscan
Infielders: Wes Darvill, Tim Torres, Josh Vitters, Logan Watkins, Brad Nelson, Edwin Maysonet
Outfielders: Ty Wright, Brett Jackson, Darnell McDonald, Brian Bogusevic
The Iowa pitching staff is loaded with arms who could take over on the major league roster in case of injury, but it lacks real prospects, as is typical of upper-level Cubs minor league staffs. The catchers are both decent prospects, but nothing to get overly excited about. In the infield, Wes Darvill skipped Daytona and Tennessee, but will likely ride the bench. Tim Torres was a minor league free agent pickup who last played at the AA level in the Rockies organization. Josh Vitters, still young, is back in the minors after a stint with the major league club last year. Vitters looks to build on the success he had with Iowa last year and forget about his dismal stat line in Chicago. Logan Watkins is one of the better second base prospects in the Cubs organization, and is a call-up candidate if a middle infielder goes down. Brad Nelson and Edwin Maysonet serve mostly as organizational depth. In the outfield, McDonald or Bogusevic could be the first to earn a call-up, though Brett Jackson is far and away the best prospect of the bunch, despite having lost his Top 100 status. Arodys Vizcaino is in Extended Spring Training and Alberto Cabrera, expected in Iowa, instead will start the season with Tennessee.
UPDATE: The Cubs have signed Ryan Sweeney, who will report to Iowa, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette (h/t Bleacher Nation). Corresponding moves to be announced.
Tennessee Smokies Opening Day Roster
Pitchers: RHP Kevin Rhoderick, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Tony Zych, RHP Frank Batista, LHP Eric Jokisch, RHP Brian Schlitter, LHP Zach Rosscup, RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Dallas Beeler, RHP Kyle Hendricks, RHP Trey McNutt, RHP A.J. Morris
Catchers: Rafael Lopez, Jair Fernandez
Infielders: Justin Bour, Elliot Soto, Arismendy Alcantara, Anthony Giansanti, Jonathan Mota, Christian Villanueva
Outfielders: Rubi Silva, Jae-Hoon Ha, Johermyn Chavez, Matt Szczur
The Smokies pitching staff has some intriguing names in the mix, as Dae-Eun Rhee was once highly regarded and Alberto Cabrera is transitioning into a starting job. Trey McNutt, now mostly a reliever, was once one of the Cubs top pitching prospects but struggled mightily after that as did Jay Jackson, who is not on the Iowa roster. The catching tandem is fine as both Lopez and Fernandez are competent. Justin Bour has a bat and Arismendy Alcantara captured eyes with his play in Daytona last year. Villanueva and outfielder Matt Szczur were both top 100 prospects just a year ago, but will need strong performances to even stay in the mix for future Cubs Top 20 prospects lists.
Daytona Cubs Opening Day Roster
Pitchers: Brett Wallach, Eduardo Figueroa, Matt Iannazzo, Hunter Cervenka, P.J. Francescon, Matt Loosen, Scott Weismann, Matthew Spencer, Kyler Burke, Frank Del Valle, Jeffrey Lorick, Ryan Searle
Catchers: Micah Gibbs, Taylor Davis
Infielders: Ronald Torreyes, Javier Baez
Outfielders: John Andreoli, Nelson Perez, Elieser Bonne, Jorge Soler, Evan Crawford
Many may remember Kyler Burke as an outfielder who was once a top ten prospect in the organization, but he has now been converted into a pitching prospect, having to work his way back up. Torreyes is a decent prospect acquired in the Sean Marshall trade, as is Evan Crawford who was acquired in the Mike Fontenot trade. That’s pretty good success for a reliever that alos netted a starting pitcher and a bench infielder. Obviously, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler are the spotlight on this team, as two of the top prospects in baseball look to get even better in their surges towards Chicago.
Kane County Cougars Opening Day Roster
Pitchers: LHP Jeffry Antigua, RHP Steve Perakslis, RHP Justin Amlung, RHP Jose Arias, RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Ian Dickson, LHP Nathan Dorris, LHP Michael Heesch, RHP Pierce Johnson, RHP Eduardo Orozco, RHP Felix Pena, RHP Tayler Scott, LHP Brian Smith
Catchers: Yaniel Cabezas, Chadd Krist, Wilson Contreras
Infielders: Gioskar Amaya, David Bote, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, Rock Shoulders, Daniel Vogelbach
Outfielders: Pin-Chieh Chen, Bijan Rademacher, Oliver Zapata, Trey Martin
The obvious absence to this list is top prospect Albert Almora who had surgery to remove his hamate, but will report to Kane County sometime in May. The infield is stacked all the way across with Candelario at third, Amaya at short, Hernandez at second, and Vogelbach at first while the outfield lacks in Almora’s absence.
Boise Hawks new uniforms
The Boise Hawks have altered their image for the new season, unveiling new logos and uniforms on Monday. Below is the new home jersey.