The First Cuts of the Spring

The Cubs reduced their spring training roster on Monday, as expected, from 58 players to 44. The Cubs optioned Scott Moore and Clay Rapada to Triple-A Iowa, Brian Dopirak to Double-A Tennessee and Jeff Samardzija to Single-A Daytona….all of these players are currently on the Cubs 40-man roster.

Jason Anderson, Sean Gallagher, Adam Harben, Ben Howard, John Webb, Randy Wells, Mike Kinkade, Eric Patterson, Tyler Colvin and Chris Walker were all returned to minor league camp. The Cubs’ minor league spring training schedule starts on Saturday against the Oakland A’s farm system.

The Cubs still have 8 non-roster invitees on the major league roster. The Cubs currently have 22 pitchers, 5 catchers, 10 infielders and 7 outfielders remaining in camp.

These cuts were expected….Sean Gallagher has a bright future with the Cubs and expects to be with the big league club soon. Adam Harben is recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Mike Kinkade suffered a broken hand and will be out 4 to 6 weeks. Eric Patterson, Tyler Colvin and Jeff Samardzija figure heavily in the future of the organization. Some feel Scott Moore could be moved with the contract Aramis Ramirez received this past off-season. Clay Rapada and Randy Wells will benefit by time at Iowa, and the pitching staff the I-Cubs are likely to have should be very good this season.

The Spring Roster stands as follows (3/13/07):

Pitchers

  • Rocky Cherry
  • Neal Cotts
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Scott Eyre
  • Angel Guzman
  • Rich Hill
  • Bobby Howry
  • Ted Lilly
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Jason Marquis
  • Sean Marshall
  • Juan Mateo
  • Wade Miller
  • Roberto Novoa
  • Will Ohman
  • Ryan O’Malley *
  • Carmen Pignatiello *
  • Mark Prior
  • Les Walrond *
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Kerry Wood
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Michael Barrett
  • Henry Blanco
  • Jake Fox *
  • Koyie Hill *
  • Geovany Soto

Infielders

  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Mark DeRosa
  • Micah Hoffpauir *
  • Cesar Izturis
  • Derrek Lee
  • Casey McGehee *
  • Tomas Perez *
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ryan Theriot
  • Daryle Ward

Outfielders

  • Buck Coats
  • Cliff Floyd
  • Jacque Jones
  • Matt Murton
  • Angel Pagan
  • Felix Pie
  • Alfonso Soriano

* Non-Roster Invitee

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