Minor League Rosters and Cuts Announced

The Cubs recently announced the Opening Day rosters for each of their farm teams as well as a few notable cuts. A couple of highly touted prospects received their assignments for the new season that begins this week. Jeff Samardzija, Donald Veal and Tyler Colvin will start the year in Double-A. Jose Ceda will start games for High-A Daytona with Tony Thomas backing him up at second base. Robert Hernandez, Ryan Acosta and Josh Donaldson were assigned to Ryne Sandberg at Low-A Peoria.

Brian Dopirak was the biggest of the cuts announced late last week, a couple of other notables included Chris Walker and Miguel Cuevas-Novas. Here are the Cubs minor league Opening Day rosters and the other cuts….

Iowa Cubs2008 Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Jose Ascanio
  • Mike Burns
  • Andy Cavazos
  • Neal Cotts
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Mark Holliman
  • Geoffrey Jones
  • Randy Keisler
  • Sean Marshall
  • Juan Mateo
  • J.R. Mathes
  • Les Walrond

Catchers

  • J.D. Closser
  • Koyie Hill

Infielders

  • Andres Blanco
  • Luis Figueroa
  • Micah Hoffpauir
  • Casey McGehee

Outfielders

  • Jake Fox
  • Sam Fuld
  • Josh Kroeger
  • Matt Murton
  • Eric Patterson
  • Bobby Scales
  • Andres Torres

Tennessee Smokies2008 Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Mitch Atkins
  • Matt Avery
  • Justin Berg
  • Ed Campusano
  • Michael Cooper
  • Jesse Estrada
  • Rocky Roquet
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Chris Shaver
  • Donald Veal
  • Tanner Watson

Catchers

  • Jake Muyco
  • Chris Robinson

Infielders

  • Robinson Chirinos
  • Matt Craig
  • Kyle Reynolds
  • Issmael Salas
  • Joe Simokaitis
  • Nate Spears

Outfielders

  • Matt Camp
  • Corey Coles
  • Tyler Colvin
  • Ryan Harvey

Daytona Cubs2008 Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Esmailin Caridad
  • Marco Carrillo
  • Jose Ceda
  • Darwin Downs
  • Dumas Garcia
  • Adam Harben
  • Casey Lambert
  • Alex Maestri
  • Ryan Meyers
  • Jeremy Papelbon
  • Mike Phelps
  • Jayson Ruhlman
  • James Russell

Catchers

  • Welington Castillo
  • Steve Clevenger
  • Mark Reed

Infielders

  • Darwin Barney
  • Russ Canzler
  • Josh Lansford
  • Ryan Malone
  • Matt Matulia
  • Tony Thomas

Outfielders

  • Jim Adduci
  • Yusef Carter
  • Ty Wright
  • Jonathan Wyatt

Peoria Chiefs2008 Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Ryan Acosta
  • Zachary Ashwood
  • Alberto Cabrera
  • Hung-Wen Chen
  • Robert Hernandez
  • Jordan Latham
  • Marcos Mateo
  • Craig Muschko
  • Blake Parker
  • Dae-Eun Rhee
  • Dustin Sasser
  • Chris Siegfried
  • Stephen Vento

Catchers

  • Josh Donaldson
  • Blake Lalli
  • Mario Mercedes

Infielders

  • Marwin Gonzalez
  • Jonathan Mota
  • Nathan Samson
  • Jovan Rosa
  • Marquez Smith

Outfielders

  • Cliff Anderson
  • Kyler Burke
  • Dylan Johnston
  • Drew Rundle

Minor League Cuts

Brian Dopirak was released late last week. The Cubs 2nd round pick in 2002 was not able to produce and the Cubs cut ties with him last Friday according to a report on Scout.com. Dopirak was named the Cubs top prospect by Baseball America before the 2005 season.

The other cuts include:

  • Alan Rick – INF/OF
  • Scott Koerber – LHP
  • Chris Walker – OF
  • Brian Leclerc – OF
  • Tim Layden – LHP
  • Tyler Parker – LHP
  • Miguel Cuevas-Novas – RHP
  • Simon Lee – RHP
  • Yuri Higgins – RHP
  • Matt Canepa – C

Quote of the Day

"Baseball, just a game as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes." - Ernie Harwell
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