I-Cubs, D-Cubs and Chiefs Announce 2009 Opening Day Rosters

The Iowa Cubs, Daytona Cubs and Peoria Chiefs released their 2009 Opening Day Rosters on Tuesday…a day after the Tennessee Smokies.

The Iowa Cubs will open the season in Round Rock (Houston Astros) on Thursday. Mitch Atkins will get the ball for the first game. Jose Ascanio, Esmailin Caridad, Jeff Samardzija and Randy Wells will follow Atkins in first year manager Bobby Dickerson’s rotation.

The Daytona Cubs open their 2009 campaign on Thursday on the road against the Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers). Marcos Mateo and Tyler Colvin will begin the year with the D-Cubs.

The Peoria Chiefs will be led by Josh Vitters and Aaron Shafer to begin the season. The Chiefs open their season against the Kane County Cougars (Oakland A’s) on Thursday. Other notables on the Chiefs roster include Ryan Flaherty, Kyler Burke, Chris Carpenter, Rebel Ridling and Junior Lake.

2009 Iowa Cubs Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Mitch Atkins*
  • Jose Ascanio*
  • Esmailin Caridad
  • Jeff Samardzija*
  • Randy Wells*
  • Justin Berg*
  • Jesse Estrada
  • Chad Fox
  • Kevin Hart*
  • Greg Reinhard
  • Jeff Stevens*

Catchers

  • Mark Johnson
  • Chris Robinson

Infielders

  • Andres Blanco
  • Jake Fox*
  • Matt Matulia
  • Luis Rivas
  • Nate Spears
  • Bobby Scales

Outfielders

  • Sam Fuld*
  • Doug Deeds
  • Jason Dubois
  • Brad Snyder
  • So Taguchi

(*On the Cubs’ 40-man roster)

2009 Daytona Cubs Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Alberto Albuquerque
  • David Cales
  • Rafael Dolis
  • James Leverton
  • Marcos Mateo*
  • Dan McDaniel
  • Craig Muschko
  • Jake Muyco
  • Dustin Sasser
  • Ryan Searle
  • Luke Sommer
  • Steve Vento
  • Henry Williamson

Catchers

  • Robinson Chirinos
  • Mark Reed

Infielders

  • Russ Canzler
  • Starlin Castro
  • Marwin Gonzalez
  • Jovan Rosa
  • Nathan Samson
  • Marquez Smith

Outfielders

  • Tyler Colvin
  • Dylan Johnston
  • Drew Rundle
  • Jonathan Wyatt

(*On the Cubs’ 40-man roster)

2009 Peoria Chiefs Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

  • Aaron Shafer
  • Chris Huseby
  • Chris Archer
  • Jeffrey Beliveau
  • Ryan Buchter
  • Alberto Cabrera
  • Chris Carpenter
  • Erik Hamren
  • Marcus Hatley
  • Kevin Kreier
  • Mike Perconte
  • Jose Pina
  • Josh Whitlock

Catchers

  • Luis Flores
  • Mario Mercedes

Infielders

  • Rebel Ridling
  • Josh Harrison
  • Junior Lake
  • Ryan Flaherty
  • Josh Vitters

Outfielders

  • Cliff Anderson
  • Kyler Burke
  • Tony Campana
  • Nelson Perez

The Cubs have not announced where Andrew Cashner will begin the season. He pitched only one game in Spring Training before they shut him down. Cashner could remain in Arizona for extended Spring Training.

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