Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/06/10

All four of the Chicago Cubs affiliates that play full-length seasons have finalized their Opening Day rosters! Now that the big league season is underway, there are just two days to go until the prospects are in action on Thursday.

Let’s start off today’s Down on the Farm Report by taking a look at the Opening Day roster of all four clubs: Iowa Cubs (AAA), Tennessee Smokies (AA), Daytona Cubs (High-A) and Peoria Chiefs (Low-A).

AAA Iowa Cubs
· J.R. Mathes, LHP
· Mitch Atkins, RHP
· Jeff Stevens, RHP
· Blake Parker, RHP
· John Gaub, LHP
· Jeff Gray, RHP
· Casey Coleman, RHP
· Scott Maine, LHP
· Brian Schlitter, RHP
· Thomas Diamond, RHP
· Jay Jackson, RHP
· Mike Parisi, RHP

· Chris Robinson, C
· Welington Castillo, C

· Darwin Barney, SS
· Matt Camp, INF
· Micah Hoffpauir, 1B
· Marquez Smith, 2B
· Bryan LaHair, 1B
· Bobby Scales, UTL

· Sam Fuld, OF
· Jim Adduci, OF
· Jason Dubois, OF
· Brad Snyder, OF
· DL: Mark Johnson, C
Iowa Cubs Press Release

AA Tennessee Smokies
· Starlin Castro, SS
· Blake Lalli, INF
· Tony Thomas, 2B
· Nate Samson, 2B
· Jake Opitz, 1B
· Ryan Flaherty, SS/2B

· Brandon Guyer, OF
· Ty Wright, OF
· Russ Canzler, OF
· Tony Campana, OF

· Andrew Cashner, RHP
· Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP
· Ryan Buchter, LHP
· David Cales, RHP
· Marco Carrillo, RHP
· Hung-Wen Chen, RHP
· Alex Maestri, RHP
· Marcos Mateo, RHP
· Craig Muschko, RHP
· Jake Muyco, RHP
· Jeremy Papelbon, LHP
· Dustin Sasser, LHP

· Robinson Chirinos, C
· Steve Clevenger, C
· DL: Matt Spencer (OF), Casey Lambert (LHP), and Chris Carpenter (RHP)
Tennessee Smokies Press Release

Class-A Daytona Cubs
· Chris Archer, RHP
· Alberto Cabrera, RHP
· Rafael Dolis, RHP
· Chris Husbey, RHP
· Oswaldo Martinez, RHP
· Mike Perconte, RHP
· Brooks Raley, LHP
· Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP
· Chris Rusin, LHP
· Ryan Searle, RHP
· Aaron Shafer, RHP
· Chris Siegfried, LHP
· Luke Sommer, LHP

· Michael Brenly, C
· Mark Reed, C

· Marwin Gonzalez, 2B
· Junior Lake, SS
· DJ LeMahieu, SS
· David Macias, INF
· Josh Vitters, 3B
· Ryne White, 1B

· Smailey Borges, OF
· Kyler Burke, OF
· Brett Jackson, OF
· Nelson Perez, OF

Class-A Peoria Chiefs
· Jeffry Antigua, LHP
· Jeffrey Beliveau, LHP
· Steven Grife, RHP
· Su-Min Jung, RHP
· Jordan Latham RHP
· Corey Martin, RHP
· Kenneth McNutt, RHP
· Ronny Morla, RHP
· Jonathan Nagel, RHP
· Andres Quezada, RHP
· Nicholas Struck, RHP
· Robert Whitenack, RHP

· Mario Mercedes, C
· Jovan Rosa, C

· Justin Bour, 1B
· Matt Cerda, IF
· Hak-Ju Lee, SS
· George Matheus, 3B
· Greg Rohan, 3B
· Logan Watkins, 2B

· Richard Jones, OF
· Jesus Morelli, OF
· Alvaro Ramiez, OF
· Jose Valdez, OF
Peoria Chiefs Press Release

Any other players in the organization that are ticketed for Boise’s short season club will start the year playing in extended Spring Training games at Fitch Park.

Before Thursday’s opener, most of the Cub affiliates have some exhibition games to tune up for the season. Here is the exhibition schedule for the next two days (note all times listed are CDT):

· The Iowa Cubs will hold an open practice starting at 3:00.
· Then the I-Cubs meet the University of Iowa in a 7-inning contest at Principal Park on Wednesday at 5:35.
· For the fourth consecutive year, the Smokies will take on Walters State in a preseason game. The two teams will play a seven inning game tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 6:15.
· The Daytona Cubs will meet Embry-Riddle University on Wednesday night at 6:05 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
· The Chiefs are set to bring back an exhibition game against Bradley University to their schedule. This is the first time the two clubs will meet since 2006. The game will be at 6:00 tomorrow night.

After these final scrimmages are through, the 2010 regular season will get started. On Thursday, I will have a full minor league Opening Day preview plus recaps from these games!

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