Camp ‘Q’ on the Horizon

Pitchers and catchers officially report to Spring Training in one day …

The long off-season is just about over. Many of the players are already in Mesa preparing for the start of Spring Training. The official reporting day for pitchers and catchers is Sunday with the first on field workout scheduled for Monday. The official date for the position players to report is February 18 with the first full squad workout in one week, February 19.

Mike Quade’s first Spring Training as the Cubs’ manager is just about to begin. With Camp ‘Q’ getting underway, here is a complete list of the 59 players that will be in big league camp this spring …

Pitchers

  • Justin Berg
  • Alberto Cabrera
  • Esmailin Caridad
  • Chris Carpenter*
  • Andrew Cashner
  • Casey Coleman
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Thomas Diamond
  • Rafael Dolis
  • Matt Garza
  • John Gaub
  • John Grabow
  • Angel Guzman*
  • Jay Jackson*
  • Braden Looper*
  • Scott Maine
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Sean Marshall
  • Marcos Mateo
  • Trey McNutt*
  • Scott Rice*
  • James Russell
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Carlos Silva
  • Kyle Smit
  • Jeff Stevens
  • Todd Wellemeyer*
  • Randy Wells
  • Kerry Wood
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Welington Castillo
  • Steve Clevenger*
  • Koyie Hill
  • Max Ramirez
  • Chris Robinson*
  • Geovany Soto

Infielders

  • Jeff Baker
  • Darwin Barney
  • Starlin Castro
  • Blake DeWitt
  • Scott Moore*
  • Augie Ojeda*
  • Carlos Pena
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Bobby Scales*
  • Marquez Smith*
  • Josh Vitters*

Outfielders

  • James Adduci*
  • Marlon Byrd
  • Matt Camp*
  • Tyler Colvin
  • Kosuke Fukudome
  • Brett Jackson*
  • Reed Johnson*
  • Bryan LaHair*
  • Luis Montanez*
  • Fernando Perez
  • Brad Snyder*
  • Alfonso Soriano

- 38 players on the 40-man roster
*Non-Roster Invitee – 21 Non-Roster Invitees to Big League Camp

Complete Cubs 40-Man Roster
(with contract and minor league option information)

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  • craig

    What are the chances that Guzman makes the team?

    • Tony_Hall

      Guzman is on a minor league contract. My best guess is he will go to the minors and pitch for a little while, to see what he has left.

      Of all the guys, I would love to see him come back to form and pitch in the majors for a few years straight.

      Good guy, that needs a break.

      • cubs1967

        if Guzman is healthy and still has his velocity and stuff….which are question marks, he’ll make the team. his stuff is great and would make the big 3 in the pen a big 4. easily the cubs have the best pen in the NL then. here’s hoping!!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Jim Hendry joined Bruce Levine on Talkin’ Baseball. Guzman is the only “unhealthy” pitcher right now. They are hoping he will be ready to go soon, maybe by the start of the games.

          • studio179

            I was wondering about Guzman’s health. Too bad he is unhealthy. I can’t see him opening on the big club, either. It would be nice if he could perform well in ST, go to Iowa, do well and get a call up later. Nice guy. Before his last surgery, he had the hardest slider in MLB.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Like Tony, I would think very slim out of camp. Guzman should begin the year in Iowa … if he’s healthy. It hasn’t been a full year since his surgery.

  • twentytwo

    Wow, totally forgot about Caridad, Diamond, and to a lesser extent Guzman…will be real interesting if any or all of those three make a showing in spring training!

  • Tony_Hall

    Neil – Is there a limit to the number of players in camp? Is 59 normal with 30 pitchers?

    I am just worried about the number of starters that need to get their work in, and having our guys that will be in Wrigley enough work.

    Carpenter, Cashner, Coleman, Dempster, Diamond, Garza, Jackson, Looper, McNutt, Russell, Silva, Wellemeyer, Wells, and Zambrano all need to be stretched out to start.

    I see Carpenter, Coleman, Diamond, Jackson, McNutt, Russell, being cast aside early on, and sent to minor league camp, so that guys like Wellemeyer and Looper get innings. Not that I expect any of those young guys to make the rotation out of ST, but I would like to see them get real work in ST games, and would love a chance to see some of the pitch on the games that are televised.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tony, I do not recall there being a limit to the number of players that can be in big league camp. The number of pitchers does not concern me but the number of “starters” does. There will be a lot of them pitching in ‘B’ games or minor league games … when those begin.

      • Gary J

        Not so worried about the number of starters in the competition on my side – normally in the spring they only get 2-3 innings for the first couple of weeks, then if during that time they don’t get in the expected number of pitches, they send them over to the pen to “get in their work” to stretch them out to start the season. Figure the last dozen or so games will be where the guys in the running for the 4 and 5 slots will get 4-5 innings of game action. By that time it should be down to the 3 knowns (Demp, Garza, Z) and 4 other candidates. Should be enough innings to go around.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Jackson, Carpenter and McNutt will get a good look, from everything I’ve heard Riggins see’s both Jackson and Carpenter as bullpen options for this year. McNutt/Carpenter will probably go back to the minors as starters imho with possible callups later in the season.
      Depending on how McNutt and Carpenter do in the minors this year and Wells/ Cashner do in the majors, I think next year we will see Carpenter/McNutt/Coleman and others in competition for a starting roll.
      If all do well I can see Wells being traded in favor of McNutt/Capenter, because they have top pf the rotation type stuff, while Wells is a number 4 or 5 guy who could be replaced by another guy also with underpowering stuff and better command in Coleman.

  • Tony_Hall

    I would love to, just one time, spend all of ST, watching the Cubs ST. Ok, so if I did once, I would want to do it again, but I’m still working on the first time just going to ST.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Neil, do you really see Looper and Wellemeyer having a legitamate chance to crack the rotation? I could see one of them making the bullpen, but I just don’t see either of them making the rotation.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Patrick, no I do not. I think both have a shot a making the team as a longman, especially Wellemeyer. Several things would have to go very wrong for either one to break camp in the rotation.

      The longman job should be between Wellemeyer, Looper and Diamond. I would hope if Coleman does not make the big league rotation, they send him to Iowa to start. Coleman out of the pen is not a good fit.

  • paulcatanese

    The catching competition would normaly be interesting but given the twosome of Hill and Soto probably not. Will they carry three and who would that third one be. Unfortunate here because any person other than Hill would be an upgrade. Soto and Castillo would be my choice,but ain’t gonna happen.

    • Thebearsays

      I’d like to see it be Soto and Castillo, too…Koyie Hill spelled in 70’s-speak is Steve Swisher.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        I think of Koyie Hill as Ron Karkovice with out the power.

  • paulcatanese

    Neil,good post. I see five outfielders there,Byrd,Colvin,Fukudome,Soriono and Perez.Brett Jackson is blocked plus he may have to get past Johnson as well. What a can of worms.

  • studio179

    I will be watching how Cashner, Carpenter and McNutt’s change up developes. That is the weak pitch with all three…but improving. There could be a nice little, internal rotation for the future forming if those three all develope well. They have the stuff. Then add Garza to the mix and that could be your 4 pitchers down the road in whatever order they shake out. Plus, the Cubs have internal fifth spot options as well.

    Ofcourse, it’s all speculation at this point, but not unrealistic.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    A list of interesting potential free agents in 2012.
    Jose Bautista 3b/OF
    Prince Fielder
    Pujols
    A Gon
    Rickie Weeks
    Omar Infante
    Kelly Johnson
    Mark Buehrle
    Edwin Jackson

    • The Maven

      As far as Rickie weeks and Kelly Johnson are concerned, “Just say NO”!

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/02/212_cubs_notebook_marmol_takes.html
    Cubs pitchers and catchers report on Sunday to Fitch Park, although many have already been working out in camp, including Matt Garza, Carlos Zambrano and John Grabow. The first workout will be Monday.

    * Angel Guzman, coming back from surgery on his right shoulder, threw off a mound Friday for the second time since having the procedure. He is not throwing at full speed but is making progress.

    * The Cubs players have kept busy during the little down time they’ve had in early workouts by playing Ping Pong. Tyler Colvin is the offseason leader in head-to-head play so far.

    * Among the players working with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo on Saturday were Colvin, Marlon Byrd, Darwin Barney, Jim Adduci, Steve Clevenger, Chris Robinson, and Micah Gibbs.

    • paulcatanese

      Patrick,no sign of Rami ?I know it’s early but would have made a nice impression if he did show for BP with Rudy.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Paul … In defense of Ramirez, position players do not have to report until Feb 18. From what Rudy recently said on XM, I have no doubt that Aramis will be working with Rudy this year from day one.

        • paulcatanese

          Neil, tanks for the response. Rami’s indication that he will work with Rudy cuts into all of those “Ifs”, I hope it works out for him. The Cubs could certainly use his bat.

          • studio179

            “Rami’s indication that he will work with Rudy cuts into all of those “Ifs”, I hope it works out for him. The Cubs could certainly use his bat.”

            True. The Cubs need his bat all year. Solid defense would be nice, too.

          • paulcatanese

            Thanks for commenting and1/2 of an If is better than none at all.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Paul, just to clarify … it was the comments from Rudy Jaramillo that made me feel Ramirez will be working with him this spring and throughout the year, not Aramis’.

          • paulcatanese

            Neil, you are right.I rememberd that after I had sent the post in,still
            learning how to edit.

  • Last_ginger

    “why not us?”

    • Calicub

      do you really need a list of reasons?

      • Last_ginger

        lists dont mean a thing out on that field

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

      lol! I hate Curt with passion

  • Tony_Hall

    Interesting Note about older players. From MLBtraderumors.com

    “Just three players (Todd Helton, Raul Ibanez, and Ichiro) aged 36 years old or older managed to play 100 games in the field last season and reach the league average OPS of .728, Verducci writes. This pronounced decline rate for older players is the reason the Cardinals are hesitant to pay Albert Pujols a $30MM annual salary into his late thirties. ”

    • paulcatanese

      Tony,read the article. Its obvious that reaching that age and asking for an extended contract should be out of the question, but clubs continue to do it. Pujols is beyond reason. If the Cardinals sign him for what he wants it may spell bankruptcy or at least destroy their ability to sign others. I cannot think of another team(other than the Yankees) who could in their right mind sign him for that kind of money,(I did say that the team to sign him for those $$$$$$) wold be totaly insane.

    • Ripsnorter1

      A stat like that just makes me hungry to sign a guy like Konerko to a three year deal. He caught only 65% of the balls hit in his direction last year. He’s a standing double waiting to happen when he’s on 1B.

      I also say that this year he hits below .270, has fewer than 24 HR, and drives in less than 80 runs in fulltime play. Keeeeeeeenny made a mistake in signing him.

      • studio179

        Pauly still warms Jerry’s heart 6 years after handing him a baseball. Ha!