Upcoming Dates to Keep an Eye on …
With the second month of the baseball season coming to end, there are several dates to keep in mind over the next month. The first-year player draft takes place June 6-June 8, but there are a couple of other days that could have an impact on personnel throughout the organization as well as the direction the Cubs’ front office takes in the near future.
Currently, the organization has enough players under contract to field teams at all levels of the organization, including rookie ball. Management will have to make some tough decisions, including the major league level, in order to accommodate the players they draft. Some of those decisions will probably have to be made by June 17, when the Cubs’ short season Single-A team, the Boise Hawks, begin play.
On Monday, May 30, the Major League schedule will dip below the 122-day mark. It was determined that the Super 2 date for potential arbitration in 2012 would be two years, 122 days. While it is impossible to determine with the Super 2 date for 2014 will be (the year players brought up this season would be eligible), it is a good yardstick to clubs who want to roll the dice with their top prospects.
A more logical date on the Cubs’ schedule to bring up a prospect might be Friday, June 3. The Cubs have only two off days before the All-Star break (June 2 and June 23) due to the rain this spring. The Cubs start a 10-game, three-city road trip on June 3 in St. Louis. An off day during the baseball season is usually a good time to make roster decisions, plus breaking in a rookie on the road might be a little easier on the player than at Wrigley … the same scenario that took place last year with Starlin Castro.
With the first-year player draft just around the corner (Monday, June 6), the Cubs could decide to wait and stay focused on the draft.
The Cubs may decide to just stick with their current roster and not make any changes with a very difficult stretch of games against the Cardinals, Reds, Phillies, Brewers, Yankees and White Sox leading up to their final off day before the All-Star break.
The Cubs final off day of the first half is June 23. At that point the Cubs will have played around 75 games, or nearly half of the season. Jim Hendry should have a pretty good idea the direction his team is heading in at that time. The season will have somewhere around 96 days left at that point, so players called up then should be well past the Super 2 date.
Week of June 26
At this point, the minor league teams currently playing will reach 70 games, or the mid-point of their season. Minor league players should have enough at bats or pitching appearances for the organization to have a good idea on the progress of their development. Sometime after this point, fans should see movement up and down the minor league system, as well as experimentation with new roles for some players.
The Cubs have already begun making moves throughout the system. Veteran minor leaguer J.R. Mathes was released Friday. Robert Coello (RHP) was designated for assignment on Friday to make room for Rodrigo Lopez on the 40-man roster. Ryan Searle (RHP) received a promotion to Double-A Tennessee.
The Cubs announced Friday that Alberto Cabrera will be promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. Cabrera is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Marco Carrillo also received a promotion Friday. The right-hander has been added to the I-Cubs roster after a solid start to the season with the Smokies.
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