Baez Among Six Additions to Cubs Spring Training NRI List

The Cubs announced Friday six players from the organization received non-roster invitations to Spring Training … and among the six was top prospect, Javier Baez.

Javier Baez, Casey Coleman, Barret Loux, Nick Struck, Michael Brenly and Rafael Lopez will join 16 other players in Cubs camp this spring on non-roster invitations.

As the Spring Training roster is currently constructed, the Cubs will have 62 players in camp. Dale Sveum mentioned during the convention that there would be 64 players in camp this spring, so there could be an addition or two made once Scott Hairston is officially added to the 40-man roster.

Cubs Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training


  • Andrew Carpenter
  • Casey Coleman
  • Jaye Chapman
  • Dayan Diaz
  • Jensen Lewis
  • Barret Loux
  • Blake Parker
  • Zach Putnam
  • Nick Struck
  • Hisanori Takahashi
  • Cory Wade


  • J.C. Boscan
  • Michael Brenly
  • Rafael Lopez


  • Javier Baez
  • Brent Lillibridge
  • Alberto Gonzalez
  • Edwin Maysonet
  • Brad Nelson


  • Brian Bogusevic
  • Johermyn Chavez
  • Darnell McDonald

Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 10 with the first on field workout scheduled for February 12. Position players must be in camp by February 16 and the first full squad workout is scheduled for February 17.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Good news about Baez. It’ll give us a chance to look him over.

    • GaryLeeT

      Who cares about seeing what Baez can do? All eyes will be on Casey Coleman.

      • Ripsnorter1


        Me, too!

  • Tom U

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  • bluekoolaidaholic

    I don’t see Bobby Buckner on the list, I wonder if he will be there? Glad to see Brenley though.

    • GaryLeeT

      I am looking forward to seeing Brenley too. At 26, he needs to get into now or never mode.

  • Aaron

    I cannot remember a single offseason where I’ve been this excited about prospects….and not just “prospects”, but high quality potential difference-making prospects you can look at some of the guys coming up, and see that the Cubs are at least 3 deep at almost every position in terms of potential difference-makers (and young players already at MLB level):

    C-Castillo, Lopez, Rosario
    1B-Rizzo, Vogelbach, Shoulders
    2B-Barney, Watkins, Amaya
    SS-Castro, Lake, Alcantara
    3B-Baez (assuming he moves here, others flip-flop him and Castro), Villanueva, Candelario
    OF-Jackson, Almora, Soler, Golden, Martin, Szczur, Dunston Jr., Gretzky

    I didn’t even include guys like M. Hernandez, Bruno, Carhart, Schlecht, Bour, Rogers, DeVoss, Torreyes, Saunders, Hodges, Penalver, Chen, etc.

    there are a couple guys on my 3 deep list that might be reaches, such as: Watkins, Dunston Jr., and Gretzky, but if you look at scouting services, and what they’ve done thus far, you would see that their list would be very similar, and their assessment of the system in general is much improved.

    I was admittedly very tough on the new regime for their handling of the Stewart trade and botching the roster early on with the likes of Corpas and Sonnanstine added to the roster early, then DFA’d, then added, etc. But you can’t complain about their player development strategy. It is simply top notch. They’ve invested not only in talent (last year’s draft and int’l FA), but with guys like Bohringer, Evans, McLeod, Madison, Hyde, etc., it’s clear they mean business.

    I also couldn’t be more excited about this year’s draft. The fact that the Cubs pick 2nd, and at the top of every subsequent round. Last year, they picked 4 slots lower, and 6th every subsequent round…..

    To put that into perspective, in 2011 (since we have stats on all those guys now), here were the first 6 picks in that draft:


    In 2012, it was…

    • brent carmona

      But you can’t complain about their player development strategy

      Yes yes yes !

    • Tony_Hall

      Nice to see you “coming around”.

      As far as last years roster moves, when you are dealt a bad hand, and folding is not an option, you discard as many cards as you can…they had 40 cards….

      I believe the amount of moves they made last year was due to the lack of talent on the 40 man roster they inherited. They made the best decisions they could on a daily basis, with the big picture in mind.

      I also believe that every team makes trades that don’t work out, or that are seen differently a few years down the road, then they are when they happen or even after one year. But every team has trades that when they look back they would want to take a mulligan on.

      They keep making moves that makes the team better, the 40 man roster harder to give up players and the 25 man roster decisions harder to make.

      Just think where we will be in another year…

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