Cubs Minor Leagues Release Official Rosters: Every Level Looks Stacked!

The Cubs have a depleted minor-league system of pitchers and hitters after trades over these past couple years? We don’t think that ever needs to be a topic of discussion again, because the Cubs Minor League affiliates released their official rosters on Monday and Tuesday, and every level from Single-A to Triple-A looks stacked. Here’s a look at the official rosters and then a breakdown of the talent.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

#Player2017 Stats
28Cory Abbott
RHP
5 Games, 0-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
19Jose Albertos
RHP
10 Games, 2-1, 3.14 ERA, 1.09 WHIP
30Javier Assad
RHP
13 Games, 5-6, 4.23 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
25Jesus Camargo
RHP
14 Games, 3-1, 2.39 ERA, 1.03 WHIP
38Enrique De Los Rios
RHP
12 Games, 4-1, 3.51 ERA, 1.19 WHIP
17Brian Glowicki
RHP
18 Games, 1-3, 4.57 ERA, 1.52 WHIP
33Yapson Gomez
LHP
20 Games, 5-1, 2.82 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
29Ben Hecht
RHP
12 Games, 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
24Brendan King
RHP
9 Games, 0-0, 2.82 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
27Rollie Lacy
RHP
11 Games, 1-3, 2.45 ERA, 0.95 WHIP
34Brendon Little
LHP
6 Games, 0-2, 9.37 ERA, 1.84 WHIP
35Manuel Rodriguez
RHP
16 Games, 1-0, 3.94 ERA, 1.31 WHIP
7Tyler Thomas
LHP
11 Games, 1-0, 2.33 ERA, 1.45 WHIP
40Erich Uelmen
RHP
7 Games, 0-2, 2.04 ERA, 1.53 WHIP
9Miguel Amaya
C
58 Games, .228 AVG, .266 OBP, .338 SLG
8Michael Cruz
C
60 Games, .247 AVG, .354 OBP, .464 SLG
45Tyler Payne
C
63 Games, .244 AVG, .317 OBP, .385 SLG
6Jhonny Bethencourt
INF
63 Games, .272 AVG, .357 OBP, .390 SLG
5Christian Donahue
INF
No Stats Accumulated.
21Austin Filiere
INF
51 Games, .255 AVG, .382 OBP, .429 SLG
2Rafael Narea
INF
57 Games, .237 AVG, .328 OBP, .271 SLG
20Yeiler Peguero
INF
107 Games, .233 AVG, .318 OBP, .332 SLG
16Jared Young
INF
39 Games, .257 AVG, .311 OBP, .336 SLG
13Chris Carrier
OF
24 Games, .176 AVG, .309 OBP, .250 SLG
22Zach Davis
OF
60 Games, .257 AVG, .354 OBP, .340 SLG
11Brandon Hughes
OF
41 Games, .248 AVG, .310 OBP, .359 SLG
3Chris Singleton
OF
39 Games, .221 AVG, .275 OBP, .331 SLG

South Bend once again has a pretty good squad, but with a very strong rotation. We will see the No. 4 overall prospect, Jose Albertos, the most intriguing pitching prospect round out the rotation for what should be a great season. Albertos is one of the most talked about prospects because he’s only 19 with great pitch types already mastered. 2017 Draft Pick, Brendon Little, will also start out the season with South Bend as the No. 6 overall prospect from North Carolina. For the position players, Johnny Bethencourt, Jared Young, and Tyler Payne who had solid 2017 seasons will also be with the South Bend Cubs. Jimmy Gonzalez will be managing for his fourth season for what should be a pretty good squad in the Midwest League.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

#Player2017 Stats
8Casey Bloomquist
RHP
29 Games, 5-5, 5.80 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
41Bailey Clark
RHP
13 Games, 2-4, 4.59 ERA, 1.82 WHIP
55Elvis Diaz
RHP
22 Games, 5-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
19Chad Hockin
RHP
38 Games, 3-4, 3.95 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
50Bryan Hudson
LHP
24 Games, 9-3, 3.91 ERA, 1.45 WHIP
30Ryan Kellogg
LHP
23 Games, 5-7, 5.12 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
35Alex Lange
RHP
4 Games, 0-1, 4.82 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
40Kyle Miller
RHP
32 Games, 5-4. 3.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP
17Tyson Miller
RHP
28 Games, 6-7, 4.48 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
32Jordan Minch
LHP
29 Games, 1-3, 6.38 ERA, 1.58 WHIP
Erling Moreno
RHP
14 Games, 2-4, 4.22 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
27Jose Paulino
LHP
27 Games, 7-6, 4.51 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
38Tyler Peyton
RHP
18 Games, 3-3, 3.19 ERA, 1.37 WHIP
48Jhon Romero
RHP
22 Games, 1-1, 0.86 ERA, 0.62 WHIP
Manuel Rondon
LHP
27 Games, 14-6, 4.63 ERA, 1.54 WHIP
34Wyatt Short
LHP
40 Games, 4-3, 3.19 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Justin Steele
LHP
20 Games, 6-7, 2.92 ERA, 1.38 WHIP
21Matt Swarmer
RHP
24 Games, 7-5, 4.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
20Keegan Thompson
RHP
7 Games, 1-2, 2.37 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
51P.J. Higgins
C
98 Games, .237 AVG, .327 OBP, .298 SLG
7Tyler Pearson
C
35 Games, .257 AVG, .339 OBP, .425 SLG
15Jhonny Pereda
C
92 Games, .249 AVG, .335 OBP, .290 SLG
11Aramis Ademan
INF
68 Games, .267 AVG, .324 OBP, .427 SLG
13Tyler Alamo
INF
114 Games, .281 AVG, .322 OBP, .422 SLG
44Wladimir Galindo
INF
44 Games, .290 AVG, .350 OBP, .432 SLG
1Vimael Machin
INF
117 Games, .303 AVG, .360 OBP, .438 SLG
16Andruw Monasterio
INF
84 Games, .270 AVG, .341 OBP, .346 SLG
Carlos Sepulveda
INF
37 Games, .228 AVG, .301 OBP, .255 SLG
5Austin Upshaw
INF
56 Games, .292 AVG, .337 OBP, .407 SLG
Luis Ayala
OF
114 Games, .281 AVG, .360 OBP, .373 SLG
25Kevonte Mitchell
OF
115 Games, .245 AVG, .316 OBP, .397 SLG
9Connor Myers
OF
101 Games, .191 AVG, .243 OBP, .248 SLG
28Chris Pieters
OF
86 Games, .254 AVG, .340 OBP, .384 SLG
22Daniel Spingola
OF
107 Games, .267 AVG, .343 OBP, .416 SLG
4D.J. Wilson
OF
91 Games, .236 AVG, .318 OBP, .453 SLG

If Myrtle Beach has a chance to capture another Carolina League Championship, this team managed by Buddy Bailey can do it. Just like South Bend, the Pelicans have the best pitching prospects and then some. The rotation will include guys like 2017 Draft Pick Alex Lange, lefty breakout Bryan Hudson, righty Tyson Miller, lefty Jose Paulino, and righty Chad Hockin. Lange skipped a whole entire level (South Bend), Hudson was just named a Breakout Prospect for 2018, and Paulino has been an encouraging pitcher in the Cubs minors for a few years now and is ready for the next step. For the position players, 19-year old shortstop Aramis Ademan made the squad which is a bit surprising to many. He is regarded as the number one position prospect within the Cubs organization according to MLB Pipeline at such a young age. Ademan will be there with other stars including D.J. Wilson, Austin Upshaw, Wladimir Galindo and others. Myrtle Beach is home to some of the top prospects over the past few years and will hold more again this year.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

#Player2017 Stats
29Trevor Clifton
RHP
21 Games, 5-8, 5.20 ERA, 1.56 WHIP
37Oscar De La Cruz
RHP
12 Games, 4-3, 3.34 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
19Scott Effross
RHP
42 Games, 5-2, 3.40 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
30Tom Hatch
RHP
26 Games, 5-11, 4.04 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
27Zach Hedges
RHP
26 Games, 9-12, 4.49 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
35Dakota Mekkes
RHP
42 Games, 8-2, 0.98 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
15Preston Morrison
RHP
28 Games, 1-10, 5.51 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
34Tommy Nance
RHP
22 Games, 4-1, 2.58 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
9James Norwood
RHP
41 Games, 4-3, 3.28 ERA, 1.37 WHIP
41James Pugliese
RHP
40 Games, 7-2, 1.84 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
44Duncan Robinson
RHP
25 Games, 9-9, 2.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP
28Mike Rucker
RHP
27 Games, 5-5, 2.38 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
43Jake Stinnett
RHP
14 Games, 0-2, 1.19 ERA, 1.01 WHIP
38Daury Torrez
RHP
43 Games, 6-4, 1.40 ERA, 0.92 WHIP
16Erick Castillo
C
66 Games, .245 AVG, .316 OBP, .309 SLG
17Will Remillard
C
8 Games, .400 AVG, .516 OBP, .560 SLG
5Ian Rice
C
119 Games, .230 AVG, .353 OBP, .423 SLG
12Yasiel Balaguert
INF
129 Games, .256 AVG. .307 OBP, .407 SLG
6Trent Giambrone
INF
128 Games, .242 AVG, .297 OBP, .348 SLG
24Jesse Hodges
INF
124 Games, .268 AVG, .345 OBP, .427 SLG
11Carlos Penalver
INF
112 Games, .254 AVG, .295 OBP, .327 SLG
4Zack Short
INF
131 Games, .250 AVG, .383 OBP, .419 SLG
22Jason Vosler
INF
129 Games, .241 AVG, .343 OBP, .429 SLG
33Jeffrey Baez
OF
86 Games, .217 AVG, .289 OBP, .379 SLG
3Charcer Burks
OF
121 Games, .270 AVG, .370 OBP, .395 SLG
25Trey Martin
OF
84 Games, .265 AVG, .304 OBP, .379 SLG
20Eddy Martinez
OF
127 Games, .244 AVG, .297 OBP, .366 SLG

No big surprises here with the Tennessee Smokies roster, but there’s a lot of talent to keep an eye out for. There are several breakout pitching prospects including Oscar de la Cruz, Tom Hatch, Duncan Robinson, Mike Rucker, and Jake Stinnett who are all prized for great years ahead. For the position prospects, talented shortstop Zack Short is there, catcher Ian Rice is also with the Smokies. Those two will be joined by infielder Jason Vosler, and outfielder Charcer Burks who each had some Spring Training action this year. Managed by Mark Johnson, the Smokies are primed to have a good season with this much depth, plus they will get some the of the Pelicans talent by the end of the season. 

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

#Player2017 Stats
25Alberto Baldonado
LHP
50 Games, 0-4. 4.80 ERA, 1.38 WHIP
16Anthony Bass
RHP
21 Games, 3-5, 4.16 ERA, 1.42 WHIP
20Luke Farrell
RHP
32 Games, 8-6, 5.16 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
3David Garner
RHP
35 Games, 4-3, 3.25 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
33Justin Hancock
RHP
43 Games, 2-6, 4,91 ERA, 1.69 WHIP
36Dillon Maples
RHP
52 Games, 6-3, 2.27 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
12Brad Markey
RHP
40 Games, 2-2, 2.85 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
9Alec Mills
RHP
7 Games, 2-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.15 WHIP
37Randy Rosario
LHP
34 Games, 1-0, 3.84 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
27Michael Roth
LHP
25 Games, 6-8, 4.84 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
8Shae Simmons
RHP
13 Games, 0-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.73 WHIP
22Jen-Ho Tseng
RHP
24 Games, 13-4, 2.54 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
32Duane Underwood
RHP
25 Games, 13-7, 4.43 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
29Rob Zastryzny
LHP
17 Games, 2-4, 5.17 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
19Taylor Davis
C
102 Games, .297 AVG, .357 OBP, .429 SLG
38Chris Gimenez
C
74 Games, .220 AVG, .350 OBP, .382 SLG
5Ali Solis
C
58 Games, .253 AVG, .298 OBP, .392 SLG
15David Bote
INF
127 Games, .272 AVG, .353 OBP, .438 SLG
11Stephen Bruno
INF
96 Games, .265 AVG, .315 OBP, .434 SLG
18Ryan Court
INF
106 Games, .263 AVG, .347 OBP, .410 SLG
3Mike Freeman
INF
80 Games, .306 AVG, .380 OBP, .403 SLG
19Efren Navarro
INF
131 Games, .276 AVG, .370 OBP, .395 SLG
1Chesny Young
INF
120 Games, .256 AVG, .311 OBP, .311 SLG
2Wynton Bernard
OF
82 Games, .254 AVG, .303 OBP, .347 SLG
7Jacob Hannemann
OF
114 Games, .240 AVG, .312 OBP, .372 SLG
24Bijan Rademacher
OF
107 Games, .294 AVG, .375 OBP, .436 SLG
21Mike Zagunis
OF
97 Games, .267 AVG, .404 OBP, .455 SLG

Iowa per usual has plenty of major-league talent that will come in and out at different points this season to Chicago when extra depth is needed there. A few guys were bumped up from Tennessee including Duane Underwood and David Bote who quality prospects. The usual prospects include Dillon Maples, Alec Mills, Jen-Ho Tseng, Rob Zastryzny, Taylor Davis, Mike Freeman, Jacob Hanneman, and others who have seen time in the big leagues in the past. Managed by Marty Pevey, Iowa has another good squad this season that could see more talent thrown their way this season. Prospects like Adbert Alozlay who has not been assigned yet, Zack Short, Ian Rice, and Jason Vosler could end up here by promotion. It should be a better 2018 in the Pacific Coast League for the Iowa Cubs.

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