4/2 Baez, Hendricks on Iowa’s roster

Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ 2013 Minor League player and pitcher of the year, are both on the Triple-A Iowa roster, announced Wednesday.

The roster features 10 players on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, 13 players with Major League experience, and 12 that have played with Iowa before.

Baez is the Cubs’ top prospect after hitting .282 (146-for-517) with 37 home runs and 111 RBI combined between high-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last year. He will be joined by fellow prospects Arismendy Alcantara and Christian Villanueva on the infield. Alcantara represented the Cubs in the All-Star Futures Game in New York last year. Villanueva led the Southern League in doubles, total bases, and extra-base hits last season.

Veterans Lars Anderson and Chris Valaika round out the infield. Both have big league experience. Anderson was up with the Red Sox for 30 games from 2010-12 and Valaika has played 55 games with the Reds (2010-11) and Marlins (2013).

Former top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters return to the patrol the outfield. They’ll be joined by Matt Szczur, who played at Tennessee last season, and veteran Chris Coghlan, who won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009.

The Cubs will feature three left-handers in the starting rotation, including 2013 Pacific Coast League All-Star Chris Rusin who will get the start on Opening Day. It’s his second straight Opening Day start for Iowa. The rest of the rotation will be right-hander Carlos Pimentel, Hendricks, lefty Eric Jokisch, and lefty Tsuyoshi Wada. Pimentel signed with the Cubs as a Minor league free agent after seven seasons in the Rangers’ organization.

Hendricks combined to go 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA in 27 starts between Tennessee and Iowa last year, finishing seventh in minor league baseball in ERA. Jokisch, a product of Northwestern University in Chicago, pitched a no-hitter last year for Tennessee, and led all Cubs’ minor leaguers with 137 strikeouts in 160 2/3 innings.

Wada recorded 107 wins in 201 games over nine seasons with Fukuoka in his native Japan before coming to the United States and signing with the Orioles in 2012. He has pitched the last two seasons at Triple-A Norfolk.

The bullpen has six of the eight pitchers who appeared for Iowa in past seasons, including Blake Parker, Casey Coleman, Marcus Hatley, Marcos Mateo, Yoanner Negrin and Zac Rosscup. Eli Whiteside and Rafael Lopez will handle the catching duties.

19 Comments

Well, this tells me that there might be some hope for the ChiCubs in the two little areas they need to improve on; pitching and hittng!

hmm, are Pat Hughes and Len guys or what? I cheer for homerun balls too. Usually at the right time for my team though.

!!!! LOL !!!! Pitt win in 16…thank god it’s over

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Game Report……

The Good…….Bonifacio & Valbuena hitting the ball…..
The Bad……..Castro not hitting and error that lead to a run….
The Ugly…….Six hour game, Veras looking like Carlos Marmol…and too many umpire reviews….

We are heading for the #1 draft pick in 2015 and 100 plus loses this year folks…….90 game plus for sure…….

another few weeks of this poor hitting, and hitting coach Bill Mueller will get the pick slip!

Can we have a reliever who does not make us reach for the Pepto Bismol in the 9th every time?…….Lee Smith, Dan Smith, Goose Gossage, Mel Rojas, Rick Aguerilla, Doug Jones, Carlos Marmol….the list goes on for Cubs save guys.

“We Stinks”…….only way we don’t lose today if there is a rain out.

your posts stink please go away

If Castro & Rizzo fail to hit, Theo will have a few more players to sell off……..because we have Baez & Vogelbach in the wings.

ITS BEEN TWO GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is still 160 games left

Petrey10, I agree, way too early to making any judgements. Long season, I’m optimistic about the way this year ends up. Less than 90 losses would be nice.

im not saying we are going to be good…. im just saying we can’t be reacting to the lineup card when we are literally two games into the season. Thats not baseball

There are no “Core ” players on this Cubs roster….none at all…..another losing season and maybe two more to go after that……….no one is safe on this roster……………I think someone here is losing it…..he is in “Caps” mode……….lets hope he has no guns or sharp objects near him.

someone take this guy’s keyboard away… seriously

There is a good chance the Cubs season is over by the time the Bulls reach the second round of the playoffs.

What’s the Over / Under number today for game time ?……5 hours?

Hey everyone…Lets play Two today !

Only 45 minutes away for game time!

Friday Cubs opener will see Southwest winds gusting to 50 mph………oh baby, the balls will be flying out of the park.

Heavy Rain on the way to Pittsburgh.

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