Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Chicago Cubs

1 Javier Baez 12/1/1992 ss Daytona Cubs (HiA)
2 *Albert Almora 4/16/1994 of Disabled List
3 Jorge Soler 2/25/1992 of Daytona Cubs (HiA)
4 *Arodys Vizcaino 11/13/1990 rhp Chicago Cubs
5 Brett Jackson 8/2/1988 of Iowa Cubs (AAA)
6 Pierce Johnson 5/10/1991 rhp Kane County Cougars (LoA)
7 Dan Vogelbach 12/17/1992 1b Kane County Cougars (LoA)
8 Jeimer Candelario 11/24/1993 3b Kane County Cougars (LoA)
9 Kyuji Fujikawa 7/21/1980 rhp Chicago Cubs
10 Arismendy Alcantara 10/29/1991 ss Tennessee Smokies (AA)
*Disabled list


cubs-900x635HE’S WHERE?: RHP Lendy Castillo spent most of 2012 in the majors after the Cubs plucked him from the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft, but now he’s beginning this season all the way down in low Class A Kane County. Another hard-throwing but raw RHP, Alberto Cabrera, spent the last two months of last season in Chicago’s bullpen yet is opening his third straight year at Double-A Tennessee.

WHO’S MISSING?: OF Albert Almora, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, broke the hamate bone in his left hand while swinging a bat in mid-March, and may not report to Kane County until late May. The organization’s best pitching prospect, RHP Arodys Vizcaino, is on the 60-day disabled list as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Another of the Cubs’ top arms, RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua, still is trying to resolve visa issues.

GO SEE: High Class A Daytona will feature daily fireworks in batting practice as long as SS Javier Baez and OF Jorge Soler are on hand. The club could be an offensive powerhouse if INFs Stephen Bruno and Tim Saunders can live up to their 2012 pro debuts, in which they batted .361 and .381, respectively.