Minor League Camp is open
4 squads were on the field yesterday, Iowa down to Kane County. Full rosters courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil.
A few words:
Due to numbers, some people are a fair bit higher than they will be when the season opens. This is because some of the fringe talent is still in major league camp, and as cuts happen the rosters will fill out downwards. For example, Lendy Castillo at AAA.
I'll be interested to see Barret Loux this season. He has a miserable 2013 in AAA, but his 2012 was very serviceable. He needs to stay away from the walks.
I imagine Stephen Bruno will be sent down all the way to Daytona to start the season, but he might get the Tennessee challenge. I hope so.
It'll be interesting to see whether or not Geiger or Anderson gets the bulk of the starts at 1B, if Geiger ends up there to start the season.
Look on ye AA rotation, ye mighty, and despair! C.J. Edwards, Pierce Johnson, Corey Black, Ivan Pineyro, Ben Wells. Good morning, good afternoon, good night, good morning again, and good afternoon a second time. That's a spicy fucking rotation right there.
I'd love it if Vogelbach stayed at AA to start the year, but I don't know if it'll happen. A Bryant/Hernandez/Amaya/Vogelbach infield is pretty great.
There's a bunch of low-level guys to get real excited about, too.
The Race for #5
Chris Rusin: He got rocked for another 3 runs in 2.2 innings. He's looked awful so far, so his chances have to be going down. I've got him at 10-1 (10%).
James McDonald: He hasn't pitched in the past 2 days so it's hard to really change his chances. He is still the front-runner. 5-2 (40%).
Carlos Villanueva: Same boat as McDonald. Hasn't pitched the last two days. 5-1 (20%)
Kyle Hendricks: Wasn't sent to Iowa right away, but didn't feel like he would be. Chances are the same for me. 10-1 (10%)
Eric Jokisch: I could have envisioned him being sent to Iowa. The fact that he hasn't means he might be considered more heavily than I once thought. He also had the best start out of any of the competitors so far. 8-1 (13%)
Jonathan Sanchez: I'm not sure why I ever really thought he had a chance to make the rotation. He's joining the field for now.
The field: There's little chance any of these guys make it out. I had everything adding up to 110% last time because I'm an idiot. This time, they'll add up to 100%, so the remaining 7% goes here. Plaudit goes go to Hatley, who threw a scoreless frame yesterday.
Split Squad games today
Two matchups. Against Indians:
Have to make sure you get Barney's bat in the lineup.
Cardinals nearing extension with Matt Carpenter
Of course they are.