boise hawksAlthough it’s a roster that figures to get tweaked frequently and soon (especially with an influx of draft pick signees), the Chicago Cubs’ short season Low-A affiliate Boise Hawks have revealed their opening roster.

The Hawks’ season kicks off on Friday.

The roster comes courtesy of the Boise Hawks’ Twitter account, which tweeted a picture of a dead tree version of the roster:

The names that jump out at you include 2012 draftees Paul Blackburn and Duane Underwood, each of whom was a top high school pick for the Cubs last year (Blackburn was a supplemental first rounder, Underwood was a second rounder). That they’re starting out at Boise this year is excellent news with respect to their development. If they can hold their own at Boise at just 19 (indeed, Underwood doesn’t turn 19 until July), it’s a very good sign.

Other names of interest: Shawon Dunston, Jr. will get another shot at showing he’s ready for Boise, and Trevor Gretzky will get his first shot. Kevin Encarnacion is an interesting player who tore up the Dominican Summer League for a couple years, and is now getting a chance to transition to the States. Carlos Penalver is a legitimate shortstop prospect, and just turned 19 last month. Carlos Martinez was a modestly touted Cuban signing last year.

Jose Dore was actually a Cubs trade acquisition earlier this year.

  • Jp3

    Looks like Christina Hendricks is their office manager, at least that’s what I’d like to think anyways😁

    • Scott

      Maybe it’s Trevor’s sister.

  • another JP

    Too bad young Carlos Rodriguez didn’t make the cut, but @ 17 he has some time. Like to see the kid succeed @ Arizona and get promoted by the end of the year.

    • mak

      Same for Daurrey Torrez. Would like to see him get a shot.

      Super bummed about McNeil and Conway’s injuries. They would make the pitching staff that much more interesting.

      • Brett

        Torrez and Rodriguez are super exciting prospects (at least as exciting as DSL guys can be), but heading to the AZL is still pretty great – especially for Rodriguez. Just 17 until mid July. It’s really amazing that he’s even staying in the States this year.

  • North Side Irish

    Cant wait to see Underwood in live game action. Heard good reports on his velo in EXST and have been anxious to see how the rest of his stuff looks.

    • Jp3

      What’s his velocity rumored at?

      • North Side Irish

        Reports I saw had him sitting 92-94 and touching 97…

        • Jp3

          Nice, between him and Blackburn I’ve got 2 more pitchers to watch in the system.

  • IndyCubsFan

    Anyone see how well N. Cotts is doing now?! Where was this when he was a Cub?

  • someday…2015?

    Baez just hit his 2nd homerun of the night.

    • Dynastyin2017

      He shoulda waited for the walk!

    • RoughRiider

      3d Hr of the night.

      • cubchymyst

        I guess he did want to get showed up by Ian Stewart. :)

  • SenorGato

    Pretty exciting for Underwood and Dunston Jr. Few other interesting guys like Penalver, Pugliese, Blackburn, and Marra.

    • SenorGato

      Or excited…dummy.

  • Dynastyin2017

    Speaking of Baez, why didn’t Jeffery Baez make it to Boise. Isn’t he another high ceiling guy?

    • Kyle

      Well, let’s put it this way: If he’s still not ready for Boise, he better have some ceiling because he’s clearly behind on his floor.

    • cubzfan

      Isn’t this his first year in the States? In that case, it wouldn’t be a surprise that he spend at least another month or so in Arizona. Penalver is an exception.

      • Cedlandrum

        He played at the end of last year in Mesa.

  • Cedlandrum

    One guy who may be at the end of the road is Garrett Schlecht. He didn’t make it out of Mesa for a third straight year unless I am just overlooking him.

    Also don’t see Jesse Hodges and he has to be on the team because otherwise they have no one to play 3rd base.

    • Cedlandrum

      Nevermind couldn’t see the bottom line there about Bote coming in. Also Rymel? How many Catchers do they need?

      3 Catchers and 3 first baseman if you count Gretzky who I know will play outfield too.

      • mak

        Wasn’t schlet an overslot? Supposed to be a guy with a lot of plate discipline, disappointing he hasn’t made progress. I also thought we’d see Malave get a shot at 3rd, but his unofficial EXST were awful and he’s still pretty young.

  • Jeffbaseball

    Heard dunston jr made great strides at the plate during exst. Curious if he can put that together in Boise and if he does he’s a legit prospect still just 20 years old. What are your thoughts? Is he on the rise?

  • SoCal Cubs Fan

    Since I have left SoCal behind and moved to Hillsboro, OR I can’t wait to see the Hawks when they come to play the Hops.

    • Diesel

      Mmmmm hops. Makes me want a beer

  • Rizastro

    On a side note Baez is 3-3 tonight with 6RBI and 3 big flies

  • another JP

    Baez FOURTH homer

    • wvcubsfan

      So golden sombrero is 0-4 with 4 K’s. What is 4-4 with 4 HR’s? Other than awesome.

      • Dynastyin2017

        Speaking of statistics, does this help his OPS?

        • Jp3

          👎It kills his BABIP…. So much for that stat

  • cub2014


  • John

    unbelievable 4 homers!!!!

    • baldtaxguy

      Whoa!! That is some slugging.

  • JungleDrew

    So I notice that Gerardo Concepcion is missing from this list… he still injured/sick/ineffective? I know h has seemed like a bit of a bust s far, but he is still young and was at one point very promising.

  • John

    I wonder when was the last time a minor league player hit 4 homeruns in a game and who it was?

    • mjhurdle

      don’t know about all the minors levels, but this is what i got from Daytona’s twitter

      Daytona Cubs ‏@daytonacubs 13m
      He did it! @javy23baez hit his 4th home run of the game!!!! Only the second player in 94 years of the FSL to do so! Ryan Harvey daytona ’06

      • Dynastyin2017

        Great news, but the Ryan Harvey part did depress me.

        • Rebuilding

          Ahhhh…Ryan Harvey. Perfect Hendry pick – all of the tools, but couldn’t hit a curveball. We could have had Ian Stewart who was picked 4 picks later lol. Also, we selected Lincecum that year in the 48th, but obviously he didn’t sign

  • MNeuman

    Screw the Chicago Cubs games, let’s televise Daytona Cubs games!

  • cubchymyst

    When the Cubs sign these 16 and 17 year old during the international signing periods does that start their clock till they are rule 5 eligible or does it start once they come to the states?

  • Jorbert Solmora

    Brett, any news at all on Paniagua? Is he still having visa troubles?

    • Brett

      No news. Which is bad news.

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