kane county cougarsThe Daytona Cubs (High-A) were the first to drop their tentative roster, but the Kane County Cougars (Low-A) have followed suit today with their “preliminary” roster. That just means it’s subject to change before the season actually kicks off on Thursday.

Roster first, comments after:


Justin Amlung
Jose Arias
Paul Blackburn
Tyler Bremer
Gerardo Conception
Nathan Dorris
Scott Frazier
Zach Godley
Juan Paniagua
James Pugliese
Tyler Skulina
Daury Torrez
Jen-Ho Tseng


Cael Brockmeyer
Ben Carhart
Will Remillard


David Bote
Danny Canela
Jordan Hankins
Daniel Lockhart
Carlos Penalver
Jacob Rogers


Yasiel Balaguert
Shawon Dunston, Jr.
Jake (not Jacob, apparently) Hannemann
Trey Martin

The first name you probably notice is recently-hyped Taiwanese righty Jen-Ho Tseng, who does indeed get the full season assignment in his first real season with the organization. That’s a great sign for the 19-year-old.

Other pitchers of note include Paul Blackburn (supplemental first rounder in 2012, and borderline top 10 guy), Tyler Skulina and Scott Frazier (big, strong college arms from the 2013 draft – interesting not to see Trey Masek with them), Juan Paniagua (the Cubs’ big international signing in 2012), and Daury Torrez (big 20-year-old righty out of the DR). This is really a strong group of arms, and that’s without Duane Underwood (second rounder in 2012), whom I believe could join Kane County at some point in the early going.

Then there’s Gerardo Concepcion, whom the Cubs signed for around $6 million before the 2012 season, but he struggled upon coming to the States from Cuba. He also dealt with mono, and he hasn’t really put much of anything together in his two years with the organization. It’s frustrating, obviously, as this was a young man who was pitching well at the highest level in Cuba when was just 19. Still just 22, there’s a theoretical future for him, but it’s gotta start this year.

Everyone in the outfield is a legitimate, if less-discussed, prospect. The one you’ve heard most about is Jake Hannemann, the Cubs’ overslot third rounder from 2013. He hasn’t played a lot of baseball in the last three years, but he’s a physically-gifted dude who could move up quickly if he hits.

In the infield, Carlos Penalver is an interesting shortstop who doesn’t turn 20 until May. Daniel Lockhart gets some back-of-the-top-30 type love.

Will Remillard has gotten a fair bit of love since he was drafted last year, and will be one to watch behind the plate.

All in all, it’s a quality roster, if you’re looking for prospects, especially on the pitching side. Plenty of good reasons to make the slight trip out west from Chicago to check them out this year.

  • GoCubsGo

    I thought Shawn Dunston Jr. Was further along?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Nope. He was in Boise last summer.

  • J. L.
    • ssckelley

      Good looking team

  • Kyle

    Did you take the time to put this together in the middle of the opening game? Because that sounds about right…lol

  • another JP

    All three of those lineups look pretty good and the pitching is much better. That Smokies team appears to be a juggernaut- awesome pitching staff with Edwards, Black, Rivero, Pineyro and plenty of power with Bryant, Soler, and Geiger.

    • another JP

      Didn’t see Andreoli and Bruno as table-setters in TN… that could be one awesome team.

    • J. L.

      By the way, where the hell is Pierce Johnson?

      • JulioZuleta

        At least Daytona, maybe Tennessee. If I remember correctly, he has a minor injury though, so he might be in Extended Spring Training, and not on a roster yet.

      • C. Steadman

        He’s been dealing with a hamstring injury. My guess, since he wasn’t on the TEN tentative roster, that the Cubs will send him to extended Spring Training to rehab and get ready to join Tennessee at some point.

        • C. Steadman

          Julio beat me to it…

          • J. L.

            Thank you both.

  • JulioZuleta

    I thought Hankins was a Catcher. If he’s not, that makes him quite a bit less interesting.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      He was both before the draft. The Cubs took him as a 2B, but were thought to be moving him behind the plate this spring.

  • JakeMac

    No Dillon Maples on any of the A-team rosters, and apparently not on the recently released Double-A roster? Is he still with the organization, or did I miss something?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think Arizona Phil said he’s limited activity only right now (some kind of injury is what that implies).

    • C. Steadman

      Listed as “limited activity only” on Kane County according AZ Phil’s 3/27 minor league ST rosters.


      • C. Steadman

        Wow, second time i’ve been beat to the punch today…need to step up my game

  • SenorGato

    It would be convenient if Paniagua got out of KC early and climbed to AA+ this year.

  • C. Steadman

    I was kinda hoping they’d keep Underwood on the same schedule as Blackburn, seeing that they both were HS pitchers coming out of the 2012 draft and have been on the same promotion schedule. I guess it’s not a huge issue seeing that Blackburn was regarded a more polished pitcher than DU and DU is still only 19.

  • craigp

    Damn it Castro!!

  • ssckelley

    I just noticed that Danny Canela has been assigned to KC as a 1st baseman. I was looking all over expecting him to be listed at catcher somewhere. Interesting move considering they cut last years 17th round draft pick Kelvin Freeman. Last year Canela was playing in an independent league.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett
      • ssckelley

        Thanks, but I had already reread that article using your search function hoping to find something out on this guy. That article was the only reason I knew of this guy in the first place.

    • C. Steadman

      He doesn’t have a great and/or accurate arm…19% CS in the Frontier league.(don’t know his other catching skills) I’m guessing he’ll be a 1b/DH only guy going forward to try and maximize his stick.

      • C. Steadman
      • ssckelley

        The move from catcher does not surprise me (although he is a big guy) the fact he even made the team over Freeman is what kinda surprises me. Freeman was a pretty good hitter in college and I think finished in the top 5 in home runs last season.

        • C. Steadman

          I would guess the Cubs just liked Canela better than Freeman at this point after seeing them both on the same field.

        • C. Steadman

          Also Freeman played in the MEAC conference so I’d take his college stats with a grain of salt.