Minor League Camp Photos: Last Look

Minor League Camp Photos: Last Look

Sunday was the official last day of Minor League Spring Training for Cubs prospects. Those who survived the annual end-of-camp flurry of releases will either board a plane early this week en route to one of the club's four full-season roster affiliates or stay behind for Extended Spring Training.

Cubs prospects closed spring camp on Sunday with a set of exhibition games against prospects from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

While the official rosters for all four of the Cubs full-season affiliates have yet to be officially announced by the clubs, there are already one or two official (and "unofficially official") moves to announce.

Over the weekend, Class A Daytona announced that highly touted Cubs pitching prospect Jeff Samardzija would begin 2007 in the Florida State League. Additionally, 2006 first-round draft pick Tyler Colvin was on the most recent tentative Daytona roster sent to the club last week.

Official minor league rosters will be announced some time either Monday or Tuesday of this week.

With Minor League Spring Training officially over, here is a final look at photos from Cubs camp at Fitch Park in Mesa this spring.

Cubs INF prospect Josh Lansford, the organization's sixth-round draft pick from Cal-Poly a season ago, stands on second base in a minor league spring training game at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz.

Lansford connects on a pitch in a minor league spring training game.

Lansford leads away from second base.

Cubs INF/OF prospect Matt Camp is thrown out at first base on a close play. The 22-year-old Camp was the Cubs' 13th round draft pick from North Carolina State in the ACC last summer and would go on to lead the Northwest League with 87 hits, finishing second in the league in stolen bases with 22 in 32 attempts. He also drew 27 walks and struck out in 32 at-bats, batting .289 in 74 games.

Cubs INF prospect Jonathan Mota takes a hack at a pitch in Minor League Spring Training. The 19-year-old was signed by Cubs scout Hector Ortega in Venezuela back in August of 2003.

Cubs catching prospect Mario Mercedes connects on a pitch in Minor League Spring Training. The 20-year-old Mercedes spent last season in Boise, batting .315 in 37 games. He was signed by Cubs scout Jose Serra in the Dominican Republic at age 17 in March of 2003.

Cubs first base prospect Ryan Norwood poses for a photo at Fitch Park in Mesa.

Cubs INF prospect Matt Craig swings at a pitch in a minor league spring training game against prospects from the Angels organization.

Cubs pitching prospect Jeremy Papelbon poses for a photo following a minor league spring training game at Fitch Park. Papelbon is one of three Papelbon brothers playing professional baseball and was drafted in the 19th round of the 2006 draft from the University of North Florida.

Cubs INF prospect Robinson Chirinos poses for a photo at Fitch Park in Mesa. The 22-year-old Chirinos was signed by Cubs scout Hector Ortega in Venezuela in July of 2000 at age 16. Last season with Class-A Peoria, he batted .242 in 126 games and led the team with 30 doubles.

Peoria Chiefs hitting coach Kevin Green pauses for a photo.

Cubs pitching prospects such as Billy Petrick (right) run during exercises drills at minor league spring training in Mesa.

Close-up of Cubs pitching prospect Jayson Ruhlman.

Cubs outfield prospect Deryck Lewis looks at a pitch at the knees in a minor league spring training game against the Oakland Athletics prospects.

Cubs pitching prospect Carmen Pignatiello looks in for a sign.

Cubs catching prospect Alan Rick follows through on a swing.

Close-up of Cubs catching prospect Adam Hackstedt.

Cubs pitching prospect Jose Ceda into his windup. The Cubs acquired Ceda from the San Diego Padres last year for INF Todd Walker. The Padres and their Director of International Scouting, Randy Smith, discovered Ceda throwing in the middle of a rainstorm in the Dominican Republic in 2004. In his first season with the Padres Arizona Rookie League club, the right-hander topped out at 99 mph.

Cubs INF prospect Russ Canzler is among the many players shown next to Cubs coach Kevin Green at minor league spring training.

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