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The Importance of Instructs

Officially, about 43 players from the Chicago Cubs' farm system reported to Arizona this month for the start of the 2008 Instructional League.

Unofficially, there are likely more players on hand than what is listed on the official Instructional League roster the Cubs released. This is because some players en route to post-season leagues often swing by Arizona for an overnighter or quick tune-up before arriving at their eventual winter baseball destinations. Felix Pie, for instance, stopped off at Fitch Park two years ago (before...

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