Youth Served at Cubs Dominican Academy

The Chicago Cubs have roughly 50 minor league players at their 2008 Dominican Instructional League Academy this fall. The position breakdown includes 27 pitchers, 11 infielders, seven outfielders and four catchers.

The Dominican Instructional League Academy is put on each year, usually right after the Cubs' Arizona Instructional League. This year the Cubs' Latin American prospects accounted for in the Dominican reported on Oct. 16 and played their first exhibition game Oct. 17. Their final date in the academy is scheduled for Dec. 1.

A number of American players from the Cubs' farm system also make the trek to the Dominican each year, and this year those players reported on Oct. 19. They are scheduled to return home Nov. 15.

"We have two full teams so we play two games a day," Cubs Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita explained of the Dominican Academy. "It's an opportunity because we've got a number of middle infielders and catchers, and we can get guys a lot of playing time by having two full teams.

"We've got a ton of pitching. We've got a lot of players signed, so it's a nice opportunity for them. It's about five weeks of games. It's just a little extra to give some of these young guys a chance to play a little more baseball."

FULL ROSTER

PITCHERS (27)

Jeff Antigua (LHP)
Rogelio Carmona
Wellington Cruz (LHP)
Manolin DeLeon
Rafael Dolis
Antonio Encarnacion
Carlos Galvez (LHP)
Yohan Gonzalez
Alvido Jimenez
Joel Lanfranco
Luis Liria
Jade Mendez
Dionis Nunez
Julio Pena
Junior Pena
Marcos Perez (LHP)
Roderik Pichardo
Gorge Pineda
Ramon Reyes
Santo Rodriguez
Joe Rosario
Abner Ruiz
Julio Sanchez
Deuris Severino
Miguel Sierra
Jose Tineo
Harol Tolentino

CATCHERS (4)

Matt Cerda
Pedro DeJesus
Yamel Liria
Alvaro Sosa

INFIELDERS (11)

Joel Altagracia (1B)
Yohan Astacio (2B)
Robert Bautista (SS)
Vismeldy Bieneme (2B)
Starlin Castro (SS)
Carlos Henry (2B)
Junior Lake (SS)
Carlos Morales (SS)
Juan Pena (3B)
Nate Samson (SS)
Josh Vitters (3B)

OUTFIELDERS (7)

Melvin Camarena
Alejandro Damian
Brandon Guyer
Francisco Guzman
Nelson Perez
Gregorio Robles
Jose Valdez

Players expected to make their professional debuts in 2009 are: Cruz, Encarnacion, Jiminez, Lanfranco, Mendez, Severino, DeJesus, Altagracia and Astacio.

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