Your 2014 Boise Hawks Roster
The email from trainer Toby Williams put the seal of approval on the 2014 Boise Hawks roster – that is, the players that will make the jaunt from Mesa to Boise tomorrow morning, meet host families, and grind through Media Day on Wednesday.
Just as it was last year, the 25-man roster does not include any 2014 draft picks – though the Cubs have not announced any signings of players so far.
Of the players – nine have previously played for the Hawks, seven are players selected in the Top-10 rounds of the MLB draft, with three players making their United States debuts.
Of the 13 pitchers on the roster, four have pitched previously in Boise – Ben Wells (2011), Trey Masek (2013), Trey Lang (2013), and Scott Frazier (2013). Wells helped the Hawks to the postseason in 2011 and was 9-6 with a 3.28 ERA in Daytona in 2013. Masek (1-0 2.16 ERA) and Frazier (1-2 2.61 ERA) were key contributors in last season’s South Division pennant, while Lang made six appearances early in the season for Boise.
Other notable pitchers include Josh Conway, the 2012 fourth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina, who is looking to recover from a pair of injuries that have sidelined him since college. Another 2012 selection, third-round pick Ryan McNeil, will return to the mound after missing 2013 due to injury.
Two others – Venezuelans Francisco Carrillo and Greyfer Eregua – will make their U.S. debuts in Boise. The righties combined for a 10-4 record and a sub 2.00 ERA for the Cubs Venezuelan Summer League affiliate, striking out 95 and walking nine.
Two catchers are on the roster, including returner Justin Marra – who hit six homers for the Hawks in 2013. Also behind the plate is Mark Malave, who was signed by the Cubs for 1.6-million dollars in 2011.
Of the infielders, only Jesse Hodges has worn a Hawks jersey – but has never played in Boise. The Victoria, B.C., native joined the club during both trips to Vancouver in 2013 – while hitting .210 with two homers and 20 RBI in Mesa. Middle infielder Guiseppe Papaccio, out of Seton Hall, has played at Kane County, Daytona, and Tennessee, while Tim Saunders began the year at Daytona.
Three of the four outfielders are former Hawks – Oliver Zapata (2012), Kevin Brown (2013), and Jeffrey Baez (2013). Zapata helped the Hawks to the 2012 East Division pennant, hitting a pair of homers and driving in 10, while spending all of 2013 in Kane County; Baez had a pair of triples for the Hawks late in 2013; with Brown spending a week with the team in Vancouver, going 2-for-7 with an RBI.
Additional roster moves are expected prior to the start of the season.