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Baez tops Cubs' non-roster list for spring training

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The Cubs' top prospect, shortstop Javier Baez - who's expected to open the season at Class A Daytona - headlines a group of 22 non-roster players invited to spring training.

The club released the list Friday. Pitchers and catchers report just over a week from now, with first workouts scheduled Feb. 12.

Among the 11 non-roster pitchers on the list are two who spent time in the majors with the Cubs last year, right-handers Casey Coleman and Blake Parker, and veteran Japanese free agent Hisanori Takahashi, who made 51 appearances last year for the Angels and Pirates.

The eight other pitchers invited: right-handers Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Barret Loux, Zach Putnam, Nick Struck and Cory Wade.

Among the three non-roster catchers is second-year invite Michael Brenly, son of former Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly. Catchers J.C. Boscan and Rafael Lopez also were invited.

Four other infielders join Baez on the non-roster list, including former White Sox infielder/outfielder Brent Lillibridge (along with Alberto Gonzalez, Edwin Maysonet and Brad Nelson).

Three outfielders round out the list: Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald.

First full-squad workouts are Feb. 17.

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Is there any chance Baez can play third? Perhaps Castro can transfer there if Baez proves better at short. With two young and highly talented shortstops, and wit first and second base already solid,the Cubs' infield looks great except for third. Let's hope stewart is greatly improved after his wrist problems and pounds out thirty-five home-runs while knocking in over a hundred rbi's.

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