With the recent cuts from the roster, the minor league camp consists of 40 players. I thought it might be fun to take a look at where each of those guys came from. Did we draft them, trade for them, or sign them via free agency. For the sake of clarification, I will count any players non-drafted but signed by the Cubs as amateur free agents as drafted.

Catchers
Geovany Soto – Drafted in the 11th round of the 2001 draft
Koyie Hill – Signed as a free agent in 2006
Welington Castillo – Signed as an amateur free agent in 2004 out of the Dominican Republic
Max Ramirez – Claimed off waivers from the Red Sox in January of 2011

Infielders
Carlos Pena
– Signed as a Free Agent in December of 2010
Jeff Baker – Acquired via trade from the Colorado Rockies in July 2009
Blake DeWitt – Acquired via trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2010
Starlin Castro –
Signed as an amateur free agent in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic
Darwin Barney –
Drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 draft
Aramis Ramirez –
Acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates in July 2003
Matt Camp
– Drafted in the 13th round of the 2006 draft
Scott Moore -
Originally acquired via trade from the Tigers in February 2005, but then traded to the Orioles in 2007. Signed via free agency in November 2010.
Augie Ojeda
- Originally acquired via trade in 1999 from the Orioles, but claimed by the Twins off waivers in 2003. Re-signed in 2006 as a free agent, and then again in January 2011.
Bobby Scales –
Signed as a free agent in 2007

Outfielders
Alfonso Soriano
– Signed as a free agent in 2006
Tyler Colvin –
Drafted in the 1st round of the 2006 draft
Marlon Byrd -
Signed as a free agent in 2009
Fernando Perez -
Acquired via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays in January 2011
Kosuke Fukudome
- Signed as a free agent in 2007
Reed Johnson
- Signed as a free agent in 2008 and then again in January 2011

Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
– Signed as an amateur free agent in 1997 out of Venezuela
Ryan Dempster
Signed as a free agent in 2004
Randy Wells
– Drafted in the 38th round of the 2002 draft
Matt Garza
– Acquired via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays in January 2011
Carlos Silva
– Acquired via trade from the Seattle Mariners in 2009
Andrew Cashner
– Drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 draft
Braden Looper
– Signed as a free agent in January 2011
Todd Wellemeyer
– Originally drafted by the Cubs in the 4th round of the 2000 draft. Re-signed via free agency in January 2011
Angel Guzman
– Signed as an amateur free agent in 1999 out of Venezuela
Casey Coleman
– Drafted in the 15th round of the 2008 draft
James Russell
– Drafted in the 14th round of the 2007 draft
Kerry Wood
– Originally drafted in the 1st round of the 1995 draft and then re-signed via free agency in December 2010
Carlos Marmol
– Signed as an amateur free agent in 1999 out of the Dominican Republic
Sean Marshall
– Drafted in the 6th round of the 2003 draft
John Grabow
– Acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009
Jeff Samardzija
– Drafted in the 5th round of the 2006 draft
Scott Maine
– Acquired via trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009
Jeff Stevens
– Acquired via trade from the Cleveland Indians 2008
Justin Berg
-Acquired via trade from the New York Yankees in 2005
Marcos Mateo
Acquired via trade from the Cincinnati Reds in 2007

Summary

Free Agents - 30%

Trades – 30%

Home Grown – 40%

Thoughts on that?

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