Raley, Cabrera among six sent to Minors camp

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs sent six players to Minor League camp, including Brooks Raley and Alberto Cabrera, both projected for Triple-A Iowa's rotation.

Cabrera and Raley were optioned along with pitcher Trey McNutt and infielder Logan Watkins, who was the Cubs' Minor League Player of the Year in 2012. Robert Whitenack was optioned to Double-A Tennessee, and Nick Struck, a non-roster invitee who was the Cubs' 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, was assigned to Minor League camp.

The moves reduced the spring roster to 53 players, and now includes 25 pitchers (nine non-roster invitees), five catchers (two non-roster invitees), 13 infielders (five non-roster invitees) and 10 outfielders (three non-roster invitees).

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