There are 63 players in camp this spring, which includes 23 non-roster invitations. If that seems like a lot, remember that probably two-thirds of those non-roster guys (plus some players who are rostered like Jorge Soler) have zero chance at the 25-man roster this year. With the World Baseball Classic this year and many players away from their teams, games are starting earlier and therefore teams need more bodies to play, especially with the odd number of teams in the Cactus League and more split-squad games.
You can really see the makeover this winter of the Cubs by Theo and Jed. Of the 63 players, 25 of them weren't in the organization at all in 2012, including seven rostered players. Some of the non-roster guys will likely wind up sticking around at Triple-A Iowa to be backups in case of injury. It'll be one of the more interesting springs in recent years.
A couple of number notes: you'll see that two people are listed with No. 40; that's because Rick Sutcliffe, in camp to be an instructor, gets to wear his old Cubs number even though James Russell will wear it for the 2013 team. The lowest number not issued this year (unless Tony Campana doesn't return on a NRI to reclaim No. 1) is 62. Players whose names are boldfaced/underlined have links to their SB Nation player pages. You'll also note that the minor-league coaches serving as spring-training instructors are all from either Iowa or Tennessee; in the past, some Daytona staff has assisted, but this year, presumably those guys will be exclusively in the minor-league camp.
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Here is the complete numerical spring training roster for the 2013 Cubs, players, coaches and spring-training instructors. Non-roster players in italics.
2 Ian Stewart 3 David Bell, third base coach 4 Dioner Navarro 5 Josh Vitters 6 Alberto Gonzalez 7 Brett Jackson 8 Jamie Quirk, bench coach 9 David DeJesus 1O Ron Santo (retired) 11 Kyuji Fujikawa 12 Alfonso Soriano 13 Starlin Castro 14 Ernie Banks (retired) 15 Darwin Barney 16 Darnell McDonald 17 Dave Sappelt 18 Chris Rusin 19 Nate Schierholtz 2O Brent Lillibridge 21 Scott Hairston 22 Matt Garza 23 Ryne Sandberg (retired) 24 Luis Valbuena 25 Chris Bosio, pitching coach 26 Billy Williams (retired) 27 Casey Coleman 28 Michael Bowden 29 Jeff Samardzija 3O Travis Wood 31 Fergie Jenkins/Greg Maddux (retired) 32 Scott Baker 33 Dale Sveum, manager 34 Kerry Wood, instructor 35 Lester Strode, bullpen coach 36 Edwin Jackson 37 Jaye Chapman 38 James Rowson, hitting coach 39 Dave McKay, first base coach 4O James Russell 4O Rick Sutcliffe, instructor 41 Arodys Vizcaino 42 Jackie Robinson (retired by MLB) 43 Brooks Raley 44 Anthony Rizzo 45 Rob Deer, assistant hitting coach 46 Scott Feldman 47 Hisanori Takahashi 48 Rafael Dolis 49 Carlos Marmol 5O Blake Parker 51 Steve Clevenger 52 Lendy Castillo 53 Welington Castillo 54 Shawn Camp 55 Alberto Cabrera 56 Hector Rondon 57 Carlos Villanueva 58 Mike Borzello, special assistant 59 Cory Wade 6O Jensen Lewis 61 Christian Villanueva 63 Zach Putnam 64 Franklin Font, special assistant 65 Edwin Maysonet 66 Brian Bogusevic 67 Robert Whitenack 68 Jorge Soler 7O Javier Baez 71 Trey McNutt 72 Matt Szczur 73 Junior Lake 74 Logan Watkins 75 Brad Nelson 76 Drew Carpenter 77 Dayan Diaz 78 Michael Brenly 79 J.C. Boscan 8O Johermyn Chavez 81 Nick Struck 82 Rafael Lopez 85 Barret Loux 86 Mike Mason, instructor (pitching coach, Iowa) 87 Lee Tinsley, instructor (minor league OF/baserunning coordinator) 89 Carmelo Martinez, instructor (short season hitting coordinator) 9O Jeff Fassero, instructor (pitching coach, Tennessee) 91 Marty Pevey, instructor (manager, Iowa) 92 Jose Flores, instructor (minor league infield coordinator) 93 Brian Harper, instructor (hitting coach, Iowa) 94 Buddy Bailey, instructor (manager, Tennessee) 95 Andy Lane, bullpen catcher 96 Desi Wilson, instructor (hitting coach, Tennessee) 97 Tim Cossins, instructor (minor league field coordinator) 98 Derek Johnson, instructor (minor league pitching coordinator) 99 Anthony Iapoce, instructor (minor league hitting coordinator)
Italics indicates non-roster invitee