39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus one player on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus two players on 15-DAY DL and 12 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL: 2
* Felix Doubront, P
Edwin Jackson, P
60-DAY DL: 1
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Junior Lake, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Blake Parker, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Dan Straily, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 8/24/14 - 32 games left for Cubs.
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
Next up, the first of two big-money bullpen acquisitions, Scott Eyre.
Pitcher 6'1", 215 lb Bats Left, Throws Left Age 34 (DOB 5/30/72) BRef card | ESPN card | BPro card 2005 stats (full-season career highs in bold, lows in italics) 86 G, 0 GS, 2 W, 2 L, 0 SV, 68 1/3 IP, 48 H, 21 ER, 3 HR, 26 BB, 65 K, 2.63 ERA
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Channeling the I-Cubs, the Smokies lost their sixth in a row yesterday and have dropped into a tie for first in the second half with Dodger affiliate Chattanooga. The two teams begin a 4-game season-ending series tomorrow.
Defending FSL champ Daytona doesn't roll that way. They've won six of their last seven to take a 2-game second-half lead over the Tampa Yankees. The Cubs have four left, three at home versus Tampa.
Oh, boy, I like everything about Alcantara, the graceful swing and glove, the cut of his jib, the look on his face: he's always cool and comfortable. When he runs, I think of Hendry's phrase about Cashner's fastball: easy gas. I've seen them throw to first and second to try to nail Alcantara, but it's never close.
Yeah, he won't have the Baez/Jackson epic MLB SO%, but it seems to have been at the root of his low batting averages at AAA the last two years. But I take your overall point. And I'll pile on that we'd have seen Bryant by now if they were really trying to make a run.
Haha. I had NO idea he was striking out at that rate, thanks. I just would want someone who's not gonna strike out 50% of the time in the lineup or batting 2nd. But my point wasn't to judge Baez, but rather just illustrating that the Cubs aren't gonna make a season ending run at the playoffs. They're still in their rebuilding spring training style mode. Baez is batting 2nd to get AB in front of Rizzo/Castro and work through adjustments not to win games.
Benching Baez to play Watkins is just flat-out silly. I think there is some overvaluing Watkins's scrap going on here the last few days.
Let's not forget that Watkins was striking out 20.9% of the time in AAA and doesn't bring the pop to compensate for it. I used to hope he'd be a good OBP guy, but he's not going to have a high enough batting average with that K rate for his walks to make up for his other shortcomings.
I am intrigued about Alcantara. He really got on top of that home run last night and tomahawked it out.
Right now he has struggled on offense to a 228/285/374 line and has not looked super comfortable on defense in CF either. But through 42 games (187 PAs) he has 39 H, 8 2B, 5 HR, and 7 SB, and has a bWAR of 1.3 and an fWAR of 1.0.
It's 4 in a row//Soler coming up//the young guns in the 'pen on a roll//EJax out of the rotation...remember the Rockies of '07!
"It's 106 miles to Chicago//we have a full tank of gas//half a packet of cigarettes// it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses... HIT IT!"
I'm sure you're half joking but if we were serious about trying to win, you gotta move Baez outta the 2 slot - or maybe even send him back to AAA and play Watkins. Also I think we're gonna see Doubront and Turner a bit - and I think they are gonna have to work out some kinks. That was the best Wood has looked in a while.