Last updated 9-16-2014
40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
36 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
Dallas Beeler, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Updated through 9/17/14 - 10 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. The teams with the 10 worst records have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
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If Ryan Kalish bats 5th even once in 2015, we can be sure somethings has gone terribly wrong.
I would think if the rest of the league liked Valbuena a trade would have been made this summer because there aren't going to be a lot of openings next year for him to play regularly. Not even Capt Happy will put him at third over Bryant, and you've got Castro and Baez in the middle, with Alcantara as a nice backup and CF option. I still like Watkins despite his bad game at the plate and on the field yesterday, but he may be a goner, too and I can't make much of a case for him over Valbuena right now, anyway. It's nice to see the holes starting to get filled on this club either way.
I really hope some of Capt Happy's lineups are for his own amusement, instead of the kind of stuff we'd see when he is given a better club next year.
I used to live out that way for awhile. I would have loved having that team there.
Minor leaguers don't ride busses anymore?
Jim Hendry humor.
That's a great article. I keep trying to temper my enthusiasm for Arrieta but with every start he seems like the real deal. Would be great to have a legit #2 to follow front line free agent pitcher. Something along the lines of Lester/Arrieta/Hendricks/Wood and who ever wins out/left standing from the muck of #5s.
Did Mattingly tell Greinke that someone named Ryan Kalish is batting behind Soler?
Ok. Thats not funny....
can't imagine the trip from South Bend (if they happen to be home) to Myrtle Beach is something they really need to expedite.
South Bend has airport to get players out faster
How does he have Kalish bunt in that situation??!!!! 1st inning. #5 hitter. No outs. Pitcher struggling. 2-0 lead runners on 1st 2nd. Lefty batter righty pitcher. Ridiculous.
Also Grienke covered that bunt better than I have EVER seen before. He was running in as part of his pitching motion. Amazing!
I've been there and, while I'm not an expert on minor league ballparks, I thought the facility was relatively new and modern. I think attendance was good. For us in the Chicago area, it's a pretty easy trip there to see the kid Cubs. The ballpark experience was pretty good in my opinion.
Phil wrote something in the other thread, he said owner was paying for a new surface and new amenities. Cubs also said traffic going to Kane County made traveling time nearly equal (not gonna vet that one, just the quote I read).
I've got 21.1% according to Fangraphs fwiw, he has had a particularly low BABIP from 2010-2013, quite normal this year and his numbers have reflected that.
21.1% while not good, is not alarming. Anything over 25% is when you start worrying about a problem. Valbuena has been a consistent 20% for most of his career. Not saying ideal and maybe it'll get worse as he gets older, but he walks and works the count enough that it shouldn't be a great concern.
And Yasiel Puig only has two more homers than Mike Olt!!