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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In a way, you are correct.
Like I said if Capt Happy doesn't see the big picture because he wants to keep Luis comfortable.
Also his production is hurting Cubs draft position. :-)
most of that was a long time ago, in a town far, far away
I definitely hear you.
(Also if true baez is in trouble. Ha!)
It's really not Valaika vs Olt though, it's more Valbuena vs Olt
Eh...he's played 207 games at 2B in LB....he should know it by now I'd hope.
Valaika 29 years old, 5 career HRs
Olt 26 years old, 12 homers this year
With talk of right hand power lacking in MLB I would know who want to see more of, and Valbuena will at best be super sub in next few years if all pans out.
Start learning second base,Luis.
I'm not going to comment on the rest, you know where I stand on all of this, but I will say the "he has a lot of home runs" argument is not your best angle. Bryan LaHair--All-Star Bryan LaHair!--was second on the team in home runs in 2012 and never played in the majors again. Tyler Colvin was third on the team in 2010 and everyone complained about his playing time in 2011 and cried when he put up decent numbers with Colorado in 2012--but the last two season he has been a AAAA back-up outfielder and no loss for the Cubs.
There is a difference between a bust and no longer being considered a top prospect. Look at the last 2 years worth of performance and most talent evaluators no longer have him as a top prospect.
it was up in the air, guess it's not anymore.
Here's a free article on it.
Has Boise been figured out yet?
Iowa, Tennesee, Myrtle Beach, South Bend, ?, and the Rookie Leagues
Wait! Cubs are leaving KC for sure??!! Am I 3/44 on this? I had no idea ... what does Mike Olt think?
Cool. Thanks for explaining it further, I see some of what you are saying. Not sure I agree with all of it but I think you are most likely right that there is a decision hierarchy between Theo/Jed and what Rick can do. Also agree that Valaika deserves a shot before being thrown on scrapheap. Personally I think he is a backup versatile NONsupersub ceiling and that he should get PH opportunities and sit for days between playing and see how he can do under the circumstances he might eventually play in a real competitive season.
It's not a Cult of Olt, it's just stupid to not provide him 30 at bats in a row to see what he can do. No matter how you count the at bats, they've never all come at once. He hits, he sits. It is asinine. There is most likely no future for him on this team, but to call him a bust is awfully premature. See what he can do and at least try to get some value for him.
I don't think Epstein is cut-throat, and Hoyer even less so. Brutally frank might be a better description. When Epstein or Hoyer signs one of these 4A types to a contract and promises to let him earn a shot, he tries to deliver on it. Valaika goes on the baseball scrapheap for good if he doesn't make some noise with the bat pretty soon, or if he hasn't impressed another team already. I still say that a ballplayer-wannabe like Epstein (or you or I) understands this and thinks about it.
This however Ryno, I completely get. Absurd. Jesus ...
This is clearly an issue. If the problem is not mechanical but instead is a lack of strike zone awareness, it is a much harder problem to solve.
He's batting pretty well an his OBP is up near .400 since returning. He's our best defensive 3B and he currently stands at 4th on the team in HR despite batting less than 1/2 of what the others ahead of him have regarding AB. He only trails Rizzo for HR per AB. He hasn't been given the chance to play every day like the other prospects. And the cult is very small as far as I can tell. Talk to me in 2 years.