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.
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Reds take over Daytona btw...
Yes. And he is batting much better and now he's sitting in favor of Valaika.
Also we both know the answer to this, but why doesn't the put the bat to the ball litmus test apply to Baez, Alcantara, or even Valbuena when he was slumping. Because the manager believed in them. No matter how hot Olt gets Renteria jumps at the first chance to sit him and THAT is what puzzles me.
Similar to how Baez and Alcantara are being treated. I expected that for Olt but apparently it wasn't to be.
gonna go out on a limb that the Cubs don't think Olt has that kind of potential in him. We all may disagree, but there's obviously something they're seeing that they don't like.
always possible, I don't think he was a major piece of that trade. It could be argued he was easily the least important player in that trade for Cubs.
I'm not big into conspiracy theories or managers just not liking guys (unless Tony LaRussa is involved). There's usually a baseball reason why one player plays over another. It doesn't mean the decision is infallible, but there's a reason that makes sense to those making the decisions.
Is this a pun? He got brained last time he pnayed winter ball! :b
the blogger who wrote the piece wants the fans to stuff the ballot box for braun.
there has to be front office meddling...or the manager needs to be fired for batting baez 2nd so much.
that said, i think vala is being groomed for a bench super-sub role...the type of guy who gets 300+PA a year playing all over the place (especially 2nd/3rd). it's the role valbeuna would ideally have in 2015, but he's good enough to play 3rd everyday for more than just a few teams. i expect to see valbuena traded and vala taking his downgraded place.
Which of course begs the question why did they trade for him, or did their opinion change?
sure, maybe they just think Valbuena is a better option at 3b or possible offseason trade material at 3b. I can't speak to his second base defense, but I'll guess that no one in the Cubs organization thinks it's up to snuff.
On the flip side, it's possible no one in the Cubs organization thinks Olt is really going to amount to anything and don't see the need to bother with him getting playing time.
They may just see him as a Colvin or LaHair or Dubois and will play him if they have an opening, but aren't particularly considered about his long term value.
Yeah, winter ball for Olt seems like a no-brainer.
I was partially being snarky- I know as well as you do that you can make stats say anything you want. The thing that bothers me is this piling on Renteria because, and here I'm not being snarky I'm being completely serious- Renteria isn't in the batters box when Olt is up to bat. Olt is putting together a track record that isn't good, and it isn't Renteria's or anybody else's fault.
Gotta play winter ball and get those reps.
That might be part of the plan. And I agree with the notion in this thread that his mechanics make him a committed swinger way too often. But it's also baseball intelligence. Who knows. Many think he is an extraordinary talent who will magically figure it out.
The cool thing is the the Cubs org is not about one prospect, especially at SS. I just hope he's ready or benched by the time the games matter.
Yes, Baez may be in trouble. At some point I hope he asks for help- because he's not going to have a long, successful career doing what he's doing now.
First of all thanks for the article rob. You are obviously much more rational and unemotional about this issue than, say, um, me.
Part of my issue is its literally anyone Renteria can find an excuse to play vs. Olt. This is what I find so curious and have a hard time expressing. BONI even played 3B ahead of him. He bats him late in order, pulls him early, I just get the feeling Renteria resents Olt and Lake making the squad. I'm not a Lake fan so that one doesn't bother me.
I think Renteria has him panciled in to start at 3B for the months of October and November.