2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft Preview

11/15 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contracts of OF Brennen Davis from AAA Iowa, RHP Ben Brown and RHP Ryan Jensen from AA Tennessee, and OF Kevin Alcantara from Lo-A Myrtle Beach, and they have been added to the MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). 

In addition to adding four Rule 5 Draft-eligible minor league players to the 40, the Cubs have also acquired INF-OF Miles Mastrobuoni from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league RHP Alfredo Zarraga.

By adding the four minor leaguers to the MLB 40-man roster and  acquiring Mastrobuoni in a trade, there are now 39 players assigned to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (one slot is open). 

MLB contract tender day is this coming Friday (11/18), so additional players may be dropped from the 40 at that time by way of a non-tender. 


11/11 UPDATE:

The Cubs have sent INF Esteban Quiroz and INF-OF Jared Young outright to AAA Iowa. They do not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted. Both will be available for selection in the Rule 5 Draft next month.

Since they were not claimed off waivers for $50,000, it is almost a certainty that Quiroz and Young will not get claimed in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft for $100,000 (plus inconvenient roster restrictions), but if left off the AAA Iowa roster when minor league reserve lists are filed with the MLB Commissioner next Tuesday, they would be good candidates to get selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft for $24,000 with no roster restrictions. So there is a possibility that  even though they were outrighted off the MLB 40-man roster, Young (fairly likely) and Quiroz (somewhat less likely but still possible) will be assigned to the AAA Iowa reserve list next Tuesday so that they will only be available for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft ($100,000 draft price plus roster restrictions)

Cubs 2022 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agency Watch List

11/10 UPDATE #2

The Cubs have released RHP Wilfri Figuereo, RHP Gabriel Jaramillo, RHP Jensi Ramirez, and 1B-OF Jerry Torres. Only Jaramillo was eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft. 


11/10 UPDATE #1

The Cubs have sent LHP Steven Brault, RHP Anderson Espinoza, RHP Alec Mills, LHP Brad Wieck, INF David Bote, OF Narcisco Crook, and OF Franmil Reyes outright to AAA Iowa.  

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Ballesteros Provides the Offense for Red Squad at Instructs

Moises Ballesteros ripped an RBI triple, walked twice, and scored a run, and five pitchers combined to hurl a two-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts, as the Cubs "Red Squad" blanked the Cubs "Blue Squad" 2-0 in AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Friday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Ismael Mena collected the two Blue Squad hits (both singles), but he was thrown out attempting to steal both times he reached base.  

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest. 

This was the final AZIL Cubs game. 
 
Here is the box score from the game: 

Triantos Goes Full Beast Mode at Instructs

James Triantos belted an RBI triple in the bottom of the first and crushed a tape-measure three-run HR in the 5th, Cristian Hernandez tripled and scored in the first, collected an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the 2nd, and drilled an RBI double and scored in the 5th, Haydn McGeary blasted a two-run HR, and four pitchers combined to hurl a three-hitter, as the Cubs "Red Squad" battered the Cubs "Blue Squad" 9-2 in AZ Instructional League intasquad game action Tuesday afternoon at Sloan Park In Mesa, AZ. 

Pedro Ramirez singled twice, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Ismael Mena tripled and scored to account for the Blue Squad's three hits and two runs.  

The game was pre-planned as a six-inning contest. 

Prior to the game, Nazier Mule and Koen Moreno threw one inning each (twenty pitches) of "live" BP, with Kevin Alcantara, Parker Chavers, and Raino Coran serving as the hitters.   

The AZIL Cubs have played only three games in the last ten days, instead spending most of their time working on ocular training, situational hitting, baserunning drills, fielding practice, cut-off drills, bullpen side sessions, and "live" BP, in addition to matriculating in the Pitch Lab and the Hitting Lab.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

2022 Cubs AZ Instructional League Roster

10/8 UPDATE

The Cubs have added RHP Juan Bello to their AZIL roster. Bello was signed as a 17-year old out of Colombia this past February, and spent the 2022 season pitching for DSL Cubs Red. He finished the season hurling a combined eight innings of no run / no hit ball over his last two starts. He is considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects in the DSL.

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9/22 UPDATE
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INF-OF Ezequiel Alvarez, OF Wilmer Bolivar, and OF Leonel Espinoza have been added to the Cubs instructs roster. All three spent the 2022 season on the DSL Cubs Blue 60-day IL, and they are presently rehabbing at the Cubs Nike Performance Center in Mesa.

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9/21 UPDATE
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RHP Joel Sierra, C David Avitia, and OF Cristian More have been added to the Cubs instructs roster. 

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2022 CUBS ARIZONA INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER
(last updated 10-8-2022) 

Rojas & Morel Lead the Way at Sloan Park

Jefferson Rojas belted a two-run HR to cap a three run first inning and drilled an RBI single and stole a base in the sixth, Rafael Morel singled three times, stole a base, scored three runs, and drove-in a run, Pedro Ramirez singled, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, and SP Nick Hull and three relievers hurled seven innings of one-run ball and struck out ten, as the Cubs "Blue Squad" defeated the Cubs "Red Squad" 6-1 in AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Friday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Andy Garriola laced a single and a double, stole a base, and scored a run for the "Red Squad" in a losing cause.  

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

Bain & Gonzalez Shut the Door at Riverview

Cristian Hernandez and Andy Garriola stroked run-scoring singles to highlight a three-run third and Max Bain and Yoendris Gonzalez combined to hurl four innings of no run / no hit ball, as the Cubs "Red Squad" blanked the Cubs "Blue Squad" 3-0 in AZ Instructional League intrasquad game action Tuesday morning on Field # 6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Cubs MLB Roster

Cubs Organizational Depth Chart
40-Man Roster Info

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36 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (four slots are open)  

Last updated 12-2-2022
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 20
Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Ben Brown
Jeremiah Estrada
Kyle Hendricks
Codi Heuer 
* Brandon Hughes
Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
Mark Leiter Jr
Ethan Roberts 
Manuel Rodriguez
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen 
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

CATCHERS: 3 
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes
P. J. Higgins 

INFIELDERS: 7
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
* Alfonso Rivas
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 6
Kevin Alcantara 
Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez

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Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

 

Recent comments

  • Alexander Dimm 5 hours 59 minutes ago (view)

    Wait!  Why are the Cubs trying to sneak him through waivers now?  They need roster space?  Planning for a big week?

    Also, if the Pirates trade Bryan Reynolds, how would he look in a Cubs uniform?  

  • crunch 1 day ago (view)

    rylan bannon didn't make it through waivers...astros claim him.  cubs picked him up a couple weeks ago from ATL.

  • George Altman 1 day ago (view)

    Man, if that's market value for 7th/8th inning RPs, then I hope the Estrada/Uelman/Leeper/auto renewal crowd is ready to put their big boy pants on in 2023.

  • DavidP 1 day ago (view)

    I also appreciate your thoughts.  I would add a couple of my own.

    First, it is one thing to refuse to support someone you disagree with, for whatever reason.  That is something we all should do.  But it is another thing to try to attack someone for mere association with someone you disagree with, and to actively try to destroy them.

    The Cosby issue is a great example.  From all reports, he was a scumbag.  And for that reason, I do not watch reruns of his show, which was one of the best ever on television.  But I think it is wrong, for instance, to actively work to punish any TV station that wishes to have it in their programming.  If for no other reason that every actor that ever was in the series gets residual payments that, to many of them, are important to keep themselves fed.  None are responsible for what Cosby may have done, and should not be punished in a vain attempt to punish Cosby, who will never notice the lack of residual payments.

    No one should ever been punished merely for associating with someone else.  Punishing the musician for what you consider his misdeeds also punishes every person who works for him, listens to his music, or works in association with him, none of whom is necessarily racist.

  • crunch 1 day ago (view)

    the chris martin that was traded for zach mckinstry signs with BOS for 2/17.5m

    that was a very profitable 2 months in LA for him.

  • JoePepitone 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I appreciate your thoughts on this, First.Pitch!

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Not directed at DavidP individually, but offered as some free floating thoughts...

     

    I think it's a classic "both/and" or "know it when I see it" type situation. 

     

    It's absolutely appropriate & effective to hold orgs, venues, etc. accountable for the business associations they have.  It's also appropriate to wonder about how asking orgs to break those ties impacts free-speech, discourse, and/or opportunities for performers that are marginalized for other reasons (race, gender, etc.).

     

    It's absolutely appropriate to find some art/entertainment a non-starter for you b/c of the artists actions.  We all have them...  And it's also appropriate to make individual choices about what we put into historical / situational context  and about how we separate art from artists.  I certainly don't endorse every view of every comedian in my collection of albums... so I must be able to separate art/artist sometimes. But it's also true that I straight up deleted Bill Cosby's albums b/c I just couldn't... but I still really like some Michael Jackson songs & don't know how I feel about that.

     

    It's absolutely appropriate & necessary to hold people to account for comments they make in the past. And it's also absolutely appropriate & necessary to allow space for people to make mistakes and then grow, learn, change, apologize, & perhaps make amends.

     

    For me, I think that the important process is understanding that these are all ill-structured problems where multiple things can be true at the same time.  Sitting in that tension is the key.  We seek certainty & clarity about should/shouldn't but the reality is there is only a hugely messy & slippery process of meaning-making that happens every minute of every day for every person.  

     

    Does this mean we throw up our hands & anything goes? No.  For me, I still get angry (even furious) about some things & will fight so hard against them. But it centers that energy in a way that has compassion for others b/c I realize that at the end of the day everybody is trudging through the same meaning-making mud. 

  • DavidP 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    That will teach me to actually read a post before commenting on it.  Never having heard of the guy, I assumed that he was a free agent that should not be signed because of past comments.  I apologize for the mistake.

     

    But this is even more egregious.  To hold a baseball team accountable for the past comments of a musical performer because of alleged racist comments he made years ago, is just ludicrous.  One of the most popular music groups of my day was the Mamas and the Pappas, who performed some of the best music of their day.  And individually and as a group, they were among the most disgusting humans of their time, among other things, giving their 10 year old daughter drugs at their parties, causing her a lifetime of drug addiction.  Should I hold every concert venue that rented them concert space (including the Dodgers), every television station that gave them a platform (including NPR) and every fan that til this day hums along with "california Dreaming", (including myself)?

     

    I hope that the Cubs are more sensible than to pay attention to complaintss such as this.

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    he's a country music singer.

    this is about hosting an in-season concert at Wrigley field.

    this is a totally needless move and it's not like they need to beg for someone to play Wrigley field in their concert tour for the extra cash.

    this isn't like the pros/cons of adding Brandon Nimmo in CF because he decided to donate money to Trump to throw democracy out the window to own the libs...or whatever Trump fans want him to do so he can be dictator.

  • DavidP 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    By the way, I have been trying to fill in the blanks in the words, but not having much luck.  In what way was this a racist comment?