2018 Cubs Spring Training Uniform Numbers

2/24 UPDATE: 

13 Peter Bourjos, OF 
51 Michael Roth, P 
54 Charcer Burks, OF 
57 Shae Simmons, P
61 Efren Navarro, 1B-OF


1. Charcer Burks was given a late NRI shortly before the start of Spring Training and he was assigned #54 after RHSP Williams Perez was released last week.  

2. 47, 49, 50, and 93 (plus the never-issued #69) are the only numbers not presently assigned.

3. Minor league players who are called-up to big league camp for the day are randomly assigned duplicate numbers in the 80's and 90's that are also assigned to Spring Training Instructors. 



1 Jen-Ho Tseng, P (was #39)
11 Yu Darvish, P 
39 Drew Smyly, P (was #11)




NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change
NOTE 2: Several Spring Training Instructors are wearing duplicate numbers 
NOTE 3: Numbers 1, 13, 47, 49, 50, 51, 57, 61, 69, and 93 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69)

1 ---------------
2 Tommy LaStella, INF
4 Mike Freeman, INF (wore #15 in 2017)
5 Albert Almora Jr, OF
6 Carl Edwards Jr, P
7 Victor Caratini, C-1B (wore #20 in 2017)
8 Ian Happ, IF-OF 
9 Javy Baez, INF
11 Drew Smyly, P
12 Kyle Schwarber, OF
12 John Baker, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
13 ---------------
15 Brandon Morrow, P 
16 Brandon Hyde, BENCH COACH
17 Kris Bryant, INF
18 Ben Zobrist, IF-OF
20 Mark Zagunis, OF (wore #21 in 2017)
20 Kevin Youkilis, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #) 
21 Tyler Chatwood, P
22 Jason Heyward, OF
24 Alec Mills, P
25 Will Venable, 1st BASE/OUTFIELD COACH 
27 Addison Russell, INF
28 Kyle Hendricks, P
29 Rob Zastryzny, P
30 Chili Davis, HITTING COACH 
30 Ted Lilly, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
32 Brian Duensing, P
32 Jon Lieber, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
33 Eddie Butler, P 
34 Jon Lester, P
34 Kerry Wood, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
35 Lester Strode, BULLPEN COACH  
36 Dillon Maples, P 
37 Justin Wilson, P
38 Mike Montgomery, P
39 Jen-Ho Tseng, P
40 Willson Contreras, C
40 Rick Sutcliffe, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
41 Steve Cishek, P
43 Taylor Davis, C-1B 
44 Anthony Rizzo, 1B
45 Anthony Bass, P
46 Pedro Strop, P
46 Ryan Dempster, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
47 ----------------
49 ---------------
50 ---------------
51 ---------------
52 Justin Grimm, P
53 Chris Gimenez, C
54 Williams Perez, P  
55 Brian Butterfield, 3rd BASE/INFIELD COACH 
56 Kyle Ryan, P  
57 ---------------
59 Luke Farrell, P
60 Corey Mazzoni, P
61 ---------------
62 Jose Quintana, P 
64 Ali Solis, C  
66 Ryan Court, IF-OF 
67 Doug Dascenzo, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator)
68 Dario Alvarez, P
69 ---------------
70 Joe Maddon, MANAGER 
71 Oscar de la Cruz, P 
72 Craig Brooks, P 
73 Adbert Alzolay, P
74 Duane Underwood Jr, P
75 Jacob Hannemann, OF
76 David Bote, INF
77 Randy Rosario, P
78 Daniel Camarena, P 
79 David Garner, P  
80 Justin Hancock, P 
81 Jacob Cruz, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Hitting Coordinator) 
82 Tom Hatch, P  
83 Bijan Rademacher, OF 
84 Ian Rice, C-1B  
85 Chesny Young, IF-OF
86 Jason Vosler, INF 
87 Alberto Baldonado, P
88 Mike Mason, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Assistant Minor L:eague Pitching Coordinator)
69 Mark Johnson, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AA Tennessee manager)
90 Rod Nichols, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa pitching coach)
91 Marty Pevey, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa manager)
92 Brendan Sagara, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Pitching Coordinator)  
93 --------------- 
94 Jeremy Farrell, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Infield Coordinator)------- 
96 Jesus Feliciano, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AA Tennessee hitting coach)  
97 Tim Cossins, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Catching & Field Coordinator)
98 Terry Clark, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AA Tennessee pitching coach)
99 Desi Wilson, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa hitting coach)



19 players

* bats or throws left
# bats both

Anthony Bass
* Alberto Baldonado
Craig Brooks
* Daniel Camarena
David Garner
Justin Hancock
Tom Hatch
Williams Perez
* Kyle Ryan

Taylor Davis
Chris Gimenez
Ian Rice
Ali Solis

Ryan Court
* Mike Freeman
* Jason Vosler
Chesny Young

* Jacob Hannemann
* Bijan Rademacher

The Cubs usually invite two additional minor league catchers prior to the pitchers & catchers report date to help catch "bullpen sessions" and "live" BP.

Cubs website has Zagunis wearing 20 (Wore 21 las year, now Chatwood's)

brewers "big trade" finally went down...they get c.yelich and his nice as hell contract (43m over the next 4 seasons with a 15m team option on a 5th). coming from the brews...OF Lewis Brinson, INF Isan Díaz, OF Monte Harrison and RHP Jordan Yamamoto

Ouch. Two good young Marlins OF now in the division.

And then they add Cain for 5/$80. Wow.

cain and yelich setting up all that power. no fun.

Yeah, plus they can get a pretty decent pitcher for Domingo Santana too.

I don't know much about the players the Brewers gave up in that trade, but they're definitely scarier for 2018 than I thought they would be. That pretty clearly counteracts whatever win-column advantage the Cubs should get from the Pirates tearing it down. Time for the Cubs to sign Darvish.

I find it curious that they went for both OF, since Santana was clearly better offensively than both of them last year. Santana: .875 OPS, 30HR, 15 SB Yellich: .807 OPS, 18HR, 16 SB Cain: .803 OPS, 15HR, 26 SB Of course, Santana could be traded for a legit SP (or move to 1B?).

Interested in Justin Hancock as a invitie. Dude has a big arm. I hope Hickey and the staff can do some good things this spring training with him.

Cubs Uniform Number changes effective 2/14: 11 Yu Darvish 39 Drew Smyly (was #11) 1 Jen-Ho Tseng (was #39)

Don Kessinger, Ted Abernathy and Jose Cardenal approved those changes. For a little sumptin' extra, if you get my drift.

#11 will always first come up for me as Don Kessinger.

Per the CBA, the maximum number of days an MLB club can play in a row in 20. Last year, the Cubs were scheduled to play 20 days in a row once, and they've had a 20-day stretch of games scheduled at least once every year prior to this season. However, with the lengthening of the MLB regular season in 2018 from 183 to 186 days, the most number of days the Cubs are scheduled to play in a row is 17 (June 15 - July 1), and the second-most is 13 (August 31 - September 12). Otherwise, the Cubs never play more than 11 days in a row (and they only do that once). Obviously rain-out make-up games could extend a period of days without an off day and a make-up doubleheader would probably require the Cubs to call-up a "26th man" starting pitcher (a #6 starter) from the minors for one of the two games, but their solid 1-5 starting rotation and given the additional off days scheduled in 2018, the Cubs probably will not even consider a six-man rotation until at least June (and even then that would be just two starts for a 6th starter, one on 6/20 and another on 6/26), and then not again until September (when active list rosters expand and when Drew Smyly could be ready to join the rotation). So the need for a 6th starter (other than as an injury replacement in the event that one of the five starters go on the DL or in the case of a possible rain-out make-up doubleheader) really isn't there. Therefore it will be difficult to keep Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler stretched-out as starting pitchers if they are (as expected) moved to the bullpen after the conclusion of Spring Training (both are out of minor league options), and so the Cubs will need to rely on a minor league SP (at this point, that would probably be Tseng, Mills, Underwood, Zastryzny or Roth, and Farrell or Bass at AAA Iowa, plus probably Alzolay and de la Cruz at AA Tennessee) to be the ad hoc "6th starter" if that becomes necessary at some point during the course of the MLB regular season.

I noticed that Zach Hedges got into yesterday’s game and seemed to pitch well. Any thoughts as to whether he will be a rotation option in Iowa or if you think he’ll be used more in relief?

BRADSBEARD: Although Zach Hedges will compete in Minor League Camp for a SP gig at AAA Iowa, I suspect he will end-up being either a reliever (or maybe a RP/SP "swing-man") at AAA or a starter (or "swing-man") at AA. With the number of pitchers coming up behind him in the pipeline, this will probably be a "make or break" year for Hedges.

AZ Phil: how is Junior Lake (toolsy) looking these days?

CUBSTER: Junior Lake has gotten fairly heavy (maybe 240+). He did take a walk in the game, so maybe he has learned to be more selective. He used to swing at everything. Sometimes playing in the Mexican League helps a player learn the game in a way that you don't learn it in an MLB minor league organization, and for a street kid like Junior Lake (who IIRC never attended school), that might be the best way for him to learn what he needs to know to reach his potential. Junior Lake is still a great kid. He was smiling and waving to Cubs fans and hugging Cubs players he knew from when he was in the organization all the way from the bus to the dugout after the Mariners arrived.

caratini lined a comebacker off f.hernandez's hand/arm...left game holding his hand/arm. SEA fans are holding their breath.

xrays negative...good for him.

LHRP Alberto Baldonado was probably the most-impressive pitcher in yesterday's game. His FB was sitting consistently 94-95 (both innings), and he used his breaking ball as a chase pitch. He is a big dude (6'4 250)... Otherwise, Brian Duensing didn't reach 90 with his FB (it sat at 89). He threw a lot of mediocre breaking balls and just didn't look like he was ready to throw in a game. (It looked more like a "live" BP outing)... Steve Cishek looked OK, with a 92-93 MPH FB and a decent SL with side-action... Craig Brooks FB ranged 91-94 but he couldn't command it, and he hung his SL a couple of times and couldn't finish his inning... Brad Markey relieved Brooks and looked pretty good, featuring 92-94 MPH FB and good command... David Garner's 4-seam FB velocity was good (93-94 - T-95) but he had difficulty throwing strikes with it. Both CV (80-82) and CUT (87-89) had good break...

ohtani's batting debut...2 walks and a strong single. blah blah spring training etc whatever.

Hi, AZ Phil! What time do the minor leaguers usually start practicing on the backfields this time of year? I’m headed out to Mesa this weekend and hoping to split by time between the majors and minors.

Srl510: Minor League Camp opens in a couple of days so the minor leaguers will be out on the backfields from about 9 AM - 1 PM every day until the Cactus League minor league games start. In the meantime there is usually some minor league ad hoc activity on the backfields most every day, usually in the morning (times vary).

Thanks for the info! Everything John Arguello showed me out there last ST seems like a blur now. Hope to see you out there next week! 

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  • erich081 3 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.


  • Eric S 4 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season



  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 28 min ago (view)

    RHP Aneuris Rosario (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) has been reinstated from the Disqualified List. Now 24, Rosario spent four seasons in the DSL (2014-17) and was the one-time closer for DSL Cubs #1. He hasn't pitched since 2017.  


  • Charlie 5 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?


  • crunch 6 hours 48 min ago (view)

    i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.


  • Charlie 7 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.


  • crunch 8 hours 2 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

    ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.


  • QuietMan 14 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,


  • George Altman 14 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.


  • Mike Wellman 16 hours 41 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.


  • Charlie 17 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.


  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?