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

NOTES:

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. 

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2/14 UPDATE


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

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1/25 ORIGINAL POST


CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS


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
3 David Ross, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR 
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
10 RETIRED
11 Drew Smyly, P
12 Kyle Schwarber, OF
12 John Baker, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
13 ---------------
14 RETIRED
15 Brandon Morrow, P 
16 Brandon Hyde, BENCH COACH
17 Kris Bryant, INF
18 Ben Zobrist, IF-OF
19 Andy Haines, ASSISTANT HITTING COACH 
20 Mark Zagunis, OF (wore #21 in 2017)
20 Kevin Youkilis, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #) 
21 Tyler Chatwood, P
22 Jason Heyward, OF
23 Ryan Sandberg, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
24 Alec Mills, P
25 Will Venable, 1st BASE/OUTFIELD COACH 
26 Billy Williams, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
27 Addison Russell, INF
28 Kyle Hendricks, P
29 Rob Zastryzny, P
30 Chili Davis, HITTING COACH 
30 Ted Lilly, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (duplicate #)
31 RETIRED
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
42 RETIRED
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 ----------------
48 Jim Hickey, PITCHING COACH
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 ---------------
58 Mike Borzello, CATCHING/STRATEGY COACH
59 Luke Farrell, P
60 Corey Mazzoni, P
61 ---------------
62 Jose Quintana, P 
63 Juan Cabreja, QUALITY ASSURANCE COACH 
64 Ali Solis, C  
65 Franklin Font, ASSISTANT BULLPEN COACH
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)------- 
95 Chad Noble, BULLPEN CATCHER
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)

Comments

2018 CUBS SPRING TRAINING NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI):

19 players

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 9
Anthony Bass
* Alberto Baldonado
Craig Brooks
* Daniel Camarena
David Garner
Justin Hancock
Tom Hatch
Williams Perez
* Kyle Ryan

CATCHERS: 4
Taylor Davis
Chris Gimenez
Ian Rice
Ali Solis

INFIELDERS: 4
Ryan Court
* Mike Freeman
* Jason Vosler
Chesny Young

OUTFIELDERS: 2
* 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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  • Hagsag 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Ine of my alltime favorites.

     

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    He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.

     

  • crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    al kaline has died at age 85.

    from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.

     

  • Charlie 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.

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  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.

    The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   

     

  • JustSayin' 6 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

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    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

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    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

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