2019 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster


SS-3B Christopher Morel has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend from EXST. 


4/11 UPDATE:

3B Jesse Hodges and INF Clayton Daniel have been moved-up to AA Tennessee from EXST. 



Here is the 2019 Cubs Extended Spring Training roster. 

There are more than 100 players assigned to EXST, and there may be some additions & changes in the coming days.  


last updated 4-21-2019 
* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

: 52 
Maikel Aguiar 
Jose Albertos
* Chris Allen 
Adbert Alzolay (ACTIVE REHAB
Sean Barry 
Willy Cabrera 
Alfredo Colorado 
Danis Correa  
Yovanny Cruz
Enrique de los Rios (ACTIVE REHAB
Manuel Espinoza 
Jeremiah Estrada 
* Riger Fernandez 
Emilio Ferrebus 
Kohl Franklin 
Jamie Galazin (ex-OF)
Richard Gallardo 
* Misael Garcia
Julio Guante  
Fauris Guerrero
Manuel Heredia 
Elias Herrera  
* Brandon Hughes (ex-OF) 
Chi-Feng Lee 
* Conor Lillis-White (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Joel Machado 
Ivan Medina
Tommy Nance (ACTIVE REHAB)  
Eduarniel Nunez 
* Pablo Ochoa
Carlos Ocampo 
Raidel Orta  
* Jack Patterson 
Yunior Perez 
Luis Ramos 
Jake Reindl 
Jorge Remon 
* Ruben Reyes (ex-OF) 
Benjamin Rodriguez 
* Luis Rodriguez 
Casey Ryan
* Luis Silva 
Jake Stinnett (ACTIVE REHAB)  
Niels Stone 
Junichi Tazawa (ACTIVE REHAB)
Jesus Tejada 
Alexander Vargas (ACTIVE REHAB
* Didier Vargas 
Carlos Vega 
Omar Ventura 
Blake Whitney 

* Andres Bonalde 
Jose Miguel Gonzalez 
Chad Hockin 
* Brendon Little 
* Josh Sawyer 
Erich Uelmen 

Corey Black 
Casey Bloomquist 
* Luke Hagerty 
* Danny Hultzen 
M. T. Minacci 
* Jerry Vasto 

Alexander Guerra 
Caleb Knight 
Marcus Mastrobuoni (ACTIVE REHAB
Orian Nunez (ex-INF)
Richard Nunez 
Raymond Pena 
Henderson Perez 
* Jonathan Soto 
Danny Zardon (ex-INF)  

* Rochest Cruz 
Luis Diaz 
# Reivaj Garcia 
# Josue Huma  
Widimer Joaquin 
# Pedro Martinez 
Rafael Mejia 
* Ervis Marchan 
Miguel Pabon 
Herson Perez
Fabian Pertuz  
Oswaldo Pina
Jake Slaughter 
Luis Vazquez 
Luis Verdugo 

* Edmond Americaan 
Yovanny Cuevas 
Brennen Davis
* Jacob Hannemann (ACTIVE REHAB
* Albert Hinirio 
Dalton Hurd 
Fernando Kelli 
Kevin Moreno 
Carlos Morfa 
Carlos Pacheco 
* Ezequiel Pagan 
* Ricardo Verenzuela 
Brandon Vicens 


Carmelo Martinez 

Ricardo Medina 
Lance Rymel 

Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach) 
Yasiel Balaguert (Hitting Coach)  
Michael Carter (Hitting Coach) 
Jose Cueto (Pitching Coach) 
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach) 
Manny Olivera (Pitching Coach) 
Tyler Pearson (Rehab Coach)
Leo Perez (Catching Coach)  
Chris Pieters (Outfield Coach) 
Carlos Ramirez (Catching Coach) 
Jacob Rogers (Hitting Coach) 
Carlos Rojas (Infield Coach) 
Jovanny Rosario (Outfield Coach) 
Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach) 
Enrique Wilson (Infield Coach) 

Brennan Connelly  
Sean Folan 
Arnolde Goite 
Matthew Hussey 
Ike Ojata 
German Suncin 

Manny Estrada 
Amaury Gonzalez 
Dallas Lopez 
Mike McGrew 
Andres Rondon 
Tomas Sanchez 


Thanks for the update Phil.

Rob Z. had a nice outing for the OKC Dodgers last night...

Zack Short to the DL.

Hit by pitch in the finger two days ago.

If it’s the finger, that’s better than the wrist at least. 

Possible fracture.

Never sounds good.

The Cubs have released RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng (Designated for Assignment last Saturday). The Cubs could not place Tseng on Outright Assignment Waivers because he is on the Iowa 7-day DL, so they had to either trade him or release him. And they could re-sign him (to a minor league contract) if he clears Outright Release Waivers on Saturday, presuming both Tseng and the Cubs have a mutual interest in Tseng remaining with the Cubs at the minor league level (at least through the 2019 season). NOTE: If he is released and then re-signs with the Cubs, Tseng must sign a minor league contract, and he cannot be added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster (and 25-man roster) for at least 30 days. 

If Tseng is not claimed off Release Waivers and does not re-sign with the Cubs, he gets his 2019 minor league split salary (about $90,000) as terminatton pay. That's because the termination pay for a player signed to a "split contract" (one salary if the player is on an MLB Active List or MLB injured list, and a different and much lower salary if the player is on Optional Assignment to the minors) is the minor league salary, as long as he is released while on Optional Assignment to the minors (as was the case with Tseng). The one caveat is that a club cannot option a player to the minors and then release him just to avoid termination pay paid at the Major League rate. 

Also remember that while - AN INJURED PLAYER CAN BE RELEASED AT ANY TIME - (and an injured player can also be non-tendered on 12/2), most injured players can be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers (and be outrighted to the minors) only during a limited period of time extending from the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season until the off-season roster filing deadline on 11/20. The one exception is an injured player on an MLB 40-man roster who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season. As long as the player is not a Rule 6 Selected Player or Draft-Excluded Player or MLB Rule 55 player and as long as the player has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, a player who accrued no MLB Service Time the previous season can be outrighted to the minors (even if he is injured) beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day. 

Gordan Wittenmeyer wrote that Tseng has been released.

The Cubs have added RHP Manuel Heredia and LHP Joel Machado to the EXST roster, so that makes a total of three 2018-19 IFA making their pro debut at EXST (RHP Richard Gallardo is the other one). 

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  • VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

    Arizona Phil 9 min 18 sec ago view
  • Rob Richardson 38 min 46 sec ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 47 min 52 sec ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

    azbobbop 11 hours 48 min ago view
  • He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

    tim815 14 hours 43 min ago view
  • TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.

    He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).

    He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 43 min ago view
  • SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.

    Arizona Phil 15 hours 37 min ago view
  • Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

    He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

    tim815 16 hours 11 min ago view
  • I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win. 

    Sonicwind75 19 hours 7 sec ago view
  • Fair call, and educational, as usual.

    We shall see.

    tim815 20 hours 49 min ago view
  • Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ

    Arizona Phil 23 hours 20 min ago view
  • Did Court find a new team?

    Hagsag 1 day 56 min ago view
  • Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.

    tim815 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley. 

    bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago view