2019 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster


OF Edmond Americaan has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend and INF Clayton Daniel has been moved back up to AA Tennessee from EXST.



OF Brennen Davis has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend and OF D. J. Wilson has been moved-up to Hi-A Myrtle Beach from EXST. 



RHSP Jose Albertos has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend from EXST. 



INF Gioskar Amaya (February 2017 right knee surgery rehab) has been moved-up to AA Tennessee and 3B-1B Wladimir Galindo has been moved back up to Hi-A Myrtle Beach from EXST (Galindo spent three weeks at EXST).



RHP Adbert Alzolay (lat strain rehab) and RHP Alexander Vargas have been moved-up to Hi-A Myrtle Beach and RHRP Junichi Tazawa has been moved-up to AAA Iowa from EXST, and RHP Riley McCauley has been moved-down to EXST from Lo-A South Bend.  



RHRP Sean Barry has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend from EXST and OF D. J. Wilson has been moved-down to EXST from Hi-A Myrtle Beach. 



RHRP Tommy Nance and RHRP Jake Stinnett have been moved-up to Hi-A Myrtle Beach from EXST, and OF-1B Abraham Rodriguez has been reinstated from the Restricted List and is active at EXST. 



The Cubs have signed FA RHP John Pomeroy and he has been assigned to EXST. 



SS Luis Vazquez has been moved-up to AA Tennessee from EXST. 



LHRP Jack Patterson has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend from EXST. 



3B-1B Wladimir Galindo has been moved-down to EXST from Hi-A Myrtle Beach. 



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 6-2-2019 
* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

: 47 
Maikel Aguiar 
* Chris Allen 
Willy Cabrera 
Alfredo Colorado 
Enrique de los Rios (ACTIVE REHAB
Manuel Espinoza 
Jeremiah Estrada 
* Riger Fernandez 
Emilio Ferrebus 
Kohl Franklin 
Jamie Galazin (ex-OF)
Richard Gallardo 
* Misael Garcia
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Julio Guante  
Fauris Guerrero
Manuel Heredia 
Elias Herrera  
Chad Hockin (ACTIVE REHAB) 
* Brandon Hughes (ex-OF) 
* Danny Hultzen (ACTIVE REHAB)
Chi-Feng Lee 
* Brendon Little (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Joel Machado 
Riley McCauley 
Ivan Medina
Eduarniel Nunez 
* Pablo Ochoa
Carlos Ocampo 
Raidel Orta  
Yunior Perez 
John Pomeroy  
Luis Ramos 
Jorge Remon 
* Ruben Reyes (ex-OF) 
Benjamin Rodriguez 
* Luis Rodriguez 
Casey Ryan
* Luis Silva 
Niels Stone 
Jesus Tejada 
Keegan Thompson (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Didier Vargas 
Carlos Vega 
Omar Ventura 
Blake Whitney 

* Andres Bonalde 
* Xavier Cedeno 
Danis Correa 
Yovanny Cruz
* Bryan Hudson 
* Conor Lillis-White
Jake Reindl
* Josh Sawyer 
Allen Webster

Corey Black 
Casey Bloomquist
Kendall Graveman  
* Luke Hagerty 
M. T. Minacci 
Brandon Morrow 
Duncan Robinson 
* 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)  

# Santiago Blanco (LIMITED ACTIVITY
* Rochest Cruz 
Luis Diaz 
# Reivaj Garcia 
# Josue Huma  
Widimer Joaquin 
# Pedro Martinez 
Rafael Mejia 
Herson Perez
Fabian Pertuz  
Oswaldo Pina
Jake Slaughter 
Luis Verdugo 

Yovanny Cuevas 
# Jose Gutierrez (ACTIVE REHAB)  
* Albert Hinirio 
Dalton Hurd 
Fernando Kelli 
* Ervis Marchan
Kevin Moreno 
Carlos Morfa 
Carlos Pacheco 
* Ezequiel Pagan 
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Ricardo Verenzuela (LIMITED ACTIVITY
Brandon Vicens 


Carmelo Martinez 

Ricardo Medina 
Lance Rymel 

Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach) 
Yasiel Balaguert (Assistant Hitting Coach)  
Michael Carter (Hitting Coach) 
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach) 
Manny Olivera (Pitching Coach) 
Tyler Pearson (Catching Coach)
Chris Pieters (Outfield Coach) 
Jacob Rogers (Assistant Hitting Coach) 
Carlos Rojas (Infield Coach) 
Chase Spivey (Hitting Coach)
Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach) 

Sean Folan 
Matthew Hussey 
Ike Ojata 

Mike McGrew 
Ryan Nordtvedt
Andres Rondon 


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). 

The Cubs have signed FA RHP John Pomeroy (PIT 2016 13th round draft pick - Oregon State) and he has been assigned to Extended Spring Training.

The 6'5 210 24-year old righty was released by the Pirates at the end of Minor League Camp earlier this month after spending three seasons in the Pirates organization.  

He underwent TJS in April 2017 and missed the 2017 season, but he returned to the mound in 2018.  

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  • crunch 14 hours 55 min ago (view)

    j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.

    w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend).  braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)


    it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control.  he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.

    Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A. 


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    nice info...

    i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.

    he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection. 

    STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them. 
    EXAMPLES: See my lists above. 


  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    "There are no untouchables," Epstein said.

    In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.


  • crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...


  • Hagsag 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!


  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 


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    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM


  • Charlie 5 days 19 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.


  • crunch 6 days 6 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.


  • crunch 6 days 11 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 6 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.