Cubs Release 30 Minor Leaguers
The Cubs have released 30 minor leaguers:
Carlos Asuaje, INF
Dario Beltre, RHP
Jhonny Bethencourt, INF
Bryan Brickhouse, RHP
Charcer Burks, OF
Roberto Caro, OF
Adam Choplick, LHP
Noel Cuevas, OF
Oscar de la Cruz, RHP
Emilio Ferrebus, RHP
Wladimir Galindo, 3B-1B
Brian Glowicki, RHP
Fauris Guerrero, RHP
Zach Hedges, RHP
Chad Hockin, RHP
Corban Joseph, INF-OF
Conor Lillis-White, LHP
David Masters, INF
Marcus Mastrobuoni, C
Alberto Mineo, C-1B
Zach Mort, RHP
Jordan Patterson, 1B-OF
Jordan Procyshen, C
Luke Reynolds, 3B-1B
Ian Rice, 1B-3B
Caleb Simpson, RHP
Brock Stewart, RHP
Jake Stinnett, RHP
Ben Taylor, RHP
Matt Tenuta, LHP
Asuaje, Beltre, Brickhouse, Choplick, N. Cuevas, Joseph, Mineo, J. Patterson, Procyshen, Simpson, B. Taylor, and Tenuta were signed as minor league free-agents post-2019, Burks, Caro, and O. de la Cruz were eliginle to be 6YFA post-2019 but signed a 2020 minor league successor contract, and Masters and Stewart were selected in the Minor League Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft.
Asuaje, Beltre, Brickhouse, Burks, Caro, N. Cuevas, O. de la Cruz, Galindo, Hedges, Joseph, Masters, Mineo, J. Patterson, Procyshen, Simpson, Stewart, Stennett, B. Taylor, and Tenuta (6YFA) and Choplick (second-contract) were eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents post-2020, and of the players not eligible to be a minor league FA post-2020 (Bethencourt, Ferrebus, Glowicki, Guerrero, Hockin, Lillis-White, Mastrobuoni, Mort, L. Reynolds, and Rice), only L. Reynolds was not eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft.
crunch 11 hours 36 min ago (view)
hah! also uggg...i wonder what $20m-ish of k.bryant after a down season and uncertainty of april-june for "normal" baseball is worth to a team. we will probably find out in a month or 2, though.
Charlie 14 hours 14 min ago (view)
What's that, crunch? Kris Bryant for Robinson Canoe? Bold call!
George Altman 16 hours 37 min ago (view)
Phil, you used to put out a Top 10 or 20 Prospect list around the end of the AFL. Sometimes you would update mid year if trades or draft warranted. This is not false praise...your lists were more impactful than BA, MLB, BP to me, let alone the Cubs fan board lists. Today, the only thing I give any credence to are your evaluations and Fan Graphs Top 40. If the evaluator has only watched video then, hell, I can watch video.
crunch 20 hours 15 min ago (view)
there is no way the 2-3 guys that created most of those cubs reports have seen much more than youtube video footage as far as "live" scouting.
they seem very dedicated and eager, but there are some questionable things in their scouting reports.
Wrigley Rat 21 hours 1 min ago (view)
I'd REALLY enjoy reading Phil's list with scouting reports!!! I'd definitely trust his ratings more than most!
Here is what the ProspectsLive.com website says about seeing the players: "Our evaluation team has spent countless hours filling these boards with highly in-depth scouting reports from live looks and film study."
Either way, in my opinion, it's good to read other people's evaluations, even when they vary from our own. It gets us thinking about how confident we are in our valuations and how much we're willing to modify them based on other people's reports!
Hagsag 22 hours 40 min ago (view)
Phil, I am sure you could put together a more realistic list.
Arizona Phil 22 hours 51 min ago (view)
No offense intended, but did anybody at this site actually see these guys play?
Chase Strumpf has only "40" power?!! Andy Weber even has more power than Strumpf? Seriously? Strumpf actually has plus-power. In fact, HR power is his #1 attribute. His power tool is probably at least "60" (maybe "65").
Both Ronnier Quintero and Aramis Ademan are "45" run? Really? Ademan has average speed ("50"), and Quintero is Miguel Montero 2.0. His run tool is probably "30" (on a good day). Quintero's plus raw tools are arm and power.
Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Thanks for the info.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
I just discovered this site: https://www.prospectslive.com/lists/2020/11/16/chi... (Sorry if you all know about it already!). 52 Cubs prospects listed with scouting reports! Really enjoying this one! :)
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
we all knew trades were coming...getting rid of 1-2 of the core, but at this point i wonder how much (if any) of that free'd up loot is going back into the team.
Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
He clearly did not want to be remembered for selling off the core and then walking away from the team a year later. Can't blame him.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
every other contender is full of rumor news for who they'll sign...and the hot cubs rumor is kris bryant won't be traded before the wednesday arb offer deadline. wee.
Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: The MLB contracts that are tendered on 12/2 via Central Tender Letter are are non-guaranteed contacts.
And a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released prior to MLB Opening Day receives 30 days salary (paid at the minor league rate for players with split contracts) if the player is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day, or 45 days salary (paid at the MLB rate for players signed to split contracts) if the player is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day as termination pay.
jdrnym 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
If a player signs one of those deals that allows a split salary or incentives to be included, does that get treated like an arbitration salary in that it's only partially guaranteed until Opening Day?
bradsbeard 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
Great info. Thanks!
Arizona Phil 5 days 9 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract.
The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.
For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.