Cubs 86 15 Minor Leaguers

The Cubs have released 15 minor leaguers: 

Augusto Acevedo, INF 
Jonathan Alvarez, RHRP 
Jorge Arellano, RHRP  
Efren Aular, C  
Miller Chacon, C
Darling Grullon, RHRP  
Ferrol Heredia, LHSP 
Andy Hernandez, RHSP  
Fernando Kelli, OF  
Johan Lopez, LHRP  
Kevin Moreno, OF  
Jorge Ramirez, LHRP 
Marco Valenzuela, OF  
Juan Vasquez, C 
Orlando Zapata, INF 

F. Heredia, Kelli, and J. Vasquez were eligible for selection in the AAA Phase of this month's Rule 5 Draft (they were on the AA Tennessee reserve list) but were not selected.

Chacon, A. Hernandez, J. Lopez, and Valenzuela would have been eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft. 

There was a time when Fernando Kelli was considered to be the fastest player in the Cubs system (he stole 133 bases in 244 minor league games), but he just could not hit enough to advance beyond short-season ball.  

Kevin Moreno's favorite player was Kris Bryant (he even imitated Bryant's set-up at the plate) and his father's favorite team was the Cubs, and Kevin was unusual in that he was a resident of Cuba (not a defector) who did not play amateur ball or in the Federacion Cubana de Beisbol prior to signing with the Cubs (he signed after a private work-out with a Cubs Area Scout near his home in Havana). After signing, he traveled to Colombia and obtained a work visa from the U. S. embassy in Bogata, before eventually moving to Mexico. 

Comments

I always check your Organizational Depth Chart, I don't see Burl Carraway on any of the rosters.

HAGSAG: Thanks for catching that! I will fix it. Let me know if you find any others missing. Obviously I am getting senile. 

adam morgan (LHP, releiver) signed to a minor league deal.  he's getting over injury so we may not see him until june/july.

not a bad pickup, but probably not a difference-maker.

The only memory I have of Adam Morgan is that Jason Heyward walk off bomb he gave up.

professional baseball card collector, phil hughes, has officially retired from baseball.  he hasn't pitched since 2018.

boog sciambi new cubs pbp guy...at least len's indie rock credentials will be retained with this hire.

Colin Rea released, likely pursuing opportunities overseas.

yup, japan.

When a player on an MLB 40-man roster is released so that he can sign with an NPB (Japan) or KBO (Korea) team, the MLB club typically receives a $1M release fee from the NPB or KBO team. 

So the Cubs will have to pay Rea 30-days salary (about $115K) as termination pay when he is released, and then the Cubs would very likely get $1M from the NPB team, and then the Cubs can re-allocate Rea's $700K 2021 salary (minus the $115K termination pay) elsewhere, which amounts to about $1.585M available in 2021 MLB payroll after the smoke clears.  

So from just purely a financial/payroll POV, it was good that the Cubs signed Rea instead of non-tendering him on 12/2. 

via baseball america...

"Major League Baseball sent a memo to minor league teams on Monday informing them that the 2021 minor league season at Double-A and the Class A levels will be delayed.

MLB told minor league teams that spring training for Double-A and Class A players will not begin until MLB and Triple-A players have departed from spring training. The delay will allow for more social distancing during a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the world."

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  • George Altman 18 min 55 sec ago (view)

    If this post had a 'like' button, I would press it.

     

  • Arizona Phil 51 min 42 sec ago (view)

    Infielders Ed Howard IV, Fabian Pertuz, Ryan Reynolds, and Yeison Santana, 1B Grayson Byrd, and OF Darius Hill  have been moved down to the Myrtle Beach (Lo-A) squad from the South Bend (Hi-A) squad at Minor League Camp. 

     

  • Jackstraw 1 hour 41 min ago (view)

    I think somebody finally found and turned off the SUCK mode on their Cubs game controller. 

    It's important we ALL do that, every day.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 27 sec ago (view)

    i think the cubs can risk losing shelby miller.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Contreras is amazing. It's why I've been so adamant that its completely nuts how often he's popped up in trade rumors. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 hours 48 min ago (view)

    And the baseball gods smite us with great vengeance. 

     

  • crunch 6 hours 37 min ago (view)

    in a world of bryzzo and baez, contreras deserves his props for his all-around game.

    he protected lester's shortcomings for years.  good luck with that 40% caught stealing rate and less people attempting it in WAS with aged alex avila and yan gomes, guy.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 55 min ago (view)

    cubs are scoring runs early and have a lead.

    i'm not prepared for this.  deep down inside i'm nearly positive this is a good thing, but i'm going to do some research and try to make sure this is a good thing.

    okay, i just checked with my friend that's a dodgers fan and this is a good thing.  go cubs.

    game 14...only the 2nd time with multiple extra base hits in an inning for the cubs this year according to boog.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Winkler and Workman return today, Steele and Strop head to alternate site.  Yay

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 53 min ago (view)

    No numbers really needed to show that this offense is terrible right now, but I decided to peruse team stats today to see exactly where the Cubs have struggled the most. I was unsurprised to find they have the third highest pull %, the second lowest line drive %, and the highest K% in the majors right now. BABIP is also the lowest in the majors, whih is to be expected when the team is making poor contact and doing so in the teeth of the shift.

    That's not fun baseball to watch.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Don't worry, Joc is DEFINITELY an upgrade.

     

  • CTSteve 12 hours 20 min ago (view)

    And off of a lefty. 

    Neat.

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Most players get only three minor league options, but a player who has accrued less than five "full seasons" is eligible for a 4th minor league option.

     

  • Charlie 20 hours 4 min ago (view)

    I agree that Contreras really sticks that front elbow (and shoulder and to some extent his head) pretty close to the zone. Plus he likes to reach toward the outer half to pull the ball and sometimes to lunge a little at the outside corner, so pitchers will want to work him inside frequently. He should get a thicker elbow guard.

     

  • bradsbeard 21 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Sounds like Steele will be in line for a 4th option year FWIW. 

     

  • crunch 22 hours 15 min ago (view)

    limited capacity (and it's a "thunderstick" giveaway night), but LAD @ SD is practically a playoff level atmosphere here in april.

    this one could be hot for years.