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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-29-2024
* bats or throws left
# bats both

Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

David Bote 
Garrett Cooper
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

* Owen Caissie  

Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

2016 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster


79 players ACTIVE (including ACTIVE REHAB)
14 players INACTIVE (limited activity rehab or absent)   

(updated 4-11-2016)

: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) group is based at the Cubs Minor League Complex and Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ, and it consists of pitchers and position players who are either #1) the replacement cadre for the full-season affiliates (Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend), #2) young and/or inexperienced pitchers and position players deemed not yet ready for a full-season league, and #3) pitchers and position players who are getting into playing shape and/or rehabbing from an injury. 

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# bats both


Jose Albertos
* Jeffry Antigua
Pedro Araujo
Javier Assad 
Frank Batista (INJURY REHAB GROUP - knee surgery) 
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (INJURY REHAB GROUP - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker
Aaron Brooks (INJURY REHAB GROUP - hip contusion)
Jake Buchanan
Jesus Camargo
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease
Jared Cheek
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
Hector Garcia
* Yapson Gomez
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton 
* Jack Leathersich (INJURY REHAB GROUP - July 2015 TJS)
Jose Leidenz
Daniel Lewis 
Mark Malave 
Junior Marte
Kyle Miller
M. T. Minacci 
Erling Moreno
Tommy Nance
Jeremy Null
* Pablo Ochoa 
* Eugenio Palma 
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
Jonathan Pettibone (INJURY REHAB GROUP - 2015 right shoulder surgery)
Andry Rondon
* Manny Rondon
Zac Rosscup (INJURY REHAB GROUP - left shoulder inflammation) ( 
Alexander Santana
Pedro Silverio
Duane Underwood Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - elbow)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)

Miguel Amaya 
Eric Gonzalez
Marcus Mastrobuoni 
* Alberto Mineo
Tyler Payne
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - April 2016 TJS #2)
Kevin Zamudio 

* Aramis Ademan
Jhonny Bethencourt
* Kelly Dugan
Wladimir Galindo 
Jesse Hodges
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
Rafael Mejia
Andruw Monasterio
Rafael Narea
Isaac Paredes 
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza 
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon
Ho-Young Son
Christian Villanueva (INACTIVE - fractured fibula)

* Luis Ayala
Alex Bautista
# Roberto Caro 
Michael Foster
# Robert Garcia
Jose Gonzalez
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Trey Martin (ACTIVE REHAB)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
Kevonte Mitchell 
* Ruben Reyes
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
# Shane Victorino
* D. J. Wilson

Carmelo Martinez

Pedro Feliciano 
Jeremy Farrell 
Armando Gabino
Brian Lawrence 
Jonathan Mota 
Lance Rymel 
Chris Valaika 
Gary Van Tol
Ron Villone
Ty Wright

Logan Severson

Ryan Nordtvedt 


Large group. Glad I dont have to feed them. Phil, How many meal are furnished for them by the Cubs a day?

AZ PHIL: Does Javy Baez have a Psych Coach out there? He needs one. In spite of him injuring himself last year carelessly on a slide, what does he do this year? Slides HEAD FIRST INTO 1B! In a Spring Training game, no less. I remember you mentioned several years ago he was cocky and didn't seem to take coaching well. Does it still seem the same to you?

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In reply to by The E-Man

E-MAN: Javy Baez has matured over the past couple of years. He is still very self-confident, though, and sometimes it's hard for a guy like that to accept coaching. 

The problem with Baez is that he is the kind of player who has to find out the hard way that his way isn't necessarily he best way, and that the hard way can sometimes involve physical pain and injury. 

I don't know how many times he has to slide into a base head-first and sustain a finger, thumb, hand, or wrist injury before he learns his lesson. Hopefully he will figure it out sooner rather than later. 

Ricketts said today on Kap and Company that Theo has money at the trade deadline if there's something they need as well as having prospect resources to trade. Very interesting to hear him say it so publically considering all we heard about the payroll being capped.

Cubs get Giovanni Soto. Not the Angels backup catcher (Geo), he is the Lefty reliever from Cleveland. More lefty inventory at Iowa.

Shane Victorino played LF for five innings and went 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, 4-3) in five-inning EXST Cubs intrasquad game this morning on Riverview Baseball Complex Field #6. 

AZ PHIL: What do you believe the scenario might be with Victorino? Do you think he has some stuff left in the tank to be a productive spot starter?

E-MAN: While I think he has something to offer as an MLB 4th outfielder, I don't think there is a spot for Victorino with the Cubs at this time. So I kind of expect him to opt out as soon as he can and try his luck elsewhere, and he should be able to find a gig with another club. 

Seven inning EXST intrasquad game this morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Here are some of the noteworthy performances  

Shane Victorino, RF: 0-3 (4-3, BB, F-8, BB, K)  
Duane Underwood Jr: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 6/4 GO/AO, 61 pitches (41 strikes) 

Dallas Beeler: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (21 strikes) 
Jeremy Null: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 46 pitches (30 strikes) 

Hey, Phil: Rashad Crawford is off to a good small-sample start. I've tended to confuse my memories for him with Trey Martin, both being tall raw HS CFers drafted in the 11th-13th round area. Two Q's: 1. I know Martin has gotten good reviews for his CF defense/range, and I thought the same was true for Crawford as well. Am I remembering right, that Crawford might be a rangy, asset-defense guy in CF? Or not really, and he's probably not likely to be above average or average in the majors defensively? 2. He's K'd a lot, and shown little power in past. Has he matured significantly physically, so that if things developed well for him he might have at least decent power? If he's going to K a lot, that's one thing if you hit some HR's and play good CF. But hard to make it as a high-K guy without either plus defense or decent power.

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In reply to by craig

CRAIG: Both Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford are above-average defenders in CF, although Martin is more polished and has a stronger arm and makes fewer mistakes. Crawford was a basketball player in HS (his nickname was "Baby Jordan") where baseball was not his first sport, and so he had more to learn than Martin did, and he has improved a lot.

Another thing to remember about Crawford is that he is a natural RH hitter with some power but very poor contact skills who was converted to a LH slap hitter his second season in pro ball to take advantage of his plus-speed. Since becoming a LH hitter Crawford has bulked-up and developed more power and the ability to drive the ball LH. I think his hitting (especially contact skills) is still a work-in-progress, however, and he will have to find a happy medium between being a LH slap hitter who tries to bunt for hits or hit the ball on the ground and one who can drive the ball into the OF and collect a few doubles and triples and an occasional HR. He also doesn't walk enough to be a successful top-of-the-order guy.

Martin is an outstanding defensive CF but he is also a first-ball fastball hitter with below-average power and well-below average contact skills, and nothing much has changed with him over the years, so what you see now is pretty much what you'll get. I would be surprised if he makes it to AA.

On the other hand, Crawford is continuing to improve and has a higher-ceiling than Martin, but whether Crawford can eventually put it all together still remians to be seen. It will likely take another couple of years to find that out. But Crawford is definitely the better prospect of the two.   

Thanks, Phil. Hadn't realized Crawford had switched to LH. That's a tough thing; hitting is so tough, odds probably aren't good of developing enough true hitting to make it to majors. But, that might help to explain a lot, and to justify unusual patience with the development. Again, thanks much for your insights.

Five-inning EXST intrasquad game this morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Here are some of the noteworthy performances...  

Shane Victorino, DH: 0-6 (4-3, P-6, K, L-5, 4-3, 3-1, HBP) 
NOTE: Victorino was the DH for both squads 

Victorino was hit on the right leg by a pitch in his 7th and final PA and hobbled off the field. 

Erling Moreno: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 48 pitches (28 strikes) 
P. J. Francescon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (8 strikes) 

Jake Buchanan: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 8/0 GO/AO, 50 pitches (28 strikes) 
Jesus Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes) 
Tanner Griggs: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (8 strikes) 

Buchanan (signed by the Cubs to a minor league contract after he was released by the Astros at the end of ST) was a ground ball machine today (8/0 GO/AO), combining an 88-89 MPH two-seamer with a plus-curve and change-up. He should be ready to go to AAA Iowa whenever there is room for him there. 

Moreno's fastball was consistently 89-91 and he had difficulty commanding his curve and change-up. Even though he is 6'7, Moreno never threw particularly hard even before the TJS (his velocity today is typical for him), so he has to command his secondary stuff to be successful.  

Francescon and Griggs are both at EXST while serving 50-game drug suspensions (Francescon tested positive for the so-called "Drug of Abuse," and Griggs tested positive for Amphetamine). This was the first 2016 game actiion for both pitchers, because they were not permitted to participate in Minor League Camp (although they are active at Extended Spring Training and can pitch in both intrasquad games and Cactus League EXST games). 

Prior to the intrasquad game, RHP (ex-OF) Wander Feliz, RHP (ex-INF) Francisco Garay, RHP Hector Garcia, LHP Pablo Ochoa, LHP Eugenio Palma, and RHP Andri Rondon threw two innings a piece of "live" BP (30 pitches - 15 pitches each inning). These six pitchers arrived late to Minor League Camp and are behind the other pitchers at EXST.

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess Canario, Mervis, Strumpf and Vazquez are the only guys blocked. Everyone else has time.
    Canario is the only guy there that's used multiple options.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger debut wednesday.

    also, taillon may not start until this weekend (tentatively)...throwing a sim game today.  he's "working on things" and is having some minor leg soreness running with cleats (fielding, covering 1st), but not while pitching or off-field.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: I don't think the Cubs will add any AAV until the MLB Trade Deadline (and even that is dependent on how well the Cubs are playing and where they are in the standings at that point in time). 

    Otherwise, the Cubs might perhaps do something like "exchange" Drew Smyly ($10.5M in 2024 AAV plus an additional potential $3M in performance bonuses) for J. D. Davis ($6.9M in 2024 and then he is a FA post-2024) and then maybe (hopefully) jettison Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal without having to eat any salary (like if clubs claim Wisdom and Madrigal off waivers and thereby take on 100% of Wisdom's 2024 $2.725M salary and 100% of Madrigal's $1.81M salary). The Cubs don't need to get anything back for Wisdom and Madrigal other than AAV space and the $50,000 waiver price. 

    Another possibility would be a prospect for prospect trade, like when the Diamondbacks traded OF Daulton Varsho (the D'backs were overloaded with LH-hitting outfielders) to the Blue Jays for C Gabriel Moreno (Moreno was blocked in Toronto by Kirk and Jansen). 

    So if the Cubs have an opportunity to trade an outfield or middle-infield prospect for maybe a young arm or a 3B or catching prospect of similar value, I could see that happening.

  • crunch (view)

    z.wheeler (PHI) got a 3/126m extension...42m a year for age 35-37.

    SP market is getting crazy.

  • George Altman (view)

    Well said, Crunch. Every point is spot on perfect. And even if Ricketts allowed Hoyer to go all the way to the next AAV Level ($257M), it's $4,000,000!! For one damn year. He's got $80M+ coming off next year. Wonder what Blake Snell on an opt out deal would do for Cubs playoff chances this yeat. It's absolutely maddening and I too am exhausted from fans defending billionaires. Just stop.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the chances are that Jed makes a trade before OD?

    MLB Network today and Chicago Radio have both speculated as recently as yesterday that Jed will make a sizable move.

    They spoke about Alonso still and Bieber from Cleveland. 

    Social Media thinks JD Davis from SF might work now (I think we have that RH/3B/DH spot covered though).

    I wouldn't mind a SP like Bieber (he's in his last year of his original deal). Hendricks scares me. He's not the ground ball guy he used to be. He'd be lucky to have a sub 5 ERA in my opinion. CLEV needs OF slug. Canario is available (not even going to think about ONKC, PCA or Jaquar here). Brennan Davis probably needs a new spot. Mervis could get a chance at their 1B gig opposite Naylor as their DH. Vazquez appears ready for a shot at MLB level ball. 


  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Guardians - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    FB: 86-88
    CH: 80-81
    SL: 79-80 
    CV: 74 
    COMMAND: Threw three innings and allowed three runs on five hits (three singles and two doubles), one walk, and a WP, and he struck out one (swinging)... one run scored in each of the three innings... command was off right from the gitgo (he hit two batters in the 1st inning!)... threw 52 pitches (33 strikes - six swing & miss - six foul balls) over the course of the three innings, so at least he got his pitch count up over 50 (he threw only 29 pitches in two innings of work in his first outing last Tuesday)...  

    FB: 90 
    SPLIT: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single but then induced an F-7 and an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... threw 10 pitches (but only five strikes - no swing & miss)... FB velo was down a tick from his last outing and split was a bit off (strike throwing on FB must be better than 50% to get swing & miss on splitter)... 

    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 85-87 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single on a 95-MPH FB on his sixth pitch of the AB, but then retired the next three men in a row (P-4, 5-3, K-swinging on a SL)... Needed 18 pitches to retire the side (12 strikes - five swing & miss, including three on SL, one on CT, and one on FB)... 

    FB: 96-98
    SL/CT: 88-90 
    CH: 86 
    COMMENT: Hurled a 1-2-3 6th inning (L-8, 6-3, P-6)... Threw only 50% strikes (12 pitches -six strikes - one swing & miss on a CH - two foul balls)...   

    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 7th inning (4-3, K-swinging, 5-3)... 13-pitches (nine strikes - one swing & miss on SL - two foul balls)... FB has good velo but he doesn't get swing & miss with it, so he throws mainly his "plus" slider (which is his "go-to" strikeout pitch)... of all of the Cubs MLB ST LHRP contenders I have seen so far, Escobar is #1 (Luke Little's stuff is more electric, but he still has trouble commanding it and is clearly not MLB-ready)...    

    FB: 94-96
    CT: 91-92
    SL: 80-82 
    COMMENT: Pitched the 8th inning after the Cubs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th... allowed a lead-off single on a 1-0 FB and a two-out single on a 1-0 CT, but he did manage to retire the side without allowing a run... struck out two (both swinging)... threw 19 pitches (11 strikes - five swing & miss - one foul ball)... stuff is plus but FB command comes & goes... 

    FB: 86-87
    SLOW CV: 67-68 
    COMMENT: Threw a 1-2-3 seven pitch (five strike) 9th (F-7, K-swinging on an 86 MPH FB, and F-9) to record the save... while he at one-time featured a mid-90's FB, a mid-80's SL, and a mid-70's CV, after enduring heart surgery in 2021 and TJS in 2022 the 6'8 250+ lefty has morphed into an EXTREME soft-tosser, complete with an "eephus" CV that would make Bill "Spaceman" Lee jealous... 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, and with the way they've used him in the organization, I'd imagine he'd be fine with a mostly benchwarmer status; and at this point I don't know why Madrigal is still on the roster.......

  • crunch (view)

    you'd think a guy that could play 2nd and 3rd that has more pop than madrigal could at least get a shot at the team while they're busy paying him to be a multi-millionaire minor leaguer.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Are we able to orchestrate a giant nationwide conspiracy to convince Bote that all the games during the regular season are now also spring training games and don't count?