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22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-29-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 21
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

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 5 
David Bote 
Garrett Cooper
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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A's 4th Inning Explosion Too Much for Cubs at Fitch Park

Alexander Campos (RBI double), Jorge Romero (RBI double), and Marcos Betancourt (RBI single) contributed back-to-back-to-back run-scoring hits in a five-run 4th, propelling the Athletics to a 9-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Owen Caissie blasted a solo HR (his third in his last two games) and Ismael Mena tripled and scored to account for the two Cub runs. Caissie also singled, so he has now reached base in 15 of his 21 EXST PA (three HR, four doubles, five singles, and three walks, in just seven games).  

Cubs SP Tyler Schlaffer easily retired the first ten A's in order (F-9, K, L-7 / K, 5-3, K / L-9, F-7, K / 5-3...) before the roof fell-in -- starting with a walk -- with one out in the 4th.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 
CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 0-2 (F-9, 4-6 FC) 
1b. Yovanny Cuevas, PH-LF: 0-1 (K, BB) 
2a. Reggie Preciado, SS-DH: 1-2 (F-8, 2B, BB) 
2b. Edgar Gamargo, PH: 1-1 (1B) 
3a. Jared Young, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, 4-3)
3b. Shendrik Apostel, 1B: 0-0 (BB) 
4a. Owen Caissie, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, HR, K, R, RBI, PO) 
4b. Juan Mora, 3B: 0-1 (K) 
5. Rafael Morel, 3B-SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, HBP)
6a. Ronnier Quintero, C: 1-2 (L-7, 1B)
6b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 1-1 (1B) 
7a. Felix Stevens, RF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
7b. Rafael Herrera, RF: 0-0 (BB) 
8a. Ismael Mena, CF: 1-2 (3B, P-5, R)
8b. Jose O. Lopez, CF: 0-1 (P-3 DP) 
9a. Widimer Joaquin, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K, RBI)
9b. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 0-1 (4-3) . 
10. Wally Soto, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, SB) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Tyler Schlaffer: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 60 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (13 strtkes) 
3. Alberto Sojo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Elian Almanzar: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (16 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
CF Jose O. Lopez: E-8 (fielding error on bloop single to CF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Ronnier Quintero: 1 PB 
2. Miguel Fabrizio: 1-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: N/A 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

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In reply to by KingKongvsGodzilla

KKvG: Just from watching Ronnier Quintero take BP, offensively he reminds me a bit of a very young Carlos Delgado, who started at catcher and then was moved to 1B / DH. Quintero clearly has plus-power in BP, but I don't know yet if it will play in games. That is the $2.9M question.  

Defensively he clearly needs work on his receiving. The Cubs worked very hard with him last fall at AZ Instructs on his defense (most days he wasn't even taking BP). His arm is solid but I haven't seen yet how accurate it is, especially under pressure. I remember when the Cubs signed Mark Malave a few years ago and then found out he wasn't suited to be a catcher, or much of anything else for that matter.   

And no way Quintero weighs 175. Maybe 215 would be more like it. He is in better shape now than he was last year at Instructs, however, but he is still a VERY slow runner. 

So if I had to make a bet right now on Ronnier Quintero's future defensive home, I would put my money on him moving eventually to 1B or maybe even DH. But he will have to hit a LOT to play there. Hopefully he can remain at catcher. By all appearances he is a hard worker and he seems to be popular with his teammates and coaches, so if he doesn't make it at catcher it won't be for lack of effort and opportunity. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Man, I remember being pretty interested in Malave after his age 18 as a switch hitter, but he stopped almost immediately after. Thanks for the feedback.

Quintero's MLB.com's scouting report had alot of praise for his makeup, describing him as vocal and a field leader type. Between that, his age, and the Cubs' growing track record developing catchers even as young as Quintero, and other stuff, I see him as possibly their best catching prospect as soon as this summer or next. I'm a big fan of the physicality, actually much prefer 215 to 175. Here's hoping he's the next Brian McCann!

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In reply to by Hagsag

reggie preciado, most likely.

3rd is probably his future rather than SS, though.  power potential, but still a ways to go growing into his body.  at best he'd rank in the 5-10 range on the most optomistic team rankings, but it wouldn't take too much to vault him into top team prospect status.

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In reply to by Hagsag

Here's what AZPhil wrote a week or so ago:

Of the four prospects the Cubs got from SD in the Darvish trade, I would rate them this way: 

Owen Caissie (LH power-hitting RF) and Reggie Preciado (a raw five-tool SS) have the highest ceilings, Yeison Santana (bat-first middle-unfielder) has the next highest-ceiling, and then Ismael Mena (plus defender and base-runner, but questionable hit tool and power) would have the lowest ceiling.of the four

Caissiie and Santana have the highest floors, and Preciado and Mena not so much.

So Caissie is clearly a legit MLB prospect (I would rate him in the Cubs Top 10 right now), Santana should progress steadily through the minors and has a good chance to play in MLB but he probably is more 2B than SS, Preciado is a boom or bust type (the classic "lottery ticket" who could be a superstar or he might not ever get out of A-ball)), and Mena would seem to project more as a defense-first CF where his bat is the big question as he moves up.

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. 

    Thoughts?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

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

    KYLE HENDRICKS
    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)...  

    HECTOR NERIS
    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)... 

    ADBERT ALZOLAY
    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)... 

    DANIEL PALENCIA
    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)...   

    EDWIN ESCOBAR
    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)...    

    PORTER HODGE
    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... 

    BRAD WIECK
    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?