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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus six players are on the 60-DAY IL

Last updated 10-2-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Tyler Duffey 
Jeremiah Estrada
Shane Greene
Kyle Hendricks
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

# Jeimer Candelario
Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

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

60-DAY IL: 6
Nick Burdi, P
Michael Fulmer, P 
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Nick Madrigal, INF
Ethan Roberts, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

9th Inning Rally Gains Split for Cubs at Riverview

RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng hurled three innings of perfect baseball, Kevin Cornelius laced two RBI doubles (one in the 2nd inning and another in the 8th), Eddy Julio Martinez singled and doubled and scored a run, and Gioskar Amaya drilled a bases-loaded two-run walk-off double off the LF fence in the bottom of the 9th to overcome a 4-3 deficit, as the AAA Iowa Cubs rallied to edge the Reno Aces (AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) 5-4 on Field #6, and Anfernee Grier smacked a two-run HR in the 1st inning and Marcus Wilson hammered a solo HR in the 3rd, and LHSP Alex Young hurled three innings of shutout ball, as the Jackson Generals (D'backs AA affiliate) edged the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #5, in Cactus League Minor League Camp doubleheader game action Friday afternoon on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Diamondbacks RHSP Taijuan Walker was sent to Mesa from D'backs MLB camp and got the start for Reno on Field #6, working 4.2 IP and allowing one run (earned) on three hits (a double and two singles) and a walk, with seven strikeouts and a 4/2 GO/AO. Kevin Cron belted two tape-measure home runs (a solo blast off Zach Hedges in the 5th and a two-run bomb off Preston Morrison in the 7th) to give the Aces a temporary 3-2 lead (later expanded to 4-2), before the Cubs came back with a run in the 8th on the second RBI double by Cornelius and then the two runs in the bottom of the 9th on the G. Amaya clutch two-bagger (the culmination of a magnificent ten-pitch AB).

Down 4-0 going into the 9th on Field #5, Zack Short blasted a three-run HR to pull the Smokies within a run, but the potential tying and winning runs were subsequently left-stranded. 

Tennessee pitchers allowed only three hits on Field #5, but eight walks (including six by Smokies SP Kyle Miller) and two HBP combined with the two early HR helped give the Generals just enough runs and the eventual victory.   
Because the Cubs MLB squad has split in two for the weekend (the Cubs will be playing a two-game set versus the Cleveland Indians in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday while the other squad remains in Mesa to face an Indians split-squad on Saturday and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday), a number of players (mostly from AAA Iowa) were called up to the MLB squad from Minor League Camp just for the weekend, and so there were also a number of temporary promotions at Minor League Camp as well. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games played at Riverview Park on Friday (Cubs players only):  


1. Roberto Caro, LF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 4-3, 1B, R, PO)
2a. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-2 (P-6, F-8)
2b. Luis Diaz, 2B: 1-2 (F-9, 1B, R)
3. Zack Short, 2B-SS: 2-4 (2B, L-9, K, HR, R, 3 RBI)
4. Jesse Hodges, 1B-3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, 3-1, P-3, SB)
5a. Vimael Machin, 3B: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
5b. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 1-1 (1B)
6a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-2 (L-9, K)
6b. Richard Nunez, C: 0-1 (BB, 6-U FC)
7a. Chris Pieters, RF: 0-2 (4-3, 1-3)
7b. Jose A. Gonzalez, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
7c. Ramsey Romano, PH: 1-1 (2B)
8a. Kevin Zamudio, DH: 0-3 (F-7, L-8, K)
8b. Tyler Alamo, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (P-3, K, 1-3)

1. Kyle Miller: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 6 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2 HR, 1 GIDP, 2/2 GO/AO, 59 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Casey Bloomquist: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/AO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Jake Stinnett: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
5. Wyatt Short: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)

3B Vimael Machin: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS



1a. Eddy Julio Martinez, CF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 2B, R)
1b. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 0-1 (K)
2a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
2b. Ian Rice, C: 0-2 (5-3, L-7, RBI)
3a. P. J. Higgins, C-DH: 0-2 (K, BB, F-8)
3b. Christian Donahue, PH: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
4a. Alexander Guerra, DH #1: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3)
4b. Tyler Payne, PH: 1-1 (1B, R)
5. Bijan Rademacher, LF: 0-3 (3-U, K, K, BB)
6. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-4 (L-7, K, F-8, 2B, 2 RBI)
7a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, R, SB)
7b. Trent Giambrone, SS: 1-1 (2B, R)
8. Kevin Cornelius, 1B: 2-3 (2B, K, 2B, 2 RBI)
9. Stephen Bruno, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, F-9, BB, CS)
10a. Tyler Pearson, DH #2: 0-1 (K)
10b. Connor Myers, RF: 0-1 (K)

1. Jen-Ho Tseng: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 36 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Zach Hedges: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Preston Morrison: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 22 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Dave Berg: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 6 pitches (4 strikes)

1. 3B Stephen Bruno: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on bunt single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. C Ian Rice: E-2 (errant throw to 1st base on bunt allowed batter to reach base safely)

Ian Rice: 1-1 CS, 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 70's 


"Just because it's not official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


PHIL: Do you know which of the remaining NRIs have options left? Bass, Hancock, Ryan, Court, Freeman, etc.? Thanks!

K-DUB: The only 2018 Cubs Spring Training NRI who are out of minor league options are Anthony Bass, Chris Gimenez, and Michael Roth, and while Chris Bourjos has options left he cannot be optioned to the minors without his permission because he has too much MLB Service Time. Of course this only matters if the player is added to the MLB Reserve List (40-man roster).

man...vogelbomb is gonna hit like 40 homers this year.

dude seems to have given up "going slim" but the weight he put back on is beefcube bulk...and he's hitting the crap out of the ball.

j.baez played 6 innings of today's early split squad 3ab, 1-3 (single)...says he feels great

schwarber hit a triple and a double.  zobrist hit a homer.  eddie butler didn't do so well 3.1ip 2h 3bb 2k, 3r/er

Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat 15,826 at Sloan Park today for #Cubs vs Indians. 3rd largest Cactus League crowd ever

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In reply to by crunch

Maddon might have defined the former Grimm spot as competition. Butler showed why he is not made it as a starter, suddenly losing command, my guess he is waived as teams look to vulture a cast off for innings like TB looking for a 5th starter or inclusion as 5th starter by committee. So possible dark horse or acquired, either way I think it just keeps the seat warm until mid June. 

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In reply to by Bob N.

Eddie Butler pitched very well for the first three innings today. He worked fast, didn't nibble, and all of his pitches were working for him (he deftly mixed a 92-94 FB, an 86-89 CT/SL, and a decent slow breaking ball). But then after he walked the second batter in the top of the 4th, it's like he just fell apart. He made an errant pick-off throw to 1st base that went 15 rows into the stands, then he walked the next guy, then he paid no attention when the runners at 1st and 2nd got great jumps and pulled off a double steal, and then he issued another walk to load the bases. It was like he was two different pitchers.

So I'm not sure what this all means for Butler going forward. Obviously he is not competing for a job in the Cubs starting rotation so how he performed in his 4th inning of work today probably doesn't matter much, because he was very good for the first three innings. And since he is out of minor league options, I would think the Cubs will probably just keep him on the 25-man roster and see how he performs in a multi-inning role out of the bullpen over the first month or so and then re-evaluate his spot on the roster.

And BTW, LHRP Justin Wilson was excellent today, pitching with confidence and combining a 96-97 MPH FB and a hard slider to produce an easy 1-2-3 inning. And --  HE THREW STRIKES!

RHP Luke Farrell worked the final three innings for the Cubs (he's getting stretched-out to be a SP at Iowa), and he racked up seven strikeouts. Farrell "pitches backwards," meaning he uses his 90-91 MPH FB to set up his plus-CV and CH, and he depends on plus-command to make it work. He had plus-command today.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks for game account, Phil. Wilson is a huge wildcard in the Cubs bullpen, so glad is blister is healed enough to pitch, and to pitch really well. My first instinct with Butler was to take it as a winning effort. A lot of the rotation guys, when they are getting extended, get tired and lose it when trying to stretch from 2 innings to 4 innings. So given that Butler's role will be as a 1-2 inning guy, on very rare ocassions maybe 3, I'd think the first three innings matter, and inning four who cares. But, totally letting everything get away in the 4th, by contrast, is not a good look. I think having a certain composure in messy situations is something Maddon values a lot.

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In reply to by craig

It seems like a good sign that the Cubs had him start the game and wanted him to get stretched out a bit. It means they either hope he can entice another team looking for a cheap starter in a trade or that they want him to be able to play a swing/long man role. If he can get 10 solid outs with regularity, he’ll fill that role nicely.

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In reply to by bradsbeard

they seem to like him better than alec mills as a pen option to break with the team this year at the very least. he seems to be a guy that (if he's good initially going in) is good for 50-60 pitches before he starts to lose effectiveness. at the very least, a guy like that could come in handy early in the season when some starters are still getting their routine down...though the cubs do have regular rest days early in the season. plus there's the whole "is montgomery pre-season trade bait or what?" issue that hasn't gotten a lot of buzz lately. maybe it's chilled out and montgomery don't mind pen work, maybe not. it seems not much has been said in weeks. it might be a different story if he was tearing things up as a starter and he's been given chances to do so this spring. *shrug*

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In reply to by crunch

I think Mills needs to be starting in Iowa. Butler I think has use in a 2-3 inning role, and mostly in blow outs or emergency situations if a starter gets hurt. But you don’t really need a guy with a ton of upside to be the 8th option in the pen. If he can eat innings when needed that’s great. And if something clicks this year and he looks like he could start, you’ve got a second Montgomery-type option and that opens up trade possibilities as well as provides nice depth.

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In reply to by bradsbeard

The thing that concerns me about the Cubs giving up on Eddie Butler is that he fits a similar profile as Jake Arrieta circa-2013. He has above-average stuff and he has the diversity of pitches to be a starter, but he also has command problems, throws too many pitches per inning, and seems to be unable to fight back against adverse situations.

That was the knock against Arrieta when the Cubs acquired him from Baltimore. He was seen as being mentally weak and unable to handle adversity. Of course Arrieta ultimately became mentally and physically strong, but that's probably atypical. There is just no way to tell in advance if that will ever happen with Butler, so it's just a question of how long the Cubs can carry him on the roster waiting for the light to go on (presuming it ever does, which it probably won't).

Also, this is not a rebuilding situation like it was in 2013-14 where the Cubs can afford to let Butler struggle and (hopefully) eventually figure things out and - MAYBE - become another Jake Arrieta. Or - MAYBE - he will be able to harness his stuff in short burts and morph into a quality reliever (as happened with Carl Edwards Jr). 

Bottom line is, if the Cubs get a reasonable offer (like maybe a younger pitcher who is not out of minor league options), I can see the Cubs trading Butler. Meanwhile he's the 8th man in the pen. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

One hope I've got for Butler is that he's always been used in rotation, where his fastball is good but not all that fast.  (Faster maybe than the Cubs soft-toss rotation last year, but not fast relative to league.)  But a lot of guys throw harder in relief.  And sometimes when a guy is pitching more often, it's almost easier to kind of stay in sync.  Would be cool, for him and Cubs, if he emerged as a pretty decent long-relief and 6th-inning guy.  The erratic control is a concern, though.  When Grimm was getting used for 6th inning work, you never new if he'd be able to get the ball over the plate.  Maddon might like somebody with averag stuff, but who's safer to be able to throw strikes and get through the 6th inning more consistently.  

Wow.  Hannemann is putting on a power display today.  1 HR and two doubles that had home run distance -- and one of them should have been ruled a home run.  Double #1 hit high off the 30 foot high centerfield wall 433 ft. from the plate and double #2 hit the 364' sign sticking up above the wall in right center field.  It was above the blue line going along the top of the wall (they don't have a yellow line at the top of the wall, for some reason).  I think I got all of that right -- there being no replay in spring training games and the TV shot was not very zoomed in.  Len and JD discussed that it should have been ruled a HR but no one's going to argue a spring training judgement call like that.  It would have been cool for Jacob to have a three homer day, though.

at the end of the top 8th the stadium sound dude ended the half-inning by playing the Super Mario World "course clear" song.

vegas is ready for baseball.  they have my vote of confidence.

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In reply to by Hagsag

I'm pretty happy about where the starting rotation is at this point in spring training. Nobody really looks rusty or out of whack. Some of them look like they are ready to go for real right now. I hope Chatwood especially can keep his game where it is and not lose it in the couple of weeks until he gets his starts.

PHIL: Thanks for the Eddie Butler summary. With options for Simmons, Maples, et. al., still, you’re probably right about them keeping him on the 25-man.

I am interested in what you are seeing with J Heyward on a daily basis. It seems really like he just can’t hit anymore. I hate to say it, but do you think he will just be the highest-paid platoon guy now?

Btw, ETHS lost to Whitney Young in the semi’s. Close game...

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In reply to by The E-Man

E-MAN: For now Jason Heyward is the Cubs priimary RF, but I suspect Maddon will rotate Heyward-Almora-Schwarber-Happ-Zobrist throughout the season.  

Too bad about ETHS. As I'm sure you know, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Wildkits' last state basketball championship (that was the Bob Lackey-Farrell Jones-Walter Perrin team that had Minnie Minoso's son as the 6th man), and it sure would have been sweet to win the 4-A championship this year. But it was exciting, and at least they did come close. And the businesses at Church & Dodge survived. (There was a near-riot at that intersection in 1968 -- I know because I was there!)

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

PHIL: Yeah, it was too bad and the 50th anniv. has been the buzz the whole season. That intersection is a lot different than your day I am somewhat happy to say. Had they won, the students could have lined up at the hand-made pie bakery for a slice of dutch apple pie, and a latte to celebrate. Of course knowing the area, they probably would have had voracious appetites!

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Ha! 1968 was the year for rioting in the Chicago area, I guess. I attended ETHS for both the 32-1, 1984 Everette Stephens led team that lost in the championship game, and the 1986 team that lost in the semi-finals against Marcus Liberty and King High School. I actually did play-by-play for that game from Assembly Hall. Those were fun times.

AZ Phil, can you give me an update on Eddy Julio Martinez? What is his 


AZ Phil, how is Eddy Julio Martinez looking this Spring? I see he is still with the Iowa group, at least for now.


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In reply to by Hagsag

HAGSAG: As I mentioned here last week, Eddy Julio Martinez is a definite 2018 break-out candidate. He spent an hour every morning at post-2017 Instructs working on his hitting (especially his launch angle), and then he worked on playing CF after he finished BP. So he can play all three OF slots (he has enough arm to play RF, enough range to play CF, and enough bat to play LF). His floor is an MLB 4th OF, and his ceiling would be an MLB starter. I'm not saying he is the second coming of Eloy Jimenez (because he is not), but he is a legit MLB prospect, certainly one of the Cubs Top 15 prospects.

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 10/03/2023 - 10:46 pm (view)

    I understand this is a cost saving and control idea. But I wouldn't be happy giving up ONKC or Alcantara for Hayes and/or Bednar.

    I'm not saying they aren't good players. They are. They've never been "tested" with playing for a good team, but that isn't their fault. They produce good results. But not Jaguar and Big Red.

    Canario won't get to play for the Cubs, just like Velazquez, so he should probably go. Same for Mervis and Vazquez. Wesneski can get better but Bednar would certainly help us.

    But not to big power hitting OFs that are 21 yrs old and younger at AA already. I'm still holding out hope for the ONKC-PCA-Jag left to right OF. I'm just not giving up on that.

    Hayes for Morel kind of stings. I'd love for Morel to get a full year at 3B. Even if he failed there miserably, I'd like to give him a shot.

    Phil always comes up with common sense angles. This trade idea fills needs for sure and fills them with cost saving effective players.

    I'm thinking Morel goes to NYM for Alonso.

    We'll see what Jed cooks up.

  • Arizona Phil 10/03/2023 - 10:18 pm (view)

    It used to be that teams did not want to trade within their own division for PR reasons, but I don't see that with Ben Cherington in Pittsburgh or with Hoyer / Hawkins in Chicago, so the Cubs might target Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes and closer David Bednar.

    Hayes is a Gold Glove defender, a decent enough hitter (105 OPS+ in 2023), and he's under control at a VERY reasonable price ($8.75M AAV) through 2029 (with a club option for 2030). 

    Bednar is first-time salary arbitration-eligible post-2023 and under control through 2026. 

    One thing about the Cubs is that they can afford to overpay (which is what they would have to do to get both Hayes and Bednar) with a package consisting of a decent young MLB position player to replace Hayes in the lineup (like Christopher Morel, who could play LF in Pittsburgh) and prospects like outfielders Alexander Canario, Owen Caissie, or Kevin Alcantara (Pirates pick one, leaving the other two for the Cubs), a power-hitting 1B-DH like Matt Mervis or Haydn McGeary (Pirates pick one, leaving the other one for the Cubs), SS Luis Vazquez (who is MLB-ready but will never play SS in Chicago), 3B B. J. Murray (who could replace Hayes at the hot corner in Pittsburgh by 2025 if not sometime in 2024, and he obviously would be blocked in Chicago if the Cubs get Hayes), and an MLB-ready SP like Hayden Wesneski. 

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:02 pm (view)

    boog and glanville calling the PHI@MIL game on ESPN2.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:59 pm (view)

    bellinger is my #1 want, but i fear he's the #1 want of many teams and will get crazy money + years, with the years being the big sting.  they need to replace bellinger's production if they don't get him no matter what position(s) played.

  • George Altman 10/03/2023 - 10:40 pm (view)

    I hope their top priorities are Bellinger, 2 RPs better than Fulmer/Boxberger (ideally 1 LH), and a 3B (Chapman my 1st Choice). That will put them right up to $237-257M AAV limit, but I don't see a playoff berth doing anything less.

    If they really want Alonso, Morel would be a good opening piece of that offer. 

    Unfortunately, Stroman will opt in ($23.7M) and Smyly ($11.5M) will be back. Steele, Taillon, Assad, Wicks will be rotation pieces. Would love a SP2 FA but don't see how they keep an effective offense and improve their bullpen while adding that.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    i cannot imagine getting a legit 3rd, whether signing or via trade, isn't the highest priority for the team.  it's almost obvious they don't see morel there.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:19 pm (view)

    I’m just hoping they have an actual 3B next year so we don’t need to worry about the M boys, Bote, and P Whiffy eating all the 3B at bats next year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:13 pm (view)

    Willson was a OF/3B when we signed him too.

    On a less successful but still got to the show note, PJ Higgins was another college IF converted to C

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    truth...and personally, i'd give him ABs (especially at 3rd) over the 2 singles-hitting-ceiling guys that got the shot.  i'm sure he can cover the ob% and defense while surpassing the power of anything masterboney and madrigal brought to the team.

    i don't view bote as a solution at 3rd, but i find it hard to believe he couldn't outperform either of the main options they had there for a huge chunk of this season.

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 10/03/2023 - 10:47 pm (view)

    Color me impressed by this assignment for Trice right out of the draft as a convert. Seems worth following after the success of Caratini