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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, nine players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, three players are on the 15-DAY IL, and two players are on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-15-2024
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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson

* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 2 
Seiya Suzuki, OF
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, P 

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AZL Cubs End Season with 24-Hour Marathon

The AZL Mariners took advantage of eight walks, one HBP, and four errors, to sail past the AZL Cubs 3-1 in Arizona League semi-final round playoff action at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ, a game that began Monday night and finished 24 hours later on Tuesday night.    

With the loss, the AZL Cubs are eliminated from the AZL playoffs.
The Cubs took the early lead 1-0 against Mariners RHSP Jio Orozco in the bottom of the 2nd inning on Monday night, when Carlos Jimenez singled, advanced a base on an Andruw Monasterio single, and then raced home from 2nd after Mariners second-baseman Julius Gaines dropped a throw from the shortstop that should been an easy inning-ending 6-4 FC.

Meanwhile, Dylan Cease was cruising, retiring the first six men he faced (5-3, F-9, K, F-8, K, L-4) on just 25 pitches. But then the Mariners tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third when Cease had a sudden control lapse (which he has from time-to-time) that loaded the bases with nobody out (BB, 1B, BB, including two pitches to the first man he faced in the inning that went over the catcher's head and onto the screen behind home plate). But after throwing nine of his first 12 pitches in the 3rd inning out of the strike zone, Cease gathered himself and was able to induce a 6-4-3 DP (runner scored from 3rd) and an F-8 to get out of the jam. 

The Cubs had several chances to score over the next seven innings, but were unable to generate a hit (or even just a fly ball or a ground out) when they needed one.  

With one out in the bottom of the 4th inning and the score still tied 1-1, Carlos Jimenez lifted a bloop single over ther second-baseman's head into right field, and then Kevonte Mitchell popped a fly ball that sailed over the rightfielder's head and off the right field fence for a double just as a 50 MPH+ gust of wind hit the park as a Monsoon storm arrived. The storm then proceeded to whack Riverview Park full-force, eventually resulting in the umpires declaring the contest a suspended game following a 90-minute delay. The field was a lake at this point and a steady drizzle continued for a while longer, so there was really no choice but to go home and try it again on Tuesday.  

And so the ground crew spent most of Tuesday preparing the Sloan Park field, and the game was re-started at 5 PM (MST), 21 hours after it was first delayed. (The AZL Royals-AZL White Sox suspended semi-final game had to be moved from Papago Park to Surprise on Tuesday due to damage sustained at Papago from an apparent microburst during Monday night's storm).  

So the Mariners took the field, as Carlos Jimenez took his place on third base and Kevonte Mitchell returned to 2nd base to re-start the game. Andruw Momasterio was presented with runners at 2nd & 3rd and just one out, with the infield playing back and conceding the run, but the 18-year old Venezuelan shortstop struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch and Tyler Payne popped out to the catcher to end the threat and leave the game tied.

The Mariner bullpen went crazy when reliever Matt Walker got out the 4th inning jam unscathed (the few fans attending AZL games don't say anything, so it is up to the two bullpens and the two benches to to provide the noise), and the M's offense pieced together a run in the top of the 5th (their first at bat of the day) on two walks, a single, and a E-3 RBI, taking a 2-1 lead.

RHP Nick Niedert (Seattle Mariners 2015 2nd round draft pick - Peachtree HS - Suwanee, GA) entered the game in the bottom of the 5th and the Cubs immediately loaded the bases with no outs on an E-5, a FC, and walk, but Jose Paniagua lined a rocket back at Neidert that the young right-hander turned into a miracle double play (catching baserunner Robert Garcia asleep at 3rd base) to get two outs on one pitch, before inducing Chris Pieters to loft a fly ball to the warning track in CF (one batter too late, as it turned out) to end the inning and keep the game deadlocked.

Neidert then got on a roll and retired 11 in a row, while the Mariners were adding an insurance run in the top of the 7th thanks to three inopportune Cub errors and a sacrifice fly.

But the Cubs weren't quite done yet, getting the tying run on base with no outs in the bottom of the 9th on a Carlos Jimenez lead-off infield single and a Kevonte Mitchell four-pitch walk. Closer Art Warren relieved Neidert, and Andruw Monasterio laid-down a picture-perfect sacrifice bunt that moved the runners into scoring position. But pinch-hitter Roberto Caro struck out swinging and Robert Garcia grounded out 4-3 to end the game with a whimper, sending the Mariners home to Peoria to face the White Sox in Wednesday night's AZL Championship game.           

Although they did not advance to the league Championship Game, the AZL Cubs had a fine year, finishing with the second-best overall record in the 14-team league (the AZL Royals had the best overall record, but they got eliminated in the semi-final round, too). AZL Cubs pitchers allowed the fewest runs in the league, and AZL Cubs batters were 2nd in the league in hitting, third in OBP, and 4th in SLG, while also scoring the fourth-most runs. 

21-year old switch-hitting Dominican OF Robert Garcia was the heart & soul of the 2015 AZL Cubs, hitting a cool 341/409/445 with 17 SB (and lots of bunt singles) in 47 games. Garcia finished 3rd in the AZL in hitting, 6th in OBP, hits, and stolen bases, and 10th in SLG and runs scored. 1B Jose Paniagua finished tied for 10th in the league in home runs.

Although Garcia certainly had the better year, the 2015 AZL Cubs best position player prospect was actually 3B Wladimir Galindo (358/400/526 in 19 games), but the 18-year old Venezuelan ended up on the 60-day DL in July with left wrist inflammation that had also caused him to miss most of Extended Spring Training.  
On the pitching side, RHSP Jesus Camargo (ex-Mexico City Red Devils) was 3rd in the AZL in WHIP and 5th in strikeouts. Camargo features one of the best change-ups I have seen from an 19-year old pitcher since I can't remember when, and in fact it's so good that AZL Cubs pitching coach Ron Villone had to constantly remind Camargo to throw other pitches (like maybe his fastball), because otherwise Camargo probably would have thrown nothing but the change-up. 

As is the case with the position players, the AZL Cubs best pitching prospect wasn't the pitcher who had the best year (Jesus Camargo), but rather was 19-year old RHP Dylan Cease (Cubs 2014 6th round draft pick - Milton HS - Milton, GA). The Cubs gave Cease "first-round money" to sign in June 2014, and then he underwent an elbow UCL transplant ("Tommy John Surgery") a short-time later in July, and so he did not make his pro debut until this season. (The Cubs knew about the elbow injury and the pending TJS when they drafted him),. But Cease has made a remarkable recovery, consistently working his fastball at 95-97 MPH and occasionally touching 98-100 going all the way back to his first "live" BP and "sim" games in Extended Spring Training, and while he seemed to be somewhat reluctant to throw his curve and change-up in AZL games, he did throw both pitches quite a bit during his Extended Spring Training outings, and so he clearly does have a legitimate three-pitch repertoire.  

Here is the abridged box score from tonight's game (AZL Cubs players only)

1. Robert Garcia, RF: 0-5 (K, 4-3, E-5, 5-3, 4-3) 
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-4 (1B, 3-1, FC, 1-3) 
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-3 (4-3, 4-3, BB, 4-3)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-4 (K, P-4, L-1 DP, 1-3)
5. Chris Pieters, DH: 0-4 (5-3, 3-1, F-8, P-4)
6. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3, 1B, R)
7. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 1-3 (P-3, 2B, P-4, BB)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3, 3-4 SH)
9a. Tyler Payne, C: 0-3 (FC, P-2, L-9) 
9b. Roberto Caro, PH: 0-1 (K) 

1. Dylan Cease: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/4 GO/FO, 41 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Carlos Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Heath Dwyer: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 39 pitches (21 strikes) 
4. Tanner Griggs: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/FO, 18 pitches (13 strikes) 
5. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 26 pitches (13 strikes) 

1. 1B Jose Paniagua: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. RF Robert Garcia: E-9 (fielding error on line drive single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base) 
3. 3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (missed catch on attempted FC allowed runner to advance from 2nd to 3rd) 
4. P Tanner Griggs: E-1 (two-base throwing error on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

Tyler Payne: 1-3 CS 

Robert Garcia - doubled-off third base on line-drive to pitcher 


Recent comments

  • azbobbop (view)

    I can’t speak to how many organizations had newfound interest in Zyhir Hope but I did talk to a Dodger scout who told that the Ddodgers always had their on him. 

    I hardly think of my self as a “scout” but I saw a beautiful smooth left hand swing, easy power,  an aggressive base runner as in very limited action, a good defensive player. He certainly caught my attention, moreso than anyone else on the ACL team last year.

  • George Altman (view)

    Ditto. The can DFA him when they activate Taillon.

  • crunch (view)

    cade horton with his 2024 AA debut of 4ip 4h 0bb 4k, 1r/0er is followed up even better...

    4ip 1h 1bb 5K, 0r/er

    he's still on a pitch count restriction, btw.  he probably could have gone 6+ innings in both outings if he was off a leash.

  • crunch (view)

    okay, officially done with hendricks as a starter.

    dunno if counsell is there, but i'm there.

  • Bill (view)

    That pretty well sums up the situation.  Epstein, the media and the fans became obsessed with the concept of a "window of opportunity" that had to be taken advantage of before it closed.  Thus the trade for Quintana, and the trade of Soler for crap.

    The way to deal with a "window of opportunity" is not to sacrifice everything to win, but to extend that window.  Epstein knew that he was having his best players, Rizzo, Baez and Bryant in the same year, with Contreras the following year, at the same time that the pitching staff was growing elderly and on the verge of declining.  A responsible administration would have moved one of the ""core" two years earlier, and a second one the next year, in order to prevent the otherwise necessity of "tanking" when they left at the same time.  they had to know that there was no way they could have all been extended, and still leave room for growth.

    Other than the Dodgers and the Yankees, no team can maintain a consistent level of production without a consistent flow of high ceiling, low cost controlled young players coming up from the farm.  We have lived through the errors of the past, and hopefully have learned enough from them to prevent a reoccurance of it in a few years.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I think it was pretty clear that practically all of “the core” was going to be gone after the 2021 season and that utterly gutting the farm system to chase a championship with the same guys year after year until they all departed wasn’t going to end well. That was talked about as early as 2017.

    I don’t think it’s hindsight to say they would have been better off from a sustainability standpoint trading some of those pieces for the best prospect packages available and introducing some of the kids. For example, I was hoping real time they would trade Schwarber during the 2016 offseason to an AL team as a DH when the DH was AL only. Fresh off being a WS hero he could have fetched quite a haul. But, alas, he was a member of the vaunted, untouchable “core”.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    What would have surprised me is the Dodgers, who have traditionally been outstanding in evaluating and developing talent, giving away Busch for nothing. They obviously saw something in both of the guys. Perhaps one or both will be future superstars.

    That said, the old cliche is that the level of competition increases ten fold for every level moved up. Ferris and Hope both have a long way to go. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    For now, I’m watching Busch put the team on his shoulders while the presumed offensive star of the team flails and doesn’t seem to have a plan beyond “waiting for the numbers to even out”. 

    I thought it was a good and fair trade at the time - a talented but surplus guy for the Dodgers that filled an immediate need for the Cubs in exchange for potential pieces of the Dodgers future - and I’m awfully glad Busch is a Cub.

  • First.Pitch.120 (view)

    Mostly agree, but I don’t think it was as much “unshakeable faith” as it was a series of unclear choices in the moment that have become obvious with hindsight.  

    The upside outcome for the coming year for any player was always much higher than the return on selling. It was like Texas Hold’em purgatory of having 4 to an A-K led flush…  impossible to get away from. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    He works quickly too so all that happened in probably like 4 minutes 

  • crunch (view)

    as of now, zyhir hope is the dodgers #20 prospect on (ferris #7).  he made 0 national "top 100" overall lists.  that may be a different story soon enough.

    if hope is not in the team top-10 by year's end i would be shocked.

    i don't know what happened between draft day and a couple months in arizona, but he got the attention of many organizations outside of the cubs when he showed up.