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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
* bats or throws left
# bats both

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


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AZL Cubs Ride Haboob to Victory at Indian School Park

Wladimir Galindo reached base four times (two singles, a walk, and a HBP), scored two runs, and drove-in two more and Robert Garcia singled twice, doubled, scored two runs, and drove-in four, as the AZL Cubs drubbed the AZL Giants 11-4 in Arizona League action last night on Field #2 at Indian School Park. 

The start of the game was delayed for about 45 minutes while a haboob (desert dust storm) roared through Scottsdale with winds gusting up to 50 MPH.


The Cubs and Giants players and coaches scrambled to get inside the clubhouse as the wall of dust approached, but it looked a lot scarier than it really was. The umpires apparently hadn't been told about it, because they came out of their room and walked onto the field, except nobody was there. They looked at each other as if to say, "Are we at the right park?" 

The Cubs got the scoring started in the top of the 1st, when 2015 24th round pick Sutton Whiting (making his first pro game start) reached base on a 10-pitch HBP. The speedy Whiting (who was fourth in stolen bases in NCAA D-1 in 2014) immediately stole 2nd base (not even close), and then scored easily on a Wladimir Galindo line-drive single to left. Whiting is 23-years old and is a polished college player in all phases on his game, so he should be able to move upward through the system quickly.  

The Cubs scored three more in the top of the 2nd, as the Giants decided to perform some classic baseball physical comedy. Yohan Matos led-off and reached base on an E-4 (grounder went through the legs of the Giants 2nd baseman), and then Jose Paniagua lofted a pop fly into short right that the rightfielder dropped. But the rightfielder had an easy force-out at 2nd base as Matos was only about three steps off the 1st base bag, except he air-mailed the throw into LF, allowing the runners to move-up to 2nd & 3rd. Robert Garcia then collected his first two RBI of the evening, rifling a line-drive single to right that scored Matos and Paniagua. Garcia advanced to 2nd on a WP, to 3rd on a 4-3 GO, and scored on a 6-3 GO.

The Giants scored two in the 3rd off Cubs SP Austyn Willis, who labored through 3.1 IP (74 pitches - including a 22-pitch 1st inning, a 22-pitch 2nd inning, and a 24-pitch 3rd inning), and despite surrendering six hits (five singles and a double), two walks, a HBP, and a balk. the big right-hander continually worked out of trouble and allowed only two runs.

The Cubs scored again in the top of the 5th, as Whiting led-off with a single, and advanced to 3rd on a two-base E-1 errant pick-off attempt (Whiting is a pain-in-the-ass to the opposing pitcher, taking a big lead and daring the pitcher to throw over). Galindo followed with a line-drive sacrifice fly to right.

Jose Paniagua (bloop double down the right-field line) and Robert Garcia (ground RBI double past the first-baseman and into the RF corner) got things started for the Cubs in the top of the 6th, and after Garcia advanced to third on a pop out to the first-baseman in foul territory (if nothing else, the AZL Cubs are loaded with speed), Roberto Caro collected his second GO RBI of the game as the Cubs took a 7-2 lead.

The Cubs scored two more runs in the 7th, as Galindo walked to lead-off the inning, and Alex Bautista reached base on an E-6. (It might appear that Bautista was making his pro debut, but he actually made his pro debut in the game at Tempe on Thursday night, except the official scorer apparently didn't notice that Bautista had entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 9th). The runners each moved up a base on a WP, and then Paniagua drove-in one run with a two-out infield single, and Garcia followed with another line-drive RBI single to right to collect his fourth RBI of the night.

The Cubs scored their final two runs of the game in the top of the 8th. Caro led-off with a single and then with one out, Galindo was hit by a pitch. A WP advanced both runners, and then Caro scored on a Joey Martarano 3-U GO, and Bautista drove-in Galindo with a two-out infield single..

18-year old 6'3 Colombian RHP Erling Moreno (2013 IFA - 2014 TJS) had another strong outing, working two shutout innings (the 5th & the 6th) and retiring six of the seven men he faced (5/1 GO/FO), While fellow 2014 TJS rehabber RHP Dylan Cease (Cubs 2014 6th round draft pick) continues to struggle to throw strikes, Moreno has outstanding command of his stuff.

AZL Cubs LHP (ex-OF) Ariel Ovando struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th, keeping the Giants hitters off-balance by mixing a mid-80's fastball with a slow curve. Ovando did allow a run on a lead-off walk and a two-out RBI double, and he needed 24 pitches to get through the inning.

Here is the Cubs abridged box score:

1. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-5 (K, 6-3, 3-1, 6-3, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
2. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 1-4 (BB, F-7, 1B, F-8, L-6, 2 R, SB)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, L-9 SF, BB, HBP, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4. Joey Martarano, DH: 1-5 (K, 5-3, 1B, F-9, 3-U, RBI)
5. Alex Bautista, LF:  1-5 (6-4 FC, 6-3, K, E-6, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Yohan Matos, C: 0-5 (E-4, K, K, F-8, K, R)
7. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-5 (FC+E9, 1-4-3, 2B, 1B, 4-3, 2 R, RBI) 
8. Robert Garcia, RF: 3-5 (1B, 3-U, 2B, 1B, K, 2 R, 4 RBI)
9. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-4 (4-3, BB, P-3, P-3, K, SB)

1. Austyn Willis: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 BALK, 5/3 GO/FO, 74 pitches (47 strikes) 
2. Tanner Griggs: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
3. Erling Moreno: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Trey Masek: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 22 pitches (12 strikes)
5. Ariel Ovando: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 BALK, 24 pitches (14 strikes) 

3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (dropped pop fly in foul territory extending AB) 

Yohan Matos: 0-2 CS


Pirates DFA Jose Tabata. He has got to be better than Szczur or Baxter though more expensive.

hahahaha...boob. i was in scottsdale (not preferred, but nice hotel for cheap) a couple weekends ago and was so happy for the great weather (105F, cool-ish wind). the unusual amount of rain in the weeks before made for some nice hiking eye candy. i've never been in a duststorm. the pictures/video look worse than those sudden monsoon storms more common in the southern part of AZ. i've heard the highway between PHX/TUC can get dangerously deadly thanks to sudden duststorms. damn, i love arizona. i wish i could find work in my field there. the wife loves it, too...bonus. we take too many vacations there that we have to attempt to explain to others why it's a great place to visit. also, go cubs.

Both Sutton Whiting and Andruw Monasterio are listed as playing SS with no 2B. I presume one of the two of them played 2nd?

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