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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)

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

Last updated 6-16-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 11
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P
Ethan Roberts, P
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P
* Jordan Wicks, P& 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P 

DFA
Jose Cuas, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

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.

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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:

CUBS LINEUP:
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)

CUBS PITCHERS
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) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (dropped pop fly in foul territory extending AB) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yohan Matos: 0-2 CS

Comments

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

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 12 minutes ago (view)

    Also, Yency Almonte is already 39 days into his 15-day IL assignment and he doesn't appear close to a rehab assignment, so he could have been transferred to the 60- day IL and still would have been eligible to be reinstated in 21 days.  

    So the Cubs must believe that now is a really good time to run Jose Cuas through waivers. (Presuming he is not traded or claimed off waivers, Cuas is NOT eligible to elect free agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be a Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-2024 World Series if he is not added back to the 40 or signs a 2025 minor successor contract in the meantime). 

  • crunch 1 hour 52 minutes ago (view)

    damn, willson contreras will begin a AAA rehab assignment tomorrow.

    broken wrists aren't what they used to be.  it's been about 5 weeks.

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 18 minutes ago (view)

    The Cubs have not just one, not just two, but - THREE - former Grand Canyon University closers in their system -- Frankie Scalzo Jr, Nick Hull, and Vince Reilly. Also catcher David Avitia.  

    Cubs "four corners" area scout Steve McFarland is one of the best scouts in the business. (Four corners area includes Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona, plus Las Vegas/Clark County). 

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 33 minutes ago (view)

    A month into the 2024 season the Cubs were last in stolen bases. They are now 10th (5th in the N. L.). 

  • crunch 4 hours 16 minutes ago (view)

    frankie scalzo

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 37 minutes ago (view)

    Childersb3: No. 

    A player can be recalled from an optional assignment and be placed on the club's MLB 60-day IL without any other move required. As long as the 40-man roster is full when the player is recalled and placed on the 60-day IL, it isn't even necessary to immediately replace the player on the 40 with another player, so this move could have been made the day after Madrigal sustained the broken hand at AAA and the Cubs could have played with 39 players on the 40 until whenever the slot might have been needed.   

    However, beginning on September 1st, the 40-man roster must be full when a player is placed onto or transferred to the 60-day IL - AND - another player must immediately replace the player on the 40 when the player is moved to the 60-day IL, but prior to September 1st that is not necessary. 

  • Childersb3 16 hours 8 minutes ago (view)

    Greg Zumach of Twitter/X's @IvyFutures page is reporting that Moises Ballesteros and a RP from TN are being promoted to IA.

  • Cubster 16 hours 25 minutes ago (view)

    MLBTR is reporting that former Cub, Mike Brumley was killed in a car accident. He was only 61.

    I remember him more for the trade that brought him to Chicago and the trade that led to his exit. He was a bench SS on the 1987 Andre Dawson MVP season—but last place finishing team.  He was on the Cubs coaching staff in 2014.

    the Red Sox traded Brumley and Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner in May 1984, which led to Brumley making his MLB debut in a Chicago uniform in 1987.  The Cubbies then dealt Brumley and Keith Moreland to the Padres in February 1988 in the swap that brought Goose Gossage and Ray Hayward to Chicago.”

  • crunch 17 hours 9 minutes ago (view)

    the bats are piling up walks with not many hits...and the hits are rather low on doubles and homers.  they would be in much better shape if the bats were cashing in more of this walk-heavy lineup.

    the amount of 1-run games this team is playing is astounding...and it's not like a majority of these are high-scoring 1-run games.

  • Childersb3 17 hours 21 minutes ago (view)

    Wait, stupid question. 

    Wicks spot could've gone to MMadrigal, first. 

    Sorry