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

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

Last updated 6-11-2024

* 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
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

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: 12
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Jose Cuas, P
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P 
Keegan Thompson, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 2
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P 

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


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Bard, Russell, and Denorfia Get Pre-Game Reps at Extended Spring Training

Adonis Paula singled twice, stole a base, and drove-in a run, Kevonte Mitchell singled twice and scored a run, and Carlos Sepulveda smacked a solo home run, in Cubs Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action this morning on Field #5 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. 

The game was called after 4-1/2 innings with the score tied 2-2. (All three Extended Spring Training intrasquad games played this week have ended in a tie)

RHP (ex-C) Mark Malave finally made his game debut as a pitcher, throwing a shutout inning (4-3, 3-1, BB, 4-6 FC). I didn't see anthing special with his stuff, although he throws both a two-seam fastball and a curve (and the curve might be his best pitch). Malave received a reported $1.6M bonus when he was signed by the Cubs as a 16-year old switch-hitting catcher out of Venezuela in July 2011, the highest bonus ever given by the Cubs to an international amateur free-agent up to that point in time. He was moved almost immediately to 3rd base, and then he was moved back to catcher again (and gave up switch-hitting to hit only RH) after the 2013 season. He struggled offensively throughout his pro career as a postion player (248/347/305 in 141 career minor league games and 560 career minor league PA), and then was converted to a pitcher at Minor League Camp last month.       

In Cubs minor league roster news, RHP Daniel Bard (signed to a minor league contract during the off-season with an NRI to Spring Training, then couldn't throw strikes) and ex-Cubs LHP James Russell (signed to a minor league contract by the Cubs this morning after being released by the Atlanta Braves last week) have been assigned to Extended Spring Training. Both pitchers threw morning bullpen side-sessions but did not pitch in the game. Rehabbers RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS), RHP Trey Masek (2014 shoulder surgery), and RHP Austin Reed (2014 TJS) also threw bullpen side-sessions this morning.  

Chicago Cubs OF Chris Denorfia (15-day DL - hamstring) took BP on Field #6 prior to the game.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, 1B, R)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, F-9, R)  
3. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-2 (4-3, K) 
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-2 (5-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Adonis Paula, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI, SB)
6. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (FC, K) 
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (L-8, 4-3) 
8. Miguel Rico, DH #1: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3) 
9. Jordan Hankins, DH #2: 0-2 (K, L-6) 
10. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (3-U, 5-3) 

SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Kevin Brown, 1B: 1-2 (3B, 1-3, R)
2. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, RBI, CS) 
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-2 (HR, 3-1, R, RBI)
4. Tyler Pearson, DH #1: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
5. Varonex Cuevas, LF: 0-2 (K, 3-1)
6. Jhonny Pereda, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, BB)
7. Roney Alcala, RF: 0-2 (FC+E4, 4-6 FC)
8. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 0-1 (3-U)
9. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 0-1 (4-1)
10. Roberto Vahlis, C: 1-1 (1B)

SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Brad Markey: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
2. Michael Wagner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Austyn Willis: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (6 strikes)   

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS 
1. Ben Wells: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
2. Alexander Santana: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Jesus Castillo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Andin Diaz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Jose Zapata: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (9 strikes) 

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1 
2B Frandy de la Rosa - E-4 (throwing error attempting to turn DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Eric Gonzalez: 1-1 CS 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Roberto Vahlis: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 7 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER: 63+7

Last updated 4-8-2015

NOTE: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) group (AKA "Eugene/Mesa") is formed during Minor League Camp. This group consists of players who are the replacement cadre for the full season affiliates, players deemed not ready for full-season leagues, and injured players.

PITCHERS: 39+6
Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard
Dallas Beeler (INACTIVE - shoulder)
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - post-2013 shoulder surgery)
Jesus Castillo
Dylan Cease  (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
David Garner
Trevor Graham 
Taner Griggs
Luis Hernandez
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Daniel Lewis 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Brad Markey 
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* James Russell
* Carson Sands 
Alex Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - shoulder)
Michael Wagner
* Tsuyoshi Wada (ACTIVE REHAB - groin)
Ben Wells 
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata

CATCHERS: 7+1
Tyler Alamo (also has been playing 1B)
Eric Gonzalez
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - 2015 TJS) 
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
Roberto Vahlis

INFIELDERS: 10+2
# Roney Alcala
* Danny Canela (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete 
Carlos Jimenez
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Adonis Paula 
Tim Saunders (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son 
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - torn achilles tendon) 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
* Kevin Brown
Chris Denorfia (LIMITED ACTIVIIY REHAB)
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
Jae-Hoon Ha (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano

GAME MANAGERS
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)

COACHES
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Nate Maldonado (Mesa Rehab Assistant Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach) 
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach) 
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES 
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene) 
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)


Comments

The Cubs have released VSL Cubs IF-OF Humberto Garcia and RHP Julio Sanchez. Neither player could return to Latin rookie ball in 2015 because they have spent four "full seasons" playing in Latin rookie leagues, and players can't go back there once they reach the four year limit, Apparently the Cubs did not feel either was worthy of getting a shot in Extended Spring Training.

Both Garcia and Sanchez were "second contract players," with Garcia having signed with the Cubs in 2013 after being released by the White Sox, and Sanchez having signed with the Cubs in 2014 after being released by Cleveland. 

ichiro's 1st hit as a marlin is a bunt single to 3rd. i hope he gets 3000 hits (2845 now)...it'll probably take another season beyond this age 41 season, though. he got his start on the quest for 3000 at age 27...crazy.

a.cashner is throwing 98-99mph tonight on his fastball (one at 100mph)... ...and he just walked in a run to tie the game at 2 in the bottom 2nd.

Latoya does his best Hawkins impression and just blows a 2 run lead in the 9th for Colorado. What great memories...

Phil, Kevin Brown is leaving tomorrow morning to join AAA . Happy for him. He is a player! Just like you mentioned, he will probably make out better being here in Mesa a couple of extra days. It worked out for him. I know he will deliver.

He has 5 HR on the year thru 3 games. Cashner dropped his head in defeat after delivering the pitch for 3rd one.

AzPhil, Hope all's well. Been trying to find a way onto TCR all spring, but my carrier abroad kept blocking me (Rob, if you go through your list of people blocked from accessing TCR ... that would be me trying to log-in from Taiwan ... I guess it's possible there's others, but a lot of them were likely my attempts ... am using someone else's carrier right now and this question has been bugging me for a long time now). Anyhow, AzPhil, it's possible you've answered this, but as noted, haven't been able to get on. Can you give me your take on what's happened to Ben Wells in the past year? Admittedly, I was always higher on him than most (although, it was more of the "profile" that I liked, the big, strong power sinkerballer who, during his draft year, supposedly showed a decent breaking ball). Anyhow, he's 22 now, so the intrigue is gone, but ... what happened? It wasn't that long ago that he held some intrigue - 2012 he started of real well in A ball before getting hurt. I don't think people remember how ... good he was to start that year. Even in 2013, he was ... passable in High A. No one expected the K rate to stay high, as the secondaries weren't that good, but he was still ... usable. At the very least, I thought he could move into a pen role and become a power sinker guy out of the pen and have an outside shot of reaching the upper minors. Then 2014 came and he just ... collapsed. Heck, IIRC, there was talk he might start in AA to start 2014 before being bumped down (memory could be shoddy). And now, he doesn't seem to be doing much in XST. What happened? Velocity was down from his Boise days, but that was to be expected, IMO, as he was sort of a wild power sinker guy back then. Anyhow, it's been bugging me for long enough for me to work to find a way to get on TCR and ask you. Best.

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In reply to by toonsterwu

TOONSTER: I don't know the cause of it (and he probably does not know either), but Ben Wells showed up at Minor League Camp last season (2014) with a case of the yips. It wasn't as bad as the Daniel Bard or Scott Frazier cases (which are REALLY bad), probably more like Dillon Maples, or Trey Lang (before he retired).   

He eventually ended up at Extended Spring Training and they tried to adjust his mechanics (grip, arm slot, release point landing spot), but it didn't really fix the problem. 

Some days are better than others, but he still isn't throwing with much confidence. He's been getting cuffed around, almost like he's throwing BP.

 

Does anyone have a site that easily gives a breakout of career numbers of a hitter vs. today's probable starter?

Based uppn the sequence they were in at Minor League Camp from this past weekend, the Myrtle Beach starting rotation is Underwood-Torrez-Blackburn-Skulina-Tseng (in that order), and the South Bend rotation is Stinnett-Hedges-Null-Leal-Clifton. However, Hedges got bombed on Friday and so he could be replaced by Ryan Williams or Ryan McNeil (both are stretched-out). James Norwood was stretched-out as a starter but then he was moved to the bullpen this past weekend. 

Iowa had Roach-Pimentel-Jokisch-Loux #1-4 through this past weekend with the #5 slot TBA (could be a Britton-Negrin piggy-back, or maybe Tsuyoshi Wada on a 30-daty minor league rehab assignment, since Wada threw 64 pitches in an Extended Spring Training intrasquad game on Tuesday).  

Tennessee had Black-Pineyro-Zastryzny-Pena #1-4 through this past weekend with the 5th slot TBA. 

The minor league third-catchet/player-coach DL assignments have begun... 

3rd catcher Alberto Mineo to 7-day DL at Myrtle Beach, and I would expect the same thing for Erick Castillo (3rd catcher) at AA Tennessee. 

http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/san-diego-padres-a-j-preller-search-…

Rosenthal on Padres SS search has this about Castro

Much of the recent media speculation centers on Castro, whom the Cubs likely will attempt to move to clear the position for top prospect Addison Russell.

Well, the Padres indeed have talked to the Cubs about infielders, but not recently, one source said. What’s more, some with the Pads are less than enamored of Castro’s defense, another source said, echoing a view held by many in the industry.

Don't know about the first part because I doubt they're really sold on LaStella/Alcantara at 2b or Baez and Castro can move to 2B for Russell or vice-versa (guessing it's Castro that moves).

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In reply to by Rob G.

For some time now, Theo & Jed have been very coy when it comes to Castro doing everything possible (IMO) to keep his trade value as high as possible. I feel if Baez could show any semblance of plate discipline, he and Russell would solve the 2B/SS situation. Until then, I look for continued talk of 'Starlin is our SS....we're satisfied with his progress....etc., etc.'

CLE loses their bid for a multi-pitcher no-hitter (t.bauer went 111 pitches in 6 innings) with 1 out in the bottom 9th...so close. dave steib laughs at your pain, CLE.

To get down to the 25-man Opening Day active roster limit, the Iowa Cubs have placed INF Javy Baez on the Bereavement List and LHP Joe Ortiz on the Suspended List, and have released RHP Jorge DeLeon. OF Kevin Brown has been moved up to Iowa from Extended Spring Training to replace Baez. Also, LHP James Russell is supposedly en route to Memphis to join the I-Cubs after throwing a bullpen side-session at Cubs Minor League Camp at Riverview Park yesterday morning (he spent most of Spring Traning with the Atlanta Braves). 

The reason for Ortiz's suspension would NOT be a Prohibited Substance violation, because if that's what it was he would have been placed on the Restricted List. So best guess would be that there was some violation of team rules, like he missed the bus when the I-Cubs left for Memphis from Des Moines yesterday, or he got arrested, or he had a fight with the manager or with a coach or a teammate. 

To get down to the 25-man active roster limit, the Tennessee Smokies have placed C Erick Casillo on the 7-day DL and LHP Jeffry Antigua has been sent to Extended Spring Training, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have placed LHP Michael Heesch and C-1B Alberto Mineo on 7-day DL. and the South Bend Cubs have placed LHP Tyler Ihrig and OF Yasiel Balaguert on the 7-day DL. 

The fact that E. Castillo, Heesch, Mineo, Ihrig, and Balaguert were not left behind at Extended Spring Training (and they all looked perfectly healthy on Sunday) tells me they are not really injured (at least not enough to require rehab) and that they will be the in-house "replacement players" for those affiliates. The "injured" pitchers will throw bullpen side-sessions and the "injured" position-players will work as a bullpen catcher or a 1st base coach, and  be available to be reinstated whenever needed to replace a player or pitcher who goes on the 7-day DL, and then they go back on the 7-day DL when they are not needed. 

Minor league games begin...early returns.

Iowa: Russell 2/2,  Bryant 1/2 with a SB, D. Roach starting

Tenn: C. Black starting, 2 shutout innings so far

Myrtle Beach: J. Rogers 3/3 with a HR, V. Caratini 2/3, Penalvar 2/2 and D. Underwood went 5 innings, no earned runs, 5 K, 2 BB

South Bend: Jeffrey Baez 1/3 with a HR, J. Stinnett went 5 innings, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB

Cubs Lineup today: Fowler Soler Rizzo Castro Olt Szczur Castillo Wood Alcantara

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In reply to by mannytrillo

who the hell is castillo? also, he's been one hell of a sport not pushing his "3rd string" status in public. if he's not traded and everyone stays in roles as expected he's going to be lucky to see 200-250 PA...and pretty much ruin his immediate future earning potential in the process unless he puts up some nice numbers doing it.

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In reply to by crunch

we got that...move on, because literally no one else here or in the universe has mentioned, cared or said one thing about Castillo being a distraction about this. He's on the Geovany Soto career journeyman path, I'm sure he knows his place in the baseball world by this point.

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In reply to by mannytrillo

I completely agree with crunch. I think it is remarkable that Castillo is not making a stink about this. I am not saying he should. I think he should be commended for it. Doesn't seem right for Rob to just tell crunch to move on...

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In reply to by jacos

that comes with a membership card, an actual piece of the bench he sits on, a signed game-unused bat, and a packet of Oltimate Orange Gatorade. you're also entered to win a yearly drawing for one of the rarest pieces of olt memorabilia, an actual cubs lineup card where he's penciled in as a starter and played all 9 innings.

Recent comments

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    That last sentence really says it all. A week or even two is a slump. One and a half months is a pattern.

    Very disappointing because they could and should be so much better. They showed that back in April.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    And I mean, I know Craig Counsell is a good manager, but like… he seems way, way more tentative here than he did in Milwaukee. There’s no innovation trying to get these guys going. It’s trotting out roughly the same lineup, using the same late inning arms, making sure to not let SPs get to 90 pitches, and on and on. Justin Steele is your ace. He’s at 89 pitches through 6. Your roller coaster nominal closer isn’t available tonight. Why on earth is Steele not throwing the 7th??? He’s not a young prospect on an innings limit, he’s an in-prime multi year MLBer approaching veteran status. I can’t decide if the front office was calling more shots in Milwaukee which made him look good, or maybe the Cubs front office isn’t giving him the space to make the tougher or more creative decisions. Shake some things up! Use Miller late game, he got the out Leiter couldn’t. Brewer is nasty, maybe he could get a shot at a high leverage inning?

    I won’t go too nuts on the front office as this post is already getting long, but can we please shake up some of this roster? Can we actually see if Canario can hack it? And I mean let him play, not just call up and warm the bench. Is Vazquez any better than Wisdom? Maybe CJ or Ethan Roberts can help the bullpen?

  • crunch (view)

    innings 8-9 have been brutal on this team.

    even when they hang in there, they are blowing an alarming amount of games late.  way way way too many 1-run games not going the cubs way.

    it's a bat issue as much as it's a setup/closer issue.  they're so close to being a better team, but they are projecting really terrible for the past 1.5 months.   i hope it's a slump, but damn...pen arms and bats (beyond walks, singles, HBP) need to show up.  1.5 months generally isn't a slump.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Yup. Not only does this team suck, they’re also really boring. It’s basically a script for every game. There’s 2, maybe 3 innings each game they threaten to score and sometimes get a couple measly runs. Usually the SP is good, and the bullpen blows it. The script will vary, but by and large the games are a snooze. I find I spend more time messing on my phone and/ or reading with the game on than I do really paying attention to the game 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    On the broadcast when JD said he seemed to be avoiding the splitter I headed directly to sports betting and put it on the Cubs to lose. If Leiter doesn’t have his splitter going, batting practice is exactly what is happening.

  • crunch (view)

    cubs need to get david ross back.

    not as manager.  dude threw 2ip 0h 0bb 0k ball.  6 up, 6 down.

    sign the dude.

  • crunch (view)

    welp.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    By bringing in a trusted reliever and having him throw batting practice.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    He is a home run threat. Earlier this year graphics were put up about him being in the top five in homers per at bat over some time period.

    But like any other guy of his ilk he’s also a massive strike out threat. When you’re not hitting you have to cash in opportunities anyway you can. Personally I’d much rather use the element of surprise in that situation then have him flail away and hope to hit something, which is basically what this entire team has done all season long. Hasn’t worked out so well.

    What’s the old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?

  • crunch (view)

    warmed up t.miller to throw 3 pitches then replaced him.  okay, whatever.  nice single batter faced, hit the showers.