Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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

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

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Minor League Contracts & Roster Rules

MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS & ROSTER RULES

1. A player with no prior MLB or minor league service who signs a minor league contract ("first contract") or a free-agent with prior MLB and/or minor league service who signs a minor league contract must be added to an MLB club's Domestic Reserve List or International Reserve List when he is added to a minor league club's Active List or within 15 days (whichever comes first). 

2. A player must be added to a Domestic Reserve List immediately if the player is sent outright to the minors, is acquired in a trade, or is selected in the AAA Phase of the MLB Rule 5 Draft.

3. A minor league player eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft cannot be added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), traded to another organization, or transferred from one minor league reserve list to another within the same organization, beginning with the filing of MLB minor league reserve lists in November and extending through the completion of the Rule 5 Draft.

4. With the approval of the MLB Commissioner, a club may assign (loan) a player signed to a minor league contract to the Active List of a minor league club in another organization, to a club in an MLB Partner League, or to a club in the Mexican League. However, the player must be returned no later than November 1st. 

5. An MLB player who was sent outright to a minor league club during the previous season or after the conclusion of the previous season cannot be tendered a minor league contract for the following season with a salary less than 80% of his previous season's salary (what he was actually paid that season).

6. If an unsigned MLB player is sent outright to the minors after the conclusion of the MLB regular season and then is not tendered a minor league contract by January 15th, the player is a free-agent.

7. If a minor league player under club control (a minor league "auto-renewal" player) is not tendered a salary addendum by March 15th, the player is a free-agent.

8. An MLB club can automatically renew a minor league player's contract no more than six times, so a club can unilaterally control a minor league player (that is, a player not on an MLB 40-man roster) for no more than seven minor league seasons. For purposes of determining eligibility to be a free-agent, a player does not accrue a minor league season if the player spends the entire season on an MLB Active List, MLB Disabled List(s), and/or other MLB inactive list, or if the player spends an entire season on the Restricted List, Disqualified List, Suspended List, Ineligible List, Voluntarily Retired List, and/or Military List. Also, participation in a post-season instructional league, the Arizona Fall League, and/or international winter league(s) do not count toward a minor league season.
NOTE: Beginning on June 5, 2023, a player who is 19 or older on the June 5th prior to signing his first contract can have his contract renewed no more than five times and will remain under club control for only six seasons before he will become eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league free-agent. (This rule does - NOT - apply to any player who signed his first contract prior to June 5, 2023).


MINOR LEAGUE MINIMUM SALARIES:

Salaries are paid weekly and are pro-rated.

BEGINNING IN 2023:
AAA: $35,800
AA: $30,250
Hi-A: $27,300
Lo-A: $26,200
ACL/FCL: $19,800
DSL: $3,000 (plus room & board)


MINOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME & RESERVE LIST LIMITS

Beginning at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2023 World Series, an MLB organization may carry no more than 165 players on its aggregate Domestic Reserve List from minor league Opening Day up until 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, and no more than 175 players on its Domestic Reserve List beginning at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series up until minor league Opening Day.
NOTE: Prior to 2023, the limit was 190 during the off-season up until minor league Opening Day, and then 180 up until 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series.

An MLB organization may carry no more than 35 players on its International Reserve List (if the MLB club has only one DSL Affiliate) or no more than 70 players (if the MLB club has two DSL affiliates). 

Once a player is moved from a club's International Reserve List to a club's Domestic Reserve List, he cannot return to the International Reserve List without consent of the MLB Commissioner.

Only players on the International Reserve List can play in the DSL.

If an MLB organization exceeds its Domestic Reserve List or International Reserve List maximum roster limit, the organization has up to 48 hours to make whatever roster adjustments or moves necessary to return to (or below) the reserve list limit.


ESTABLISHING MINOR LEAGUE RESERVE LISTS PRIOR TO RULE 5 DRAFT

A club's Domestic Reserve List and International Reserve List must be filed with the MLB Commissioner on a date that will be determined each year by the MLB Commissioner. The reserve list filing date can be no earlier than the Monday prior to MLB Contract Tender Day and no later than the day before MLB Contract Tender Day (which is the Friday prior to Thanksgiving). 

1. No more than 38 players may be placed on the roster of a club's AAA affiliate when the reserve lists are filed. A Rule 5 Draft-eligible player on a AAA roster can be selected only in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
NOTE: The AAA roster is used only for the purpose of determining eligibility for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Any Rule 5 Draft-eligible player on a club's minor league Domestic Reserve List or International Reserve List who is not on the AAA reserve list when the rosters are filed is eligible for selection in the AAA Phase.

2. If a Rule 5 Draft-eligible player on a club's minor league Domestic Reserve List or International Reserve List is not placed on the AAA roster when the reserve lists are filed, he cannot be moved to the AAA roster until after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft.

3. If a Rule 5 Draft-eligible player on a club's minor league Domestic Reserve List or International Reserve List is placed on the AAA roster when the reserve lists are filed, he cannot be removed from the AAA roster until after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft.
NOTE: A minor league player eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft cannot be added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), traded to another organization, released, or transferred from one minor league roster to another within the same organization, beginning with the filing of MLB minor league reserve lists and extending through the completion of the Rule 5 Draft.

4. If a free-agent is signed to a minor league contract during the period of time between the date that the reserve list are filed and the Rule 5 Draft, he can be placed on the 38-man AAA roster, but only if there is a slot available.


MINOR LEAGUE ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMITS & RESTRICTIONS

For the purpose of determining minor league roster limits & restrictions, a minor league player accrues a year of "service time" for every season in which the player spends at least 30 days on an MLB and/or minor league active list and/or injured list, unless the player spent the entire season on the Injured List.

1. Service time accrued by a player while assigned to a club or clubs in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) and/or Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) does not count when determining minor league roster limits and restrictions for minor league clubs in domestic affiliated leagues.
NOTE: Although the VSL has been defunct since 2016 (last season was 2015), there are players in the minor leagues today who accrued minor league service time while assigned to a VSL club back when the VSL was still an active minor league.

2. A position player making a position change to pitcher or a pitcher making a position change to position player receives a one-year exemption from minor league service time restrictions. However, a position player being converted to a pitcher may not be used as a position player in a minor league game during the exempt year, and a pitcher being converted to a position player may not be used as a pitcher in a minor league game during the exempt year.

3. A player on a minor league "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment does not count against the Active List or Reserve List of the affiliate to which he is assigned.

4. A maximum of three players on a minor league Injured List, Restricted List, and/or Military List may be assigned on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment to any one minor league affiliate at any one time, but there is no limit to the number of players who can be on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment at the organization's Spring Training Complex (including a club's Arizona or Florida complex league affiliate). There is also no limit on the number of players on an MLB Injured List, Restricted List, and/or Military List who can be assigned on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment to any one minor league affiliate at any one time.


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES

SS = Short Season League
R = Rookie League 
FR = Foreign Rookie League

IOWA (AAA):
RESERVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: 38 (November reserve list roster filing date through Rule 5 Draft only)
ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: 28 (maximum) / 24 (minimum) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: NONE

TENNESSEE (AA):
ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: 28 (maximum / 24 (minimum) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: NONE

SOUTH BEND (Hi-A):
ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: 30 (maximum / 24 (minimum) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Maximum two players and one player-coach with six or more years of service time (not including DSL/VSL service time)

MYRTLE BEACH (Lo-A):
ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: 30 (maximum) / 24 (minimum) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Maximum two players with five or more years of service time (not including DSL/VSL service time)

ACL CUBS (SS-R):
ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: NONE 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)

DSL CUBS BLUE (SS-FR):
ROSTER RESTRICTIONS: International players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico)
ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: 35 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with four or more years of service time (including DSL/VSL service time)

DSL CUBS RED (SS-FR):
ROSTER RESTRICTIONS: International players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico)
ACTIVE LIST ROSTER LIMIT: 35 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with four or more years of service time (including DSL/VSL service time)

There is no Active List roster limit for Extended Spring Training and post-season Instructional League ("instructs") squads.


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ROSTERS (last updated 5-26-2024):

* bats or throws left
# bats both

Players on Optional Assignment from MLB Reserve List are in green
Players on Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment are in blue
Players signed after being selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft are underlined in purple 
IFA who have been Signed for Future Service are underlined in brown

DOMESTIC RESERVE LIST 

153 players are RESERVED (12 slots are open), plus two players are on the RESTRICTED LIST, 15 are on the 60-DAY IL, and three are on the FULL-SEASON IL

AAA

IOWA:

31 players (includes six players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL

30 players are ACTIVE including two players on Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment (roster is full), plus two players are on the 7-DAY IL and one is on the DEVELOPMENT LIST

PITCHERS: 17+4
Hunter Bigge (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
Chris Clarke
Jose Cuas 
Carl Edwards Jr
* Edwin Escobar
Kohl Franklin (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Cade Horton
Ben Leeper (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Zac Leigh
* Riley Martin
Sam McWilliams
Eduarniel Nunez
Daniel Palencia (REHAB) 
* Thomas Pannone
Walker Powell (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Ethan Roberts
Dan Straily
Julio Teheran
Keegan Thompson (REHAB) 
Riley Thompson
* Brad Wieck

CATCHERS: 2+1
Caleb Knight (INACTIVE - Development List)
Ali Sanchez
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 5+1
David Bote
# Hayden Cantrelle
* Miles Mastrobuoni 
* Matt Mervis
# BJ Murray
Chase Strumpf (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)

OUTFIELDERS: 6
Bradlee Beesley
* Owen Caissie
* Pete Crow-Armstrong 
Alexander Canario 
Brennen Davis 
* Darius Hill


TENNESSEE:

AA
31 players (includes two players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT), plus two on the 60-DAY IL, and one on the FULL-SEASON IL

28 players are ACTIVE (roster is full), plus two players are on 7-DAY IL and two players are on the DEVELOPMENT LIST

PITCHERS: 16+6
Michael Arias
* Jeff Belge
Brandon Birdsell
* Burl Carraway (INACTIVE - Full Season IL) 
Manuel Espinoza (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Richard Gallardo (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Chris Kachmar
Brody McCullough (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
* Dalton Moats
Kyle McGowin
Joe Nahas
Connor Noland
Jake Reindl
Cam Sanders
Frankie Scalzo Jr
Trey Supak
Matt Thompson
* Alex Troop
Cayne Ueckert (INACTIVE - Development List)
* Blake Weiman
Blake Whitney
Jake Wong (INACTIVE -7-day IL)

CATCHERS: 2+1
Pablo Aliendo
* Moises Ballesteros
* Wally Soto (INACTIVE - Development List) 

INFIELDERS: 5
Haydn McGeary
Josh Rivera
Matt Shaw
James Triantos
Luis Verdugo

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Kevin Alcantara
Christian Franklin
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Yohendrick Pinango
* Cole Roederer


SOUTH BEND:

Hi-A

34 players, plus two are on the 60-DAY IL

31 players are ACTIVE including one player on an Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment (roster is full), plus three on the 7-DAY IL and one on DEVELOPMENT LIST

PITCHERS: 18+5
Sam Armstrong
Yovanny Cabrera
Luis Devers
Angel Gonzalez
* Drew Gray
* Angel Hernandez
Nick Hull
Grant Kipp (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
Grayson Moore
Koen Moreno
Johzan Oquendo (INACTIVE - 60-DAY IL)
* Jack Patterson (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
Aaron Perry
Carlo Reyes
Jose Romero
Will Sanders
Tyler Santana
Tyler Schlaffer
* Drew Smyly (REHAB) 
Sam Thoresen (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
* Mitchell Tyranski
Hunter Viets (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
* Chase Watkins

CATCHERS: 2+1
# Dilan Granadillo
* Ethan Hearn
# Casey Opitz (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
INFIELDERS: 7
# Reivaj Garcia
Ed Howard
Brian Kalmer
Jonathon Long
# Pedro Ramirez
Jefferson Rojas
Felix Stevens

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Brett Bateman
* Parker Chavers
Rafael Morel
Jordan Nwogu


MYRTLE BEACH:

32 players, plus four on 60-DAY IL and two on FULL-SEASON IL

30 players are ACTIVE (roster is full), plus one player is on the 7-DAY IL and one player is on the DEVELOPMENT LIST

Lo-A

PITCHERS: 17+6
Juan Bello
Nick Dean
Kenten Egbert
Will Frisch (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Landon Ginn (INACTIVE - Full-Season IL)
Saul Gonzalez INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Ty Johnson
Shane Marshall (ex-C)
Mason McGwire
Nazier Mule
Kenyi Perez
Vince Reilly
Francis Reynoso (ex-1B)
Erian Rodriguez
Yenrri Rojas
Alfredo Romero
Luis Rujano
* Marino Santy
Joel Sierra (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Kevin Valdez (INACTIVE - Full Season IL)
Jeral Vizcaino
JP Wheat (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
Nico Zeglin

CATCHERS: 3+1
David Avitia
* Michael Carico (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Frank Hernandez (ex-OF)
Miguel Pabon

INFIELDERS: 6
Alexis Hernandez
Cristian Hernandez
Christian Olivo
Christopher Paciolla
Fabian Pertuz
Reggie Preciado

OUTFIELDERS: 4+1
Leonel Espinoza (INACTIVE - 7-day IL)
Andy Garriola
* Ismael Mena
Alfonsin Rosario
* Jacob Wetzel


ACL CUBS
 

33 players, plus two are on the RESTRICTED LIST and four are on 60-DAY IL

36 players are ACTIVE (including three on REHAB ASSIGNMENT)

PITCHERS: 22+4
Gabriel Agrazal (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Hunter Bigge (REHAB)
* Daniel Brown
Garrett Brown
JC Coronado (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
* Miguel Cruz
* Wilson Cunningham
Diego Dugarte
* Ethan Flanagan (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)
Yoendris Gonzalez
Dom Hambley
* Zhiorman Imbriano
Scarlyn Lebron
Fraiman Marte
Luis Martinez-Gomez
Wilme Mora
* Branden Noriega
Eligio Paredes
* Jack Patterson (REHAB)
Mathew Peters (RESTRICTED LIST)
Starlyn Pichardo
Luis A. Reyes
Freilyn Silverio
Jackson Tetreault
Sam Thoresen (REHAB)
Jaxon Wiggins

CATCHERS: 4
# Jairo Diaz
Yidel Diaz
Adan Sanchez
Carter Trice (ex-INF)

INFIELDERS: 6+1
Drew Bowser
Angel Cepeda
* Jose Escobar
* Albert Gutierrez
* Yahil Melendez
# Eriandys Ramon
Derniche Valdez (RESTRICTED LIST)

OUTFIELDERS: 4+1
Joan Delgado
* Jefferson Encarnacion
Geuri Lubo (ex-INF)
* Anderson Suriel
Edward Vargas (INACTIVE - 60-day IL)

 





INTERNATIONAL RESERVE LIST

73 players are RESERVED (three over limit), plus one is on RESTRICTED LIST


DSL CUBS BLUE:

38 players (three over roster limit), plus one is on the RESTRICTED LIST

PITCHERS: 22+1
Frailin Alejo
Jorge Alvarez
* Melvyn Amador
Juan Archbold
Eduardo Castillo
Julian Duran
Fred Fajardo
Moises Flores
Charbel Gonzalez
* Jeremy Guzman
Jordan Henriquez
Jair Jimenez
Yander Maria
Dalbert Mosquea (RESTRICTED LIST)
Roque Osorio
* Santiago Payares
Darian Rivero
Jhon Rosario
Stiven Sanchez
Adrian Santana
Saul Siri
Geovanny Vasquez
Yafrerlyn Vasquez

CATCHERS: 4
Henniel Alcala
Carlos Altuve
Ivan Cespedes
Vicent Nunez

INFIELDERS: 7
Edgardo DeLeon
# Ronnyel Espinoza
Moises Febrillet
* Juan Monso
Isaac Moscote
Brailin Pascual
Grenyerbert Velasquez

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Derik Alcantara
* Darlyn DeLeon
* Leroy Escalante
* Alexey Lumpuy
Robin Ortiz


DSL CUBS RED:

35 players (roster is full)

PITCHERS: 20
Rowell Arroyo 
Elvis Blanco
David Bracho
Kevin Camacho
Alberto Chala
Gabriel de la Cruz
Brayan Diaz
Gabriel Encarnacion
Jostin Florentino
Bryan Landaez
Ronny Lopez
Emannoel Madeira
Edwardo Melendez 
Ismael Morey
Cesar Pierret
Nestor Pirela
Carlos Rangel
Jordi Romero
Runelvis Toribio
Irving Vazquez

CATCHERS: 3
Daniel Campos
Abel DeLeon
Diego Gonzalez

INFIELDERS: 7
Fernando Cruz
# Ludwing Espinoza
* Luis Maza
Jesus Meneses
* Ezequiel Pena
# Enyel Rosario
# Sandy Sanchez

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Andrws Cruz
* Cesar Lugo
Josias Ramirez
* Jesus Rodriguez
Julio Valdez
 




CUBS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MINOR LEAGUE STAFF
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Jason Kanzler
DIRECTOR OF PITCHING: Ryan Otero
DIRECTOR OF HITTING: Greg Brown
FIELD COORDINATOR & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Kevin Graber
ASSISTANT FIELD COORDINATOR & CATCHING COORDINATOR: Mark Johnson
SENIOR PITCHING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: Casey Jacobson
PITCHING PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR: James Ogden
ASSISTANT PITCHING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: Carlos Chantres
REHAB PITCHING COORDINATOR: Matt Hinckley
HITTING COORDINATOR: Steven Pollakov
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Dai Dai Otaka
OUTFIELD COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
POSITION PLAYER REHAB / DEVELOPMENT LIST COORDINATOR: Desi Wilson
DOMINICAN ACADEMY COORDINATOR: Edgar Perez
ROVING INSTRUCTOR: Dave Keller
SPECIAL ADVISOR - PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Matt Buschmann
SPECIAL ADVISOR - PITCHING: Mike Mason
SPECIAL ADVISOR - HITTING: Tom Beyers
DIRECTOR OF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING and PERFORMANCE NUTRITION: Blaine Kinsley
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Mark Weisman
ARIZONA COMPLEX STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Dallas Lopez
MEDICAL COORDINATOR: James Edwards
ASSISTANT MEDICAL COORDINATOR: Sean Folan
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Javier Guerrero
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Eric Patterson (Bench Coach), Tony Cougoule (Pitching Coach), Rick Strickland (Hitting Coach), Ben Martin (Assistant Hitting Coach), and Andrew Betcher (Assistant Pitching Coach)
TENNESSEE: Lance Rymel (Manager), TBA (Bench Coach), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Rachel Folden (Hitting Coach), Henry Haack (Assistant Pitching Coach), and Derren Davis (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Nick Lovullo (Manager), TBA (Bench Coach), Bruce Billings (Pitching Coach), Nate Spears (Hitting Coach), Andrew Rueter (Assistant Pitching Coach, and Marco Romero (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Buddy Bailey (Manager), D'Angelo Jimenez (Bench Coach), George Thanopoulos (Pitching Coach), Rob Vaz (Hitting Coach), Armando Gabino (Assistant Pitching Coach), and Daniel Wasinger (Assistant Coach)
ACL CUBS: Corey Ray (Manager), TBA (Bench Coach), Clayton Mortensen (Pitching Coach), Jose Zapata (Pitching Coach), Chris Pieters (Hitting Coach), Yovanny Cuevas (Hitting Coach), Andrew Craig (Assistant Pitching Coach), and Collin Andrews (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Connor Rooney (Rehab Coach) and Hunter Hudson and Alex Elizondo (Rehab Catchers)
DSL CUBS BLUE: Carlos Ramirez (Manager), Jordal Williams (Pitching Coach), Raymond Pena (Hitting Coach), and Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach)
DSL CUBS RED: Enrique Wilson (Manager), Luis Hernandez (Pitching Coach), JC Bonilla (Pitching Coach), and Johnny Bethancourt (Hitting Coach)
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Logan Severson (Iowa), Seth Clapp (Tennessee), Nick Roberts (South Bend), Maggie Lowenhar (Myrtle Beach), Tanner Costine and Hunter Martin (ACL Cubs), Leroy Martinez and Chadlacane Rodriguez (DSL Cubs Blue), and Arnoldo Goite and Guadalupe Segovia (DSL Cubs Red)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Nathan Garza (Iowa), Jesus de la Sancha (Tennessee), Kelcey Mosley (South Bend), Allen Cooper (Myrtle Beach), TBA (ACL Cubs), Luis Gutierrez (DSL Cubs Blue), and Alexei Cazarin (DSL Cubs Red)

Recent comments

  • George Altman (view)

    I couldn't agree more with everything you've said here Phil. It's 40-man Roster malpractice by Jed since November. Hendricks, Madrigal, and Mastrobuoni shouldn't be on the 40-man, let alone the 26-man. Add Smyly to that group, too.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Those million dollar systems are hardly infallible. AI does not yet dictate how the prospects develop or how game is played. If it did what would be the use of playing? Team with the best projected stats would win every time. We all know better

    Brailyn Marquez and Jose Albertos both had tremendous arms and potentially major league pitches. So did Kris Jensen. Problem is none of them could harness it and, even if they could, MLB players can hit good fastballs. Estrada sure looked to be on that kind of trajectory. Very likely that by mid summer he will be again once the law of averages catches up with the May superstardom.

    Now let’s take a moment to focus on Madrigal. You know, the best team in the league at the moment, the Phillies, have Whit Merrifield. 105 PA and batting .181. Dodgers are second best and have Kiki Hernandez on the bench. 125 plate appearances and .193. The Braves spread the AB’s a little more but they see fit to keep former Cub farmhand Zack Short around. 47 PA’s and .158. Nobody complains much about those guys. I didn’t do the digging but I would venture to say that each have another light hitting utility guy taking up a 40 man roster spot as well. Two wasted 40 man roster spots each on these winning teams, not dissimilar to the Cubs. So while an awful lot of keystrokes on here are spent discussing Madrigal and Mastrobouni as they are - let’s just say, somewhat underwhelming, they are not at the core of what ails this team.

    The real problem is that the guys who are paid to hit aren’t hitting. The league has caught up with Busch, Suzuki, and Morel, and while I believe they will adjust at some point, it’s a process. Swanson, Happ and Hoerner seem to be in that multi year contract comfort zone that folks on here tell me don’t exist. The offense from their catching sucks and seems unlikely to improve much with current personnel. Tauchman has come down to Earth to be the true player he is. To his credit and counter to my expectations, the only guy who may be turning corner a bit seems to be Bellinger.

    None of them seem willing to play the small ball, hustle game that gets teams out of slumps. They show no plate discipline and, to add insult to injury, they have been quite unlucky at times. The lack of offense and less than stellar infield fielding has greatly magnified the issues with the bullpen, as well as their low performing utility guys.

    So let’s ease off the Madrigal/Mastribouni scapegoating. They are not stars and never will be, but they are not enigmas either. Utility players are what they are, and replacing them with other utility players, while possible, isn’t likely to solve very much - nor is the other approach of bringing up farmhands and letting them ride the pine - until the “stars” break out of their May malaise and start hitting and fielding better.

  • crunch (view)

    just to throw a bit of salt in the j.estrada wound...

    he has struck out 13 batters in a row over his last 3 outings.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    The short answer there is yes he gets credit for the wins but he also gets credit for the losses.

    Phil’s point about the crystal ball is spot on. If all of the machinery and data and systems they have don’t manifest into essentially a crystal ball, what use is all of that? Somebody messed up.

    As for who else could have gone, I agree with Phil that a pitcher like Estrada, as awful as he looked last year, had shown he had at least 1-2 legit MLB caliber pitches, it was just a matter of finding them again. He was pre arb young power arm. Whereas let’s say Madrigal was entering year 2 of 4 arb years. He’d proven to be a defense first backup infielder incapable of playing SS. You want to talk dime a dozen, THAT is dime a dozen. THAT is a NRI. I can squint and see the argument to not lose Wisdom’s power as a bench bat. Or even Boner as a utility guy who can play OF and handle an emergency SS run, who also hits left handed and has options. But choosing Madrigal over an arm like Estrada was a poor decision, even at the time.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Ok, so it’s the end of 2023 and going into the postseason. Cuas, Alzolay, Leiter, and Merriwether all had respectable seasons last year.

    So among Killian, Wesneski, Estrada, Palencia, Brown, Horn, Rodriguez, Little, Hughes, Wicks, all of whom had huge potential but huge questions heading into 2024, 1) How are you going to protect all of them? 2) If you can’t, who do you protect?

    How many times was the phrase “good problem to have” tossed around?

    If it had been Palencia going to another team and hitting a May hot streak, which could just as easily have happened, would we not be having the identical conversation?

    Brown just pitched seven no hit innings yesterday. Does Jed get any credit for keeping him around? Does he get credit for ditching Horn and getting something with very decent upside, Thompson, in return? How about picking up Miller, who has been stellar so far? Does he get the blame for Meriwether, and Killian, who burned up the spring, getting hurt? And is there a single organization out there that can’t say they wish they had a reliever or two they had recently back?

    There is very definitely a “lottery” aspect to relief pitching. In the last couple of years the Cubs largely won the lottery and spun much of that good fortune into prospect gold. This year others have won and the Cubs for the most part appear to be holding the short stick. So are we really going to have the neck of the GM who took this team from the utter doldrums to the brink of contention and a number three rated system over the course of a couple of years?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Except Jed Hoyer does in fact have a crystal ball and it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The equipment and programs acquired by the Cubs are not just used in player development. They are also used in self-evaluation (self-scouting). With the information available these mistakes should not be happening. The mistakes also include the Cubs post-2023 November 40-man roster strategy that values guys like Madrigal, Mastrobuoni, and Hendricks over younger talent with more upside. 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Quick reminder that during much of the offseason the question marks were at third base, first base and centerfield. While the organization was stacked with outfield prospects, Mervis was coming off a solid season in AAA and was being considered a serious candidate for first base. There simply wasn’t room at the inn for everyone. There was clearly a place for Perlaza somewhere but he simply didn’t possess the complete toolset that some of the other Cub outfield prospects do. For myself, I’ve always had a soft spot for Darius Hill. Unfortunately, he’s another odd man out in a stacked system.

    And hindsight is always 20/20. For example, Estrada always had potential but was totally erratic in 2023. Cuas had a much lower ceiling but he was a steady presence in a relief corp with many question marks. Sure, it seems like a silly decision now, but Jed doesn’t have the benefit of a crystal ball. Everyone, probably Jed included, hated to see Estrada go, but it wasn’t such a crazy idea at the time. BTW, in terms of Estrada leaving via waivers, does anyone honestly think Jed didn’t try to shop him first? I have to assume no one was willing to to give up anything for him.

    Even given the way the season has gone, I think the only place where Jed solidly and clearly missed the mark that could/should have been foreseen was with Hendricks, as just about everybody on this board recognized at the time. Still, even Hendricks wasn’t a totally illogical move because they had exactly two locks for starting pitching at the time - Steele and Taillon.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    The roster mistakes I am talking about occur in November, when decisions are made regarding minor league free-agents, Rule 5 protection, exercising club options, and the tendering of contracts to players on the MLB 40-man roster. The idea should be to maximize long-term control of talented young players (including minor leaguers yet to establish themselves in MLB). 

    Roster slots that can be filled by Spring Training NRI should not be allocated in November to marginal non-prospects expected to fill non-critical positions on the 26-man roster (like back-up catcher, utility infielders, 4th outfielder, and middle relievers) or to older players likely to decline. 

    And as far as self-evaluation (self-scouting) is concerned, the Cubs have invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in proprietary player development and analytical technology and have doubled the player development staff, so they should not be making some of the piss-poor roster decisions in November as they have been making. 

    There are ex-Cub relievers on other MLB clubs who could be in the Cubs bullpen right now and would clearly be upgrades over what's there, but they are someplace else. No excuses. Clearly somebody screwed up.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    As long as there isn't a sore thumb / weak link in the group, a six-man rotation is preferable if a club wants to minimize innings for younger starting pitchers and keep veteran guys from wearing down in September. So Imanaga, Steele, Assad, Brown, Taillon, and Wicks would be the six, and that is actually probably one of the best group of starting pitchers in MLB (a lot of clubs couldn't run a decent six-man rotation even if they wanted to).  

    A six-man rotation does require a solid seven-man bullpen with no weak links and a lock-down closer, however, and unfortunately the Cubs bullpen as it is presently constituted (with Hendricks and Smyly in the pen) is one of the worst and least-reliable in MLB. 

    It would definitely help if the 2023 version of Julian Merryweather can come back 100% next month (TBD), but even that is not enough. 

    And Hendricks and Smyly absolutely cannot be in the pen if the Cubs want to compete for a post-season slot. If one or both can be moved as part of a salary offset in a trade (and keep in mind that Hendricks gets "10 / 5 no-trade" rights as of June 26th), that's fine, but otherwise the Cubs will just have to bite the bullet and release them and be prepared to eat some payroll.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    You're only thinking about the 26man roster. Perlaza should've been added to the 40man roster. He then would have three option years.
    No GM is perfect. Theo wasn't. Jed has done some really good things. Pitching has improved wholeheartedly under Jed. 
    RPs like Hudson and Estrada are going to hit and miss. 
    Giving Hendricks 16.5mil can now be stated as a clear miss, and Kyle needs to be moved off the roster. They have to pay him. But the Bullpen spot needs to go to someone else. Kyle isn't a bullpen guy. But he's not a SP anymore either. 2016 Nostalgia doesn't win.
    Perlaza got more money in the KBO than he'd have gotten on the 40man, but Jed had the choice to give him a shot anyway. Mervis would probably do really well in the KBO also. But having watched Perlaza's bat speed for three years, I think he was better than Mervis.
    And Phil made a good point about giving Happ an extension (after having not traded him at the TDL in 2022 along with not trading Willy) when you're real prospect depth was in the OF. Happ is a really good 7th hitter on a good team. 17 HRs and 70 RBIs with good LF defense. That's Ben Zobrist like #'s. The issue is we have a lot of those kind of guys already. We needed a bomber some where in the lineup and LF, RF, 3B, 1B and DH usually provide those bombs.
    Seiya is good when healthy. He's gotten hurt every year, but he's a 20HR 80RBI guy when healthy. He just hasn't been healthy for a year to provide those #'s.
    Happ isn't a bomber.
    Morel is getting his chance to work out 3B. I'm glad Jed has kept him.
    1B? Hopefully Busch becomes 20HRs and 80 RBIs.
    DH? There's our biggest issue. We don't have a guy who can bop there. Just a real hitter. Mervis missed it. That's why Perlaza leaving without a 40man chance burns me.