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37 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (three slots are open)

Last updated 11-17-2023
 
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PITCHERS: 20
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 8
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

 



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Wells, It Could Have Been Worse

Ryan Cuneo homered and doubled (and just missed another HR when a long fly hooked foul at the last second), Pin Chieh Chen had three hits (a single, a double, and a triple), and Randy Wells saw his first game action since April 4th, but the EXST Angels got hits when they counted and induced three rally-killing double-plays, edging a split squad of EXST Cubs 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.

The game was extended an extra inning to allow all of the Angels and Cubs pitchers due to throw today to get their scheduled work.

Making his first appearance in a game since being placed on the 15-day DL on April 5th with a right forearm strain, Wells threw two innings (40 pitches), allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits (three singles, a double, and a triple), with no walks and two strikeouts, and a balk.

Wells retired the first man he faced on a fly out to left on a 2-2 pitch, before allowing a triple into the right-centerfield alley. A spectacular diving catch by CF Kyung-Min Na on a pop fly to short-center saved a run and another base-runner, but the next two batters ripped consecutive two-out RBI hits (a single and a double) to plate the Angels first two runs Wells then recorded the third out of the 1st inning on a 3-1 GO (where Wells had to double-time it to 1st base to just barely beat the batter to the bag).

Wells found himself in trouble again right at the outset of the 2nd inning when a fielding error put the Angels lead-off man on 1st base. A ground out moved the runner up to 2nd, before two singles (on consecutive pitches) drove-in the Angels third run. The big right-hander then got it together and struck out the final two batters he faced, both looking. (Of Wells 28 strikes, ten balls were put into play, three were fouled-off, 11 were called strikes, and four were of the swinging variety).

RHP Andrew Cashner (rotator cuff) is a bit behind Wells in his rehab, and was limited to throwing a "two-inning" (30 pitch) pre-game "live" BP session on Field #2. One of Cash's pitches hit Augie Ojeda on the foot, sending the diminutive veteran infielder to the clubhouse and knocking him out of the starting lineup of the game on Field #3. For Augie, Fitch Park must be starting to feel like The Hotel California.

While one squad of Cubs was playing the Angels at Fitch Park, the other squad (known as Squad “A”) traveled up the 101 Pima Freeway to the Talking Stick Resort to play the EXST Rockies at Salt River Fields. Unfortunately I can provide no information about that game.

Here is today’s abridged box score from the game played at Fitch Park (Cubs players only):

LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 4-3, 2B+E9, R, RBI)
2. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-4 (6-4-3 DP, 6-3, K, K, RBI)
3. Ryan Cuneo, DH #1: 2-4 (HR, F-8, 2B, F-7, R, RBI)
4. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-4 (6-3, K, 1-3, 5-3)
5. Brian Inoa, DH #2: 2-4 (1B, F-7, 4-3, 3B, R, CS)
6. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 1-2 (F-7, BB, 1B, F-7 SF, RBI)
7. Johan DeJesus, C: 2-4 (2B, 5-4-3 DP, 6-4-3 DP, 1B)
8. Xavier Batista, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, K, CS)
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-3 (P-4, K, K)
10. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-3 (F-8, 6-3, 1B, R)

PITCHERS:
1. Randy Wells: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 BALK, 40 pitches (28 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Jose Rosario: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 53 pitches (30 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
3. Yilver Sanchez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 37 pitches (24 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Manolin DeLeon: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 16 pitches (10 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

ERRORS: 4
1. SS Wes Darvill - E6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. SS Wes Darvill - E6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Wes Darvill - E6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. 1B Xavier Batista - E3 (missed catch on what should have been a 6-3 GO allowed batter to reach base safely)

CATCHERS DEFENSE
Johan DeJesus: 3-3 CS

ATTENDANCE: 3

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

bases loaded, 1 out and Soriano up and already 2/2 on the day "Soriano popped out to second" ~sigh~ 200/237/314 heading into the game with RISP 351/383/860 with no one on

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In reply to by jacos

I think I mentioned two starts ago he was tied for best in league in Fangraphs WAR and best in FIP and xFIP which is essentially the same thing. Halladay has since passed him in WAR. His LOB% is 61.6% at the moment (usually you're in the 70-75% range and his BABIP is .388, so you can see where some of that bad luck is... On the other hand, he's got a 2.9% HR/FB rate and you're usually around 10%, so there's gonna be some give and take at the end. Hopefully he ends with an ERA around 3.25-3.5 at the end and Marmol stops blowing his games.

So who are they going to send down Saturday to make room for Davis? Berg? Coleman? Colvin? In a way, if they are thinking about sending Colvin down, it probably makes more sense to either send him down or Coleman and to keep an extra bullpen arm for Saturday in case Davis gets shelled, then send the reliever down for a hitter on Sunday.

STL beat writer trying to explain and/or defend the addition of Theriot: "But why did Tony La Russa and John Mozeliak covet Theriot? No. 1, they believed he’d upgrade the offense. And the improvement is there. Is it dramatic? Not really. But last season STL shortstops ranked 28th in the majors with an OPS of .600. So far this season the OPS for STL shortstops is .638 which ranks 21st." Wow. That's worth sacrificing defense for. My favorite line about Theriot came this off-season when someone with the Dodgers said something along the lines of, "we didn't know until we got him that he had the range of an anvil." http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/round-two/article_e71a8c62-7cc9-…

Brett Jackson on 7-day DL. Nelson Perez called up to replace him. Luis Flores replaces Clevenger. Interesting catching duo at Tennessee: Flores and Lalli.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Just noticed this from Bruce Levine:
Jackson, who plays for Double-A Tennessee, was hit on the hand by a pitch against Huntsville on Wednesday. He saw a hand specialist in Chicago on Thursday and underwent an MRI.
I don't think it's possible that Jackson was hit, unless the ump missed it: Jackson was 1 for 1 ("Brett Jackson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Brandon Jones") when he was lifted in the top of the second (for Nate Samson, with Flaherty shifting to the outfield).

ACCORDING TO COWEHERD ON ESPN EDIT_NOW SPECULATION WHAT A DICK! SORRY!

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In reply to by Jace

I actually don't think he is one, but he plays one on TV/Radio. Five or Six years ago when I first started listening to him he was relatively measured, but the last couple years he seems to be the "say anything controversial to get my name in lights" type of guy. Meanwhile, the patron saint of dicks, his colleague Jim Rome, seems to be backing off of the running inflamatory remarks. Anyway, Cowherd is right, Hendry does need to be fired... Where is Manny when we need him? Personally the Good/Bad Hendry take on things finally tipped when he traded Maddux for Izturis... and then crowed about it. What a buffoon.

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In reply to by jacos

Somebody at ESPN probably told him or tweeted about Kent (who am I and why does Google stick my stuff at the top of search?) Sterling's blog on Wednesday. His column starts like this,
Today, I am announcing the immediate termination of Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

Wells to have a rehab start Tuesday with one of the minor league affiliates, one that is going to be home since they like to give them the attendance boost.

Torres 8, Sanchez 4, Huff 3, Bosey 2, Schierholtz 9, Ross 7, Fontenot 6, Tejada 5, Bumgarner 1 vs. Castro 6, Barney 4, Byrd 8, Baker 5, Soriano 7, Johnson 9, Pena 3, Hill 2, Dempster 1 over under on 4 runs total in this game?

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Fontenot hit a ball that kept drifting towards the wall, looked like it could be a hr. Johnson backed up, turned around and looked like he might have lost it, then drifted from along the wall into the well, looked like there was no hope of even getting a glove on it, and he jumped back against the vines and made the catch. He even looked like he stuck in the vines for a second. It was a great catch.

When did the cubs have a lineup where their first 4 hitters were over .300, the 5th was leading the NL in homers and the 6th was over .400 True cubbery to have a struggling offense with the above stats.

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  • crunch (view)

    it is taking more than a minute for me to get used to craig counsell being the cubs manager.

    he's going to take the field on opening day at wrigley and get massively cheered.

    that is weird.  that's a thing that's happening, though.

    history aside, while i am horrified at the amount of money they're paying him, i welcome his style of management over what d.ross has given the team.  love d.ross and how chill + ready to deliver he kept the team, but he had a serious pitching short-hook problem that exhausted the pen and some very questionable bench/pinch-hitting use.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE N: If you go by what Counsell did with the Brewers, he is much more likely to go with younger players than Ross was. I think part of it was that Ross was a "veteran players manager," meaning he was well liked and respected by veteran players because he was inclined to play them over younger unproven guys. 

    And that actually might have been OK if the Cubs had been "sellers"at the trade deadline (as they clearly had planned to be before suddenly deciding to go fr it), because Ross would have played the veterans a lot the first four months of the season (which would have maximized their trade value), and then Ross would have had no choice but to play the younger guys the last two months after the veterans were traded. 

    But of course it didn't work out that way. 

    One thing about Craig Counsell that might have attracted Hoyer to him is that Counsel is very "collaborative" as a manager and welcomes and even demands lots of input from the analytics department. In fact I have heard tell that Counsell knows at least as much as the geeks know and that he routinely goes to them for information rather than waiting for it to be offered. So think of Ross as a Chevy pick-up truck, while Counsell is a Tesla. 

  • crunch (view)

    with candelario off the board to the reds, it looks like it's chapman or trade...or another year of gambling cheap on someone like gio urshela or a meh-D donovan solano.

    of course there's also this guy with a rocket arm named morel that could have played a bit more 3rd in 2023 seeing if that could be his thing, but whatever i guess.  i know accuracy isn't a strength with those throws from 3rd, but still, for his cost and a supporting middle-IF that's one of the best in MLB (if not #1) it's not the worst use of a very cheap talent.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE N: I believe Jeimer Candelario offers more roster flexibility in 2024 and beyond than players like Matt Chapman and/or Rhys Hoskins would, not to mention costing a lot less $$$$ (and signing Chapman would also cost the Cubs a draft pick because Toronto extended a Qualifying Offer to Chapman).  

    Also, I can't help but see visions of Trey Mancini whenever I think about the Cubs signing Rhys Hoskins. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE N: Time will tell.

    Certainly the Cubs are not exactly flush with lefty relievers in the system. so Adam Laskey was not redundant. 

    As far as Sheldon Reed is concerned, he pitched very well the last month of the season at South Bend and I thought that would have earned him a spot on the Iowa reserve list. 

    I presume the Cubs had good reasons for not assigning Laskey and Reed to the AAA reserve list (thus making them available for selection in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft), but without knowing who was on the AAA reserve list instead of Laskey and Reed, I can't offer an informed opinion. 

    BTW, the same thing happened last year when I had LHP Luis Angel Rodriguez on the AAA Iowa roster but the Cubs left him off and then he was selected by the Houston Astros in the AAA Phase. I couldn't figure that one out, either. 

  • crunch (view)

    reds snag candelario...

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Arizona P:

    Would Candelario be someone that is able to take a bench role once some of these younger players are coming up and need playing time and latitude?

    So crazy that his career has come full circle like this.......

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Arizona P:

    Do you feel that Counsel will be more apt to play out some of the young guys, rather than mainly sticking with veterans like Dross?

     

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Arizona P:

    Do you think they weren't protected in the AAA phase because the organization feels they're redundant or at lesser value than other players they protected, or was this just poor managment?

  • George Altman (view)

    Even more reason that Jed needs to bring back Bellinger and his LH bat.