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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

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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


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AZL Angels Jett Past AZL Cubs at HoHoKam

Jett Bandy laced three doubles, including a two-run two-base hit with one out in the top of the 8th that drove-in the tying and go-ahead runs, leading the AZL Angels to a 4-3 victory over the AZL Cubs in Arizona League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa this evening.

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The Cubs went into the top of the 8th inning leading 2-1, thanks to a solo HR by Dustin Geiger in the 4th and a Ryan Durrence RBI ground out in the 6th. But AZL Cubs 8th inning set-up man Colin Richardson could not hold the lead, issuing a one-out four-pitch walk, followed by back-to-back doubles and consecutive singles, as the Angels took a 4-2 lead.

The Cubs did score a run in the bottom of the 8th on a leg-double by lead-off hitter Oliver Zapata, an Angels error, and a sacrifice fly, but it wasn't enough, as Angels closer Brandon Efferson threw a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

18-year old LHP Brian Smith (Cubs 2010 40th round draft pick out of Pickering, Ontario) got the start for the AZL Cubs, and threw a solid four innings (61 pitches - 40 strikes), allowing just one unearned run on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. A member of the Canadian Junior National Team prior to signing with the Cubs right at the August 16th signing deadline last year, Smith had his second quality outing in a row, especially significant since he was absolutely terrible in his pro debut at AZ Instructs last fall (30.00 ERA, 4.33 WHIP, and a .527 OppBA) and got a late start to the 2011 season, not pitching in a game until more than halfway through Extended Spring Training. But he has looked OK in AZL action so far (albeit just 7.1 IP over two games), displaying a high-quality curve and change-up, and the poise and stamina needed to throw multiple innings.

19-year old Dustin Geiger (Cubs 2010 24th round draft pick out of Merritt Island HS - Brevard County, FL) continues to be the offensive leader for the AZL Cubs. After two more hits tonight (including the 390-ft+ home run to left-center that gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead, and a picture-perfect hit & run single to right that advanced a runner from 1st to 3rd and led directly to the Cubs second run), Geiger is hitting a robust 400/423/769 (including three doubles, two triples, and a HR) through his first six AZL games, while playing adequate defense at both 3B and 1B (although he looks better at 1B). Geiger has showed tremendous improvement in his power stroke over the last few weeks (having hit 325/367/525 with three doubles, two HR, and 12 RBI over his last 13 Extended Spring Training games), and I had thought that just based on that he would get assigned to Boise, but the Cubs chose to place 3B-1B Wilson Contreras on the Boise roster instead, while keeping Geiger in Mesa. But if he keeps slugging the way he has over the last few weeks, I would expect Geiger to get a promotion to Boise (if not to Peoria) before much longer.

While Geiger has been the offensive star of the AZL Cubs, 19-year old Dominican switch-hitter Brian Inoa has struggled to find a position. Inoa was used mainly as a DH in the DSL last season where he hit 279/356/369 for DSL Cubs #2, but he was worked exclusively at catcher throughout Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training this year. However, it became quite clear over time that Inoa did not have the defensive chops to succeed as a backstop, so he was moved to 1B, and now (more-recently) to 2B, with poor results at each stop. Inoa made two more errors (on successive plays) leading to an unearned run in tonight's game, and was pulled out of the game in the top of the 7th. Next stop? Maybe LF. But to play LF Inoa will have to show the slugging he displayed at times in Extended Spring Training, like when he hit for the cycle against the Diamondbacks on May 23rd.

 

Comments

For all six teams (Boise and above) to win yesterday, a couple of improbable things had to happen: Peoria had to break a 10-game losing streak, and the suddenly impotent post-LeMahieu Smokies--punished by Jackson's and Lake's deep slumps and then KO'd by the Vitters beaning--had to actually score a run in thirteen innings. More impressive, though, were the seven consecutive scoreless innings spun by Maine and Gaub in Iowa's 15-inning 6-5 win over Albuquerque. Maine pitched three innings, Gaub four(!). Both gave up 1 hit, with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Add starter J. Jackson's 5 strikeouts and you get 19 total.

Jason Parker(?) on SS prospects with all kinds of Hak-Ju Lee love. Puts him in his top 3... http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=14377 TCF: Lee is one of my favorite prospects in the game, and a player with the potential to be Leader of the Pack (Future) in this crazy deep talent pool. At the plate, the 20-year-old Korean has great hands and hand-eye coordination, which leads to heavy doses of contact. The power isn’t there, and it might not show up, but he can sting a ball; he’s not an empty hitter. I like his overall approach: It’s aggressive yet under control, giving him some on-base ability and high-batting average projections. The glove is flashy and slick, though he still needs refinement, which he will find through repetition; the actions for a plus defender are already present. The arm is plenty strong for the position and his quick feet, natural instincts, and plus-plus raw speed given him excellent range. The total package could be an All-Star with a plus glove, the ability to hit for a very high average (not empty average), and enough strength to work the gaps. He’s not going to hit 15-plus home runs per season, but you can’t put him in the speed/slasher box, either.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Later Picks of Note: With a mid-90s fastball that consistently touches 97-98, fourth-round pick Tony Zych was one of the hardest throwers in this year's draft, but he doesn't have another plus offering. Sixth-round catcher Neftali Rosario is a very good defensive catcher with a bit of pop. He'll be a nearly impossible sign, but many think 11th-round pick Shawon Dunston Jr. will be a first-round pick in 2014 after honing his skills at Vanderbilt. Analysis: The Cubs focused more on teenage upside than in recent drafts, which fits well with the system needs. Tough signs like Dunston and seventh-round pick Trevor Gretzky give them a chance to make this an excellent crop. better place to hone skills? Vanderbilt or Cubs farm system?

There isn't much to cheer about this year, but I was hoping Castro could make a run for the batting title. However, I am upset every day when I see Q-ball put him in the third spot. When will he realize that for whatever reason, Castro is not comfortable there. I hope it doesn't ruin him.

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In reply to by crunch

Submitted by crunch on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 5:31pm. mateo down, barney up should happen soon enough. doug davis DFA will hopefully happen before that. ============================================ CRUNCH: If Rodrigo Lopez has an (unexpectedly) reasonably decent outing tonight, I would think the Cubs might keep Lopez in the starting rotation and Marcos Mateo in the bullpen and DFA Doug Davis when Darwin Barney is reactivated tomorrow. Davis has the potential to earn about $1M in incentives tied to GS and IP, so I doubt that the Cubs would think twice about releasing him. He has zero trade value. As for other trade possibilities, I could see Kerry Wood going home to Texas once he proves his blister issue has been resolved, and (as I have mentioned here before) the Giants should have some interest in acquiring Geovany Soto. And Alfonso Soriano for Adam Dunn is just too supersilious for it not to happen.

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In reply to by Paul Noce

Interesting to read Von Joshua analyzing someone's swing again. Reminds me when he gave a long dissertation about Milton Bradley, on how the top half of his body was turned the wrong way and out of synch with his legs. "You can't hit like that." He got that right. I think I prefer him to Teflon Rudy. I find the whole Colvin deal very disturbing in terms of what the coach was doing in his day job. Here is a talented young hitter--maybe not too sharp--who is just floundering. He has to go to Iowa to get any answers.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Colvin's line drive percentage this year is 9.9 compared to last year's 17.0. His HR/FB this year is 6.3 compared to last year's very strong 19.4. It looked to me like Colvin was making plenty of contact, it was just poor contact. And it looked to me like most of the time that he was in the majors he was hitting the very top of the ball a lot of the time that he was pulling it, resulting in weak grounders to the right (or into foul territory). The numbers also suggest that he was getting as much of the fly balls that he hit either. I would say that those are probably symptoms of some mechanical problems which may lead to, be caused by, or just combine with some small timing issues. I think some of it had to do with all the time he spent on the bench, but I don't have any evidence for that.

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In reply to by big_lowitzki

"LOL," etc. Do you think Von Joshua was analyzing Bradley's swing when he was with Texas? With the Cubs, he slugged .397. His OBP was fine, because he was focused like a laser on drawing walks. Fukudome draws walks, too, and many observers would look at him and say, "You can't hit like that." I do find it odd that the Cubs get beaten up every day in these pages for not stressing plate discipline, after spending $80 million since '08 on the two most extreme non-producing OBP specialists in the game. "He just didn't swing the bat. He didn't get the job done. His production, or lack of (production), was the only negative." --Hendry on Bradley

Here's Mike Quade's lineup for Game 2 vs. Barry Zito: 1. Reed Johnson, cf. 2. Starlin Castro, ss 3. Aramis Ramirez, 3b 4. Carlos Pena, 1b 5. Geovany Soto, c 6. Jeff Baker, 2b 7. Alfonso Soriano, lf 8. Lou Montanez, rf 9. Rodrigo Lopez, p

Fukudome was the latest in the succession of left handed hitting RF's that Hendry has failed in the quest to acquire anyone really good after Sosa shrunk. Burnitz, Jacques Jones, Fuk and thinking Fuk can play CF, Uncle Milty. ...plus a few minor attempts to catch lightning in a bottle: Jody Gerut, Ben Grieve, Todd Hollandsworth, Matt Lawton Fukudome's failure is that he came here with the expectation to drive in some runs and provide 20 HR power as well as the history of great April and meh May-Sept. He has succeeded in the OBP and RF defense areas. Tyler Colvin is somewhere in that mix too although he was a farm product and should be lumped in with Pie and CPat.

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  • 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.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I believe Leiter has in fact been in high leverage situations in the past, Smyly is a “wily veteran”, and Little has “electric stuff”.

    I’m not eating any of this dog food but I’m guessing that might be the line of thinking.