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62 players are at MLB Spring Training
40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full)
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI)
Last updated 2-27-2024
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
* Jordan Wicks
NRI PITCHERS: 11
Carl Edwards Jr
* Edwin Escobar
* Richard Lovelady
* Thomas Pannone
* Brad Wieck
NRI CATCHERS: 5
* Bryce Windham
* Michael Busch
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
NRI INFIELDERS: 4
* Dominic Smith
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
* Mike Tauchman
NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2
* Owen Caissie
* David Peralta
Come on Down Soriano, You're the Next Cub to Be Traded
The N.Y. Post is reporting that the Yankees and Cubs are close to deal that will send Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees for a mid-level prospect. The Cubs owe a little over $6M for the rest of 2013 on Soriano's deal and then $18 million next year and the Cubs will pay the bulk of it, and whatever the Yankees are contributing will be for this year as the Yanks are trying to avoid luxury tax hell next season. Soriano still has to approve the deal, but it seems unlikely he'll reject a chance to go to his first organization and play alongside Jeter and Mo' once again...presuming this is all true.
As for the prospect, no one knows yet but here's a top 20 list from the preseason. Manny Banuelos was a 5-star prospect heading into 2012 before Tommy John surgery, so maybe the Cubs can take a shot at the upside there. Dellin Betances was well up there as well before 2012 or maybe the Cubs see something in catcher Austin Romine, who was once a top 100 prospect. More likely, it's someone not on any of this lists with far less upside...we shall wait and see.
AZ Phil: This spring has been my first chance to actually watch Owen Caissie at the plate. How much do you think his strikeouts have been a matter of swing decisions vs swing mechanics? Do you have any reference points for how long it might take a guy with his approach to adjust and make enough contact to be playable at the next level? Or are we just hoping he can be a Joey Gallo kind of outlier?
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Childersb3: After Cody Bellinger was re-signed, there is no longer a need for a RH-hitting outfielder who can play CF. It was a need back when it was going to be either Tauchman or PCA as the primary CF, but not anymore.
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Here are the pitcher reports from Thursday's Rockies - Cubs game at Sloan Park:
COMMENT: Allowed five runs on seven hits (including two HR), walked one, and struck out one (looking) in 2.0 IP (plus four batters faced in the 3rd inning before being relieved)... breezed thru a nine-pitch 1st inning (eight strikes - two swing & miss, both on FB - one foul ball), allowing a lead-off single on a 1-2 hanging CV, then got a K-looking on a 95 MPH FB, and finally an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP on 94 MPH FB... started to give up hard-contact in 2nd inning, beginning with two consecutive singles on FB to open the inning, then an L-8 on a FB and an F-9 on a CV, then a HR over LF fence on a hanging CV, and finally an L-9 to end the inning after 14 pitches (10 strikes- no swing & miss - one foul ball)... really labored in the third inning without retiring a batter (22 pitches - 12 strikes - two swing & miss,. one on FB and one on a CV - six foul balls), allowing a lead-off towering HR to left-center on a 3-2 94 MPH FB, and then loading the bases on two singles and a walk before being relieved... numbers looked bad and there was nothing flukey or unlucky about it...
COMMENT: Relieved Smyly with no outs and bases loaded in the top of the third and induced a 6-4-3 DP on his second pitch and then got a K-swinging on a FB to end the inning... threw six pitches (four strikes - two swing & miss)...
COMMENT: Quick 1-2-3 inning (L-4, 6-3, K-swinging)... threw only eight pitches (seven consecutive strikes after first-pitch ball - three swing & miss among the eight pitches, one on SPLIT and two on FB - one foul ball))... impressive first outing...
FB: 93-97 T-98
COMMENT: Allowed three runs on five hits (including one HR) and a walk... struck out one (swinging)... was unable to complete the inning (a lead-off double on 96 MPH FB, a single on 97 MPH FB, a HR on mid-80's CH, then a K-swinging, on a CH, but then another single, an L-4, and another single, before being relieved)... needed 26 pitches (14 strikes - four swinging - two foul balls) to record just two outs... FB velo actually increased over the course of the inning (first two pitches were 93 MPH FB, then FB was sitting 96-97 after that and even hit 98 once)... has a SP repertoire but he displays no consistency from pitch-to-pitch... throws too many pitches per inning to be a starter, so as things stand right now he probably projects more as a multi-inning bulk reliever... not MLB-ready at this time...
COMMENT: Relieved Palencia with two outs and two runners on base in the top of the 5th and struck out the one batter he faced on three pitches (swing & miss on all three pitches he threw, and all three pitches were FB)...
COMMENT: Threw two innings (40 pitches - 21 strikes - nine swing & miss, five on SL and four on FB - four foul balls)... surrendered a four-pitch walk to the first batter he faced, and allowed a run on three singles, two walks, and two WP, over the course of his two innings of work... struck out three (two swinging and one looking, all three on SL)... benefited from two timely CS by catcher Joe Hudson... stuff is electric as evidenced by his 23% swing & miss rate fairly evenly divided between his SL and FB, but he also can't throw strikes consistently (the two walks he issued were a combined eight balls and only one strike)... he is nowhere near MLB-ready at this time... probably projects as a two-pitch one-inning high-leverage MLB reliever (eventually)...
COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (F-9, F-9, K-swinging)... threw nine pitches (six strikes - three swing & miss, all three on SL - one foul ball)... FB velo was up a tick from his first outing last week... FB has good velo but SL is his strikeout pitch....
COMMENT: Allowed a run on two hits (both singles, both on the first pitch of the AB)... issued no walks and struck out two (one looking and one swinging)... both FB and SL velo were clearly down a tick from first outing last week... threw 20 pitches (13 strikes - two swing & miss, which were his last two pitches of the inning, one a CV and one a SL/CT - three foul balls)...
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Spring Training Transactions - March 25, 2024
Cubs - Placed Drew Smyly on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.
my gawd...a 3+ hour early-season spring training game.
34 hits, 7 walks...10-9 COL victory.
Man this guy can't catch a break. He looked sharp this spring. Now another set back
Big bummer for Davis. Hopefully, he can take off sufficient time and return when he's at full strength and ready to make a real comeback push.
Injury update. Brennan Davis in concussion protocol.
The Cubs' 24-year-old prospect was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the eighth inning of Chicago's Feb. 27 game against the Reds and is undergoing concussion protocol. Davis will be out for some time for more tests while dealing with what Cubs manager Craig Counsell referred to as a "mild concussion" on Feb. 29.
Welp, Smyly the starter is already in mid-season form.
Maybe you're right about Mastro being a lock there.
We're limited in our DH options vs RHSPs.
Until PCA or maybe ONKC force their way up, we don't have a LH bench bat that can really hold down the DH vs RHSP right now.
We just don't have a LH bat that can makes sense there (not yet anyway).
I guess the fix is Tauchman in CF, Belli at 1B and Busch at DH with Happ in LF.
I'm not putting Mastro in for Nico or Dansby against RHSP unless they are dog tired.
That's why I thought adding David Peralta would be interesting.
But adding him now would be tough financially according to AZ Phil.
AZ Phil also said a while back that the roster needs a RH CF option (this was obviously prior to Belli signing)
Canario is starting today in CF.
He's about the only viable RH CF option until Alcantara is ready in maybe 2025.
Reports are that Canario is okay in CF (better than Velazquez) but not good.
A trade could still happen. Probably involving the pitching staff (Smyly).