Cubs MLB Roster

Cubs Organizational Depth Chart
40-Man Roster Info

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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, ten players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, three players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-12-2024
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson

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

OPTIONED: 10 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, P 


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

A's Rally Hangs Loss on Cubs at Riverview Park

Gabriel Sanchez belted a bases-clearing three-run double to cap a four-run 7th inning, and Justin Higley singled twice, stole two bases, scored two runs, and drove-in another, as the Athletics rallied to defeat the Cubs 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.

Jeffrey Baez had three hits and Varonex Cuevas smacked a triple and an RBI single for the Cubs in a losing cause.

Jorge Soler (hamstring rehab) is still at Extended Spring Training, and (just like yesterday) he played RF for all nine innings in today's game. He had four Plate Appearances in the game, hitting a check-swing dribbler back to the pitcher on a 3-0 pitch in his first AB in the bottom of the 1st inning, walked on four pitches in the 4th, grounded out 5-3 in the 7th, and (representing the tying run) lined-out to right with runners on 1st & 2nd and out out in the 9th.  

Veteran MLB OF Casper Wells (AAA Iowa 7-day DL) returned to game action today after missing about six weeks with knee and back issues. He batted five times in the game--once in each of the first five innings, going 1-4 with two infield pop outs, two fly outs (one of which was a run-producing sacrifice fly), and a line-drive single. For a player who has missed as much time as he has, he showed plus bat-speed and really nailed the ball with authority in three of his five AB, and showed good speed on the bases, too.

Wells was an NRI outfielder at Cubs MLB Spring Training, and probably would have been the Opening Day RF at Iowa if he hadn't started the season on the DL. He also probably would have been the logical candidate to replace Justin Ruggiano when Ruggiano went on the DL with his hamstring injury last month, because Ruggiano and Wells are very similar-type players. 

RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa (2013 TJS rehab) and RHP Jesus Castillo (one of two pitchers acquired from Arizona in the Tony Campana deal) were scheduled to throw "live" BP on Field #5 prior to the game on Field #6. Both pitchers warmed up in the Field #5 bullpen, and while Castillo did throw his two "innings" (40 pitches total - 20 pitches in each inning), Fujikawa returned to the clubhouse after completing his warm-ups and did not throw BP.   

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):  CUBS LINEUP:
X. Casper Wells, DH #1: 1-4 (P-6, F-8, P-4, F-7 SF, 1B, RBI)
NOTE: Wells batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, L-8, 1B, PO)
2. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 2-4 (3B, 1B, K, E-5, RBI) 
3. Jorge Soler, RF: 0-3 (1-3, BB, 5-3, L-9)
4. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 0-4 (5-3, 6-4-3 DP, 4-3, 5-3)
5. Roney Alcala, DH #2: 0-3 (3-U, K, 6-3)
6. Elliot Soto, SS: 1-3 (P-2, F-9, 1B)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 (1-3, 5-4 FC, F-8)
8a. Eufran Vargas, C: 0-0 (BB, R)
8b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-2 (3-U, F-7)
9. Mark Malave, 1B: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, F-8, R)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/FO, 50 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Carlos Llano: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 15 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 43 pitches (27 strikes)
NOTE: Eregua's second inning was stopped with one out and runner at 2nd base
5. Francisco Carrillo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Eufran Vargas: 0-1 CS
2. Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Before things go all to hell during tonight's game, I thought I'd start off tonight's comments with a positive note. That Ramirez fella looks filthy.

clark "im not a mascot, im there for the kids" the bear is wearing a "save 2nd base" breast cancer awareness shirt. that's gonna be an interesting conversation with the kids.

Does anyone know how common Tommy John surgery is for Japanese pitchers playing in Japan? Just curious if their way of handling pitchers makes a difference in injury frequency.

[ ]

In reply to by Carlito

It would be a completely justifiable approach if the Cubs had a regular third baseman. Or, even if Olt wasn't a particularly good fielder. But despite the error the other night (another reason to simply give him more reps), fielding is definitely not a handicap for him. His being in a slump is more of a reason to keep him in there, not less. See if he works through it. Maybe the slump is permanent and he is just not gonna be any good. Fine, find out. What is a team 10 games under 500 in early May waiting for?

[ ]

In reply to by Old and Blue

Good point, yes and exactly. I've never heard of easing a guy into a new level by not playing him. I mean how do you adjust to the speed, quickness and quality of pitching. I am not comparing Olt to Sandberg, but Sandberg came up as a 3rd basemen in 1982 and notoriously started 1 for his first 32. If Ricky was his manager ... well, who knows.

[ ]

In reply to by Carlito

As a future hall-of-famer, Sandberg might not be the best argument for the sink-or-swim approach. The question is whether a lesser player might need more babying. How long do you let a prospect keep digging a hole that at some point he will have to climb out of? Maybe you bench him, maybe you send him down. Tyler Colvin was demoted to Iowa in 2011 and wasn't doing much there when Jim Hendry summoned him back to the majors, saying "we need to find out whether he's an everyday guy or not by the end of this year." In other words, he's not doing well, so let's test him, and also tell him that it's make-or-break. (Sandberg and Mays fought their way out of a funk, so why can't you?) Then there was Brett Jackson, who was taking aim at the PCL strikeout record when Sveum prevailed upon Theo to call him up, on the principle that he couldn't coach him long-distance. So Jackson was expected to learn how to make contact in the majors. “Our manager was the one that wanted [Jackson] up here to work with him on his swing because we weren’t getting it done at Triple-A,” Epstein explained. “So we sort of prioritized that swing adjustment over the rest of his development. In hindsight that was a mistake.”

[ ]

In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Well regardless of Sandberg's eventual success I bet he sure as hell is happy his manager let him play through the slump. Olt was confident and tuned in coming out of spring training where he was batting every day against live pitching. He was immediately thrown into a situation where he sits more days than he plays. There are very few jobs much less people who excel when they are not getting to do their jobs daily. Especially when you move to a new level of excellence in the competition. And today he's a DH you know because Valbuena is the consummate defensive third baseman and we certainly don't need Olt working up a sweat - best to sit and think some more especially if you had a year like last year when everything fell apart physically and psychologically. But it's totally worth it because Valbuena might just be our third baseman for the next decade.

[ ]

In reply to by Carlito

Btw I agree with Old & Blue - I'm not saying Olt is good or he is gonna succeed. I am saying we know exactly what Valbuena is, we've seen him consistently (I like him) but I'd like to see if Olt can play and I think it's in the best interest of the Cubs to know. The concept that the manager picks and chooses his rare appearances so he has a better chance to succeed is borderline delusional.

[ ]

In reply to by Carlito

For what it's worth, I saw an Olt quote saying he wasn't worried about this slump, and that he's been through worse. I for one don't see the problem with him digging a hole. He's already done some good digging, might as well finish the project. Give him that playing time. If he keeps under .200 for the rest of the season, we know he's a non-prospect. He really looks like he could be a very good fielder, so if he can hit, that's sweet. Time to find out if he's Scott Rolen or Ian Stewart.

[ ]

In reply to by Old and Blue

By the way, I agree that Olt is the guy and in a perfect world he should be playing every day. But the Cubs live in a business world where it pays to maximize your assets. They're not maximizing Olt at the moment but that doesn't matter, since they're going to keep him rather than trade him. They have to play the guys they're trying to trade, like Valbuena and Barney; otherwise they lose their value. Barney's numbers will never attract suitors but he does sparkle in the field. Make sense? It does to me. At least I know why I'm watching these BS lineups. Do you think the Cubs haven't figured out that Olt is their 3B?

[ ]

In reply to by jacos

Barney was "known in the league" year before last as a gold glover, someone who hit just well enough to qualify. Barney's stock is much lower today. Cubs would like to recover some of that lost value. There are a lot of competing interests on the team--Barney versus Valbuena and Bonifacio, Valbuena versus Olt--but none of these guys can just be relegated to the bench. Valbuena's OBP is fifty points higher than his career number. On this blog, people have been noticing him lately and saying, Hey, he's not so bad! Play and trade, versus bench and release. It worked for Soriano (and it only took thirty years!).

[ ]

In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Eh. I tend to agree with others: even a sustained and unprecedented offensive outburst on the part of either Valbuena or Barney is only going to increase their trade value marginally. Front offices these days seem to have some grasp on the concept of the small sample. Olt should play everyday and Valbuena and Barney can split time at 2B while Bonifacio plays everyday in CF at least until Sweeney and Ruggiano return from their injuries.

“I’ve been a friend of that guy’s for 30 years,” he said. “It doesn’t surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn’t have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things he shouldn’t be doing.” Lasorda also shared an unsolicited opinion on Sterling’s silly rabbit, V. Stiviano. “And I don’t wish that girl any bad luck but I hope she gets hit with a car,” he said,

[ ]

In reply to by jacos

So the problem is not that he hates black people, it is that he vocalized his feelings? Dear Lasorda: Incorrect. The guy is scum and I'm glad he's banned from the NBA. We could ban him from the country for all I care. And I don't think much of the girlfriend, either, for reasons that have nothing to do with audio recordings.

Good to see that tweet about Bryant having just a stomach virus last night - I downloaded the MILB app last night and while checking it out saw that Bryant only had one AB last night, which immediately fired off all my Cubbery alarms.

not sure this is 3/44 but Arodys Vizcaino has been promoted to AA/Tenn.
but Hoyer said Vizcaino would remain on a deliberate schedule after missing the last two seasons because of arm surgeries. "We have the ability to do some teaching at the lower levels and mid-levels without that third deck and radar guns up there," Hoyer said of Vizcaino, who allowed one run in nine appearances at Daytona. "We'll still have some caution. It's definitely a step in the right direction for him, and he has earned it."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-jeff-russell-bits…

For those who have had a chance to watch him play, is Baez chasing bad pitches, missing breaking balls, or all of the above?

Considering that the Cubs have had nice starting pitching this year, that the defense is vastly improved, and that the bullpen issues are (sort of) worked out- where would the Cubs be if they had added a nice big bat in the lineup? I think they'd be in a lot better shape, and I stand by what I said several weeks ago when I said it is criminal that the Chicago Cubs, of all teams, have such a low payroll. This is not Kansas City- Put a big league team on the field and give them a big league payroll.

[ ]

In reply to by Ryno

Free agency we would have had to give a big contract to a player past their prime and lose a draft pick. And most of them have been disasters from Fielder to Pujols to Hamilton to Cano. Trade wise who did we have to deal? In theory yes it would be great, in practice it'd be hard to come up with concrete examples of who they should have signed/traded for ... especially without thinning out the system again. All that said I'm starting to wonder if they should just give Shark his $$ and go for it ... he's kind of proving his worth.

[ ]

In reply to by Carlito

He is proving his worth April-May. His problems anually as a starter have been consistency from one start to the next. He for sure has been doing it this year though. Actually, in looking at several of the short-term FA's who signed late, a couple are doing well: Nelson Cruz, and Ian Kinsler are two. The Cubs can sign guys like that. They just won't or Theo does not have the allowances to do so. The A's have been good at supporting their home-growns with guys like that. Seems to be working for them. Of course, during the Hendry years, Billy Beane saw something in Josh Donaldson that has paid off for them big-time.

Jeff Hoffman to get TJ surgery, if Rodon, Aiken and Kolek go top 3 leaves Cubs most likely looking at c/of Alex Jackson.

[ ]

In reply to by The E-Man

Grant Holmes is a HS kid from South Carolina seen as a top arm. Some believe Holmes is the best right-hander in the country as he already has three above-average/plus offerings and can touch 98 mph with his fastball. At 6′-2” and 200 pounds, he doesn’t have the size as Kolek, but he might have better overall stuff and he has great command of his pitches. Aside from the fastball, he adds plus curveball that sits 79-81 with late bite and great depth. His change-up already is an above-average offering, sitting 84-86 mph. He has a thick frame, is strong as an ox and just keeps getting better. Read more at http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-mock-draft-7-0-first-round/…

So, does anyone know why Olt is DHing and Valbuena is playing 3B? Is it to protect Olt's shoulder, or does Renteria think that Valbuena's D is better?

...not t.wood's night... ...and renteria gets himself tossed...about 1/2 inning too late considering he was probably pissed about rizzo's ABs.

Bryant must be feeling better -- hit #7 and #8 tonight, plus a double. Vizcaino with a 2K clean inning as well. I'm sure I'm late to the party, but ... Stephen Bruno? No power or speed, but great BA/OBP numbers.

[ ]

In reply to by billybucks

Bruno is interesting (and not just because he went to UVA). Played at Boise after the 2012 draft and then went straight to Daytona (skipping KC) last year, where his season was abbreviated after 19 games by TJ surgery. After 19 games in A ball he starts this season at Tennessee, where his OPS is .881. Last year I think they announced that Bruno had agreed to convert to catcher, but then he had the arm surgery and now he's back at second base. He does have doubles power--cranks out doubles everywhere he goes. 13 of his 29 hits this year are for extra bases.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I was at the Cubs - Dodgers game at Wrigley Field in May 1967, the last game before Ken Holtzman was to report for active duty and be gone for a long time. (He ended up getting leave occasionally on weekends so he could pitch for the Cubs). Cubs won 20-3. Knocked out Claude Osteen. Holtzman pitched a complete game. Randy Hundley hit a grand slam. Adolfo Phillips hit a HR and a double and drove in six runs. Even Glenn Beckett hit a HR! Ted Savage stole home (and it was a true "Jackie Robinson" steal of home, too, not the back end of a double steal). For me, it was one of the most memorable Cubs games of the 1960's.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    azbobbop: No update on Derniche Valdez. He is still on the Restricted List. 

  • crunch (view)

    ken holtzman has died.

  • crunch (view)

    if it's not a morel injury i'd at least like him to sit long enough to get his finger healed.  he doesn't seem to be swinging as strongly and even foul balls are bothering him.  he's been carrying the injury for a week-ish now.

    dude almost lost is career and use of one of his hands years ago, and he's young...nothing short of his hand falling off will have him telling counsell or the trainers he's not good to go.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Could be Paternity or Bereavement.

  • crunch (view)

    weird.

    morel IL (finally)?  cooper done with the cubs?  something else...

    twitter detectives seem to think suzuki may have injured himself yesterday...

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Heyman reports Canario is being promoted
    No mention of who's going down
    This seems weird
    I'm not upset at all, but is he going to play?
    Wisdom staying to Iowa?
    Mastro going down?
    Someone hurt?
    We'll see

  • crunch (view)

    truth.  his velocity does tend to peak out at 80-90 pitches, but i think he has it in him with regular work given what he showed last season.

    the fact he moves so seamlessly between starting and long relief may doom him to the pen, anyway.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Phil, my presumption was that the Cubs are sellers at the trade deadline and that Happ would be willing to waive his no trade clause to play for a potential WS champion. Lots of ifs there but I don’t think completely out of the question.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Julio Teheran was a SP for the Brewers last season, so Counsell should know him pretty well.