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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
 
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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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Cubs Top Angels at Diablo Park

Elliot Soto tripled, singled, walked, and scored a run, and Eloy Jimenez singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, leading the Cubs to a 9-5 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ. 

Raul Linares reached base four times (RBI triple, two singles, and a walk) for the Angels.

In 18 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (72 PA), Eloy Jimenez is hitting 221/250/279, with a team-leading nine RBI, plus four doubles and 3/19 BB/K. He has yet to homer in a Cactus League EXST game, although he has in Intrasquad games. 

Unlike the other top international prospect signed by the Cubs in 2013 (SS Gleyber Torres), Jimenez has no chance to make the Boise Hawks Opening Day roster, but he does stand a good chance to be in the AZL Cubs Opening Day lineup next month. 

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):


CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, K, R, SB)
1b. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-1 (BB, F-9, R)
2. Zak Blair, 2B: 0-3 (2-3, L-8, BB, BB, K, 2 R, RBI)
3a. Kevin Brown, LF: 0-2 (1-3, E-7)
3b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 2-5 (1B, F-9, 1B, K, K, R, RBI, CS)
5. Rony Rodriguez, 1B: 0-1 (P-2, BB, F-7 SF, BB, R, 2 RBI)
6. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 1-4 (K, F-7, 2B, 4-3, 2 RBI)
7a. Varonex Cuevas, SS: 0-1 (E-9, CS)
7b. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-8, HBP)
8. Erick Castillo, C: 0-4 (4-3, P-4, K, K)
9. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 (K, BB, E-4, 5-3, R)
10. Elliot Soto, DH #2: 2-3 (L-6, BB, 1B, 3B, R)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Graham: 4.0 IP, 5 H,1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 4/1 GO/FO, 68 pitches (45 strikes)
2. Victor Salazar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 48 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/6 GO/FO, 51 pitches (34 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 1
3B Adonis Paula - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 1-1 CS, 1 PB

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Shamil Ubiera - runner thrown out 9-4-2 trying to score from 1st base on a double

ATTENDANCE: 7

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's

 

Comments

some of you are more experienced with this...but if I wish to try and not go bankrupt getting Game 1 tickets for Blackhawks @ Ducks on Sunday (if Ducks win), where would you look besides the normal online ticket resellers? Or any other suggestions?

Currently cheapest price is about $150 a ticket on stubhub for the nosebleeds.

 

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In reply to by Rob G.

Try Craigslist. Look at the ads from sellers that aren't brokers. Also post an ad saying you want tix but don't want to spend a shitload. You'll get people emailing you with "bargains" (i.e., not bargains) but sometimes they just want to get rid of the tickets. You can also maybe find some other hot deals, if you know what I mean.

Today's Olt Watch: I only saw one AB, the walk, and that was a nice At bat. They were trying to get him to fish for stuff low and away and he wouldn't bite. Obviously it would have been better if he had connected on that one he took a swing at that was right down the pipe, and he did leave three on base. But with Baker batting behind him, then SureOut replacing Baker, he wasn't gonna see much in that AB with men on.

with tonight's 0-4 (2Ks)...baez's OPS drops sub-.500. ouch. 4 hits in his last 10 games/40ab (3 came in 1 game)...20Ks...4bb...

From the tweet box: "Soler made a great catch to take away an extra base hit in the 4th then seemed bothered by the Hamstring. He then left the game." Seriously? Did they run any medicals on this guy before they signed him?

And...do we have a Back-Up Catcher?? Considering Baker has the lowest BA in baseball, whay are the TheoJed "stashing" the 26 year old, lefty-hitting Rafael Lopez catcher in AA? Are we loaded with catching prospects in Iowa? I mean when else are you going to give guys a shot other than when you are 26, having a nice year at your competitive level, and your parent team is the worst in the NL?

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In reply to by The E-Man

Well, Lopez has had a good 100 ABs in AA. Prior to that he hit .247 in a full season at AA last year, .269 in A+ and .265 in A the year before. Moving people without stellar track records up to the majors after a hot streak of 6 weeks in AA is probably not the best idea. You would have to add him to the 40-man, start burning service time, he'd get infrequent ABs because he would be a back-up, and he'd be overwhelmed by big league pitching. I doubt he has much of a career shot anyway, but you'd kill any he does have. I'd actually look at it the opposite way. If the Cubs were in a pennant chase and even a slight upgrade over Baker at the back-up catching position might lead to a win or two more, then you think about making changes. But the Cubs are the worst team in the NL, so why stunt anyone's development in the minor leagues and burn service time in hopes of improving from very very shitty to just very shitty? At this point, the only call-ups should be guys who have proven themselves over an extended period at high levels in the minors and can get a month or two of major league experience under their belts leading into next year.

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In reply to by WISCGRAD

...why stunt anyone's development in the minor leagues and burn service time in hopes of improving from very very shitty to just very shitty? I suppose you are right. There is not much upside from "very, very shitty", to just plain "very shitty". If they have control over him, even at his "advanced age", it probably is best as you say. He may just run out of time, however, unless he breaks free. Catcher's position mortality rate peaks at 29-31.

Whenever people talk about the Cubs possibly leaving the Florida State League after the 2014 season because of too many rain-outs (the PDA between the Cubs and Daytona expires after this season), the  possibility of the Cubs moving their Hi-A affiliate to the California League is often dismissed because it is believed by some that the California League is too much of a "hitter's league" and so therefore MLB clubs with their Hi-A affiliate in the California League often just have their better pitching prospects skip Hi-A to avoid having to pitch in the California League. 

A partial list of pitchers who spent their "Hi-A" season in the California League over the years:

Nick Adenhart
Andrew Bailey
Madison Bumgarner
Trevor Cahill
Matt Cain
Patrick Corbin
John Danks
Jeff Francis
Rich Harden
Felix Hernandez
Derek Holland 
Ubaldo Jimenez
John Lackey
Pedro Liriano
Justin Masterson
Wade Miley
Jake Peavy  
Francisco Rodriguez  
Ervin Santana
Joe Saunders
James Shields
Tyler Skaggs 
Pedro Strop
Chris Tillman
Brandon Webb
Zack Wheeler

Maybe pitching in a "hitter's league" is actually a good thing for a pitcher's development.

I saw this on bleacher report five trades that make sense. Benafacio to Braves for either SP Aaron Northcraft or RP Shea Simmons. Samardzija to Yankess for top prospect and catcher Gary Sanchez and pitchers Chase Whitley and Ty Hensley.

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In reply to by rokfish

Suggested that myself a few days ago. With McCann signed, Sanchez should be available, especially with another good catching prospect behind him in the Yankees system. Not sure if the arms are premium enough. I guess it depends on if you believe Welington Castillo is a long term solution or not.

Overheard in Clubhouse Cpt Happy- "Shark all the pieces are in place for your first win today!" Shark- "Great!" Shark reads lineup, no Olt. Sureoutz and Barney playing. Shark - " Hey Skip, can ask a favor?" Cpt Happy- " sure" Shark- " Can I bat 7th?"

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In reply to by jacos

unfortunately, they still have chris russo on the payroll because some idiot decided he should have a show. fortunately, it's only on in middle of the day and doesn't replay at night. i have no idea how he has a job in radio talking about anything...or why anyone would listen to it...or why someone thought it would be a good idea to put him on TV...much less a baseball network. the guy's sports knowledge consists of reading the morning paper and screaming about what he read without much insight until it's time to go home. on the subject of mitch williams on MLB network...he has had some epic moments...such as his opinion on extra innings during spring training games... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Qu9-xS4Hg

no braun, no gomez, no aram...cubs still lose. this team is killing me. they have a very legit shot at the 1st round pick next year...and 105+ losses this year. at least k.hendricks looks like he's MLB-ready when the mid-season trades start rolling in. none of the promising bats look like they're ready, but the bats likely to be traded aren't exactly doing anything worth mentioning.

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In reply to by crunch

I will say two things: 1.) as a fan if the rebuild I will say that this year is a clustercuss of chaos. The ugliest of the years because there is some talent in the field Rizzo/Castro/Pitchers and then a rotating cast of weirdness that I assume 2.) is coming from the front office. I'm not sure Mr Happy is a good or bad manager, I know he is not a great orator, but I'm starting to think his lineup choices are determined with pressure from the front office and that after the trade deadline we'll see the beginning of the true youth movement.

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In reply to by Carlito

if his lineup is formed by the front office he would be an even worse manager than he's showing and chances are his locker room would be in revolt. the last thing players want to hear is a bunch of guys in suits are micro-managing their day-to-day playing time. you gotta have a "paid off" type setup like the yanks for stuff like this to go down...a team where you understand going into it that you're a paid gunman doing what your "boss's boss" wants you to do. since the elder steiny died this is less of an issue for them, though.

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  • crunch (view)

    matt chapman to the giants...3/54m (20m/18m/16m) with opt-outs every year.

    cubs are pretty much "stuck" with morel, madrigal, and masterboney at 3rd as things stand.

    wisdom is technically an option, but he's not much of a 3rd baseman.

  • crunch (view)

    now that the bellinger contract is done and we're waiting on the dude to show up in games...

    it can be argued that bellinger at 30m a year for 1-2 seasons (or 80m over 3 years) isn't good value.  ...and it probably won't be a good deal.  free agent signings at this level of pay have an extremely high ceiling to realize a return on investment based on numbers and stats, alone.

    what it does give, is a specific need for weaknesses of this specific club.  he provides coverage for 2 of the 3 main position weaknesses and he's a lefty bat with pop.

    every slot on the team is pretty much solidified except CF, 1st, and 3rd.  bellinger covers CF and 1st adequately and i doubt many people think he couldn't cover either over the next 3 seasons.

    the cubs have PCA and busch/mervis at CF and 1st respectively.  the team no longer needs guys at both positions to rise to the occasion.

    plus there's the whole DH thing.

    this is a gamble, but it's not a thoughtless gamble throwing money at a bat for the sake of having a bat.  he's capable of filling numerous roles the team could use for a short period of time in the prime of his career...even if it could end up he's overpaid for what the club gets from him.
     

  • crunch (view)

    as far as i can tell this isn't injury/rest related, and they've been throwing for weeks.

    we're at the point in spring games where throwing 20-40 pitches for multi-inning guys is the norm, and that's not much different than airing out a few dozen on the mound in a non-game training situation.

    i wonder if these specific guys are getting additional instruction without working things out vs live batters and they don't want to do that and tax the arms doing both at once.  no idea...not heard anything about these guys or what they're doing in ARZ recently.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Eight days into the Cactus League schedule, six Cubs pitchers who are officially at MLB Spring Training have yet to throw in a Cactus League game: 

    Yency Almonte 
    Michael Arias 
    Shota Imanaga 
    Ethan Roberts (NRI - TJS rehab)
    Jameson Taillon 
    Keegan Thompson 

    Meanwhile, 13 pitchers assigned to Cubs Minor League Camp have pitched in MLB Cactus League games, including Blake Weiman twice and Hunter Bigge three times!  
     

  • crunch (view)

    player of the game: the sun

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Friday's White Sox - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    JUSTIN STEELE
    FB: 90-92 
    CT: 88-89  
    SL: 81-84 
    CH: 78-81  
    CV: 75-76 
    COMMENT: Threw two no run / no hit innings to start the game (a L-1 comeback that almost took Steele's head off on the first pitch of the game, then a BB on a 3-2 pitch, a 5-4 FC that should have been an inning-ending DP but wasn't as the result of a Matt Shaw grip / bobble at 3B -- lucky to get one out on the play, and an F-9 to end the inning)... then a K-looking, an F-9, and a 6-3 GO in an easy 1-2-3 10-pitch second inning... allowed two runs on two hits in the third inning (a three-pitch K-swinging on a SL, then an infield topper that Steele couldn't pick up and was scored a hit but should have been an E-1 -- and should have been the second out but wasn't, then a hard-hit double, an F-8 SF to plate the first run and advance the other runner from second to third, then a WP on a bouncing 55-foot SL that scored the second run, and finally an F-7 FO to end the inning and the outing)... Steele threw 47 pitches over the course of his three innings of work (32 strikes - four swing & miss, two on SL and two on CT - plus an incredible 11 foul balls!)... threw a lot more different types of pitches than his usual FB / SL combo... a very nice "clean" outing, except for the E-1 topper that was inexplicably scored as a hit...    

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94 
    CT: 87-89 
    CH: 86
    SL: 79-80
    CV: 74-76
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (37 pitches - 22 strikes - three swing & miss - three foul balls)... allowed a broken bat infield single to lead-off hitter in the top of the 4th, then a P-3 DP (fantastic over the shoulder catch by Busch while running out into RF foul territory followed by a perfect throw back to 1st base to double the runner off base), and a 3-U GO (our man Busch again!)... second inning began with an HBP (PCA was hit by a pitch in the previous half-inning), then PCA took a bad route (might have briefly lost the ball in the sun) chasing a fly ball in CF that fell for a double on the warning track, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd... then a lazy routine fly ball was lost in the sun by PCA in CF for a gift-double, then after an RBI 6-3 GO for the first out of the inning (should have been the third out!), PCA lost still ANOTHER FLY BALL IN THE SUN in short right-center to further extend the inning, then a walk on a 3-2 pitch, an F-7 FO for what was essentially the fifth out of the inning, then a hard-hit RBI single through the box and into CF (PCA missed the cut-off man with the throw home), and finally a 1-3 come-backer on Assad's 26th pitch of the inning for what should have been the sixth out of the inning... so while he technically threw just two innings and allowed four "earned" runs on five "hits" (including three  "doubles"), Assad got what were essentially nine outs, and should have allowed no runs on two hits (both singles -- one of which was a broken bat infield hit), one walk, and one HBP...        

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-98
    SL: 84-87
    CH: 79
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging on a 1-2 SL, F-7, F-8)... 16 pitches (12 strikes - three swinging, two on FB and one on SL - five foul balls)... Matt Mervis lost a pop fly foul ball in the sun prior to the K-swinging...     

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 91-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Inning started with a gift-triple (Cole Roederer lost can o' corn fly ball in the sun before it bounced off warning track in the RF corner)... Cuas then induced a P-3 for the first out and got a K-swinging for the second out, before hitting a batter with a 2-2 SL to put runners at the corners... then he a got 5-3 GO to end the inning... a cool head 22-pitch "no sweat" masterful extrication act to strand the runner at 3rd after the lead-off "sun triple"... two swing & miss -- one on FB and one on SL -- and five foul balls among his 14 strikes (Cuas gets a LOT of foul balls on "emergency hacks" when he pitches)... 

    COLTEN BREWER
    FB: 93-95
    CH: 89 
    SL: 84-85 
    CV: 79 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout 8th inning... 10 pitches (seven strikes - one swing & miss on FB)... surrendered two soft-contact singles sandwiched around an F-8, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... 

    RILEY THOMPSON
    FB: 95-96
    CH: 89 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Tossed a 1-2-3 (3-1 GO, K-swinging on three pitches, F-8) 12-pitch 9th (10 strikes - one swing & miss on SL - four foul balls)... good FB velo in combo with the slider, and he threw strikes... eight of his twelve pitches were SL (he loves those sliders!)... 

  • crunch (view)

    not yet...dunno what his plan is with the team.

    he's not getting any younger.  dude turns 29 in a bit over a week.  they still want him on the roster and 40-man for some reason.

    i like what he throws, but at some point you have to show what's coming out of your arm is MLB-quality.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Has Keegan pitched yet? If not I wonder if they’re even entertaining him as a SP as an option. Genuinely no idea on either of those thoughts

  • crunch (view)

    so...unless keegan thompson comes running into the ring to hit jordan wicks with a steel chair, it's looking like wicks vs himself.

    or they could sign jordan montgomery or something like that.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Wesneski was also pretty unimpressive