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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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It's Skulina vs Loux at Extended Spring Training

Bryant Flete singled, doubled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run, Ricardo Marcano singled, tripled, and scored two runs, Adonis Paula ripped an RBI double and a single and drove-in another run with an RBI GO, and Ho-Young Son singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run, in Cubs Extended Spring Training Intrasquad game action this morning on Field #5 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.

The game was called after 7-1/2 innings with the scored tied 3-3. 

Myrtle Beach RHSP Tyler Skulina and Iowa RHSP Barret Loux were the two starting pitchers in the game. Both were left behind in Mesa because they will not get their first scheduled start for another five or six days, and they needed to elevate their pitch counts to 80+ before their first start.

Loux was hit hard, allowing eight hits (five singles, two doubles, and a triple) in his 5.1 IP of work. Acquired from the Texas Rangers as a PTBNL in the 2012 Geovany Soto trade, Loux is attempting to come back after undergoing shoulder surgery post-2013 and UCL elbow ligament transplant surgery (TJS) last season. 

On the other hand, Skulina was really dealing, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings. 

Prior to the Intrasquad game, Frank Batista and Dylan Cease squared-off in a two-inning "sim" game on Field #4. 

Here is the box score from the intrasquad game, followed by the current Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster.   

SQUAD "A" LINEUP: 
X. Barret Loux, P: 1-1 (1-4 SH, 1B) 
NOTE: Loux batted 2nd in the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd innings 
1. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-4 (1B, L-7, K, 6-4-3 DP, PO)
2. Ho-Young Son, SS: 2-3 (F-9, 2B, 1B, R, SB)
3. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 0-3 (F-7, K, F-7) 
4. Kevin Brown, CF: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, 2 R, SB)
5. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-2 (F-7 SF, L-4, 4-3, 2 RBI)
6. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 1-3 (F-7, K, 1B, RBI)
7. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
8. Carlos Jimenez, LF: 0-3 (K, P-6, 6-3) 
9. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 1-3 (K, K, 1B) 
10. Roberto Vahlis, DH #2: 0-1 (K, BB) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Bryant Flete, SS: 2-2 (BB, 2B, 1B, BB, R, SB)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, K)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-4 (K, 6-4 FC, 6-3, K)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-3 (3-1, BB, K, 3-U) 
5. Tyler Alamo, C-1B: 0-4  (L-9, 4-3, L-7, K) 
6a. Miguel Rico, 1B-C: 1-3 (1B, F-9, F-9, CS) 
6b. Eric Gonzalez, PH-C: 0-1 (6-3) 
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 2-3 (1B, P-6, 3B, 2 R) 
8. Adonis Paula, 3B: 2-3 (2B, 1B, 5-3, 2 RBI, PO) 
9. Tyler Skulina, P: NO AB

SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Barret Loux: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, 5/5 GO/FO, 80 pitches (53 strikes) 
2. Dillon Maples: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 16 pitches (9 strikes)
3. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (12 strikes) 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Tyler Skulina: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1/7 GO/FO, 81 pitches (56 strikes) 
2. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Oscar de la Cruz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
P Oscar de la Cruz - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS 
2. Tyler Pearson: 0-1 CS 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Tyler Alamo: 0-1 CS, 1 PO
2. Miguel Rico: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 8 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

  
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER: 61+5

Last updated 4-7-2015

NOTE: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) group (AKA "Eugene/Mesa") is formed during Minor League Camp. This group consists of players who are the replacement cadre for the full season affiliates, players deemed not ready for full-season leagues, and injured players.

PITCHERS: 37+2
Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Frank Batista
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - post-2013 shoulder surgery)
Jesus Castillo
Dylan Cease  (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
David Garner
Trevor Graham 
Taner Griggs
Luis Hernandez
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Daniel Lewis 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Brad Markey 
Trey Masek (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Carson Sands 
Alex Santana
* Justin Steele
Michael Wagner
Ben Wells 
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata

CATCHERS: 7+1
Tyler Alamo (also has been playing 1B)
Eric Gonzalez
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - 2015 TJS) 
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
Roberto Vahlis

INFIELDERS: 10+2
# Roney Alcala
* Danny Canela (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete 
Carlos Jimenez
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Adonis Paula 
Tim Saunders (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son 
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - torn achilles tendon) 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
* Kevin Brown
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
Jae-Hoon Ha (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano

GAME MANAGERS
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)

COACHES
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Nate Maldonado (Mesa Rehab Assistant Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach) 
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach) 
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES 
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab) 
Mike McNulty (Eugene) 
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)


Comments

AZ PHIL, after checking the Rosters of the four minor league teams,and the Extended Roster, it looks like the Cubs have bid so long to : P- Anthony Carter, Daniel Bard, Jorge DeLeon,Jose Rosario, Lars Huijer, and Matt Brazis. C- Taylor Teagarden and Jordan Hankins. Did I miss anybody?

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In reply to by Hagsag

The rosters that have been officially released for the Cubs "full season" affiliates will require further pruning. They are basically the same 27 or 28-man rosters I posted here on Saturday, but they are not the final 25. 

All minor league team active lists must be down to 25 players by Thursday, so additional moves will have to be made over the next 24-36 hours. Vague "soft-tissue" injuries resulting in a DL assignment ("calf injury" is the best one) are inevitable. 

Also, while release waivers are not required when a club releases a minor league player, sometimes the paperwork is delayed by a day or two while the club tries to find out if there is any trade interest. (This happened with Tony Zych last week, when he got traded instead of released).

And sometimes a minor league player will get "loaned" to a team in the Mexican League. The Cubs have done that most every year since about 2008, but this arrangement takes a few days to happen because it requires approval from the MLB Commissioner's office. The Cubs hosted a game against Los Toros de Tijuana at Minor League Camp about three weks ago, so don't be surprised if a Cub minor leaguers ends up temporaily in Tijuana (and hopefully NOT in the Tijuana Jail, as per the Kingston Trio!)  

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In reply to by Hagsag

HAGSAG: Confirmed RHP Lars Huijer (acquired from Seattle for LHP Mike Kickham last January) has retired. 

Cubs are still hoping to loan a pitcher or two to a Mexican League team. It was Frank Batista last year, and it could be him again this year since he's at Extended Spring Training and he's not injured. 

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In reply to by Wrigley Rat

W-RAT: Black, Zastryzny, Pineyro, and Pena have been the core Tennessee rotation for the last ten days, but Frank Batista has not been part of the group. 

Batista did throw about 40 pitches in a "sim" game yesterday on Riverview Field #4, so I would think that if he doesn't go to the Mexican League, that he will likely be the "piggy-back" with C. J. Edwards (who is not yet able to throw more than 45-50 pitches, either) at AA.

Andres Santiago or Jeffry Antigua would have been the other options to piggy-back with Edwards, so if Batista is being stretched-out to piggy-back at AA, the Cubs might just release Santiago or Antigua prior to Thursday. 

HAGSAG: Jordan Hankins is definitely at Extended Spring Training. 

Matt Brazis threw "lights-out" yesterday vs Angels in Tempe. 

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In reply to by crunch

He didn't have much of anything, after having a dead arm the last two weeks. He did have some giddyup on his fastball. The outing really wasn't all that horrible, considering he had nothing else working for him. I can't stand the idea of high priced free agent pitchers, but I'm not all that worried. The thing that stuck out for me was on the broadcast they showed the huge falloff of throws to first during the last few years. It's like he developed Steve Blass Disease for first base throws. Really weird. Can somebody go to change.org and petition ESPN to remove that idiotic pitch frame box? Or whatever they call it? Thanks.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

Old & Blue: "The thing that stuck out for me was on the broadcast they showed the huge falloff of throws to first during the last few years. It's like he developed Steve Blass Disease for first base throws. Really weird." I agree it is very weird and I didn't know it was so drastic until watching the broadcast last night. In the NL, he is going to pay a greater price as shown in game 1, so hopefully he can figure it out.

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In reply to by mannytrillo

The Cubs are stats happy. Surely they knew about this. So you'd think they've had him working on that in spring training but if I remember the only times he threw to first he pretty much bounced it in and/or threw way short. That doesn't mean that he wasn't doing drills, I guess. I'm not privvy to their regimen. Nobody tells me anything.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

he jogs toward the base and tosses...a lot of the time underhanded. that's his style. it's hard to watch a guy run to 3rd with 0 or 1 outs from 2nd while lester jogs the ball over the 1st baseman for an underhanded toss...but, that's lester. it's one of those "you're at this level and they still let you do that, huh?" things that's never been properly addressed.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

fwiw, he was throwing a no-hitter in the 6th when i wrote that. weird 6th...gave up a couple runs after dan uggla royally screwed up by bailing on a popup which i.desmond tried to field and ended up with an error for the effort. i'd rather have scherzer over lester, but i'm happy to have either. i wasn't concerned with the loss of a 2nd round pick/loot, too.

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In reply to by crunch

I agree I would rather have Scherzer too. But Lester brings many intangibles that should benefit the Cubs they way they are currently configured. But I don't think they could have gone wrong with either. Also, if you look at the contracts, the Lester contract is much, much better for the Cubs.

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In reply to by crunch

Yeah, Lester should be fine, as long as he's healthy. I'm not too worried about the dead arm thing since he had decent velocity. But anytime anyone says "dead" and "arm" in the same sentence as your $150 million pitcher, my ears do perk up a little, no matter how routine they make it sound.

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In reply to by craig

CRAIG: Pierce Johnson was suddenly and completely shut-down sometime early last week and he has disappeared from Riverview. I don't know what happened, but usually when a pitcher completely disappears like that it means he is seeing a specialist somewhere.

I do know that one of the Cubs minor league pitchers or position players had TJS last week, but I'm not sure which one it was. It was NOT Pierce Johnson, though.  

Because Johnson was shut-down and with Dallas Beeler not having thrown since pitchers & catchers reported to big league camp in mid-February, Barret Loux has rapidly increased his pitch count up to 80 (he was at 40+ just ten days ago), and now Loux is in the Iowa rotation (looks like he is the #4 or #5 starter, behind Jokisch, Roach, and Pimentel). Drake Britton is supposed to get stretched-out to be a starter at Iowa, but he might have to have a "piggy-backer" (maybe Yoanner Negrin) throwing in games with him until he can get his pitch count up to 80+. 

So the Iowa starting rotation is kind of in a state of flux right now, and at Tennessee C. J. Edwards still can't throw more than 45 pitches per game, so somebody will have to piggy-back with him, too.   

 

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In reply to by Charlie

CHARLIE: Because of the right shoulder injury and third degree burns he received on his right arm in that Dominican car crash post-2013, Encarnacion can no longer switch-hit, so he is learning to hit LH against LHP, which isn't that easy to do if you've never done it that way before. He started doing it at Instructs last fall, and he is still working on it.  

d.gordon is so fast he turned a bunt single into an out by tripping over his own feet out of the batter's box. blazing...

-edit- ugg, ESPN exclusive game/timeslot...no wonder there was such odd scheduling for games today. woo...TV...the reason we have stuff like this. dat money, tho...

Shoot! I'm sure I am 3/44 as hell on this but how the hell did the Sox get Drabek from Toronto? His stock pummeled? Was he TJS?

Sweeney released.

Padres looking for a shortstop...Addison Russell ready yet? :)

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In reply to by Rob G.

Since I haven't been on here in awhile, I am curious as to what people think about what the Cubs are going to do with SS, 2B and 3B. Do you think Castro will be traded or moved positions (2B or 3B)? Will Bryant end up in LF or 3B? Everything I have read seems like Russell is the best SS, so I can't imagine that they ask him to move. Interested to hearing what people think. I am sure it has been discussed a lot, so if you don't want to comment, that's cool, but I am sincerely interested in hearing.

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In reply to by mannytrillo

lf Bryant 3b baez ss Russell 2b Castro Lots of options. I could easily see trying to move one of those in return for other needs. Personally, I'd be more inclined to try to keep Russell and Bryant than the other two, but a lot could happen. I read someplace Russell at one point weighed 225 or so, and then lost weight, so he might outgrow SS in the long run.

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In reply to by dcf

russell SS seems to be set in stone without anyone actually setting it in stone...and bryant to LF seems inevitable even if he plays a bit of 3rd on his way there. i wish i had enough faith in baez to even envision him back in the bigs as a multi-season regular...

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In reply to by crunch

what has surprised me a little about Baez is that a lot of baseball guys (like Maddon) seem to be genuinely impressed by his ability to handle the middle infield defensively, run the bases, etc. If he could lessen the Ks, he could be really interesting. Even with higher Ks than you'd like, could he be effective at 2b as a 7 or 8 (or, with Maddon, 9) hitter with something like a 90 OPS+? Teams have accepted less from a defense first player from that spot before. Sort of like a cross between Rob Deer and Darwin Barney, except Baez's defense is not that good and he'd need to walk a lot more before he'd be like Deer.

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In reply to by dcf

he's still so young and could very well be a regular...i'm just not high on what i'm seeing right now and i dunno if it will come while he's still under cubs club control. i think we're gonna be hearing his name for quite a while (decade+). a power hitting 2nd/SS will always have a place in the game as long as they can at least sniff .300 ob% and maintain good D.

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In reply to by jacos

just musing... but i think bryant is more of a "franchise" player and keeping him around as long as possible as cheaply as possible is probably important. being a SS, russell will also end up costing a ton of loot if he realizes his hit/D expectations, but he's more of a very high-end luxury "hanley ramirez type" rather than a guy you want to anchor your hitting crew. ive not heard a word about how they plan on managing him, though.

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In reply to by jacos

schwarb at 3rd...given his arm, good call. given his bat, the issue could be pushed by 2016/2017. that said, he seems very dedicated to giving C a shot and the club seems willing to let him as long as he puts his work in. he may be working over his head, but he's willing to work on being that guy. he looked really comfortable this spring behind the plate.

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In reply to by Rob Richardson

does it really make sense to keep bryant down waiting 2 weeks for the AAA season to begin? they could bring him up to work on that very very very important D issue then send him down when the AAA season starts in 10 days. he's wasting away for weeks when he could be working on that major issue keeping him from a full time assignment in the bigs! i mean, it IS about the defense, not the service time right? =p

I saw a picture on Facebook of Johan Matos, Jenner Emeterio, and Jose Paniagua arriving in Phoenix for Extended Spring Training from the Dominican.

Recent comments

  • George Altman (view)

    Given the 30th most valuable MLB franchise is valued at > $1.0B, no MLB player is overpaid.

    Not even Ohtani. The fact that the owners play with a defacto salary cap (CBT) adds to the farce.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE NOLDARAN: Michael Busch has not taken any reps whatsoever at 3rd base, either on the backfields or in games. Same goes for Christopher Morel with respect to getting reps at 3rd base only (no 2B, no SS, no 1B, no OF). So at least for right now versatility is taking a back seat to having Busch (1B) and Morel (3B) concentrate 100% on mastering the position that the Cubs believe they need to play. 

    Miles Mastrobuoni (3B, 2B, and SS), Nick Madrigal (3B and 2B), Matt Shaw (3B, 2B, and SS), and David Bote (3B, 2B, and SS) are the "utility" guys who have been getting reps at 3B (both in practice and in games) in addition to other infield positions.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Haven't been able to check in recently, are we saying that Busch is not even considered an option at 3B?

  • 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.