Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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

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

Last updated 5-18-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 6
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P

 





Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Giants Bash Carlos Rodriguez and Cubs in AZL Action

Dillon Dobson (SF 2015 23rd round draft pick - Appalachian State) belted a two-run triple and an RBI double, and Nathaniel Javier and Matt Winn (SF 2015 14th round draft pick - VMI) clubbed solo home runs, helping the AZL Giants hammer the AZL Cubs 11-6 in Arizona League action last night on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Robert Garcia drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single, walked, and scored a run (Garcia has now driven-in six runs over his last two games) and Carlos Sepulveda ripped a double and a two-run single for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

Cubs 2014 6th round draft pick RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS) got the start for the Cubs and threw his best outing of the year, two innings of no-run/no-hit ball (24 pitches - 18 strikes), with two strikeouts (the first two men he faced) and a 3/0 GO/FO. Cease was delivering fastball velocities in the upper 90's with a sharp-breaking curve and a quality change-up throughout Extended Spring Training, but this was the first time he was able to actually command his stuff and throw strikes.

LHP Carlos Rodriguez followed Cease to the mound and had an odd bi-polar type outing, allowing six runs on five hits (two singles, a double, a triple, and a home run) and a walk in his first inning, then he retired nine men in a row (5-3, F-8, P-6, 4-3, K, F-7, K, K, 3-1), and then he allowed four more runs on four hits (three singles and a home run), Rodriguez is the classic "soft-tossing lefty" (mid-80's fastball, curve, and change-up) who relies on command to be effective, and when he doesn't put his fastball exactly where he needs to put it, or if he hangs his off-speed stuff, he gets whacked big-time (which happened last night). He did throw a very high percetange of strikes (73%), but he also allowed ten runs (all earned) in 3.2 IP (60 pitches - 44 strikes).   

Cubs 2013 6th round pick RHRP Scott Frazier continued his recovery from the "yips" with an inning of relief (17 pitches - 11 strikes). While he did allow a run (HBP, RBI double, and a walk), he also showed solid command, and could be up for a promotion to Eugene or South Bend before too long.   

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

CUBS LINEUP
1. Sutton Whiting, 2B: 1-4 (BB,K, 2B, F-7, K, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 2-5 (K, 2B, F-8, F-8, 1B, 2 RBI)
3. Wladimir Galindo, DH: 0-4 (L-8, BB, K, 5-3, K)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 1-4 (K, L-9, 1B, 4-3, RBI, SB)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 1-4 (F-8, 2B, F-8, K, R)
6. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, K, F-7)
7. Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-3 (2B, 1-6-3 DP, K, BB, 2 R)
8. Robert Garcia, CF: 2-3 (3B, HBP, K, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
9. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-4 (6-3, K, 4-3, 1B, R)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Dylan Cease: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Carlos Rodriguez: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 10 R (10 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 3/4 GO/FO, 60 pitches (44 strikes)
3. Santiago Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (27 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Sutton Whiting: E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Joey Martarano: E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS


Comments

BP writeup on Mark Zagunis (and a few other minor leaguers)...
Mark Zagunis, OF, Chicago Cubs (High-A Myrtle Beach) As if the Cubs' system needed any more offensive intrigue, they may just have found some in the third round last summer. Zagunis is a converted catcher with the requisite size and strength for the position packed onto a muscular frame. He’s an aggressive player with purpose in his actions, and while he shows strong athleticism in his movement, there’s some rigidity and stiffness in his swing. The bat path is fairly linear and lacks a ton of extension in the follow-through, and that limits his ability to drive pitches to the pull side, but he showed an advanced ability to track pitches and he was consistently short to the ball with above-average bat speed. He controlled the zone well in the All-Star Game despite a couple of whiffs, demonstrating intriguing selectivity in his approach while working up the middle and away in his other three at-bats. I’m not sure how much game power he’s going to be able to develop with the current mechanics and approach, but he showed a very strong baseline package for the hit tool. Zagunis played center for most of the game and acquitted himself well before sliding over to right. He showed off above-average foot speed into the gap and a strong arm in cutting down an over-aggressive runner at second. The whole package is an interesting one, particularly if continued reps in center yield a player capable of holding down the position even on a part-time basis at higher levels. –Wilson Karaman
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=26781

Recent comments

  • Charlie (view)

    Sorry for the Mark Prior tag. I'm posting from mobile and it's not letting me remove it. I feel haunted. 

  • Sonicwind75 (view)

    Agree with you on defensive WAR.  I would say defense and baserunning was previously undervalued. I appreciate that the WAR stat tries to better account for the impact of defense and baserunning but personally feel like they may have over-corrected a bit.  

     

    Also would be really happy if PCA just stays in Iowa until September call ups.  I tend to forget he was a high school draftee that lost time to both covid and a serious injury.  Hasn't had many post high school at bats. I think some steady playing time in AAA is long term what's best for both him and the Cubs.  

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Got it, thanks Phil!

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    DJL: if the Cubs were to sign Joey Wendle and then release him sometime later in the season, the Cubs are still on the hook for the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary they would have had to pay if he had remained with the Cubs until the end of the MLB regular season, unless he subsequently signs with another club, in which case that club pays the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary beginning when that club signs him.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    This raises another question in my mind… let’s say the Cubs sign Wendle. The Mets pay all but the minimum salary prorated. If the Cubs cut Wendle before the season ends, are they still on the hook for that minimum prorated salary, or does the full deal revert to the Mets? And a step further, if the Cubs cut him, and then another team signs him after that, what happens salary wise?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

    MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

    So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

    BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

    Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

    With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

  • crunch (view)

    the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

    i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

  • Cubster (view)

    Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

    Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.

  • fullykräusened (view)

    You're right, crunch, as usual. He has huge potential, but needs a few hundred AAA plate appearances. I think Bellinger gives the Cubs more value in CF than 1B, so they're better off giving a roster spot to somebody else.  I'm okay with Vasquez; we aren"t getting much offense from  our backup infielders, to say the least.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA needs regular play, this team has more problems than a luxury pinch runner and defensive player off the bench.

    be nice if he can fine turn his SB game as well as his bat game.  still, i'd rather have him just taking the great odds and situational odds rather than having him running all over the place and getting thrown out 25%+ of the time.

    he's fast, 30+ SB guys generally are.  but he's faster than even that number gives a nod to.