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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 eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

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

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

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

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, 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

Trey McNutt Takes Mound in Game for First Time in Two Years

Miguel Mercedes slugged a two-run triple in the top of the 1st inning and Robert Mullen smacked a two-run triple in the 6th, Rangel Ravelo singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, and Brett Siddall drilled a two-run double to cap a five-run 8th, as the AZL Athletics rallied to defeat the AZL Cubs 9-6 in Arizona League action Thursday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  


Wladimir Galindo belted a two-run triple and a double for the AZL Cubs in a losing cause. The 18-year old man-child also did his best "Bull in a China Shop" impression, doing a "header" while sliding head-first into third base on the triple, and crashing his face into the 3rd base bag and almost knocking himself out in the process.

Cubs 2015 24th round draft pick Sutton Whiting got the start in LF and he probably did knock himself out (albeit briefly) after he crashed at full speed into the LF fence while attempting to corral Mullen's two-run triple in the 6th. The speedy Whiting played SS at the U. of Louisville, but the Cubs have been working him out at 2B and now LF (probably with an eye toward using him as an IF-OF "super-sub" as he moves up through the system). But somebody better tell him that the LF fence (which he may never have met up-close-and-personal previously) doesn't have a lot of "give" to it, and that he might want to show just a wee bit more caution before he tries running through it again.

25-year old RHP Trey McNutt (2014 shoulder surgery) saw his first game action in more than two years, getting the start for the AZL Cubs and facing five batters (17 pitches - only 5 strikes). He walked the first man he faced on four pitches (runner was then CS) and retired the second batter on an F-8 FO, before allowing a single, an HBP, and the Mercedes two-run triple. McNutt's fastball lacked velocity or movement, and he couldn't throw his breaking ball for strikes.

There was a time not that long ago (well OK, five years ago) when McNutt and RHP Chris Archer were considered to be the Cubs top two pitching prospects, and when the Cubs acquired RHP Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Ray in January 2011, the pitching prospect going back to Tampa Bay was to be either McNutt or Archer (Cubs choice supposedly), and Cubs GM Jim Hendry opted to keep McNutt over Archer. McNutt did feature a 94-96 MPH fastball and an explosive slider at the time and Archer had command issues throughout his minor league career up to that point in time, but however it went down, it would appear that the Cubs ended up with the "short stick."

McNutt is eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 six-year minor league free-agent (6YFA) after this season, so this may be his last chance to make a favorable impression with the current Cubs regime. And from what I saw last night, he is nowhere close to the Trey McNutt I remember from 2010 or even from before the shoulder injury. 21-year old 6'2 220+ Dominican RHP Pedro Silverio followed McNutt to the mound and retired 13 of the first 15 men he faced (both of the batters reached base on an HBP), and he did not allow his first hit until his fifth inning of work (when he clearly was tiring). Silverio has a similar repertoire as that of Panamanian RHSP Erling Moreno (89-91 MPH fastball that touches 92, a plus-curve, and a decent change-up), but he doesn't have Moreno's "ceiling" (Moreno is three years younger). Still, Silverio was the ace of the 2015 DSL Cubs prior to getting moved-up to the AZL Cubs last month, and he was impressive last night (his second strong outing in a row). Silverio was signed as an 18-year old by the Cubs post-2012, but his pro debut was delayed for almost a year after he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a PED in April 2013.  

RHP Trey Masek (Cubs 2013 5th round pick - Texas Tech) continued his rehab (2014 right shoulder surgery), but had major control issues, surrendering a single and walking three (the last one to force-in a run) in just a third of an inning as the A's rallied for five runs in the 8th.

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

AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (K+WP, 1B, K, F-8, BB, R, CS)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-5 (1B, K, K, 6-3, K)
3. Wladmir Galindo, 3B: 2-4 (E2-CI, 3B, 2B, L-5, F-9, R, 2 RBI)
4. Joey Martarano, DH: 1-5 (5-4-3 DP, 1B, F-9, K, 6-4 FC, R, RBI)
5. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, R)
6. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-4 (L-8, E-5, 4-6-3 DP, F-8, R)
7. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-4 (2-U, 1B, 4-3, F-8, RBI)
8. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-4 (5-3, F-9, K, 2B)
9a. Sutton Whiting, LF: 0-2 (E-4, F-7, R)
9b. Alex Bautista, LF: 1-2 (1B, 1-3)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Trey McNutt: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (5 strikes)
2. Pedro Silverio: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 7/4 GO/FO, 74 pitches (45 strikes)
3. Tanner Griggs: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Trey Masek: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Santiago Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 41 pitches (27 strikes)

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. LF Sutton Whiting: E-7 (throwing error allowed batter to advance an extra base on a single)
2. LF Alex Bautista: E-7 (fielding error allowed batter and runner to advance an extra base on single)

AZL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS:

OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Roberto Caro - runner thrown out 8-6-5 trying to stretch double into triple

Comments

Q-MAN: I actually have seen Manuel Rondon pitch, both in Extended Spring Training and then a week ago against the Cubs in an AZL game. He didn't show much when I saw him. Actually, he got clobbered (allowing six runs and nine hits in 3.1 IP, including a double and two triples).  

But he was the Angels top pitching prospect with the DSL Angels last season, and he was also the AZL Angels Opening Day starter this season and he threw a really good game in his first start versus the AZL Athletics, before getting bombed by the Cubs. 

Rondon throws a 87-89 MPH two-seamer with movement that touches 90-91 and a plus change-up (his "swing & miss" pitch), but he has difficulty commanding his slider. 

I would expect Rondon to get a start for the AZL Cubs very soon, maybe even this weekend (he hasn't pitched since a week ago Thursday). He was supposed to get his next start for the AZL Angels this past Thursday, but he did not pitch as scheduled (probably because of the pending trade).

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    And It is much easier to manipulate the MLB 40-man roster in November now than it used to be. 

    Prior to the new CBA, the roster filing deadline (also known as the "Rule 5 Draft protection deadline") was November 20, and MLB Contract Tender Day was December 2. The twelve days of separation between the two deadlines made it impossible for a club to DFA a player and then avoid exposing the player to waivers by non-tendering him (with a pre-arranged plan in place to re-sign the player later -- preferably after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft -- to a minor league contract). 

    But now that the MLB Contract Tender Deadline is on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving and the MLB Commissioner is required to set the reserve list filing deadline no earlier than the Monday prior to MLB Contract Tender Day or no later than the day before MLB Contract Tender Day, clubs can (if necessary) open up a slot on the 40 for a Rule 5 Draft eligible player by way of a DFA of a player that the club is planning to non-tender anyway (thus avoiding the possibility of the player getting claimed off waivers). 

    That's why losing Jeremiah Estrada off waivers last November or losing Trevor Megill off waivers the previous November was so unnecessary, not to mention the fact that neither pitcher was injured, out of minor league options, or arbitration-eligible (the main reasons why a club would want to remove a pitcher from the 40 in November in preparation for the off-season and Spring Training). 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    But the reliever had potential. The drum about potential is beaten so heavily these days it drowns so much else out. The point is that all the machinery led to a decision that cost the team a player that could address an area that has been a problem this year, and that a roster spot was allocated for an okay fielder at 2B/3b who can’t hit.

  • crunch (view)

    it feels awful watching this version of hendricks.  like, i feel awful for him and i feel awful he seems to be going out like this.

    he may not last until june with the team.  this is painful to watch so consistently.

  • crunch (view)

    ethan roberts with another good game, his 4th in iowa.

    5.2ip 3h 2bb 8k, 1r/0er (1 of the bb intentional)

  • crunch (view)

    counsell being sly and calling for the wisdom HBP.  that's moneyballs right there.  give him another year and another 8m.

  • crunch (view)

    if counsell was worth 8 million dollars worth of damns he would step up his game and tell wisdom to hit a grand slam.  this is exactly the type of situation you would call for a grand slam.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Yes, the bad teams have utility players too. They are not the reason their teams are bad either.

    We will never agree on human nature - we long ago established that. You believe that the reason stars are stars and because they’re hyper competitive and that isn’t impacted by big money. I believe human nature is to let off the gas once the destination is reached. There is probably some truth to both perspectives - just a numbers game and what is more prevalent.

    But my overriding point is the amount of time spent pounding on Madrigal and Masteobouni when the fact is EVERY team has these kind of players in their system and taking up roster space. And every GM employs them. Dumping one or the other of them would have resulted in bringing in another just like them, not keeping a 6+ ERA reliever because of some magical premonition he would become a May superstar the following year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Those million dollar systems need to be better, or the people interpreting those systems need to.

    You can’t compare those teams to the Cubs. Their lineups are stacked (and coincidentally they spend a lot of money on stars hmm correlation???). They can afford a bum backup IF. Here’s the other part. Hernandez plays everywhere but catcher. Merrifield can handle the OF. Short can play SS. None of them are locked to two positions defensively like Madrigal. Further, the issue being address wasn’t his being a waste of roster space right now (he is), it’s that his presence on the roster could have been used to hold Estrada, or someone like him. But instead, he held it despite his being a dime a dozen type, and primarily because Jed refuses to give up on a player everyone can see needs to go. Is this team wide slump due to Madrigal? No. But he adds nothing to the equation. 
    Your continued pounding of the drum about players who have gotten paid will never stop befuddling me. This is their job! Happ isn’t in a comfort zone, he’s just a flawed player. Swanson looks lost and he’s pressing so hard I’m surprised we haven’t seen skid marks on his pants. Everyone knew this is what Tauchman was. Morel is growing as a player and we’re witnessing some of the growing pains. I heard on a broadcast something that legitimately made me think of you. I think Boog said “it sucks to suck.” I.e. players don’t like slumping or struggling. He said it in relation to I think Swanson. The majority of these guys are hyper competitive and not used to being bad at this. You could be making a billion dollars, and if you were struggling to the point your home fans boo you, you’re feeling it deep down. The flaws on this team ultimately come down to the guy who saw last year’s team, decided to mainly run it back except with a shiny new coach, Shota, and a few odds and ends.

  • Eric S (view)

    Appreciate the link, Crunch! Hopefully he can get back to Ben Brown mph territory later this summer. 

  • crunch (view)

    DFA imanaga