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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


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Dodger First-baseman Performs "A Salute to Bill Buckner" at Sloan Park

Pinch-runner Roberto Caro scampered home from second base with the game-winning run on an E-3 (ground ball scooted through first-baseman's legs in classic Bill Buckner fashion) with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, as the AZL Cubs edged the AZL Dodgers 2-1 in Arizona League action Wednesday night at Sloan Park In Mesa, AZ. 

LHP Manny Rondon (acquired from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Rafael Lopez last month) got the start for the Cubs and had his third strong outing in a row, hurling five innings of two-hit one-run ball (unearned run). The 20-year old 6'1 165 lanky Venezuelan lefty issued no walks and struck out three, with a 6/5 GO/FO (including one GIDP), and he threw 72% strikes (well above-average).  

Rondon usually throws his fastball at 91-93 MPH, but he was working consistently at 94 MPH in his last outing versus his ex-Angel teammates, mixing the fastball with a hard-breaking curve and an occasional change-up.   

MANNY RONDON LAST THREE OUTINGS:
14.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 11 K, 1 HBP, 2 GIDP, 12/14 GO/FO  

6'5 RHP Luis Hernandez worked the final two innings for the Cubs and was absolutely dominating, mixing a mid-90's heater with a breaking ball he was able to consistently throw for strikes, and allowing just an opposite-field bloop single while strikimg out six (in fact all six outs he recorded were by strikeout). Hernandez was shut-down in Minor League Camp and missed Extended Spring Training, returning to the mound for the AZL Cubs in June after being out of action for three months. His fastball velocity has jumped about 3-4 MPH since his return (he used to throw 91-92 and occasionally touched 93, now he throws 94-96).    

Ben Carhart (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL) continued his AZL rehab, playing third-base for six innings and going 1-3 at the plate (a 5-3 GO, a FC-E5, and a single). In four AZL games, Carhart has played 1st base once, catcher once, DH once, and 3rd base once, which is pretty much everything he does in his role as a C-1B-3B at Myrtle Beach. Carhart is valuable because of his versatility, but also because he is a great mentor to his younger teammates. He looks to be about ready to rejoin the Pelicans.   

Here is the abridged box score frrom Wednesday night's game (AZL Cubs players only): 

AZL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 0-4 (BB, 3-U, F-9, 6-3, E-3, SB)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-4 (K, E-1, 4-3, 4-3)
3a. Ben Carhart, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, FC+E5, 1B)
3b. P. J. Higgins, PR-3B: 1-1 (1B)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-4 (K, 6-4-3 DP, 4-3, K)
5. Michael Foster, LF:  0-3 (BB, K, K, F-8, R)
6. Angelo Amendolare, 2B: 1-3 (1B, BB, F-8, 6-3)
7. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-4 (F-8, 6-3, 5-3, 5-3)
8a. Donnie Cimino, DH: 0-3 (P-4, K, 3-U, BB)
8b. Roberto Caro, PR: NO AB (R) 
9. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (K, 6-3, 1B, BB)

AZL CUBS PITCHERS
1. Manny Rondon: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 6/5 GO/FO, 50 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Jordan Brink: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
3. John Williamson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 11 pitches (6 strikes) 
4. Luis Hernandez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 24 pitches (19 strikes)

AZL CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. RF Robert Garcia: E-9 (three base fielding error on infield single allowed batter to circle bases & score)
2. 2B Angelo Amendolare: E-4 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 



 


Comments

One of my favorite players, and a fielding gaffe is named after him. Sigh. I saw him autographing for fans in spring training. He still looked a little sad.

On a separate note related to the Rondon mention above, it seems like the Cubs are expending quite a bit of energy lately trying to collect some good young arms. If they succeed, it's not impossible to imagine the Dyn... word someday being used for this team. Of course, they gotta get to the playoffs for that first time, first.

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