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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, twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one player is on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-18-2024
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
Hector Neris 
* Drew Smyly
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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

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

OPTIONED: 12 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Luke Little, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL
* Justin Steele, P   

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





Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Wilson, Cease, and Hudson Star at Minor League Camp

CF D. J. Wilson (Cubs 2015 4th round draft pick - Canton South HS - Canton, OH) tripled and singled and scored two runs, 6'8 LHP Bryan Hudson (Cubs 2015 3rd round draft pick - Alton HS - Alton, IL) tossed 4.1 IP of one hit shutout ball with a 10/1 GO/AO, and Cubs top pitching prospect fireballin' RHSP Dylan Cease (Cubs 2014 6th round draft pick - Milton HS - Milton, GA) hurled four innings of one-run/one hit ball, in Minor League Camp intrasquad game action Wednesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after 11-1/2 innings of play with the score tied 2-2. 

Shane Victorino (calf strain) continued his rehab, playing LF for six innings and going 0-3 at the plate (4-3, 4-3, 5-3). 

Ex-KC closer RHP Aaron Crow (signed by the Cubs to a minor league contract prior to the start of Spring Training) made his first game appearance since undergoing TJS last April, throwing 1.2 IP (19 pitches - 12 strikes) and allowing one hit and an unearned run with a 4/0 GO/AO.  

Ex-HOU RHRP Jake Buchanan made his first game appearance in a Cub uniform since being signed to a minor league contract last week, throwing 1.2 IP (21 pitches) while surrendering a run (earmed) on two hits (a triple and an RBI single) and a 3/0 GO/AO.

In Minor League Camp roster news, 3B-1B  Blake Headley (Cubs 2015 20th round draft pick - U. of Nebraska) has retired. Also, INF-OF David Bote was assigned to Myrtle Beach (where either he or Erick Castillo will likely initially be inactive, but available to be reinstated when needed), and LHP Jeffry Antigua has been assigned to Extended Spring Training (he was previously with the Iowa squad at Minor League Camp) and will be available to respond whenever needed on a moment's notice to any of the Cubs four full-season afiliates.  

Here is the box score from the game: 

SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 2-3 (1B+E3, 3B, P-4, 2 R) 
1b. Ricardo Marcano, CF: 0-0 (BB, BB)
2. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-5 (P-4, 1B, K, F-9, K, RBI)
3a. Shane Victorino, LF: 0-3 (4-3, 4-3, 5-3, RBI)
3b. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 1-2 (1B, E-6, CS, PO)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 1-3 (6-3, 5-3, 1B+E8)
4b. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5. Ramon Reyes, RF: 1-5 (E-6, 5-3, 1-3, 1B, 4-3)
6. Aramis Ademan, SS: 0-4 (5-4 FC, K, 6-3, 4-3)
7. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-4 (3-U, 1-3, 1-3, K)
8a. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 4-3, 4-3)
8b. Jhonny Pereda, PH: 0-1 (1-3)
9a. Eric Gonzalez, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 1-3, 2B)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
10. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 0-1 (HBP, F-7)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
11a. Luis Ayala, DH #3: 0-1 (6-3)
11b. Jesse Hodges, PH-DH: 0-3 (6-3, F-9, 1-3)

SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, BB, F-8, 1B+E1, BB, PO)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-4 (BB, K, 2B, 6-3, K, SB)
3. Abraham Rodriguez, DH:#1: 1-4 (1B, 6-3 DP, 6-3, E-6)
4a. Kwang-Min Kwon, RF: 0-1 (P-5 DP, BB, R)
4b. Michael Foster, RF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
5. Kelly Dugan, 1B: 1-3 (F-7, HBP, K, 1B, SB)
6. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, BB, 5-4-3 DP, RBI, PO)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 0-3 (5-4 FC, BB, K, 1-3, CS)
8a. Kevin Zamudio, C: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
9. Rafael Narea, 3B: 1-3 (BB, P-3, 1B, K, R)
10. Miguel Amaya, DH #2: 0-4 (6-3 DP, L-6, F-8, 4-3)

SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Dylan Cease: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2 GIDP, 4/2 GO/AO, 55 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Jeremy Null: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/AO, 24 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes) 
5. Yapson Gomez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes) 
6. Tommy Nance: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Aaron Crow: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Jake Buchanan: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 21 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Bryan Hudson: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 10/1 GO/AO, 48 pitches (32 strikes)
4. Pedro Silverio: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/AO, 37 pitches (22 strikes)
5. Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
6. Daniel Lewis: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 3 
1. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. P Jared Cheek: E-1 (two-base throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 3rd & runner to score from 1st)
3. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 4 
1. 1B Kelly Dugan: E-3 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. SS Yonathan Perlaza: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. CF Jose Gonzalez: E-8 (throwing error after single to CF allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
4. SS Yonathan Perlaza: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Tyler Payne: 1-3 CS 
2. Tyler Pearson: 1 PO 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni; 1-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER: 81+13

* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

PITCHERS: 39+10
Jose Albertos
* Jeffry Antigua
Pedro Araujo
Javier Assad 
Frank Batista (INJURY REHAB GROUP - knee) 
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (INJURY REHAB GROUP - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker
Aaron Brooks (INJURY REHAB GROUP - hip contusion)
Jake Buchanan
Jesus Camargo
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease
Jared Cheek
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
Andin Diaz (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
P. J. Francescon (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
Hector Garcia
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton 
Jack Leathersich (INJURY REHAB GROUP - July 2015 TJS)
Jose Leidenz
Daniel Lewis 
Gabriel Lima (INJURY REHAB GROUP)
Mark Malave 
Junior Marte
Kyle Miller
M. T. Minacci 
Erling Moreno
Tommy Nance
Jeremy Null
* Pablo Ochoa 
* Eugenio Palma 
* Tyler Peitzmeier
Jonathan Pettibone (INJURY REHAB GROUP - 2015 right shoulder surgery)
Andri Rondon
* Manny Rondon
Jose Rosario (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Alexander Santana
Pedro Silverio
Duane Underwood Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - elbow)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)

CATCHERS: 9+1
Miguel Amaya 
Eric Gonzalez
Marcus Mastrobuoni 
* Alberto Mineo
Tyler Payne
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - April 2016 TJS #2)
Kevin Zamudio

INFIELDERS: 16+2
* Aramis Ademan
Javy Baez (ACTIVE REHAB - thumb contusion)
Jhonny Bethencourt
Wladimir Galindo 
Jesse Hodges
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
Rafael Mejia
Andruw Monasterio
Rafael Narea
Isaac Paredes 
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza 
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon
Ho-Young Son
Christian Villanueva (INACTIVE - fractured fibula)
# Sutton Whiting 

OUTFIELDERS: 17
* Luis Ayala
Alex Bautista
# Roberto Caro 
* Kelly Dugan
Michael Foster
# Robert Garcia
Jose Gonzalez
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Trey Martin (ACTIVE REHAB)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
Kevonte Mitchell 
* Ruben Reyes
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
# Shane Victorino (ACTIVE REHAB - calf)
* D. J. Wilson

MANAGER:
Carmelo Martinez

Comments

Hey AzPhil, I am a fan of Ryan Kellogg and was curious if there's anything new to be said about him before the season? Is he a Best Shape of His Life guy this year?

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In reply to by KingKongvsGodzilla

KINGKONGvsGODZILA: I saw Ryan Kellogg throw several times (both "live" BP and in games), and he had some very good outings and then some that weren't so good. So it's just a matter of being more consistent. 

STL has sole possession of the worst record in all of MLB. this is awesome and i'm sure it should hold up over the next 159 games.

Phil, love your reports on Hudson and Cease. Aside from their stats, how did you feel they looked?

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In reply to by azbobbop

AZBOBBOP: Although the results were good, it wasn't exactly Cease's best outing as a pro (fastball topped out at 93-94, he had difficulty throwing strikes, with four walks, a HBP, and he threw only 49% of his pitches for strikes). 

Hudson was absolutely masterful, mixing what is one of the best curves in the system with a heavy sinker that produced ten ground outs. Among others, he induced a 5-3 GO from Shane Victorino, who came back to the bench shaking his head. He waa definitely impressed by what he saw from Hudson. 

Andrew Heaney to the DL with a left forearm strain. I wonder if the 40 pitch inning was "the chicken or the egg." Supposedly he had velocity drops in the 2nd inning but was throwing under 90 by the end of his outing vs the Cubs.

from the Tribune this am... Iowa Cubs vs Red Rock tonight!
Opening assignment: Ryan Williams will take the mound in Iowa’s season opener Thursday against Round Rock. Williams was 14-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 26 games at Double-A Tennessee and Class A South Bend last season.

Something to keep in mind when following the Cubs minor league teams this season:

As I have mentioned before, the Cubs like to carry an extra position player at each of their four full-season affiliates who is inactive (they place him on the Dl; with some vague soft-tissue injury) but who can be reinstated if one of the other position players has to go on the 7-day DL. These players function as de facto player-coaches, in that they stay in playing shape by taking BP and fielding practice, but they also help out the coaching staff by throwing BP, or coaching 1st base, or working as a bulpen catcher, etc. A lot of times these players are projected as future coaches or managers themselves, and performing  this role can help to further the player's post-playing career. (Jonathan Mota served as a player-coach for several seasons, and now he is a full-time coach in the Cubs organization, presently working with the infielders at Extended Spring Training).  

Also, the Cubs like to carry 14 pitchers at each of the four full-season affiliates, with one of the 14 pitchers on the DL at any one time, but then rotating a different pitcher to the DL (and reinstating the guy who was on the DL) whenever a pitcher needs a few days off but does not require medical rehab in Mesa. Again, the reason for the DL stint is sometimes a bit vague. but don't be too concerned when you see these transactions. It's just routine. No big deal.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Also...

C-INF Ben Carhart and OF Matt Murton to 7-day DL at AAA Iowa (I-Cubs are carrying 14 pitchers until Shane Victorino reports, which should be any day now), RHRP Steve Perakslis and 2B Stephen Bruno to 7-day DL at AA Tennessee, and LHP Tyler Ihrig and C Erick Castillo to 7-day DL at Hi-A Myrtle Beach.

And I have been told (and it has NOT been confirmed anywhere on the net) that LHRP Manny Parra, INF Munenori Kawasaki, and OF Shane Victorino--when they released and then almost immediately re-signed with the Cubs the last week of Spring Training--received MLB Opening Day (4/3) opt-outs, which is why Kawasaki was added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster (and optioned to Iowa) on 4/3 and why Parra was released (he is out of minor league options, so he could not be added to the 40-man roster and then optioned to Iowa like Kawasaki)... Victorino did NOT exercise his Opening Day opt-out because he previously agreed to go to Extended Spring Training to rehab his calf injury and then go to Iowa FOR A FEW DAYS, but he supposedly has another opt-out on May 1st. 

So the Cubs released & then re-signed Parra, Kasawaki, and Victorino on 3/29 to avoid having to pay the $100K retention bonus to each player, but in return they consented to an Opening Day opt-out (instead of 6/1) for each player, and then the Cubs also were given five additional days (3/29 - 4/3) to decide what to do with each player... 

Still no sign of Javy Baez on the field at Riverview.

I think it's very possible that he will be out for seven days (per the concussion protocol) after getting beaned in an intrasquad game this past Monday, so we probably won't see him on the field here until next Monday or Tuesday, and then it will probably be a few more days after that before he's ready to move up to Chicago (or Des Moines).

So any chance that Baez will be reinstated from the 15-day DL while the Cubs are in Arizona this weekend is now extremely unlikely. 

Recent comments

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Indeed they do TJW!

    For the record I’m not in favor of solely building a team through paying big to free agents. But I’m also of the mind that when you develop really good players, get them signed to extensions that buy out a couple years of free agency, including with team options. And supplement the home grown players with free agent splashes or using excess prospects to trade for stars under team control for a few years. Sort of what Atlanta does, basically. Everyone talks about the dodgers but I feel that Atlanta is the peak organization at the current moment.

    That said, the constant roster churn is very Rays- ish. What they do is incredible, but it’s extremely hard to do which is why they’re the only ones frequently successful that employ that strategy. I definitely do not want to see a large market team like ours follow that model closely. But I don’t think free agent frenzies is always the answer. It’s really only the Dodgers that play in that realm. I could see an argument for the Mets too. The Yankees don’t really operate like that anymore since the elder Steinbrenner passed. Though I would say the reigning champions built a good deal of that team through free agent spending.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    The issue is the Cubs are 11-7 and have been on the road for 12 of those 18.  We should be at least 13-5, maybe 14-4. Jed isn't feeling any pressure to play anyone he doesn't see fit.
    But Canario on the bench, Morel not at 3B for Madrigal and Wisdom in RF wasn't what I thought would happen in this series.
    I was hoping for Morel at 3B, Canario in RF, Wisdom at DH and Madrigal as a pinch hitter or late replacement.
    Maybe Madrigal starts 1 game against the three LHSP for Miami.
    I'm thinking Canario goes back to Iowa on Sunday night for Mastrobuoni after the Miami LHers are gone.
    Canario needs ABs in Iowa and not bench time in MLB.
    With Seiya out for a while Wisdom is safe unless his SOs are just overwhelmingly bad.

    My real issue with the lineup isn't Madrigal. I'm not a fan, but I've given up on that one.
    It's Tauchman getting a large number of ABs as the de factor DH and everyday player.
    I didn't realize that was going to be the case.
    We need a better LH DH. PCA or ONKC need to force the issue in about a month.
    But, even if they do so, Jed doesn't have to change anything if the Cubs stay a few over .500!!!

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Totally depends on the team and the player involved. If your team’s philosophy is to pay huge dollars to bet on the future performance of past stars in order to win championships then, yes, all of the factors you mentioned are important.

    If on the other hand, if the team’s primary focus is to identify and develop future stars in an effort to win a championship, and you’re a young player looking to establish yourself as a star, that’s a fit too. Otherwise your buried within your own organization.

    Your comment about bringing up Canario for the purposes of sitting him illustrates perfectly the dangers of rewarding a non-performing, highly paid player over a hungry young prospect, like Canario, who is perpetually without a roster spot except as an insurance call up, but too good to trade. Totally disincentivizing the performance of the prospect and likely diminishing it.

    Sticking it to your prospects and providing lousy baseball to your fans, the consumers and source of revenue for your sport, solely so that the next free agent gamble finds your team to be a comfortable landing spot even if he sucks? I suppose  that makes sense to some teams but it’s definitely not the way I want to see my team run.

    Once again, DJL, our differences in philosophy emerge!

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    That’s just kinda how it works though, for every team. No team plays their best guys all the time. No team is comprising of their best 26 even removing injuries.

    When baseball became a business, like REALLY a business, it became important to keep some of the vets happy, which in turn keeps agents happy and keeps the team with a good reputation among players and agents. No one wants to play for a team that has a bad reputation in the same way no one wants to work for a company that has a bad rep.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hate it too. But there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

    On that topic, I find it silly the Cubs brought up Canario to sit as much as he has. He’s going to get Velazquez’d, and it’s a shame.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Of course, McKinstry runs circles around $25 million man Javier Baez on that Tigers team. Guess who gets more playing time?

    But I digress…

  • Sonicwind75 (view)

    Seems like Jed was trying to corner the market on mediocre infielders with last names starting with "M" in acquiring Madrigal, Mastroboney and Zach McKinstry.  

     

    At least he hasn't given any of them a Bote-esque extension.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil:
    Rookie ball (ACL) starts on May 4th. Do yo think Ramon and Rosario (maybe Delgado) stay in Mesa for the month of May, then go to MB if all goes "solid"?
     

  • crunch (view)

    masterboney is a luxury on a team that has multiple, capable options for 2nd, SS, and 3rd without him around.  i don't hate the guy, but if madrigal is sticking around then masterboney is expendable.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I THINK I agree with that decision. They committed to Wicks as a starter and, while he hasn’t been stellar I don’t think he’s been bad enough to undo that commitment.

    That said, Wesneski’s performance last night dictates he be the next righty up.

    Quite the dilemma. They have many good options, particularly in relief, but not many great ones. And complicating the situation is that the pitchers being paid the most are by and large performing the worst - or in Taillon’s case, at least to this point, not at all.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Wesneski and Mastrobuoni to Iowa

    Taillon and Wisdom up

    Wesneski can't pitch for a couple of days after the 4 IP from last night. But Jed picked Wicks over Wesneski.