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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

Eugene Emeralds, AZL Cubs, and Mesa Rehab Rosters (updated 6/13)

The Cubs Extended Spring Training squad has been split into three groups:

Eugene Emeralds
AZL Cubs
Mesa Rehab 

MINOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME & ROSTER LIMITS

For the purpose of determining minor league roster limits & restrictions, a minor league player accrues a year of "service time" for every season in which the player spends at least 30 days on an MLB and/or minor league active list and/or disabled list, unless the player spent the entire season on the Disabled List.

1. Service time accrued by a player while assigned to a club or clubs in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) and/or Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) does not count when determining minor league roster limits and restrictions for minor league clubs in non-foreign affilated leagues.

2. A position player making a position change to pitcher or a pitcher making a position change to position player receives a one-year exemption from minor league service time restrictions. However, a position player being converted to a pitcher may not be used as a position player in a minor league game during the exempt year, and a pitcher being converted to a position player may not be used as a pitcher in a minor league game during the exempt year.

3. A player on a minor league "rehab" assignment does not count against the Active List or Reserve List of the affiliate to which he is assigned.

4. A maximum of three players on a minor league rehab assignment may be assigned to any one affiliate at any one time, but there is no limit to the number of players who can be on a minor league rehab assignment with the organization's Extended Spring Training and post-season Instructional League squads.

EUGENE (SS-A): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 25 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, maximum three players with four or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)
OPENING DAY: Friday 6/17 versus Boise 

AZL CUBS (SS-R):
 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, no players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)  
OPENING DAY: Monday 6/20 versus AZL Brewers 

Here are the rosters as of 9 AM (MST) this morning:

Also see 2016 Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training final stats 


EUGENE EMERALDS: 33

Updated 6-13-2016

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 18
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease
Jared Cheek
Enrique de los Rios
P. J. Francescon
Scott Frazier
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton 
Mark Malave 
M. T. Minacci 
Tommy Nance
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
* C. J. Riefenhauser 
* Manny Rondon
Alexander Santana
Pedro Silverio
* Justin Steele

CATCHERS
: 3 
Marcus Mastrobuoni 
* Alberto Mineo
Tyler Payne

INFIELDERS: 7
Wladimir Galindo 
* Vimael Machin
Andruw Monasterio
Jose Paniagua
# Yeiler Peguero
* Chris Pieters
Matt Rose

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Michael Foster
# Robert Garcia
* Ricardo Marcano
Kevonte Mitchell 
* D. J. Wilson

MANAGER: 
Jesus Feliciano

COACHES 
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach) 
Gary Van Tol (Assistant Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach) 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH 
Ryan Nordtvedt 

ATHLETIC TRAINER
Logan Severson 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

AZL CUBS
: 23 

Updated 6-13-2016

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 10
Jose Albertos
Luis Aquino 
Javier Assad 
* Yapson Gomez
Jose Leidenz
Junior Marte
Erling Moreno
* Eugenio Palma 
Andry Rondon
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)

CATCHERS
: 3 
Eric Gonzalez
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco

INFIELDERS
: 5
Jhonny Bethencourt
Rafael Mejia
Isaac Paredes 
# Edgar Rondon 
Kevin Zamudio

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Luis Ayala
Jose Gonzalez 
* Kwang-Min Kwon
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes

MANAGER
Carmelo Martinez 

COACHES 
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach) 
Jeremy Farrell (Hitting Coach) 
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach) 
Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach) 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH 
Dallas Lopez 

ATHLETIC TRAINER
Adrian Pettaway 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

MESA REHAB: 23 

Updated 6-13-2016

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

PITCHERS: 18
Andury Acevedo (May 2016 knee surgery)
Jeffry Antigua (???)
Frank Batista (April 2016 TJS)
Jordan Brink (post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker (???)
Jesus Camargo (???)
Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (right elbow)
Andin Diaz (left elbow)
Stephen Fife (oblique strain)
Tanner Griggs (???)
Luis Hernandez (???)
* Jack Leathersich (July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (???)
Joe Nathan (April 2015 TJS)
Manny Parra (April 2016 TJS)
Zac Rosscup (May 2016 left shoulder surgery) 
Ryan Williams (???)

CATCHERS
: 2
Taylor Davis (???) 
Will Remillard (April 2016 TJS #2) 

INFIELDERS: 2
Adonis Paula (broken left hand)
Christian Villanueva (fractured fibula)

OUTFIELDERS: 1
Ryan Kalish (May 2016 appendectomy) 

REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR 
Chuck Baughman  

COACHES 
Lance Rymel (Assistant Rehab Coach/Bullpen Catcher)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach) 

Comments

After the conclusion of Sunday morning's workout at Riverview Park, there was a brief (two-inning) intrasquad game played on Field #1 so that Dylan Cease and Bryan Hudson could have a final tune-up before their scheduled starts for Eugene versus Boise this coming Friday and Saturday respectively. 

Here is the box score from the game (the squads had not yet been divided into "Eugene" & "AZL Cubs") : 

SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. D. J,. Wilson, CF: 0-1 (P-5)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 0-1 (4-3)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 0-0 (BB, SB)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
5. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-1 (F-9)
6. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
7. Yohan Matos,LF: 0-1 (K) 
8. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-0 (BB) 
9. Jose Gonzalez, DH: 0-1 (L-8) 

SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-1 (5-3)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 1-1 (1B, CS)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, RF: 0-0 (BB) 
4. Matt Rose, 1B: 0-1 (L-7)
5. Jose Paniagua, DH: 0-0 (BB)
6. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-1 (F-8)
7. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (3-6 FC) 
8. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 1-1 (2B) 
9. Rafael Mejia, 3B: NO AB

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHER:
Bryan Hudson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (17 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHER:
Dylan Cease:  2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/AO, 37 pitches (21 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:  
Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE 

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS
CF D. J. Wilson - baserunner  (Alberto Mineo) thrown out 986-2 attmpting to score from 1st base on two-out double to right-centerfield 

ATTENDANCE: 1 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

The Eugene Emeralds are on their way to Sky Harbor Airport, but the AZL Cubs had a work-out this morning (Monday) at Riverview Park. 

RHRP Jordan Brink (post-2015 right shoulder surgery) and LHRP Andin Diaz (left elbow/triceps injury) each threw "live" BP (first time this season for both of them), one inning (20 pitches) each.

Among the hitters facing Brink and Diaz were AAA Iowa OF Ryan Kalish (May 2015 appendectomy) and South Bend 3B Adonis Paula (April 2015 broken hand), Kalish also participated fully in outfield & baserunning drills, and looks to be in good shape.  

3B Christian Vilanueva had his first  BP session since breaking his leg in a Spring Training work-out in February, and he launched four balls over the LF fence. Then he took about 50 grounders on the half-field. Villanueva is out of minor league options, so once he has completed his 21-day Article XiX-C minor league injury rehab assignment (which will probably begin next Monday at AZL Cubs) the Cubs will have to figure out what to do with him. A one-time Baseball America Top 100 prospect, Villanueva is actually still a decent 3B prospect, and if the Cubs can't find a spot for him on their MLB 25-man roster, another MLB club probably can/will.

RHSP Oscar de la Cruz (right elbow soreness) threw a 25-pitch bullpen side-session this morning and apparently had no problems, unlike last week when his bullpen was shut-down after only a half-dozen pitches. One of the Cubs top prospects (he was ranked as the Cubs #3 pitching prospect and their 8th best overall prospect by Baseball America coming into the 2016 season), de la Cruz has not pitched in a game since being shut-down with a sore elbow at Minor League Camp in March.  

RHP (ex-INF) Ho-Young Son threw a bullpen side-session with the other nine AZL Cubs pitchers this morning, and his fastball sure has a lot of movement (it's almost uncatchable). With his extreme sidearm delivery, Son is being groomed as a one-inning reliever. 

Phil, did anything on the respective rosters surprise you? And thanks again for your great reporting all year!

Phil, Forgive my apparent ignorance, but what on earth is the manager of the Emeralds supposed to do with 18 pitchers? Seems like maybe a half dozen too many. Double headers every day in the Northwest league?

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In reply to by champsummers

obligatory "not phil, but..." a chunk of guys in eugene will be working on things as much off-game as in-game. they may not get as much in-game work as some guys in full-season leagues, but it's not exactly uncommon to see games where relievers or innings-restricted starters start a game only to put in a few innings. it's a league populated by a chunk of guys that are filtered for a better challenge than what's going to be left in arizona, or are "sent down" from higher levels because they're struggling at higher level full-season minor league ball. they may still be working on things or refining things, but when they are in-game they can at least face a decent level of talent.

CHAMP: The Eugene and AZL Cubs rosters are fluid and will change almost daily. For example, LHRP Tyler Peitzmeier was moved up to South Bend after yesterday morning's workout (before the Emeralds left for Eugene), and Francescon and Riefenhauser might not even pitch at Eugene (they could get assigned to Tennessee or get released in the next few days). A couple of more players presently assigned to Eugene could get released in the next few days, too, and especially once the draft picks start to arrive.  

Draft picks and NDFA must be placed on a minor league active list or DL no later than 15 days after the club files the player's contract with the MLB office, and many of the draftees will be assigned to Eugene. So eventually there will actually be 20-21 pitchers on the Eugene active roster, including maybe as many as 9-10 2016 draft picks. 

It was the final tune-up for AZL Cubs Opening Day starter RHP Erling Moreno, as the 6'7 Colombian worked in a three-inning initrasquad "sim" game played this morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Moreno pitched three shutout innings (47 pitches), allowing four singles and a walk while striking out one and inducuing one GIDP, with a 5/1 GO/AO.  

Ex-NYM LHRP Jack Leathersich (July 2016 TJS) and RHRP Tanner Griggs also pitched in the game. Leathersich struck out four (all four swinging) and walked one in two hitless innings.

Because the AZL Cubs do not have enough position players in camp to field two full teams, there was no batting order or "teams" for the position players. Instead, they rotated in and out of the field in groups of three or four, getting two or three PA a piece (which is why it was considered a "sim" game rather than a traditional intrasquad game).

Here is the abridged box score from the game:  

POSITION PLAYERS:
Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 6-3, 1B, 2 RBI)
Jhonny Pereda, C: 1-2 (6-3, 3B, R)
Guatavo Polanco, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
Edgar Rondon, 2B-SS: 0-2 (4-3, 1-3)
Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-0 (BB, BB)
Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-2 (F-8, 1B)
Rafael Mejia, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, K) 
Adonis Paula, 3B-1B: 0-2 (K, K)
Luis Ayala, LF-CF: 0-2 (5-3, 3-1)
Yohan Matos, LF: 1-2 (F-9, 1B)
Jose Gonzalez, CF-RF: 1-2 (K, 1B, CS)
Ruben Reyes, RF: 1-2 (1B+E7, 4-3, R) 
Kevin Zamudio, C: NO AB 
NOTE: OF Kwang-Min Kwon was not on the field today. 
 
SQUAD "A" PITCHERS: 
Erling Moreno: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 5/1 GO/AO, 47 pitches (30 strikes) 

SQUAD "B" PITCHERS: 
1. Jack Leathersich: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Tanner Griggs: 1.0 IP, 3 H 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 21 pitches (10 strikes) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS: 
Jhonny Pereda: 1-1 CS 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS:
1. Eric Gonzalez (Leathersich) 
2. Keven Zamudio (Griggs) 

ERRORS: 1
LF Yohan Matos: E-7 (fielding error on line-drive single to left allowed batter to take 2nd base)

ATTENDANCE: 1 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

HAGSAG:: Jack Leathersich's first outing at EXST (5/27) was not good, as he struggled to throw strikes and was unable to complete his assigned inning  

However, since then he has thrown the ball very well, and he racked up strikeouts in yesterday's intrasquad "sim" game, throwing both his fastball and curve for strikes.  

I expect he will probably go on a rehab assignment with the AZL Cubs starting Monday (AZL Opening Day) and then hopefully get reinstated from the DL and be assigned to AA or AAA within a couple of weeks. 

RHRP Joe Nathan has thrown well in two bullpen side sessions and one "live" BP over the last week at EXST and will probably begin an Article XIX-C minor league rehab assignment very soon. Because he is on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL, Nathan can do his rehab at any level in the system (players signed to minor league contracts can only rehab at EXST and then either with the AZL Cubs or Eugene), so he could conceivably be at AAA by next week, although he is not eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL until 7/16.  

Also, recently-signed LHRP Brian Matusz threw a 25-pitch bullpen side-session yesterday before the "sim" game at Riverview Park and both he and Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach Ron Villone seemed pleased with the result, and so he will probably move-up to AAA shortly. I suspect he probably has a 7/1 or 7/15 opt-out clause in his contract, though, so that he can walk away if he is not added to the Cubs MLB 25-man roster by the opt-out date (whatever that may be).  

Recent comments

  • 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.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Both Mastrobuoni and PCA have been optioned to AAA. 

  • Charlie (view)

    The Cubs definitely need a guy with multiple years of control to emerge as a true middle of the order hitter. Busch is getting beat in the zone enough that my optimism about him is waning a bit. Morel's increase in contact has been encouraging, but he's been putting so much of that contact on the ground that it hasn't yielded any gains.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I'd say the whole Cubs Hitting Org from top to bottom is in a "meh/slump" stage here.
    We're all just waiting for a breakout to occur here in Wrigley and down on the farm. BDavis has been a good story, but he needs some company!!

    Thank goodness for Bellinger. He's the only hitter we have that honestly doesn't have a whole in his approach. He's a professional hitter and can provide pop. I don't buy into the argument he doesn't have real bat speed. He can turn on almost any inside pitch (up or down).
    But I still think he should be the 1B. He clearly doesn't want that.
    PCA in CF (or Tauch) and Happ, Busch and ONKC at DH (or Happ/ONKC in LF).
     

  • crunch (view)

    matt shaw's AA hot start has been fizzling hard.

    he hit 3 homers by april 14, none since.  he's pretty much had a dead bat since april 17th.

    he's got a .182/.304/.242 slash in may so far.

  • crunch (view)

    they might just be getting rid of the masterboney dead weight.