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40-Man Roster Info

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

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

Last updated 4-12-2024
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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

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

OPTIONED: 10 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, 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

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# 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 

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AZL CUBS
: 23 

Updated 6-13-2016

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# 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 

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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).  

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  • bradsbeard (view)

    I think it’s a fair question if he’ll be able to consistently make it through the order a third time, and if not he’s more of a 6th starter/swing guy. But he’s a very good one if so. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    TARZAN; Presuming he doesn't spend the next three years in AAA, Owen Caissie projects to initially be  - PRIMARILY -  a DH as long as Happ and Suzuki are on the team (and not on the IL), and both are signed through 2026 and both have a full "no trade."

     

    Which does - NOT - mean Caissie will never play LF or RF while Happ and Suzuki are on the team, just that once he is called up, Caissie projects to be mostly and primarily a DH while Happ and Suzuki are Cubs (very likely through 2026). 

     

    Then AFTER Happ and Suzuki are gone (beginning in 2027), only THEN will Caissie be projected as the primary LF or RF (which of the two TBD).

  • crunch (view)

    julio teheran signs with the cubs.  it's most likely a minor league deal.

  • tim815 (view)

    I'm good with Ty Johnson for Yankees DFA Josh Maciejewski.

  • azbobbop (view)

    Phil, any word on where Derniche Valdez is?

  • azbobbop (view)

    Alcantara starts AA career 0-26

  • crunch (view)

    in a world where kyle schwarber gets to be a LF'r anything is possible.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Not sure why Caissie is being classified strictly as a future DH. He’s a big guy but he has shone to be surprisingly speedy and a respectable fielder in left.

    Happ strikes me as a competitor and I could see him waiving his no trade to go to a potential winner if the Cubs are sellers and willing to take back some salary. Happ is a switch hitter, a former gold glover, and consistent if far from spectacular at the plate. If Happ left, Cassie could slot in quite nicely in left

    By contrast, if Bellinger continues to perform as the 2021/2022 version I don’t think he would be movable at the deadline given his current contract.

    I’ve expressed my concerns with 
    Bellinger and his interview response as reported on Marquee today did little to reassure me. Essentially, “I’m doing everything I want to do in every at bat and I feel like I’ll get there soon.” I translate this as “Don’t be silly! There’s nothing wrong and nothing I need to work on.” Not an answer that points to immediate improvement. Bellinger has proven he’s quite capable of putting together truly terrible seasons and I’m not sure why my concern isn’t more widespread across the fan base.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to have my concerns be totally off base and for Cody to start tearing it up. Just not seeing or hearing much to support that hope.

  • crunch (view)

    at what point do people quit treating assad like a "6th/7th starter" that's expendable in the rotation unless there's a string of injuries or someone needs rest?

    this guy would be a 3-5 starter on many teams after what he did as a starter last year.

    this team will most likely let hendricks and wicks continue to start at assad's expense.  taillon's next start will be with the big league team.

    wicks to AAA wouldn't make me upset at this point in his career and considering his early performance in 2024.  wicks has yet to pitch past the 4th inning while throwing a lot of pitches doing it.

  • crunch (view)

    m.busch -4- games in a row with a HR.

    forget ROY, let's talk MVP.