2019 Cubs Spring Training Uniform Numbers
3/28 (MLB OPENING DAY) ABSOLUTE FINAL UPDATE:
LHP Brian Duensing (who was Designated for Assigment this past Sunday) has cleared waivers and has accepted an Outright Assignment to AAA Iowa.
Because he has Article XIX-A status (player has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), Duensing had to give his permission before he could be sent to ther minors.
3/28 (MLB OPENING DAY) PRE-GAME FINAL UPDATE:
And to get down to the MLB Opening Day 25-man Active List roster limit, the Cubs have indeed placed RHRP Tony Barnette (right shoulder inflammation), LHRP Xavier Cedeno (left wrist inflammation), and RHRP Brandon Morrow (November 2018 right elbow debridement surgery) on their MLB 10-day Injured List retroactive to March 25th (which is the furthest back the assignments can be backdated).
LHP Kyle Ryan has been optioned to AAA Iowa, and RHRP Allen Webster has been sent to Minor League Camp.
So the Cubs MLB Active Roster now stands at 28, three above the MLB Opening Day limit of 25 players.
The three remaining moves that will get the Cubs Opening Day roster down to 25 will very likely involve placing RHP Tony Barnette (right shoulder), LHP Xavier Cedeno (left wrist), and RHP Brandon Morrow (November 2018 elbow surgery) on the MLB 10-day Injured List, retroactive to Monday 3/25.
NOTE: A 10-day Injured List assignment can be backdated up to three days -- including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day -- as long as the player being placed on the 10-day Injured List did not play in an MLB regular season game(s) and/or MLB Cactus League or Grapefruit League game(s) during the backdated period.
The Cubs have signed FA LHRP Tim Collins to an MLB contract, and LHRP Brian Duensing has been Designated for Assignment to make room on the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) for Collins.
Collins accepted an Optional Assignment to Iowa after signing with the Cubs, and because he has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), he had to give his consent before he could be sent to the minors.
Collins was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2018, and he signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins in February, so just like Junichi Tazawa and the Cubs, the Twins would have had to pay Collins a $100K retention bonus and he would would have received an automatic June 1st opt-out if the Twins hadn't released him (or added him to their MLB 40-man roster) by yesterday's deadline.
So the Cubs now have seven days to either release or trade Duensing.
The Cubs have released RHRP Junichi Tazawa.
In addition, RHRP Dillon Maples, C-1B Taylor Davis, and INF-OF Ian Happ were optioned to AAA Iowa.
Also, NRI INF Cristhian Adames and OF Johnny Field have been assigned to Minor League Camp.
So the Cubs MLB Active List now stands at 30, with one NRI (RHRP Allen Webster) still in MLB Camp as well.
The Cubs must reduce their Active List to 25 players by MLB Opening Day (Thursday 3/28).
An injured or ill player on a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) can be placed on the club's MLB 10-day Injured List beginning on Opening Day, but the assignment can be backdated up to three days (including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day) as long as the player did not play in an MLB regular season game(s) and/or MLB Cactus League game(s) or Grapefruit League game(s) during the backdated period.
The Cubs have optioned RHSP Alec Mills to Iowa. Mills suffered a lower back strain a couple of weeks ago and so he could not be optioned to the minors until he was healthy enough to pitch.
The Cubs have optioned RHP James Norwood, RHP Duane Underwood Jr, and RHP Rowan Wick to AAA Iowa.
In addition, twelve NRI players (RHP Christian Bergman, RHP Matt Carasiti, RHP George Kontos, RHP Dakota Mekkes, LHP Mike Zagurski, C Francisco Arcia, C P. J. Higgins, 1B-OF Jim Adduci, INF Ryan Court, INF Philip Evans, INF Trent Giambrone, and INF Zach Short) have been sent to Minor League Camp.
So the Cubs MLB Camp roster now stands at 38 (including four NRI).
First "batch cut" from Cubs MLB Camp:
The Cubs have optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay and RHP Jen-Ho Tseng to AAA Iowa and RHP Oscar de la Cruz and LHP Justin Steele to AA Tennessee (although he is on the Restricted List, de la Cruz was optioned so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time while on the MLB-MLBPA JDV suspension), sent LHP Alberto Baldonado, RHP Craig Brooks, LHP Ian Clarkin, RHP Carlos Ramirez, LHP Colin Rea, RHP Duncan Robinson, C Ian Rice, OF Charcer Burks, OF Jacob Hannemann, and OF Evan Marzilli to Minor League Camp, and released RHP Rob Scahill (who was signed to a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training).
And as I have mentioned before, players who are optioned to the minors or sent to Minor League Camp can continue to play in MLB Cactus League games.
2/7 ORIGINAL POST:
2019 CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS
NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change
NOTE 2: Several Spring Training Instructors are wearing duplicate numbers
NOTE 3: Numbers 4, 39, and 49 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69)
1 Terrmel Sledge, ASSISTANT HITTING COACH
2 Mark Zagunis, OF
3 Daniel Descalso, INF
3 David Ross, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
5 Albert Almora Jr, OF
6 Carl Edwards Jr, P
7 Victor Caratini, C-1B
8 Ian Happ, OF-INF
9 Javy Baez, INF
9 Randy Hundley, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
11 Yu Darvish, P
12 Kyle Schwarber, OF
13 David Bote, INF
15 Brandon Morrow, P
16 Junichi Tazawa, P (NON-ROSTER)
17 Kris Bryant, INF
18 Ben Zobrist, INF-OF
19 Mark Loretta, BENCH COACH
20 Brandon Kintzler, P
20 Kevin Youkilis, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
21 Tyler Chatwood, P
22 Jason Heyward, OF
23 Ryne Sandberg, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
24 Alec Mills, P
25 Will Venable, 1st BASE/OUTFIELD COACH
26 Billy Williams, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
27 Addison Russell, INF (RESTRICTED LIST)
28 Kyle Hendricks, P
29 Brad Brach, P
30 George Kontos, P (NON-ROSTER)
30 Ted Lilly, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
32 Brian Duensing, P
33 Tony Barnette, P
34 Jon Lester, P
34 Kerry Wood, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
35 Cole Hamels, P
36 Dillon Maples, P
37 Jim Adduci, 1B-OF (NON-ROSTER)
38 Mike Montgomery, P
40 Willson Contreras, C
40 Rick Sutcliffe, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
41 Steve Cishek, P
43 Anthony Iapoce, HITTING COACH
44 Anthony Rizzo, 1B
45 Xavier Cedeno, P
46 Pedro Strop, P
46 Ryan Dempster, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
47 Randy Rosario, P
48 Mike Zagurski, P (NON-ROSTER)
50 Rowan Wick, P
51 Duane Underwood Jr, P
52 Jen-Ho Tseng, P
53 Taylor Davis, C-1B
54 Charcer Burks, OF (NON-ROSTER)
55 Brian Butterfield, 3rd BASE/INFIELD COACH
56 Kyle Ryan, P
57 James Norwood, P
58 Mike Borzello, CATCHING/STRATEGY COACH
59 Kendall Graveman, P
60 Francisco Arcia, C (NON-ROSTER)
61 Allen Webster, P (NON-ROSTER)
62 Jose Quintana, P
63 Juan Cabreja, PRE-GAME FIELD COORDINATOR
64 Carlos Ramirez, P (NON-ROSTER)
65 Franklin Font, ASSISTANT BULLPEN COACH
66 Ryan Court, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
67 Rob Scahill, P (NON-ROSTER)
67 Doug Dascenzo, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Outfield Coordinator)
68 Tommy Hottovy, PITCHING COACH
70 Joe Maddon, MANAGER
71 Oscar de la Cruz, P (RESTRICTED LIST)
72 Craig Brooks, P (NON-ROSTER)
73 Adbert Alzolay, P
74 Justin Steele, P
75 Jacob Hannemann, OF (NON-ROSTER)
76 Chris Denorfia, QUALITY CONTROL COACH
77 Evan Marzilli, OF (NON-ROSTER)
78 Matt Carasiti, P (NON-ROSTER)
79 Christian Bergman, P (NON-ROSTER)
80 Colin Rea, P (NON-ROSTER)
81 Phillip Evans, INF (NON-ROSTER)
82 Ian Clarkin, P (NON-ROSTER)
83 Johnny Field, OF (NON-ROSTER)
84 Ian Rice, C-1B (NON-ROSTER)
85 Trent Giambrone, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
86 P. J. Higgins, C-INF (NON-ROSTER)
87 Alberto Baldonado, P (NON-ROSTER)
88 Mike Mason, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Assistant Pitching Coordinator)
89 Dakota Mekkes, P (NON-ROSTER)
89 Mark Johnson, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Catching Coordinator)
90 Duncan Robinson, P (NON-ROSTER)
90 Rod Nichols, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa pitching coach)
91 Zack Short, INF (NON-ROSTER)
91 Marty Pevey, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa manager)
92 Cristhian Adames, INF (NON-ROSTER)
92 Brendan Sagara, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Pitching Coordinator)
93 Carlos Chantres, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Assistant Pitching Coordinator)
94 Jeremy Farrell, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Field Coordinator)
95 Chad Noble, BULLPEN CATCHER
96 Jonathan Mota, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Infield Coordinator)
97 Chris Valaika, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
98 Terry Clark, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AA Tennessee pitching coach)
99 Desi Wilson, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa hitting coach)
00 Lester Strode, BULLPEN COACH
crunch 4 hours 44 min ago (view)
i truly wonder why f.carrera wasn't more of a priority.
he throws straight up junk, but he's got great control and command over his pitchers. he's young enough that he could find some more velocity, too.
i mean, this is a management team that decided to trade for dan haren and kyle hendricks. they don't have an aversion to slow-tossing starters.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 24 min ago (view)
Has anyone else noticed James Norwood's picture on the Cubs top 30 prospects page is actually Brandon Kintzler?
Arizona Phil 7 hours 47 min ago (view)
It's always interesting to see how many players each MLB club protects on its AAA affiliate's 38-man reserve list on 11/20.
I'm not saying it absolutely and necessarily proves what a club thinks of its own prospects, but there are 38 slots available on a AAA reserve list, and if you leave 15 slots open, I think that does say something, especially when you don't lose anybody in either the MLB Phase or in the AAA Phase. (I'm looking at you, Seattle Mariners!)
Arizona Phil 8 hours 32 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: Instructs starts next month. The pitching lab operates year round, so guys are always coming & going.
Hagsag 10 hours 37 min ago (view)
Phil, when does the Instructional program begin? Are there pitchers in the pitching lab now?
cubbies.4ever 21 hours 40 min ago (view)
Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013. The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.
Arizona Phil 23 hours 17 min ago (view)
After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.
Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.
And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.
Arizona Phil 23 hours 38 min ago (view)
LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years.
Arizona Phil 23 hours 42 min ago (view)
Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.
Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy.
Arizona Phil 23 hours 55 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch.
bradsbeard 1 day 51 min ago (view)
Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).
Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
For those of you who like to plan ahead, AS THINGS STAND NOW here is how the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free-agency shape up for the Cubs post-2020:
bradsbeard 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
You say that in jest, but just from the 2016 draft, which did not feature a first or second round pick, the Cubs drafted 4 players who were added to 40 man rosters this winter (Hatch, Miller, Rucker, Short) with Mekkes, Giambrone, and several others being potential mid-season additions.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
So I guess he's the first guy since Rondon we've taken in rule 5 with a shot at making the roster. That's kinda cool