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
tim815 4 hours 33 min ago (view)
That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.
Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.
Arizona Phil 21 hours 37 min ago (view)
For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.
As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later.
Arizona Phil 22 hours 28 min ago (view)
In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:
RHP Josh Burgmann
RHP Chris Clarke
LHP D. J. Herz
RHP Michael McAvene
Charlie 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.
bradsbeard 2 days 21 min ago (view)
I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump.
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
iapoce expected to stay. i'm surprised. i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!
crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro. 25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.
Charlie 3 days 16 hours ago (view)
Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.
crunch 3 days 18 hours ago (view)
RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists
bradsbeard 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure.
Arizona Phil 3 days 23 hours ago (view)
There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games.
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.
He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls.
bradsbeard 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me.