Cubs 2019 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Watch-List
As things stand right now...
49 Cubs minor leaguers (39 6YFA and ten second-contract players) are eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day following the final game of the 2019 World Series, and 79 Cubs minor leaguers are eligible for selection in the December 2019 Rule 5 Draft.
So the Cubs have until five days after the final game of the World Series to either sign a post-2019 Rule 55 minor league free-agent to a 2020 minor league successor contract or add the player to their MLB 40-man roster, otherwise the player will automatically be declared a free-agent.
Then the Cubs must decide by November 20th which 2019 Rule 5 Draft-eligible players (including any player eligible to be a free-agent who has signed a 2020 minor league successor contract) to add their MLB 40-man roster (to keep the player from being eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft).
The Cubs also must decide by November 20th whether to place a 2019 Rule 5 Draft-eligible minor league player who is not added to the MLB 40-man roster on 11/20 on their AAA Iowa reserve list or on the reserve list of an affiliate of a lower classification. At most 38 of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft-eligible Cubs minor leaguers can be placed on the AAA Iowa Reserve List on 11/20. However, although the AAA Reserve List limit is 38, probably more like 35 of the Rule 5 Draft-eligible players will actually be placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20, because slots need to be left open for players the Cubs might want to select in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft, as well as for free-agents signed to minor league contracts or players outrighted to the minors after 11/20 but prior to the Rule 5 Draft. (Any Rule 5 Draft-eligible player who signs a 2020 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection). Any 2019 Rule 5 Draft-eligible Cubs minor leaguer who is not placed on the AAA Iowa Reserve List on 11/20 will be eligible for selection in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
Here are some of the more-noteworthy Cubs minor leaguers who are either eligible to be a minor league free-agent post-2019 or eligible for selection in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft (full lists further down the post)...
LAST UPDATED 3-9-2019
GROUP 1 (Eligible to be Minor League FA post-2019 - potentially usefull depth at AAA or AA):
1. Allen Webster, RHRP - 0+170 MLB-ST - has no minor league options left
2. Junichi Tazawa, RHRP - 7+170 MLB-ST - has Article XIX-A rights & no minor league options left
NOTE: Tazawa is Article XX-B player - has automatic opt-out if not added to MLB 40-man roster by June 1st
3. Cristhian Adames, INF - 1+086 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & no minor league options left
4. Johnny Field, OF - 0+132 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & two minor league options left
5. Mike Zagurski, LHRP - 3+070 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & no minor league options left
6. Matt Carasiti, RHRP - 0+052 MLB-ST - has three minor league options left
7. George Kontos, RHRP - 5+085 MLB-ST - has Article XIX-A rights & no minor league options left
8. Carlos Ramirez, RHRP - 0+043 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & two minor league options left
9. Francisco Arcia, C - 0+067 MLB ST - has Article XX-D rights & three minor league options left
10. Jim Adduci, OF-1B - 2+040 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & one minor league option left
11. Jacob Hannemann, OF - 0+027 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & two minor league options left
12. Colin Rea, RHSP - 2+140 MLB ST - has rwo minor league options left
13. Rob Zastryzny, LHRP 0 0+100 MLB ST - has Article XX-D rights & one minor league option left
14. Phillip Evans, INF - 0+110 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & two minor league options left
15. Ryan Court, INF - has never been on an MLB reserve list
16. Wynton Bernard, OF - 0+000 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & one minor league option left
17. Zach Borenstein, OF - has never been on an MLB reserve list
18. Evan Marzilli, OF - has never been on an MLB reserve list
19. Jose Cardona, OF - has never been on an MLB reserve list
20. Danny Hultzen, LHRP - 0+000 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & no minor league options left
21. Luke Hagerty, LHRP - 0+000 MLB ST - has Article XX-D rights & three minor league options left
22. Jose Rosario, RHRP - 0+000 MLB-ST - has two minor league options left
23. Corey Black, RHRP - has never been on an MLB reserve list
NOTE-1: Article XIX-A means player can't be sent to minors without his consent if added to MLB 40-man roster
NOTE-2: Article XX-D means player can elect free-agency if sent outright to minors after being added to 40
NOTE-3: The pitchers and position-players on this list are not really considered to be "prospects" and so if the player does get added to the MLB 40-man roster in 2019 it would be much more likely to happen as an "injury replacement" during the regular season than post-World Series, and if added to the 40 during the season, the player is likely to be dropped from the 40 post-WS (outrighted or non-tendered).
GROUP 2 (Eligible to be Minor League FA post-2019):
LEGIT PROSPECT LIKELY AT AAA:
1. Alberto Baldonado, LHP
2, Trevor Clifton, RHP-SWING
LEGIT PROSPECT LIKELY AT AA:
3. Jhonny Pereda, C
4. Ian Clarkin, LHSP - 0+000 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & two minor league options left
SECOND-TIER PROSPECT LIKELY AT AA
5. Erick Leal, RHSP
6. Charcer Burks, OF
NOTE: Even though they are nearing minor league free-agency, Clifton, Baldonado, Pereda, Clarkin, Leal, and Burks (especially Clifton, Baldonado, Pereda, and Clarkin) are still considered to be MLB "prospects" and so even if the player is not added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster during the MLB regular season, each of them would be "on the bubble" to be added to the 40 post-World Series to keep them from walking away as a minor league free-agent. (Any of the six not added to the 40 will almost certainly be offered a 2020 minor league successor contract, but if offered one the player does not have to sign it).
GROUP 3 (Eligible for selection in 2019 Rule 5 Draft)
LEGIT PROSPECT (AT VARIOUS LEVELS):
1. Miguel Amaya, C (probably at Hi-A in 2019 so not likely to be added to 40 until 11/20)
2. Dakota Mekkes, RHRP (AAA ready - could be added to 40 during season or else on 11/20)
3. Trent Giambrone, INF-OF (AAA ready - possible Sept call-up or else could be added to 40 on 11/20)
4. Zack Short, SS (AAA ready - possible Sept call-up or else could be added to 40 on 11/20)
5. Duncan Robinson, RHSP (AAA ready - could be added to 40 during season on else on 11/20)
6. Michael Rucker, RHSP (AAA ready - could be added to 40 during season or else on 11/20)
7. Erling Moreno, RHSP (probably at Hi-A in 2019 so not likely to be added to 40 until 11/20)
8. Tyson Miller, RHSP (probably at AA in 2019 so not likely to be added to 40 until 11/20)
9. P. J. Higgins, C-INF (probably at AA in 2019 so not likely to be added to 40 until 11/20)
10. Matt Swarmer, RHSP (AAA ready - could be added to 40 during season or else on 11/20)
11. Tom Hatch, RHSP (AAA ready - could be added to 40 during season or else on 11/20)
12. Conor Lillis-White, LHRP (AAA ready - could be added to 40 during season or else on 11/20)
SECOND-TIER PROSPECT - AAA READY (could be added to 40 during season if performing well at AAA):
13. Craig Brooks, RHRP
14. Jerry Vasto, LHRP - 0+037 MLB-ST - has Article XX-D rights & two minor league options left
15. Chesny Young, INF-OF
16. Donnie Dewees, OF
17. Ian Rice, C-1B
18. Jordan Minch, LHRP
19. Zach Hedges, RHP - SWING
20. Brad Markey, RHP - SWING
21. Jake Stinnett, RHRP
22. Eddy Julio Martinez, OF
SECOND-TIER PROSPECT - NOT AAA READY:
23. Jose Albertos, RHSP
24. Bailey Clark, RHRP
25. Bryan Hudson, LHSP
26. Javier Assad, RHSP
27. Faustino Carrera, LHSP
28. Manuel Rondon, LHP - SWING
29. Eury Ramos, RHSP
30. D. J. Wilson, CF
Fact is, it is not unusual for veteran players who are added to the MLB 40-man roster during the course of the season to be removed from the 40 when they are no longer of use to the club. For example, 1B Efren Navarro, C Chris Gimenez, RHRP Anthony Bass, RHRP Justin Hancock, C-1B Taylor Davis, OF Terrance Gore, LHP Jaime Garcia, RHRP Allen Webster, and INF Mike Freeman (all eligible to be minor league free-agents post-2018) were added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster during the course of the 2018 season, although Navarro, Gimenez, Bass, Gore, and Freeman were subsequently outrighted back to AAA (and then Navarro was eventually released so that he could sign with an NPB club, Gimenez was traded to the Minnesota Twins, Bass elected to be a free-agent after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, and Gore and Freeman were declared minor league free-agents on the 5th day after the last game of the World Series), Garcia was declared an MLB Article XX-B FA on the day after the last game of the World Series, and Hancock and Webster were non-tendered on 11/30. Only Taylor Davis was tendered a 2019 contract on 11/30 and remains on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster going into 2019 Spring Training.
Besides adding players who are eligible to be minor league free-agents to the 40 during the MLB regular season, a player eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league free-agent (second-contract or 6YFA) is sometimes added to the club's MLB 40-man roster post-World Series just to keep the player from becoming a minor league free-agent, especially if the player declines to sign a minor league successor contract. That's what happened in 2018, when the Cubs added RHRP Matt Carasiti (eligible to be a Rule 55 second-contract minor league FA post-2017) to the 40 after the 2017 World Series to keep him from walking away as a free-agent, although he was released about a month later so that he could pursue an opportunity to pitch for the NPB Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Japan. (The Cubs received a substantial cash payment from the Swallows as the release fee).
But even if a minor leaguer who is eligible to be a free-agent signs a successor contract, the club might choose to add the player to the MLB 40-man roster because the club doesn't want to risk losing the player in the Rule 5 Draft. In fact this happened in 2016, when LHRP Jack Leathersich (who was eligible to be a Rule 55 second-contract minor league FA post-2016) signed a 2017 minor league successor contract prior to the conclusion of the World Series, only to be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster on 11/18 so that he would not be eligible for selection in the December 2016 Rule 5 Draft.
The bottom line is, if a player eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent (either 6YFA or second-contract FA) is not added to an MLB 40-man roster or does not sign a minor league successor contract by 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, the player will be automatically declared a free-agent and the player's former club receives no compensation if the player signs elsewhere. So minor leaguers like Trevor Clifton, Alberto Baldonado, Jhonny Pereda, and Ian Clarkin (as well as the other players eligible to be a minor league FA post-2018) have leverage other Cubs minor leaguers do not have.
As far as players who were eligible for selection in the December 2018 Rule 5 Draft is concerned, the Cubs added RHRP James Norwood to the 40 during the course of the 2018 MLB regular season and LHSP Justin Steele to the 40 on 11/20. By comparison, during the course of the 2017 MLB regular season the Cubs added four players to the 40 (RHP Dylan Floro, RHRP Dillon Maples, RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng, and OF Mark Zagunis) who would have been eligible for selection in the December 2017 Rule 5 Draft, although Floro was subsequently claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. NOTE: INF-OF Ian Happ was also added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster during the 2017 season, but he would not have been eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft until post-2018.
The Cubs then added three more post-2017 Rule 5 Draft-eligibles (RHSP Adbert Alzolay, INF David Bote, and RHSP Oscar de la Cruz) to the 40 on 11/20 of 2017, Bote after hitting a robust 333/395/536 for the Mesa Solar Sox in the post-season Arizona Fall League. It's not unusual for the Cubs to assign a Rule 5 Draft-eligible player to the Arizona Fall League, as the AFL is often used as a "proving ground" for pitchers and position-players who are under consideration for promotion to an MLB 40-man roster. (Players who are eligible to be minor league free-agents after the World Series cannot be assigned to the AFL unless the player has either been added to an MLB 40-man roster or has agreed to a minor league successor contract).
MLB RULE 5 DRAFT:
The MLB Rule 5 Draft is held on the 2nd Thursday in December and is presently the last order of business at the MLB WINTER MEETINGS. It is a mechanism that allows MLB clubs to select (draft) players off minor league reserve lists.
There is a "Major League Phase" where an MLB club can select Rule 5 Draft-eligible players off the reserve lists of minor league clubs (any minor league classification) for $100,000 ("Major League Phase" Rule 5 Draft price increased from $50,000 to $100,000 beginning with the December 2016 draft), and a "AAA Phase" where a club's AAA minor league affiliate can select Rule 5 Draft-eligible players off the reserve lists of minor league clubs of a lower classification (below AAA) for $24,000 (Rule 5 "AAA Phase" draft price increased from $12,000 to $24,000 beginning with the December 2016 draft).
NOTE: Effective December 2016, the "AA Phase" (where a club's AA minor league affiliate could select Rule 5 Draft-eligible players off the reserve lists of minor league clubs of a classification below AA for $4,000) has been eliminated.
There is no limit on the number of rounds in each phase (there could be one, there could be three, there could be five or more). As long as at least one club is still selecting players, the phase will continue, but as soon as all 30 teams have a full reserve list (so that clubs can no longer make selections) or have passed, the phase is over.
There is no limit on the number of Rule 5 Draft-eligible players any one organization can lose in a Rule 5 Draft.
RULE 5 DRAFT ELIGIBILITY
1. A minor league player who was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract is eligible for selection starting with the 5th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.
2. If a player signs his first contract after the conclusion of the season of the MLB or minor league club to which he is first assigned (even if he signs prior to the Rule 5 Draft), the next season is considered to be the player's "first qualified season" for Rule 5 eligibility purposes. (Depending on the minor league, the conclusion of a minor league club's season could be as early as the first week of August, or as late as the second week of September).
3. A player eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent who signs a minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent and a free-agent with prior MLB and/or minor league service who signs a minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft is eligible for selection if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract, or the player was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 4th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract.
4. Any player on a minor league reserve list who has either been released or had his contract voided and then re-signs with the same MLB organization within one year is eligible for selection.
5. Any player on a minor league reserve list who has been outrighted to the minors previously in his career is eligible for selection.
6. A player on the Voluntary Retired List, Disqualified List, or Ineligible List is not eligible for selection.
7. An MLB club can designate any player on a minor league reserve list "eligible for selection" in a Rule 5 Draft even if the player would not normally be eligible, but once a player is designated "eligible for selection," he remains eligible for selection in all subsequent Rule 5 drafts.
NOTE: A club might do this if the club is planning to release the player during the off-season.
8. A minor league player-manager who would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft if he was only a player can be selected, but if he is selected, the player-manager can reject the selection and retire. He has 30 days to decide. If he rejects the selection and opts to retire as a player, the player-manager is ineligible to be reinstated as a player for a minimum of one year.
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN 2019 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 3-20-2019)
Jose Albertos, RHP
Miguel Amaya, C
Javier Assad, RHP
Jhonny Bethencourt, INF
Casey Bloomquist, RHP
Andres Bonalde, LHP
Craig Brooks, RHP
Fernando Calderon, RHP
Jesus Camargo, RHP
Faustino Carrera, LHP
Bailey Clark, RHP
Alfredo Colorado, RHP
Michael Cruz, C-1B
Yovanny Cuevas, OF
Zach Davis, OF
Donnie Dewees, OF
Daniel Diaz, C
Scott Effross, RHP
Riger Fernandez, LHP
Emilio Ferrebus, RHP
Wladimir Galindo, 3B-1B
Trent Giambrone, IF-OF
Eric Gonzalez, C
Fauris Guerrero, RHP
Tom Hatch, RHP
Zach Hedges, RHP
P. J. Higgins, C-INF
Chad Hockin, RHP
Bryan Hudson, LHP
Ryan Kellogg, LHP
Conor Lillis-White, LHP
Rafelin Lorenzo, C
Vimael Machin, INF
Brad Markey, RHP
Eddy Julio Martinez, OF
Marcus Mastrobuoni, C
Ivan Medina, RHP
Fidel Mejia, INF
Rafael Mejia, 1B
Dakota Mekkes, RHP
Tyson Miller, RHP
M. T. Minacci, RHP
Jordan Minch, LHP
Kevonte Mitchell, OF
Erling Moreno, RHP
Connor Myers, OF
Tommy Nance, RHP
Rafael Narea, INF
Richard Nunez, C-1B
Pablo Ochoa, LHP
Eugenio Palma, LHP
Tyler Payne, C
Henrry Pedra, INF
Raymond Pena, C
Yeiler Peguero, INF
Tyler Peyton, RHP
Gustavo Polanco, C-1B
Eury Ramos, RHP
Ruben Reyes, LHP (ex-OF)
Ian Rice, C-1B
Duncan Robinson, RHP
Abraham Rodriguez, OF-1B
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP
Manuel Rondon, LHP
Michael Rucker, RHP
Carlos Sepulveda, INF
Wyatt Short, LHP
Zack Short, INF
Jake Stinnett, RHP
Matt Swarmer, RHP
Jesus Tejada, RHP
Alexander Vargas, RHP
Jerry Vasto, LHP (Article XX-D player)
Omar Ventura, RHP
Ryan Williams, RHP
D. J. Wilson, OF
Chesny Young, INF
Kevin Zamudio, C-1B
Delvin Zinn, INF
Additionally, a free-agent who signs a 2020 minor league contract prior to the 2019 Rule 5 Draft or a minor league player who is eligible to be a minor league free-agent post-2020 but who signs a minor league successor contract prior to becoming a free-agent will be eligible for selection in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.
MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT POST-2019
SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS:
Cristhian Adames, INF - Article XX-D player
Mike Adduci, OF-1B - Article XX-D player
Tyler Alamo, C-1B
Gioskar Amaya, INF
Francisco Arcia, C - Article XX-D player
Luis Ayala, OF
Alberto Baldonado, LHP
Yasiel Balaguert, 1B-OF
Wynton Bernard, OF - Article XX-D player
Corey Black, RHP
Zach Borenstein, OF
Charcer Burks, OF
Matt Carasiti, RHP
Jose Cardona, OF
Roberto Caro, OF
Erick Castillo, C
Ian Clarkin, LHP - Article XX-D player
Trevor Clifton, RHP
Ryan Court, INF
Enrique de los Rios, RHP
Phillip Evans, INF - Article XX-D player
Johnny Field, OF - Article XX-D player
Luke Hagerty, LHP - Article XX-D player
Jacob Hannemann, OF - Article XX-D player
Jesse Hodges, INF
Danny Hultzen, LHP - Article XX-D player
George Kontos, RHP - Article XIX-A player
Erick Leal, RHP
Luis Lugo, LHP
Evan Marzilli, OF
Jhonny Pereda, C
Chris Pieters, OF-1B
Carlos Ramirez, RHP - Article XX-D player
Colin Rea, RHP - Article XX-D player (Super Two)
Will Remillard, C
Jose Rosario, RHP
Allen Webster, RHRP
Mike Zagurski, LHP - Article XX-D player
Rob Zastryzny, LHP - Article XX-D player
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS (see NOTES below):
Robel Garcia, INF (previously released by CLE)
Dalton Geekie, RHP (previously released by ATL)
Julio Guante, RHP (previously released by DET)
Garrett Kelly, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Ryan Lawlor, LHP (previously released by ATL)
Ignacio Otano, INF (previously released by MIL)
Junichi Tazawa, RHP (first-contract with BOS expired) - Article XX-B player (has automatic June 1st opt-out)
NOTE-1: With mutual consent (player & club), a second-contract minor league player who has accrued fewer than seven minor league seasons can be signed to a multi-year minor league contract with club control extending up through the player's seventh minor league season. So it is possible that one or more of the Cubs minor league second contract players are signed beyond the 2019 season (TBD).
NOTE-2: RHP Donato Auguste (previously released by KC), LHP Anderson Parra (previously released by PHI), and C Juan Vasquez (previously released by SD) are second-contract minor league players and so any or all of the three might or might not be minor league FA post-2019 (see NOTE-1 above), but none of the three would be eligible for selection in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft if signed beyond 2019.
RULE 5 DRAFT RESTRICTIONS:
1. A minor league player eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft cannot be added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), traded to another organization, or transferred from one minor league reserve list to another within the same organization, starting with the filing of minor league reserve lists on November 20th (or November 19th if November 20th falls on a Saturday or November 18th if November 20th falls on a Sunday) up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft.
2. A Rule 5 Draft-eligible player cannot be sent outright to the minors beginning at 5 PM (Eastern) on the third day prior to the Rule 5 Draft through the conclusion of the draft.
3. A club must have as many slots open on its MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) prior to the Rule 5 Draft as the number of players it selects in the Major League Phase, and an MLB club's AAA affiliate must have as many slots open on its reserve list prior to the Rule 5 Draft as the number of players the affiliate selects in the AAA Phase.
4. A club can select a player off the reserve list of one of its own minor league affiliates, but if the player is selected in the Major League Phase, the club is bound by the same Rule 5 roster restrictions as if it had selected the player off the reserve list of another club's minor league affiliate.
NOTE: This actually happened at least once a number of years ago, after a club (Atlanta Braves) inadvertently left one of its top prospects off its MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) when minor league reserve lists were submitted to the MLB Commissioner on November 20th.
5. A player eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft cannot be "covered up" from selection, either by agreement between two clubs or by effect (such as by concocting a phony injury and placing the player on the Injured List in an attempt to decrease a player's value when the player is not really injured). Also, a player selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft cannot be "hidden" on am Injured List to help the drafting club fulfill Rule 5 roster obligations (such as by leaving the player on the Injured List after he is healthy enough to play). If the MLB Commissioner believes a club "covered up" a player to avoid losing the player in the Rule Draft or "hid" a selected player on an Injured List, the offending club or clubs are subject to a penalty (TBD by the MLB Commissioner).
MIL closer (but not their best reliever) c.knebel has gone from "tired arm" to "elbow might be a little bit torn up"
unfortunately, they've been linked to c.kimbrel lately...hopefully that doesn't happen.
Here is how the Cubs starting pitching is trending at Minor League Camp as of this morning (Thursday 3/21). There will be changes before the affiliates leave town in about ten days, but here is how things stand right now:
brach not throwing mid-90s yet at this point in spring is a bit concerning...he's been in the high 80s, touching low 90s almost all spring.
slider velocity is on point.
Here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Thursday afternoon's Cubs - Giants Cactus League game at Sloan Park:
FB: 84-86 - T-87
NOTE: Velo was down a bit across the board for Hendricks, but does it really matter?
NOTE: Finished Hendricks' final inning (the 6th)... best thing I can say about Duensing is that he appears to be healthy and is throwing the ball as well as he can...
...speaking of extensions...looks like goldschmidt/cards are going to be a long-term pain the cubs ass sometime soon.
Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal
Eloy Jimenez deal with #whitesox is six years, $43M with two club options, but in his camp’s view, he effectively is giving up only one free-agent year. Without deal, he would have started season in AAA and stayed down until at least point when CWS would gain seven years control.
Thanks alot for the rundown. I’d really like to see them take some risks rather than run with retreads . For instance, I’d like to see Soto-Reynolds/Mejia-Perlaza-Vazquez-Morel to be the SB infield for a good chunk of the year or the MB OF to be Wilson/Artis-Gutierrez-Herron to open with Mitchell on the bench. I’d really really like to see one of Davis or Roederer open with SB (personal preference is Davis but only because I like his potential more).
ichiro goes 0/4 in his farewell game...it's been an interesting run for a guy who didn't get here til he was 27.
3089 hits...509 sb...350+ ob%...10 GG...1 MVP
M's win over the A's in 12 innings...
For those of you who might have missed Wednesday night's MLB Cactus League Game at Sloan Park, here are the velo readings from Cubs pitchers (and one Dodger pitcher):
NOTE: Mixed up his pitches very well and maintained FB velo throughout outing, but fly ball pitchers like Hamels usually don't fare too well in Arizona in March (they don't fare too well in Texas, either).
BRADSBEARD: Cole Roederer has had an impressive week at Minor League Camp and with the MLB club as well, but I think the most-likely scenario is that he stays in Mesa at EXST April-June, is assigned to Eugene on NWL Opening Day, and then (if all goes well at Eugene) gets a promotion to South Bend in mid-July or August, and then gets assigned to the AFL post-2019, and then (best case scenario) - POSSIBLY - gets to AA sometime in 2020 (although Myrtle Beach would be a lot more-likely for Opening Day 2020).
The Cubs have released RHSP Christian Bergman from Minor League Camp. He was an NRI to MLB Camp, but was sent down to Minor League Camp last week
Thanks to PHIL and the ASS.
On another topic - looks like J-Hey is in mid-season form at the plate in camp.
Do you think Roederer opens the season at SB?
Jordan Bastian @MLBastian
Yu Darvish's between-start bullpen session is scheduled for Friday. If all goes well, his next turn to pitch would fall on Sunday.
Some things to keep in mind about the "backdating" of injured list assignments:
As long as the player did not appear in a game during the retroactive period (including "official" MLB Cactus League or Grapefruit League games or other MLB pre-season exhibition games), an MLB 10-day Injured List assignment can be backdated up to three days (including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day), and a 7-day (acute concussion) Injured List assignment can be backdated up to four days (including the four days prior to MLB Opening Day).
For anyone interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Tuesday's Cubs - Mariners game at Sloan Park:
???: 59 (I don't know what type of pitch this was but it was the slowest pitch I've seen since Little League)
NOTE: A really interesting variety of pitches from Yu... Looked good until the blister caused him to leave the game earlier than planned...