Cubs MLB Roster

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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 eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

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

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


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Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs vs. Padres: Series Thread (Games 97-99)

The Cubs (52-44) take on the Padres (46-50) in a three-game set of matinees at Wrigley. The Padres are a thoroughly mediocre team, but they've played streaky ball since early June and have jumped up and surprised both the Dodgers and the Brewers during that time with three wins against each. The streaks have run both ways, as they've also gone through four losing streaks of at least three games during that period. This will be the first time the Cubs face them in 2019. Since last year, they've added Manny Machado. He's been good for them so far, albeit with a slightly lower than usual batting average for him. But rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. has been the offensive star, offering power, speed, and (thanks to a .430 BABIP) a high average. Hunter Renfroe also seems to be enjoying 2019--he just recently passed his previous single season high in homeruns and now sits at 27. Kirby Yates is enjoying a banner year out of the bullpen, leading the pitching staff in fWAR, striking out 14.36 per 9 innings and generally going untouched by the 2019 homerun boom. See below for game-by-game matchups.


Game 97, Friday, July 19, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (9-6, 3.74 ERA)
SD: LHP Eric Lauer (5-7, 4.04 ERA)

Lester earned his ninth win against Pittsburgh with a 6.2 innings and three earned runs allowed. Eric Hosmer is 6-19 with a homer off of him. Wil Myers is 2-16 with eight strikeouts.

Eric Lauer went 6-7 with a 4.34 ERA in his 2018 rookie season. This year he's improved most of his peripherals a touch, lowering walks and homeruns and boosting his groundball rate, but sacrificing some strikeouts along the way. Most recently, he pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, in a no-decision against the Dodgers. The Cubs went 5-10 off of him in an abbreviated start on July 15 of last year.


Game 98, Saturday, July 20, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: LHP José Quintana (7-7, 4.21 ERA)
SD: LHP Joey Lucchesi (7-4, 3.92 ERA)

Quintana has won three games in a row, allowing six earned runs in 19 innings. He's allowed zero homeruns during that stretch. Ian Kinsler is 15-48 with two homeruns off of him. Hosmer is 13-71 with 14 strikeouts. Machado is 3-15.

Joey Lucchesi is the second sophomore starter working against the Cubs in this series. He went 8-9 last year with a 4.08 ERA, striking out more than a batter per inning along the way. This year the strikeouts are down to 8.55 per nine innings, but he's also giving up slightly fewer homeruns. He got a no-decision in last start against Atlanta, pitching five innings and allowing two earned runs. He pitched 5.2 innings at Wrigley last August and current Cubs went 7-21 in that start. Javy went 2-3 with a homerun.


Game 99, Sunday, July 21, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 3.46 ERA)
SD: RHP Cal Quantrill (2-2, 4.21 ERA)

Hendricks last went six innings and allowed two earned runs against the Reds, looking recovered from the shoulder issues that sent him to the IL briefly. Current Padres ar 15-57 off of him with 13 strikeouts.

Cal Quantrill has made 8 starts and appeared out of the bullpen four times in this, his rookie season. He features a mid-90s fastball and a plus changeup. He got a no-decision in his last start, going six innings and allowing no runs to Atlanta. He had been pitching out of the bullpen for the last few weeks of June but returned to the rotation in July. No current Cubs have faced him.

Comments

contreras participated in "baseball activities" today...no idea what that was, but that's a good start to a IL comeback.

meanwhile, brandon morrow is on some beach sipping drinks or something.  i wonder if he's even going to pitch again for the cubs.  back in april/may he was supposed to only miss the first half of the season and supposedly he was ready to face live batters a few weeks ago after throwing some side sessions.  now...i dunno...

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In reply to by crunch

Of course, the Cubs knew he was delicate when they signed him, but Maddon pushed him anyway. How much value is there to an elite player who can’t be used very much?

jon lester not fielding for himself is still stupid.

...and why the hell is tyler chatwood the only guy up in the pen in a game with a man on 2nd (after a 40ft base hit + throwing error) and 0 outs while down by 1?

evidently bryant is a gold glove LF'r

also, we've been seeing a bit of bryant in LF recently.

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In reply to by crunch

Bryant’s always been pretty good in LF. It’s RF where he looks most awkward to me. Something about staying on the left side of the field maybe. I think you’ll see Bryant and Schwarber platooned in LF going forward, though that might depend on Bote’s ability to start hitting LHP again. 

Should the Cubs go on to win this game ... wow.  Some crazy-stupid self inflicted damage that they’ve somehow skirted. 

Another lefty Padre starter and JHey gets a breather.  Robel in LF (batting 5th) Almora CF (leadoff) and Bryant in RF

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In reply to by crunch

I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.

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In reply to by Charlie

Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.

Recent comments

  • George Altman (view)

    I agree, Phil. And this 40-man Roster management points squarely at Hoyer. He needs to go.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I will say the Cubs were smart enough to draft Estrada, sign him away from UCLA, and develop him into a big league pitcher, but the decision to DFA him was the problem. (Estrada was not out of options and he was not injured). 

    In general, when in doubt, an organization should roster a pitching prospect over a comparable position player prospect, and a club ESPECIALLY should not DFA a healthy pitcher with upside who is not out of minor league options (like Estrada) and tender a marginal back-up position player like Madrigal instead. (Someone like Madrigal is always easily replaceable by a waiver claim, or by signing a released player like a Joey Wendle). It is also disappointing to see the Brewers bullpen headed by two ex-Cubs (Trevor Megill and Bryan Hudson). 

    So while the Cubs might be able to identify and sign quality young arms with upside, they just don't know how to manage the MLB 40-man roster such that they can retain as many of them as possible for as long as possible (because not all young pitchers develop as quickly as a club might like). 

    I wouldn't put it so much on scouting or player development as on incompetent MLB 40-man roster management. That's where the problem really lies (and that includes exercising the Hendricks club option for any reason other than to trade him after they signed Imanaga, or signing Happ to a contract extension - WITH A FULL NTC!!!??? - when the organization is loaded with outfield prospects). 

  • George Altman (view)

    Phil,

    I see waiver mover lIke this, option pickups like Hendricks, and roster filler like Madrigal/Mastrobouni and I really question Jed and his scouting, player development staff, and job acumen.

  • crunch (view)

    that loss suuuuucked.  bats dead for most of the game.  happ with a couple homers was nice to see, though.

  • crunch (view)

    morel error on the next batter, speaking of mid-season form.

    if he can't find a home at 3rd he might get traded somewhere he can play 2nd in peace.  i dunno how much longer they can go with a black hole at 3rd...the arm is there and decently improved over last year, the glove isn't there.

    madrigal isn't the answer.  it's looking like bj murray isn't a possible answer.  nothing is on the horizon unless matt shaw's bat comes alive and even then it's not ideal at this point in his young career.

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back drew smyly...walks the first batter he sees.

    if he can give up a homer or 2 he's in mid-season form for his return.

  • crunch (view)

    well, this time his 2 run homer was only in the lower deck.

    woo, improvement.

    this is assad's first game with more than 2 earned runs in 2024.

  • crunch (view)

    goldschmidt puts it in the 3rd deck in about 0.0001 seconds.  far, high, and quick as hell.

  • crunch (view)

    current field conditions around 6:30pm central (7:30 eastern)

    https://i.ibb.co/DDV9ckd/GOit-Wrz-W8-AAl-QIf-format-jpg-name-large.jpg

  • crunch (view)

    tornado(s) are to the south of the city, but it is raining sideways into the concourse in STL based on videos being posted.

    multiple large pools of water in the OF and a hell of a lot sitting on top of the tarp.  even if it quit raining now (it's not any time soon) it would be quite a while before the field was playable.