2020 Cubs Spring Training Uniform Numbers
The Cubs have optioned RHP Dillon Maples to AAA Iowa.
So the Cubs MLB Active List roster now stands at 30, with ten players on Optional Assignment.
The status of the eight remaining Cubs MLB Spring Training minor league NRI (LHP Rex Brothers, C-INF P. J. Higgins, 2B Jason Kipnis, OF Ian Miller, RHP Brandon Morrow, INF-OF Hernan Perez, C Josh Phegley, and RHP Michael Rucker) is unclear, although MLB and the MLBPA have agreed that the deadline for a club to decide whether to release a post-2019 MLB Article XX-B free-agent signed to a 2020 minor league contract (Kipnis and Morrow), add the player to the MLB 40-man roster by Opening Day, or retain the player on a minor league contract where the player receives a $100K retention bonus and an automatic 6/1 player opt-out, will be postponed until five days prior to MLB Opening Day (once it has been rescheduled).
The Cubs have optioned RHP James Norwood to AAA Iowa, and LHRP Danny Hultzen, RHRP Dakota Mekkes, LHRP Wyatt Short, and RHRP Ben Taylor have been assigned to Minor League Camp.
Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 39 (21 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders, and six outfielders).
The Cubs have optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay, RHP Colin Rea, and INF Zack Short to AAA Iowa and C Miguel Amaya to AA Tennessee, sent INF Carlos Asuaje, OF Noel Cuevas, INF-OF Trent Giambrone, and 1B Corban Joseph to Minor League Camp, and added NRI RHP Michael Rucker to MLB Spring Training roster.
Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 44 (26 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders, and six outfielders)
The Cubs have optioned RHP Tyson Miller and INF-OF Robel Garcia to AAA Iowa and RHP Manuel Rodriguez and LHP Justin Steele to AA Tennessee, sent non-roster RHP Jason Adam, RHP Oscar de la Cruz, LHP Tyler Olson, LHP C. D. Pelham, RHP Caleb Simpson, RHP Brock Stewart and C Jhonny Pereda to Minor League Camp, and re-claimed RHP Michael Rucker (selected by Baltimore Orioles in Major Phase of 2019 Rule 5 Draft) and assigned him outright to AAA Iowa.
Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 51.
2020 CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS
NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change
NOTE 2: Numbers 6, 18, 35, 37, 47, 49, 53, 69, 70, 80, 90, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, and 98 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69)
NOTE 3: Some of the Spring Training guest instructors are wearing duplicate numbers
1 Terrmel Sledge, ASSISTANT HITTING COACH
2 Nico Hoerner, INF
3 David Ross, MANAGER
4 Josh Phegley, C (NON-ROSTER)
5 Albert Almora Jr, OF
7 Victor Caratini, C-1B
8 Ian Happ, OF-INF
9 Javy Baez, INF
9 Randy Hundley, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
11 Yu Darvish, P
12 Kyle Schwarber, OF
13 David Bote, INF
15 Brandon Morrow, P (NON-ROSTER)
16 Robel Garcia, INF
17 Kris Bryant, INF
19 Andy Green, BENCH COACH/INFIELD INSTRUCTOR
20 Colin Rea, P
20 Kevin Youkilis, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
21 Steven Souza Jr, OF
22 Jason Heyward, OF
23 Ryne Sandberg, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
24 Jeremy Jeffress, P
25 Will Venable, 3rd BASE COACH/OUTFIELD INSTRUCTOR
26 Billy Williams, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
27 Jason Kipnis, INF (NON-ROSTER)
28 Kyle Hendricks, P
29 Trevor Megill, P
30 Alec Mills, P
30 Ted Lilly, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
32 Tyler Chatwood, P
33 Daniel Descalso, INF
34 Jon Lester, P
34 Kerry Wood, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
36 Dillon Maples, P
38 Brad Wieck, P
39 Danny Hultzen, P (NON-ROSTER)
40 Willson Contreras, C
40 Rick Sutcliffe, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
41 Hernan Perez, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
43 Dan Winkler, P
44 Anthony Rizzo, 1B
45 Jharel Cotton, P
46 Craig Kimbrel, P
46 Ryan Dempster, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
48 Rex Brothers, P (NON-ROSTER)
50 Rowan Wick, P
51 Duane Underwood Jr, P
52 Ryan Tepera, P
54 Chris Young, BULLPEN COACH
55 Mike Napoli, QUALITY ASSURANCE COACH
56 Kyle Ryan, P
57 James Norwood, P
58 Mike Borzello, ASSISTANT PITCHING COACH
59 Tyler Olson, P (NON-ROSTER)
60 Jason Adam, P (NON-ROSTER)
61 Carlos Asuaje, INF (NON-ROSTER)
62 Jose Quintana, P
63 Juan Cabreja, PRE-GAME FIELD COORDINATOR
64 C. D. Pelham, P (NON-ROSTER)
65 Casey Sadler, P
66 Noel Cuevas, OF (NON-ROSTER)
67 Ben Taylor, P (NON-ROSTER)
68 Tommy Hottovy, PITCHING COACH
71 Oscar de la Cruz, P (NON-ROSTER)
72 Tyson Miller, P
73 Adbert Alzolay, P
74 Justin Steele, P
75 Miguel Amaya, C
76 Zack Short, INF
77 Manuel Rodriguez, P
78 Wyatt Short, P (NON-ROSTER)
79 Ian Miller, OF (NON-ROSTER)
81 Craig Driver, 1st BASE COACH/CATCHING INSTRUCTOR
82 Jhonny Pereda, C (NON-ROSTER)
83 Franklin Font, ASSISTANT BULLPEN COACH
84 Caleb Simpson, P (NON-ROSTER)
85 Trent Giambrone, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
86 P. J. Higgins, C-INF (NON-ROSTER)
87 Brock Stewart, P (NON-ROSTER)
88 Corban Joseph, INF (NON-ROSTER)
89 Dakota Mekkes, P (NON-ROSTER)
91 Kyle Evans, DATA & DEVELOPMENT COACH
95 Chad Noble, BULLPEN CATCHER
99 Anthony Iapoce, HITTING COACH
Charlie 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.
I make more than that.
crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
"Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.
The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"
Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).
JustSayin' 3 days 19 hours ago (view)
Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 20 hours ago (view)
Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.
That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.
Hagsag 3 days 22 hours ago (view)
Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.
Arizona Phil 4 days 12 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020.
JustSayin' 5 days 21 hours ago (view)
The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever. That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.
crunch 5 days 22 hours ago (view)
"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."
so that's where that promise landed. the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
"Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.
crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)
i miss baseball. it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.
there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list. there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead. former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup. his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...
JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)
COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever. It WAS still America's grass roots sport. Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive. I believe that era is over. What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems. With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go. I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca
crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 1 week 3 days ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 1 week 3 days ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 1 week 3 days ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.