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
crunch 9 hours 38 min ago (view)
it probably had nothing to do with len leaving, but Marquee can get rid of that "we're all wearing suits and we're classy as hell" look.
i loved len and bob...len and jd i was only warming up to in the past couple years. either way, gonna miss len.
crunch 9 hours 43 min ago (view)
*laura ricketts has entered the chat*
crunch 9 hours 44 min ago (view)
the claim is he "really wants to do radio" and "totally nothing wrong with Marquee"...etc etc
but yeah...the team is having a hell of an offseason having theo walk away with a year left on his deal, semi-embarrassingly trying to find a taker for bryant, deciding to not keep schwarber, and now the long-time cubs pbp TV guy leaves for a radio gig across town.
all of this and the cubs are yet to be linked to any FA discussions...or names for a GM hunt...or a pool of teams actually interested in bryant...or anything resembling a 2021 plan so far...
Eric S 9 hours 46 min ago (view)
Thom Brennaman - a longtime Cub fan favorite - would fit Marquee to a T 🤣
Charlie 9 hours 49 min ago (view)
My appreciation of Len has waned since 2016. But he and JD have been my favorite Cubs broadcast crew in the ~25 years I've paid close attention.
I wasn't thrilled about the few changes that came along with Marquee this year.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 23 min ago (view)
I believe this is the correct take. It's surprising that Len is leaving. He's good, but he had gotten a little too rationalizey over the past few years for me.
However, it seemed he was heavily invested in the Cubs. His departure feels like there is some Ricketts-ish bullshit going on behind the scenes at Marquee that Len wants no part of. Anyway, I wish him well with the other Chicago team
crunch 20 hours 21 sec ago (view)
is everything the ricketts touch just falling to shit in 2021? ....well, except their heavy investments in taking over the state of Nebraska politically with one of the sons and heavy investment in supportive state legislators...
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 30 min ago (view)
This makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks Phil!
(And that HR off Hader was unforgettable)
Hagsag 23 hours 54 min ago (view)
Wrigley Rat 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox radio booth.
Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.
Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?).
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point
waveland 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
really appreciate the years and years of your updates
Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS.
bradsbeard 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH.