Cubs 2021 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Watch List

UPDATED 4/18

As things stand right now...


70 Cubs minor leaguers are eligible for selection in the December 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft, and 47 Cubs minor leaguers (42 post-2021 6YFA and five 2021 second-contract players) are eligible to be declared MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series (or at 5 PM Eastern on October 15th if the 2021 World Series is cancelled).   

In addition, RHP Pedro Strop and C Tony Wolters (both with Article XIX-A status) and INF Ildemaro Vargas (who has Article XX-D status) accepted an Outright Assignment to the minors and deferred free-agency until the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, unless the player is added back to the MLB 40-man roster prior to filing for free-agency. 

Among the Cubs first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles post-2021 are RHPs Riley Thompson, Cam Sanders, Jeremiah Estrada, Ethan Roberts, Yovanny Cruz, Manuel Espinoza, Eduarniel Nunez, and Benjamin Rodriguez, LHP Jack Patterson, 1B Shendrik Apostel, 1B-OF Alfonso Rivas, INFs Luis Verdugo, Andy Weber, Luis Vazquez, Yeison Santana, and Fabian Pertuz, and OF Nelson Velazquez. R. Thompson and Rivas would (right now) seem to be very likely to get added to the 40 on 11/19 (if not earlier), and Patterson is likely (but not as likely as R. Thompson and Rivas) to be added. The other 15 listed above are legit candidates to get added to the 40 on 11/19 (the roster filing deadline will be a day earlier than usual in 2021 because 11/20 falls on a Saturday), but it's way too early right now to say which ones will and which ones will not be added. Whichever ones are not added to the 40 on 11/19 will very likely be placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list so that they will be eligible for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule Draft only.

Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft and who will be eligible again in 2021 include RHPs Jose Albertos, Javier Assad, Bailey Clark, Danis Correa, Ben Hecht, Peyton Remy, Michael Rucker, and Dauris Valdez, LHPs Brendon Little and Wyatt Short, C-1B-3B Cam Balego, SS Aramis Ademan, INF Delvin Zinn, INF-OF Trent Giambrone, 1B-OF Jared Young, and OFs Eddy Julio Martinez, Connor Myers, and (ex-INF) Yonathan Perlaza. Of the Rule 5 Draft eligibles who were also eligible for selection in 2020, Brendon Little and Dauris Valdez are the only ones likely to be added to the 40. 

Among the noteworthy Cubs minor leaguers who will be eligible to be a minor league free-agent for the first time post-2021 (if the player is not added to the 40 or signs a 2022 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series) are C-INF P. J. Higgins, RHRP Trevor Megill, RHRP Eury Ramos, LHRP Bryan Hudson, RHRP Craig Brooks, and OF Donnie Dewees. Megill, Ramos, and Higgins are the ones most-likely to get added to the 40.  

Cubs minor leaguers eligible to be minor league free-agents again post-2021 are RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter, LHRP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Ryan Lawlor (all three signed 2021 minor league succesor contracts). 
 

CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN 2021 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 4-14-2021)
Aramis Ademan, INF 
Jose Albertos, RHP 
Chris Allen, LHP 
Edmond Americaan, OF
Shendrik Apostel, 1B 
D. J. Artis, OF
Javier Assad, RHP 
Cam Balego, C-INF
Alejandro Carrillo, LHP 
Derek Casey, RHP 
Bailey Clark, RHP
Danis Correa, RHP
Rochest Cruz, INF 
Yovanny Cruz, RHP 
Zach Davis, OF
Luis Devers, RHP 
Christian Donahue, INF 
Tyler Durna, 1B
Manuel Espinoza, RHP 
Jeremiah Estrada, RHP
Miguel Fabrizio, C 
Kelvin Feliz, RHP
Misael Garcia, LHP 
Reivaj Garcia, INF
Trent Giambrone, IF-OF
Ben Hecht, RHP 
Brandon Hughes, LHP (ex-OF) 
Josue Huma, INF
Gabriel Jaramillo, RHP  
Widimer Joaquin, INF
Levi Jordan, INF
Caleb Knight, C 
Brendon Little, LHP 
Dakota Mekkes, RHP
Connor Myers, OF 
Tommy Nance, RHP 
Eduarniel Nunez, RHP 
Carlos Ocampo, RHP 
Carlos Pacheco, OF 
Jack Patterson, LHP 
Yonathan Perlaza, OF (ex-INF)  
Fabian Pertuz, INF 
Oswaldo Pina, INF
Jake Reindl, RHP 
Jorge Remon, RHP 
Peyton Remy, RHP 
Samuel Reyes, RHP 
Alfonso Rivas, 1B-OF 
Ethan Roberts, RHP 
Benjamin Rodriguez, RHP 
Jonathan Rodriguez, OF 
Luis Angel Rodriguez, LHP 
Michael Rucker, RHP (Article XX-D player) 
Cam Sanders, RHP
Yeison Santana, INF  
Wyatt Short, LHP 
Jonathan Sierra, OF
Jake Slaughter, INF-OF 
Matt Swarmer, RHP 
Riley Thompson, RHP 
Erich Uelmen, RHP 
Dauris Valdez, RHP
Didier Vargas, LHP 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Nelson Velazquez, OF 
Luis Verdugo, INF
Andy Weber, INF 
Blake Whitney, RHP 
Jared Young, 1B-OF 
Delvin Zinn, INF 

Additionally, a free-agent who signs a 2021 minor league contract prior to the 2020 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection in the 2020 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-2021 WORLD SERIES

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS
Sergio Alcantara, INF (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left 
Abiatal Avelino, INF (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
Joe Biagini, RHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left 
James Bourque, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left 
Craig Brooks, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Jesus Camargo, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Eric Castillo, C 
Yovanny Cuevas, OF(see NOTE-2)
Donnie Dewees, OF (see NOTE-2)
Scott Effross, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Taylor Gushue, C
Michael Hermosillo, OF (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
P. J. Higgins, C-INF (see NOTE-2)
Ben Holmes, LHP
Bryan Hudson, LHP (see NOTE-2)
Jake Jewell, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
Trevor Kelley, RHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left 
Ryan Lawlor, LHP (see NOTE-2)
Jose Lobaton, C (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Luis Lugo, LHP 
Nick Martini, OF (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left 
Cameron Maybin, OF (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left 
Trevor Megill (Article XX-D player - see NOTE-2) - three minor league options left
Ryan Meisinger, RHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left
Ian Miller, OF (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left 
Jose Moreno, RHP 
Adam Morgan, LHP (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Rafael Ortega, OF (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
Nicholas Padilla, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Tyler Payne, C (see NOTE-2)
C. D. Pelham, LHP (Article XX-D player - see NOTE-2) - two minor league options left
Raymond Pena, C (see NOTE-2)
Gustavo Polanco, C-1B (see NOTE-2)
Eury Ramos, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Andrew Romine, INF (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Aneuris Rosario, RHP (see NOTE-2)
D. J. Snelten, LHP  (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left 
Robert Stock, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left 
Jerrick Suiter, RHP (ex-1B)
Joe Wieland, RHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left 
D. J. Wilson, OF (see NOTE-2
Patrick Wisdom, 1B-3B (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left 
NOTE-1: Article XX-D means players can elect free-agency if sent outright to minors, and Article XIX-A means player must give his consent before he can be sent to minors by optional or outright assignment. 
NOTE-2: Brooks, Camargo, Cuevas, Dewees, Effross, Higgins, Hudson, Lawlor, Megill, Padilla, Payne, Pelham, R. Pena, Polanco, E. Ramos, A. Rosario, and Wilson are eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2021, but only if the 2020 season is considered a "qualified season" toward minor league free-agency for those players. (Even though the 2020 minor league season was canceled before it began, the 2020 season - WAS - considered to be a "qualified season" for minor leaguers who were eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2020). If the canceled 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season" for players eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2021, then those players will not be eligible to be free agents after the World Series, and will instead be eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft (if the player is still on a minor league reserve list as of 11/20).    


SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS (see NOTE-1 below)
Michael Arias, INF / RHP (previously released by TOR - see NOTE-2 below) 
Aneudis Beard, RHP (previously released by TEX) 
Juan Gamez, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Garrett Kelly, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Vance Vizcaino, OF (previously released by KC) 
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 2021 season (TBD).
NOTE-2: If he is signed beyond 2021, Michael Arias is - NOT - eligible foir selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft 
 
 
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Comments

A couple of days after the Cubs won the WS, I took a "W" flag to the cemetery to stick in the ground by my parents' graves. When I got there, I was moved to see a veritable forest of blue-and-white flags. That sort of thing, along with Game 7 starting on the Day of the Dead, when the ancestors come back for a visit, demonstrates the cosmic nature of the Cub victory. The downside was that we are just normal fanatical sports fans now. We live and die with the team, we second-guess management, we cheer, we boo, we raise a hullabaloo. But being a Cub fan is no longer a metaphor for the ultimate futility of existence. 

With that in mind, I can't get too upset about the Darvish trade. For one thing, we won't be able to judge it for years. Maybe Darvish will win the Cy Young Award and all the kids will flop. Maybe his arm will blow out in spring training and a couple of the kids become stars. Nobody knows. For another, though of course I'm  disappointed that the Cubs never made it back to the World Series, and sad to see the championship team being dismantled, it's nothing like the heartbreak I'd be feeling if they had lost Game 7. I'll still go to the games with the grandkids and watch them on TV. I'll follow the prospects on milb.com. There are more important things to worry about than whether the Cubs really could have afforded to keep the band together. 

But there still is a bit of the fatalistic Cub fan in me. I bought a World Champions Cubbie-blue hoodie in 2016, and wear it often to this day.  After some consideration, I bought another one a couple of weeks later, just...in...case there weren't going to be any more championships. The backup hoodie hangs in the closet, never worn, so I'm probably good for the rest of my life. Pessimism paid off this time, I guess. 

I'm still getting over them trading away Rick Reuschel.

*cough* should be in the HOF *cough*

just because him and his brother look like insurance salesmen that are serial killers in their off-time doesn't mean rick should be overlooked. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXBHLjYXkAIr5vW.jpg

seriously, he put in more than a few overlooked seasons that were great.  luis tiant feels his pain.

tommy lasorda has died...93 years old.

ugg...i put this in the 2021 rule5 thread...my bad.

Nick Martini and Tommy Lasagna belong in the same thread. Wow.

RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 

The Cubs have signed second-contract FA SS Michael Arias (ex-TOR) to a 2021 minor league contract.

So there is a Michael Arias on Instagram who posted that he signed a contract with the Cubs a few weeks back but is a pitcher. Looks real young but near as I can tell the Arias who was a Blue Jay is only 19 and never appeared in any games. Is this a guy the Cubs are converting to pitcher maybe?

BRADSBEARD: The info I received is that Michael Arias is a second-contract player who was released by the Toronto Blue Jays sometime prior to signing with the Cubs. I don't know anything else about him, so I guess he must be either a two-way player or (as you speculated) he is being converted to a RHP (TBD).

The Cincinnati Reds have claimed INF Max Schrock off waivers from the Cubs. Schrock was Designated for Assignment by the Cubs last Friday to make room on the 40 for INF Sergio Alcantara (who was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Tigers).

The Cubs have signed veteran switch-hitting catcher Jose Lobaton to a 2021 minor league contract.

Jose Lobaton is the new Taylor Davis?

PJ Higgins is Taylor Davis

dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.

spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.

Marquee has added a tuesday game, so now the first televised cubs game is March 2nd (3pm EST)

The Cubs have signed LHSP Ben Holmes (ex-LAD) and RHRP Jose Moreno (ex-NYM) to 2021 minor league contracts. Both were post-2020 minor league 6YFA and neither has been on an MLB 40-man roster.

Holmes pitched collegiately at Oregon State and has some AAA experience, but Moreno hasn't pitched above Lo-A over the course of seven seasons in the Mets organization.  

kevin rizzo is in camp with the cubs and is in workouts with the team.

very tiny guy, no power, but he can run down a ball in the field and he's almost impossible to pitch to.  time to give him a contract and put him in the OF.

https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1366081602242023425

No matter how well he performs this spring, the smart play is still to send him down to Des Moines.  Delay his service clock for a month or six weeks, get seven extra years of team control.

I hear he dogs it, and is a bit of a hot dog.

Baseball America came out with a list of the top 2021-22 international singing class of 16 year olds and the Cubs were not list with any of the top 20.  I guess Tom Ricketts decided to pass next year on future Latin talent.

Stock clears waivers, is now NRI. Duane Underwood loses his 40 man spot to Tepera. I find it shocking that he was cut over Maples, but I'm sure Maples gets the boot before Opening Day, too.

maples, the unpolished diamond...maybe he'll figure it out in his 5th year of trying...

so far he's dollar store discount bin carlos marmol.

looked sharp as hell today with a groundout to 1st and a couple Ks.

Neither Robert Stock nor Duane Underwood Jr have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, although both will be minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series if the player is either not added back to the 40 or signs a 2022 minor league successor contract prior to the deadline. 

odd with JD in the booth without len...nice to see the cubs back in action.

sciambi is a nice replacement.  can't complain.

20% seating for opening day at Wrigley. Not sure how they allocate who gets in yet. Masks and social distancing expected. Selling beer hats with straws?

Saw somewhere Cubs are likely to carry 9 relievers. Thoughts:

1. Gross

2. I thought pitching staffs were to maximize at 13? Did that get relaxed for this year because of the pandemic? Or is that not a thing anymore?

Per AZ Phil... Pitcher limit of 13 suspended for 2021 season due to COVID

Great. Then up roster limit to 27-28, so a team can carry a 5 man bench. Oh, I forgot...that extra $600K to $1.2M would put so many owners in the red.

The Cubs have signed RHRP Randy Meisinger (ex-STL) to a 2021 minor league contract. Unknown right now if he will get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

thomas hatch (TOR) left today's game with an elbow injury in the middle of pitching to a batter.

nice 1st inning D play at SS + 1st inning HR...sogard is pretty much stamping his ticket to break spring as the backup SS/2nd.

Update on MLB plan for short-season "complex" teams (AZL, DSL, and GCL) is that they will be run as a combined Extended Spring Training & Instructs for the entire season (through 10/15), with no "official" games.

This plan has nothing to do with CoViD-19. It was part of MLB's Master Plan for minor league baseball prior to the cancelation of the 2020 minor league season. 

However, some MLB clubs do not wish to change the nature of the AZL, DSL, and GCL, so there has been no final determination. 

Also, expect the 2021 minor league season (AAA, AA, Hi-A, and Lo-A) to be delayed until at least June 1st.  

In addition, it is very possible that the minor league baseball regular season will be permanently changed from second week in April through Labor Day to May 1st through third week in September beginning in 2022, with minor league Spring Training beginning after the conclusion of MLB Spring Training (as will be the case this season). 

a.romine not expected to be opening day ready...not surprising at this point.

sprained right knee that's on week 3 of being rested...

there's more masks in the dugout than the entire fan section of the park in TEX...and they're packed shoulder-to-shoulder at near full capacity.

Maddie Lee @maddie_m_lee
Injury update from David Ross: C Austin Romine (right knee soreness) left for South Bend today. He'll get live at-bats there. RHP Rowan Wick is still in AZ building up, but Ross said all signs are positive.

t.williams perfect through 5ip.

welcome to wrigley.

well that was over quickly.

still, only a single.  big standing O from the 25% crowd.

baez takes one flush to the knee...ow.  he took his base, but that was full-on right into the knee.

looks like sogard might be playing SS tomorrow.

Cubs get Dauris Valdez for Norwood. Another hard thrower who hits triple digits but has control issues. Hopefully, AZ Phil know more details but it seems they have focused their scouting on the SD system.

edit: sorry, see Phil's post in the other thread. Great info as always.

MLB All-Star game moved to COL...less humidity, more weed.

that should make for a great HR derby.

and Lobster Humidors

vogelbomb getting the start at 1st tonight for MIL.

also, fergie is finally getting a statue outside of wrigley (next season).

tyler oneil fouled one -exactly- off the lens of the camera behind home plate STL @ MIA...shattered the glass on the camera.

the TV crew is "tier 2" and they can't come on the field to clean up the glass.

delay of game while a random clubhouse guy cleans up the glass on the field.

hey, mills...you ready to have your starting job back?

odd seeing the backup catcher used to pinch hit in the 5th, but whatever.

waffles.

(nsfw) https://filebin.net/ht9zf3j35vn809qi/Joc_Pederson_...

of all the weird cubs stuff, i didn't think waffle makers in the dugout would make a comeback.  this core is interesting.  happ is a fun dude.

Kimbrel ends the 8th. To quote Carlos Zambrano: "Thanks God."

So, our team's Relief Pitchers are Kimbrel, Chafin, & Brothers. Then a half dozen part time baseball arsonists?

How do you walk the bases loaded with a 2 run lead? Then, how does the Manager let you?

I like this version Kimbrel. Seem apparent that he needs a normal spring training.  Year 1, signs a free agent contract mid season, no so good.  Year 2, Covid craziness, settles in 2nd half of the season.  Year 3, pretty bad beginning of ST and settles in at beginning of the season.

4.2ip 0h 0bb 9k

unf.  more please.

I am as befuddled as George A.  Back to back four pitch walks and Ross thinks Winkler gets another batter? 

Isn't the rule where the reliever must either finish an inning or face at least three batters still around? I know it was in effect last year but wasn't sure if that was a "2020 is a nonsense season, let's do whatever" rule or one they're sticking with  

Yeah, Winkler had to face a third batter (or intentionally walk him I guess) before Ross could pull him. Wondering how long before Shelby Miller takes over for Winkler or Workman...

I'd be good with either. The other can go when Rowan Wick is ready, as far as I'm concerned. Hope they keep Maples instead of one of those two.

Right.  Three batter minimum.  Hopefully the only time I'll need to be reminded this year. 

Hopefully.

d.ross and others around him are supposedly rather big on j.adam, fwiw...

wouldn't be shocked to see him around in cubs leading/tie/close middle relief.

k.rosenthal reporting that MLB has taken multiple baseballs from t.bauer's last start with "visible markings and were sticky."

they're cracking down on that, btw.  it's also -really- common accepted practice to get stickum/pine tar/etc on the ball as well as using your fingernail (or something else) to cut up or scuff/sand the ball.   so, while bauer may have thumbed his nose at the new rules, he was (maybe) not doing anything extrodinary in the world of baseball cheating.

remember when that ball stuck to yadi's chest protector full of stickum and everyone laughed?  or when they kept having to tell that pitcher for the yanks to not have obvious pine tar gobbed on his body that he was constantly dipping into on the mound?  they're trying to crack down on that kinda stuff...

the real gold about all this is bauer is very outspoken about doctoring the ball in this manner, comparing pitchers that do it to using steroids.  so there's that...

btw, don't pay any attention to that brown crap on kimbrel's cap...i'm sure it's just dirt.

Nats Covid update (wrt Former Cub factor): Brad Hand, Yan Gomes, Alex Avila and Jordy Mercer have all been cleared to return after being away due to COVID-19 protocols. Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber, Jon Lester and Josh Harrison have not been cleared yet, 

Still looking forward to seeing Schwarbs play in a Nats uniform.

Sure makes it sound like Schwarber and Lester were among the positives. Hate that for them, especially Jon who has the cancer history and the recent thyroid issue. Hopefully both recover without significant lingering effects. 

j.musgrove throws SD's first no-hitter.  it would have been a perfect game if he didn't hit a batter.

not bad for his 2nd start for them.

Coach Craig Driver tested positive for Coronavirus and was sent back to Chicago. Apparently, no other Cub tested positive. No word about symptoms so it sounds like it was picked up in whatever the regular testing protocol covers  including Wed, Thursday and Friday which were negative for the "traveling party".

AAA exhibition game @south bend rained out.

Ex Cub Dexter Fowler, now with Maddon's Angels goes on the DL with a knee sprain. 

torn acl...ow

career high for zach davies, 7 runs given up...only took 1.2 innings.

neat-o.

RHSP Duncan Robinson (June 2019 TJS) has retired. 

-deleted, wrong thread-

Back door firing all the players through COVID protocols? Better clear some shelf space for that manager of the year trophy.

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  • tim815 21 sec ago (view)

    MLB.com rated the Cubs 22 out of 30.

    This season figuresc to tell quite a bit. No teams are terrible at player development anymore, and no teams look at the draft as a hopeless puzzle.

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Are these guys out of the org now? 

     

  • K Dub 7 hours 42 min ago (view)

    PHIL: Any velo readings on Ramos? Earlier reports also had him sitting 98-99. Thanks!

     

  • George Altman 13 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Phil, serious question: How good is the Cubs Player Development Department? Scale of 1 to 30 with 1 being best.  I mean, I can think of 5 teams right now who don't have near the Cubs resources but do better year after.

    I mean there are organizations across sports who seem to coach the crap out of their draft picks and signees. They just got 4 teenagers for Darvish, but do they have the coaches to get any of them to the show? 

    My pessimistic grade would be about 24.

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 57 min ago (view)

    DJL: How about Eddy Julio Martinez as a spectacular miss? A $3M signing bonus out of Cuba and he never made it out of AA. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Wow, that's a pretty spectacular miss. He was so highly thought of when he signed.

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 36 min ago (view)

    TIM: Richard Gallardo doesn't seem to be progressing as a SP, so he has apparently been moved to the bullpen.  He has a tendency to labor through innings and nibble too much and throw a lot of pitches. 

     

  • tim815 14 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Anything on Gallardo, of interest, from today?

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 51 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Ryan Kellogg, RHP Alex Moore, 3B Fidel Mejia, OF Jose Gutierrez, OF Eddy Julio Martinez, and OF Zac Taylor from Minor League Camp. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 58 min ago (view)

    And despite what you might read elsewhere, It was - NOT - a "hot" gun.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 24 min ago (view)

    He certainly could have forced the Cubs to release him with full salary as termination pay, so he must like it with the Cubs.  

     

  • Charlie 17 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Follow-up on last week's discussion of Baez's contact and plate discipline woes. Another Fangraphs article notes that he is among league leaders in combined positive change in zone swing rates (swinging at more pitches inside the strike zone) and reduction in chase rate (swinging at pitches outside the zone). See the last table: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/lets-look-at-some-earl...

    This makes his 45% strikeout rate and 1.7% BB rate all the more strange.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 16 min ago (view)

    he may not be worth much to us as fans, but every indication points to him being quite popular in the dugout.  nice to see him stick around as an emergency callup catcher.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Tony Wolters clears waivers and is sent to the Alternate Training site in South Bend.

     

  • bigsky33 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, are they letting you into Sloan?  Great to see your write-ups!! 

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    DUDE.  STOP.