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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

2022 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster

2022 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER 

UPDATED 6-1-2022 

51 players   

* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

PITCHERS: 27 
Jose Alcila 
Elian Almanzar 
Michael Arias (ex-INF) 
Rony Baez 
Yovanny Cabrera 
Yovanny Cruz (ACTIVE REHAB)
Wilfri Figuereo 
Dominic Hambley
Gabriel Jaramillo (ACTIVE REHAB)
Tanner Jesson-Dalton (ACTIVE REHAB)
Anthony Martinez 
Mivhael McAvene (ACTIVE REHAB)
Anthony Mendez 
Gregori Montano 
Gleiber Morales 
Koen Moreno 
* Jack Patterson (ACTIVE REHAB)
Kenyi Perez 
Starlyn Pichardo 
Cristian Rojas 
Jose Romero 
Oliver Roque 
Tomy Sanchez 
* Marino Santy 
Joel Sierra 
Alberto Sojo (ACTIVE REHAB) 
Sam Thoresen (ACTIVE REHAB)

CATCHERS (ACTIVE): 8 
* Moises Ballesteros 
Edgar Gamargo
# Dilan Granadillo 
Miguel Pabon (ex-INF)
* Ronnier Quintero 
* Wally Soto 
* Bryan Serra (ex-INF) 
* Tim Susnara (ACTIVE REHAB)

INFIELDERS: 9 
# Reivaj Garcia 
Cristian Hernandez 
# Josue Huma 
Rafael Morel 
Christian Olivo 
# Pedro Ramirez  
Alejandro Rivero 
Joanfran Rojas 
Matt Warkentin 

OUTFIELDERS: 7  
Brayan Altuve 
# Flemin Bautista
Raino Coran 
* Ismael Mena
* Cristian More 
Carlos Morfa
* Anderson Suriel 

MANAGER
Edgar Perez 

COACHES
Yovanny Cuevas (outfield)  
Armando Gabino (pitching) 
Rachel Folden (hitting) 
Eric Patterson (infield & baserunning) 
Doug Willey (pitching)  

TRAINER
Maggie Lowenthar 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING 
John Abbott 
Ryan Clausen 

MESA REHAB 
Jonathan Fierro (Rehab Training Coordinator) 
Josh Zeid (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) 
Austin Shumaker (Rehab Catcher) 

Comments

INF Miguel Pabon is now in the catcher's group at EXST, so he apparently will be adding that to his utility resume.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

An interesting thing about Miguel Pabon is that when the Cubs drafted him out of Puerto Rico in 2018 he was a puny 160 pound shortstop, but then he missed the 2019 season after undergoing shoulder surgery and the 2020 season because there was no minor league season. During that two-year period, it looks like he put on at least 30 pounds. He has definitely outgrown shortstop and so he has played a lot of 2B and 1B, but he no longer has a middle-infielder's range and while he has shown some HR power in BP he hasn't hit enough to play just 1B. So if he can be even just adequate as a catcher, that could save his career.  

Not sure if this was in the update yesterday or I just missed it before, but just noticed Matt Warkentin is pitching now. He's a 6'6" lefty so it will be interesting to see what kind of arm he has. 

The Arizona Complex League (ACL) will begin play on June 6th. This will be the earliest start date ever for the ACL (formerly AZL), the shortest Extended Spring Training ever, and with the MLB First-Year Player Draft taking place during the All-Star Break, this will be the longest gap (six weeks) between the start of the ACL season and the draft. In fact, prior to moving the draft to July last year, the AZL season always began a couple of weeks AFTER the draft. 

ACL teams will play five games a week through August for a total of 65 games. Just as with Extended Spring Training games, ACL games can be pre-planned to be seven innings in length if one or both teams are short of pitchers. There will be 18 teams in the league, with all 15 MLB Arizona Spring Training clubs fielding at least one team. Three of the organizations will field two teams, but the Cubs are not one of them. There will be no roster limit in the ACL, other than the general in-season minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List that went into effect on Opening Day. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Further info about the ACL:

Games will be played at 6 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with no games scheduled on Wednesdays or Sundays. A Wednesday can be used to make up a postponed game, and teams can  schedule a "camp day" (workout/instruction) on a Wednesday if they wish, but Sunday is always an off day. There are no games scheduled on the Monday & Tuesday of the MLB All Start Break, so ACL teams will have four days off in a row (Sunday through Wednesday) during the MLB All Star Break. 

With consent of the opponent a club can change the start time of a game (morning games are sometimes played on Saturdays and holidays), but 6 PM is the default start time for all single games. Doubleheaders will be scheduled only as a make-up of a postponed game, and will start at 5 PM and each game will be seven innings. A single game can be scheduled to be only seven innings if one of the teams doesn't have enough pitchers available to play nine innings.  

The ACL regular season will be 55 games. The regular season starts on Monday 6/6 and ends on Tuesday 8/23. The ACL playoffs begin on Thursday 8/25.   

The three organizations that will be fielding two ACL teams are the Arizona Diamondbacks ("Black" and "Red"), the Milwaukee Brewers ("Blue" and "Gold"), and the San Francisco Giants ("Orange" and "Black"). The D'backs are the only MLB organization in Arizona fielding two EXST squads this year, so it will be interesting to see how the Brewers and Giants are able to do two teams in the ACL, especially with the MLB draft taking place six weeks after the start of the ACL regular season.  

There is no roster limit for ACL teams, except to the extent that the roster is limited by the 180-man minor league Domestic Reserve List limit that is in effect during the minor league regular season. However, a player signed after being selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft does not count against the organization's minor league Domestic Reserve List until he plays in a minor league regular season game or until the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (whichever comes first). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Like the ACL, the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day will be June 6th, and also like the ACL, the DSL regular season concludes on August 23. All DSL games will be played in the morning. The Cubs will once again be running two teams (Red and Blue), with a maximum of 35 players on each squad. DSL games will be played Monday through Saturday with Sundays off, and a few Wednesdays will be off days as well. 60 games total in DSL (ACL teams play 55, because they have all Wednesdays off). 

BRADSBEARD: Matt Warkentin was playing 1B in Minor League Camp but he also threw some "live BP," so it appeared as though the Cubs were maybe going to try him as a two-way player (LHP / 1B). However, he has been working strictly as a pitcher in EXST, although he has not yet appeared in any games. He was a two-way player in college at Xavier, but the Cubs signed him out of Indy ball last year as a first-baseman. 

Besides INF Miguel Pabon working as a catcher in drills and catching bullpens, INF Christian Olivo has been getting a lot of reps in the outfield. He did play 3B on Friday, but he mostly has been playing outfield in drills and in games. He's a very athletic player with a plus arm, and of course he is blocked at SS by Cristian Hernandez, Reggie Preciado, Kevin Made, and Ed Howard. 

Just like last year at Instructs, Brayan Altuve is strictly an outfielder. He is NOT a catcher and probably never will be one ever again. Altuve is fast, has a plus arm, and has outstanding range in the outfield. It's hard to believe he was ever a catcher. 

There are about a dozen or so players presently at EXST who are not rehabbing but who definitely will not play in the ACL. They are sort of "hanging out" at EXST as potential injury replacements at one of the four full-season teams:  

Grayson Byrd, 1B 
Reivaj Garcia, INF 
Ben Holmes, LHP 
Bailey Horn, LHP
Josue Huma, INF  
Bryan King, LHP   
C. D. Pelham, LHP
Samuel Reyes, RHP   
Carlos Sepulveda, INF
Wyatt Short, LHP   
Jake Slaughter, INF 

INF Edwin Figuera was at EXST a couple of days ago, but he has disappeared. He's no longer at EXST. Either he has been moved up to a full-season affiliate or he has been released (TBD).

David Bote took ground balls at EXST Camp Day yesterday on Field #1, 15 minutes at 2B and 15 minutes at 3B. so he should be getting close to being EXST game-ready.

The problem with Bote is that he really doesn't have an obvious place on the Cubs Active List roster, so there is a good chance he will be optioned to AAA once he is healthy enough to play. He could even be outrighted, since he will not likely elect free-agency if he is outrighted because his contract would be terminated and he would lose millions of dollars in salary going forward.  

The earliest the four MLB Cubs players on the 60-day IL (Adbert Alzolay, David Bote, Codi Heuer, and Brad Wieck) can be reinstated is June 6th, although Heuer had TJS a couple of months and so he will miss the entire 2022 season.   

Keep in mind that the eight post-2021 Article XX-B free-agents on the Cubs roster (Mychal Givens, Yan Gomes, Daniel Norris, David Robertson, Andrelton Simmons, Drew Smyly, Marcus Stroman, and Jonathan Villar) have automatic full "no trade" rights through June 15th. The player can give his consent to a trade, but he doesn't have to. NOTE: While Jesse Chavez was a post-2021 MLB Article XX-B free-agent, he signed a minor league contract prior to Spring Training and so he did get the automatic "no trade" rights like the others, which is why the Cubs could trade him to the Braves without needing his consent. 

Having Article XX-B "no trade" rights also means the player can't be placed on outright assignment waivers without his consent. He can be released, however, but if that happens the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of the player's salary (minus the pro-rated MLB minimum salary if the player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club after being released). 

Phil! I'm curious about the AZL schedule. Seems like the Cubs have a lot of games vs. the Reds and Guardians. That's great for me because I live on the west side but seems a little geographically out of context. Thoughts?

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In reply to by azbobbop

azbobbop: The ACL Cubs will be in the same division as the Athletics, Brewers Blue, Brewers Gold, Guardians, and Reds. This is because the A's and Cubs will travel to Goodyear and the Reds and Guardians will travel to Mesa during the afternoon rush-hour via the Loop 101 Price Freeway & the significantly less congested Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, and given that it was decided that the Cubs, A's, Reds, anf Guardians should be together in one division with two more teams needed, Maryvale (Brewers Blue and Brewers Gold) was deemed the best location between Goodyear and Mesa. 

The Angels, Giants Black, Giants Orange, Diamondbacks Black, Diamondbacks Red, and Rockies are in another division where all six of the teams are located very close together, and the Rangers, Royals, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and White Sox are in the third division, and those six teams are reasonably near to each other.     

The Cubs division is the weird one geographically, but it was necessary given the three divisions and where the 18 ACL teams are located. One of the three divisions was bound to be sub-optimal, and the powers that be figured this was the best alternative. 

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: After Cody Bellinger was re-signed, there is no longer a need for a RH-hitting outfielder who can play CF. It was a need back when it was going to be either Tauchman or PCA as the primary CF, but not anymore.  

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Thursday's Rockies - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    DREW SMYLY
    FB: 92-95
    SL/CT: 84-86 
    SPLIT: 81-83 
    CV: 78-80
    COMMENT: Allowed five runs on seven hits (including two HR), walked one, and struck out one (looking) in 2.0 IP (plus four batters faced in the 3rd inning before being relieved)... breezed thru a nine-pitch 1st inning (eight strikes - two swing & miss, both on FB - one foul ball), allowing a lead-off single on a 1-2 hanging CV, then got a K-looking on a 95 MPH FB, and finally an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP on 94 MPH FB... started to give up hard-contact in 2nd inning, beginning with two consecutive singles on FB to open the inning, then an L-8 on a FB and an F-9 on a CV, then a HR over LF fence on a hanging CV, and finally an L-9 to end the inning after 14 pitches (10 strikes- no swing & miss - one foul ball)... really labored in the third inning without retiring a batter (22 pitches - 12 strikes - two swing & miss,. one on FB and one on a CV - six foul balls), allowing a lead-off towering HR to left-center on a 3-2 94 MPH FB, and then loading the bases on two singles and a walk before being relieved... numbers looked bad and there was nothing flukey or unlucky about it...  

    CHRIS CLARKE
    FB: 92-93 
    SL: 82-83 
    COMMENT: Relieved Smyly with no outs and bases loaded in the top of the third and induced a 6-4-3 DP on his second pitch and then got a K-swinging on a FB to end the inning... threw six pitches (four strikes - two swing & miss)... 

    HECTOR NERIS
    FB: 91-92 
    SPLIT: 82-83
    COMMENT: Quick 1-2-3 inning (L-4, 6-3, K-swinging)... threw only eight pitches (seven consecutive strikes after first-pitch ball - three swing & miss among the eight pitches, one on SPLIT and two on FB - one foul ball))... impressive first outing... 

    DANIEL PALENCIA
    FB: 93-97 T-98 
    SL/CT: 87-90 
    CH: 84-86 
    COMMENT: Allowed three runs on five hits (including one HR) and a walk... struck out one (swinging)...  was unable to complete the inning (a lead-off double on 96 MPH FB, a single on 97 MPH FB, a HR on mid-80's CH, then a K-swinging, on a CH, but then another single, an L-4, and another single, before being relieved)... needed 26 pitches (14 strikes - four swinging - two foul balls) to record just two outs... FB velo actually increased over the course of the inning (first two pitches were 93 MPH FB, then FB was sitting 96-97 after that and even hit 98 once)... has a SP repertoire but he displays no consistency from pitch-to-pitch... throws too many pitches per inning to be a starter, so as things stand right now he probably projects more as a multi-inning bulk reliever... not MLB-ready at this time...

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-97
    COMMENT Relieved Palencia with two outs and two runners on base in the top of the 5th and struck out the one batter he faced on three pitches (swing & miss on all three pitches he threw, and all three pitches were FB)... 

    BEN BROWN
    FB: 95-97
    SL: 84-87 
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (40 pitches - 21 strikes - nine swing & miss, five on SL and four on FB - four foul balls)... surrendered a walk to the first batter he faced and allowed a run on three singles, two walks, and two WP, over the course of his two innings of work... struck out three (two swinging and one looking, all three on SL)...  benefited from two timely CS by catcher Joe Hudson... stuff is electric as evidenced by his 23% swing & miss rate fairly evenly divided between his SL and FB, but he also can't throw strikes consistently (the two walks he issued were a combined eight balls and only one strike)... he is nowhere near MLB-ready at this time... probably projects as a two-pitch one-inning high-leverage MLB reliever (eventually)...  

    EDWIN ESCOBAR
    FB: 93-95 
    CH: 86 
    SL: 80-81 
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (F-9, F-9, K-swinging)... threw nine pitches (six strikes - three swing & miss, all three on SL - one foul ball)... FB velo was up a tick from his first outing last week... FB has good velo but SL is his strikeout pitch....    

    CAM SANDERS
    FB: 95-97
    SL/CUT: 85-88 
    CV: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Allowed a run on two hits (both singles, both on the first pitch of the AB)... issued no walks and struck out two (one looking and one swinging)... both FB and SL velo were clearly down a tick from first outing last week... threw 20 pitches (13 strikes - two swing & miss, which were his last two pitches of the inning, one a CV and one a SL/CT - three foul balls)... 

  • George Altman (view)

    Spring Training Transactions - March 25, 2024

     

    Cubs - Placed Drew Smyly on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • crunch (view)

    my gawd...a 3+ hour early-season spring training game.

    34 hits, 7 walks...10-9 COL victory.

  • gocubsgoinCO (view)

    Man this guy can't catch a break.  He looked sharp this spring.  Now another set back

  • Charlie (view)

    Big bummer for Davis. Hopefully, he can take off sufficient time and return when he's at full strength and ready to make a real comeback push.

  • Cubster (view)

    Injury update. Brennan Davis in concussion protocol.


    The Cubs' 24-year-old prospect was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the eighth inning of Chicago's Feb. 27 game against the Reds and is undergoing concussion protocol. Davis will be out for some time for more tests while dealing with what Cubs manager Craig Counsell referred to as a "mild concussion" on Feb. 29.

  • CTSteve (view)

    Welp, Smyly the starter is already in mid-season form.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Maybe you're right about Mastro being a lock there.
    We're limited in our DH options vs RHSPs.
    Until PCA or maybe ONKC force their way up, we don't have a LH bench bat that can really hold down the DH vs RHSP right now.
    We just don't have a LH bat that can makes sense there (not yet anyway).
    I guess the fix is Tauchman in CF, Belli at 1B and Busch at DH with Happ in LF.
    I'm not putting Mastro in for Nico or Dansby against RHSP unless they are dog tired.
    That's why I thought adding David Peralta would be interesting.
    But adding him now would be tough financially according to AZ Phil.

    AZ Phil also said a while back that the roster needs a RH CF option (this was obviously prior to Belli signing)
    Canario is starting today in CF.
    He's about the only viable RH CF option until Alcantara is ready in maybe 2025.
    Reports are that Canario is okay in CF (better than Velazquez) but not good.

    A trade could still happen. Probably involving the pitching staff (Smyly).

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    I think even that bench spot is more or less locked unless injuries pop up or someone really face plants or wows. Assuming Morel at 3B, the bench is probably Amaya, Madrigal, Tauchman, Mastrobuoni, and Wisdom. One of those 5 would DH.

    I agree there’s 4 open spots on the staff, 1 SP 3 RP, but I also think Assad and Smyly have two of those spots locked in one way or another.