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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
* 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
 



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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. 

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  • crunch (view)

    now that the bellinger contract is done and we're waiting on the dude to show up in games...

    it can be argued that bellinger at 30m a year for 1-2 seasons (or 80m over 3 years) isn't good value.  ...and it probably won't be a good deal.  free agent signings at this level of pay have an extremely high ceiling to realize a return on investment based on numbers and stats, alone.

    what it does give, is a specific need for weaknesses of this specific club.  he provides coverage for 2 of the 3 main position weaknesses and he's a lefty bat with pop.

    every slot on the team is pretty much solidified except CF, 1st, and 3rd.  bellinger covers CF and 1st adequately and i doubt many people think he couldn't cover either over the next 3 seasons.

    the cubs have PCA and busch/mervis at CF and 1st respectively.  the team no longer needs guys at both positions to rise to the occasion.

    plus there's the whole DH thing.

    this is a gamble, but it's not a thoughtless gamble throwing money at a bat for the sake of having a bat.  he's capable of filling numerous roles the team could use for a short period of time in the prime of his career...even if it could end up he's overpaid for what the club gets from him.
     

  • crunch (view)

    as far as i can tell this isn't injury/rest related, and they've been throwing for weeks.

    we're at the point in spring games where throwing 20-40 pitches for multi-inning guys is the norm, and that's not much different than airing out a few dozen on the mound in a non-game training situation.

    i wonder if these specific guys are getting additional instruction without working things out vs live batters and they don't want to do that and tax the arms doing both at once.  no idea...not heard anything about these guys or what they're doing in ARZ recently.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Eight days into the Cactus League schedule, six Cubs pitchers who are officially at MLB Spring Training have yet to throw in a Cactus League game: 

    Yency Almonte 
    Michael Arias 
    Shota Imanaga 
    Ethan Roberts (NRI - TJS rehab)
    Jameson Taillon 
    Keegan Thompson 

    Meanwhile, 13 pitchers assigned to Cubs Minor League Camp have pitched in MLB Cactus League games, including Blake Weiman twice and Hunter Bigge three times!  
     

  • crunch (view)

    player of the game: the sun

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Friday's White Sox - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    JUSTIN STEELE
    FB: 90-92 
    CT: 88-89  
    SL: 81-84 
    CH: 78-81  
    CV: 75-76 
    COMMENT: Threw two no run / no hit innings to start the game (a L-1 comeback that almost took Steele's head off on the first pitch of the game, then a BB on a 3-2 pitch, a 5-4 FC that should have been an inning-ending DP but wasn't as the result of a Matt Shaw grip / bobble at 3B -- lucky to get one out on the play, and an F-9 to end the inning)... then a K-looking, an F-9, and a 6-3 GO in an easy 1-2-3 10-pitch second inning... allowed two runs on two hits in the third inning (a three-pitch K-swinging on a SL, then an infield topper that Steele couldn't pick up and was scored a hit but should have been an E-1 -- and should have been the second out but wasn't, then a hard-hit double, an F-8 SF to plate the first run and advance the other runner from second to third, then a WP on a bouncing 55-foot SL that scored the second run, and finally an F-7 FO to end the inning and the outing)... Steele threw 47 pitches over the course of his three innings of work (32 strikes - four swing & miss, two on SL and two on CT - plus an incredible 11 foul balls!)... threw a lot more different types of pitches than his usual FB / SL combo... a very nice "clean" outing, except for the E-1 topper that was inexplicably scored as a hit...    

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94 
    CT: 87-89 
    CH: 86
    SL: 79-80
    CV: 74-76
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (37 pitches - 22 strikes - three swing & miss - three foul balls)... allowed a broken bat infield single to lead-off hitter in the top of the 4th, then a P-3 DP (fantastic over the shoulder catch by Busch while running out into RF foul territory followed by a perfect throw back to 1st base to double the runner off base), and a 3-U GO (our man Busch again!)... second inning began with an HBP (PCA was hit by a pitch in the previous half-inning), then PCA took a bad route (might have briefly lost the ball in the sun) chasing a fly ball in CF that fell for a double on the warning track, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd... then a lazy routine fly ball was lost in the sun by PCA in CF for a gift-double, then after an RBI 6-3 GO for the first out of the inning (should have been the third out!), PCA lost still ANOTHER FLY BALL IN THE SUN in short right-center to further extend the inning, then a walk on a 3-2 pitch, an F-7 FO for what was essentially the fifth out of the inning, then a hard-hit RBI single through the box and into CF (PCA missed the cut-off man with the throw home), and finally a 1-3 come-backer on Assad's 26th pitch of the inning for what should have been the sixth out of the inning... so while he technically threw just two innings and allowed four "earned" runs on five "hits" (including three  "doubles"), Assad got what were essentially nine outs, and should have allowed no runs on two hits (both singles -- one of which was a broken bat infield hit), one walk, and one HBP...        

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-98
    SL: 84-87
    CH: 79
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging on a 1-2 SL, F-7, F-8)... 16 pitches (12 strikes - three swinging, two on FB and one on SL - five foul balls)... Matt Mervis lost a pop fly foul ball in the sun prior to the K-swinging...     

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 91-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Inning started with a gift-triple (Cole Roederer lost can o' corn fly ball in the sun before it bounced off warning track in the RF corner)... Cuas then induced a P-3 for the first out and got a K-swinging for the second out, before hitting a batter with a 2-2 SL to put runners at the corners... then he a got 5-3 GO to end the inning... a cool head 22-pitch "no sweat" masterful extrication act to strand the runner at 3rd after the lead-off "sun triple"... two swing & miss -- one on FB and one on SL -- and five foul balls among his 14 strikes (Cuas gets a LOT of foul balls on "emergency hacks" when he pitches)... 

    COLTEN BREWER
    FB: 93-95
    CH: 89 
    SL: 84-85 
    CV: 79 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout 8th inning... 10 pitches (seven strikes - one swing & miss on FB)... surrendered two soft-contact singles sandwiched around an F-8, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... 

    RILEY THOMPSON
    FB: 95-96
    CH: 89 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Tossed a 1-2-3 (3-1 GO, K-swinging on three pitches, F-8) 12-pitch 9th (10 strikes - one swing & miss on SL - four foul balls)... good FB velo in combo with the slider, and he threw strikes... eight of his twelve pitches were SL (he loves those sliders!)... 

  • crunch (view)

    not yet...dunno what his plan is with the team.

    he's not getting any younger.  dude turns 29 in a bit over a week.  they still want him on the roster and 40-man for some reason.

    i like what he throws, but at some point you have to show what's coming out of your arm is MLB-quality.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Has Keegan pitched yet? If not I wonder if they’re even entertaining him as a SP as an option. Genuinely no idea on either of those thoughts

  • crunch (view)

    so...unless keegan thompson comes running into the ring to hit jordan wicks with a steel chair, it's looking like wicks vs himself.

    or they could sign jordan montgomery or something like that.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Wesneski was also pretty unimpressive

  • crunch (view)

    it's only a couple outings, but assad and smyly are firmly removing themselves from the 5-slot battle rather quickly.