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59 players are at MLB Spring Training 

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

Last updated 2-6-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 22
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: 4  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

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

NRI INFIELDERS: 3 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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I like some of the features I’ve seen so far, like the headings on the comments that let you track the replies to previous comments. Better than just trying to line up the indents. 

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In reply to by Cubster

I was at the game in October 2020 when Alexander Canario suffered his first shoulder injury. It was the Giants last game of instructs and the injury happened on the very last play of the game! 

https://www.thecubreporter.com/giants-put-slug-cubs-sloan

What's kind of interesting is that the Giants selected Canario to their MLB 40-man roster three weeks later, and what's really unusual about it is that Canario had not yet played above short season ball when he was added to 40! Not to mention the clearly significant left shoulder injury suffered in a game that was attended by a number of scouts. 

However, Canario was one of the Giants Top 5 prospects at the time, and obviously the Giants absolutely did not want to take the chance (no matter how remote) that he might get selected in the Rule 5 Draft.  

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In reply to by Cubster

CUBSTER: The Canario injury sounds really bad. It's the type of injury suffered by a person sitting in the front seat in a head-on high speed car crash, right? 

So I would think there might be a question about whether Canario will be able to walk normally again, much less to be able to play baseball. Or even if he can play baseball, will he be able to run the bases and play defense in the outfield, or will he more likely be expected to become a Franmil Reyes type one dimensional DH?  

So could you please give us your expert opinion about the type of ankle injury suffered by Canario last month in the DWL, with respect to how it might affect a baseball player's sprint speed, ability to make sudden cuts while running the bases, sliding, chasing fly balls in the outfield, and shifting his weight load to provide power when hitting. 

Again, just your general opinion about that type of ankle injury, and how it might impact a 22-year old baseball player.

Thanks. 

Sunday tribune on the Wrigley Draft Kings annex, a 22,000 ft building being added to the RF corner on Addison...

"It’s sort of like attaching a bus shelter to the Picasso" -Paul Sullivan

Similar things were said when they put in the electric scoreboards in left and right field.  Some guys just have to go out of their way to create a controversy.

ian happ wins LF gold glove.

realmuto beats out contreras for C gold glove.

i have never seen someone play LF in wrigley like happ did in 2022.  he played other parks great, too.

 

One small thing I’d like to see restored…on the bottom of the comments, there was a button that allowed you to see the last 50 comments. It would be nice to have back. Beyond that, great job.

The new comments on THIS thread get a little yellow "new" tag on them - which I like.  However, the home page used to accurately state how many new comments there were on that thread and that feature is not working for this particular discussion thread.  The home page also shows "5 new comments" for an older thread that I have already seen the comments for.  So there seems to be a bug for that particular feature.

Just heard a lengthy (hour and a half) Jason Heyward interview on ESPN 1000 on Waddle & Silvy's show, in studio.  Sounds like a really intelligent, well-balanced and philosophical guy.  He tells the truth and isn't afraid of having someone say the truth to him.  He talked about how he appreciated that the Cubs fans were "real" with him -- they let him know when he did something good and also when he didn't play well.  Talked about Maddon's managing in game 7 of the 2016 WS -- criticizes when it's called for and compliments when it's called for, with great respect given.  Called his catch in SF in May of 2016 where he was injured his favorite catch of his whole career.  As always, he was a worthwhile listen.  Very interesting human being.

"According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Mets are believed to be unlikely to pursue free agents who have received qualifying offers."

this is cubs-relevant because the mets have a hole in the lineup at catcher.  some mets fans are still pissed they didn't snag contreras at the trade deadline.

mervis AFL "Fall Stars Game" MVP

he's got a .291/.344/.655 line with 6 HR through the first half of the AFL season.

dude is making a strong case for not signing a young(ish) 1st baseman to a long-term contract, though an older guy who can also DH (jose abreu, etc) could be on the table.

lou whitaker not on the Contemporary Era HOF Ballot because they're braindead...no kenny lofton...no dwight evans...

Bonds, Clemens, Palmeiro, Schilling, Belle, McGriff, Murphy, Mattingly...

schilling might make it even though he's not a good person.  murphy has his 2x MVP and 7x All-Star going for him.  mcgriff has an outside shot.  i dunno how to handicap bonds + clemens chances.

There are a lot of "not a good person"s currently in the HOF. 

Ty Cobb

Hack Wilson

Cap Anson

For that matter, Babe Ruth.

Other than blatant baseball cheating, such as Bonds, I would hate to see a good player left off because of personal disagreements with their non-baseball views or activities.

I personally think that Rose should be in the HOF, unless there is actual proof that gambling affected his on field performance or managing.

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In reply to by DavidP

many people think we should/could be better in the current era.  that's why cap anson isn't in the somewhat recently created Cubs HOF even though he's the greatest Cubs player and manager of all time.  if not for cap anson, jackie robinson may be in the HOF as one of baseball's greatest players with world class stats rather than being an important milestone in baseball history that didn't get a shot until he was 28.

 

schilling and his muslims/nazis thing was a huge misstep (especially for someone that actively collects nazi memerabelia).  going after gay people and trans people in further rants wasn't a good look, either.  the whole lynching of journalists viewpoint was a thing, too.

 

with on-field baseball merits, alone...he's a no-doubt hall of famer.  he has made nothing easy for him about giving him support after retirement.

The HOF is not the Hall of "better people".  It is to celebrate those that have excelled at the game of baseball over a period of time.  Interjecting your personal views on what constitutes a "good person" negates the purpose of the HOF.

cubs meeting with koudai senga's agent (RH starter, free agent, no posting fee).

mid-90s+ fastball, cutter, slider, and a very advanced forkball (probably advanced because hardly anyone throws one anymore).

hurrah for that and all, but i want to see the bats situation fixed more than anything.

franmil reyes outrighted to AAA.  looks like he's gonna move on from the cubs.  can't imagine him sticking around.

d.bote outrighted to AAA because there's a near-0 chance anyone will pick up his contract.  pretty safe to assume he'll be with the team in the majors next year.

mills, crook, espinoza, wieck, and brault also outrighted.

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  • crunch (view)

    yeah, i like the team.

    my main complaint isn't that they won't be competitive, rather that they could be even more competitive given their resources.  there's still time to add on, and they have 10s of millions to do it without going past their self-imposed limitations.  whether these limitations should exist or be way more flexible is up for debate, but we have what the owners give the front office to work with.

    some of the sites doing wins predictions have CHC at or just below STL for taking the NL Central.

    it's also nice knowing if some of the kids expected to break with the team don't work out, there's a good amount of kids near-MLB ready to hedge some of the failures...a few non-roster vets, too (peralta/d.smith/cj edwards).  no guarantees, but it's nice to have around.

    i feel good about 2024 even without additions, but i'm still expecting an addition until the "Boras 4" are off the market.

    if the cubs we see today are the cubs we get going into opening day, i will be disappointed, but i still think they got a shot at the playoffs.

  • Charlie (view)

    My takeaway from the first Spring Training game of the year: It's really refreshing to have a slew of exciting young players in a season that should not be a total punt at the MLB level. It's been a while. 

  • crunch (view)

    cease has a 8m deal and 2 years of club control.  he wouldn't be cheap.

    dunno if the rumored talent given up is worth it, but if the wsox want a return on cease there's no time like now considering the very low 2024 price tag.

    the cheap price incentive for a full year vs. mid-season addition seems like a wash in potential return.

    wicks could immediately slot in as a starter on most teams.  also, the cubs already have a couple of solid lefty starters slotted in for at least the next 4 years.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Mully and Haugh Chicago Radio says that folks within Cubs front office now believe a Belli ddeal will get done. Also, White Sox wanted to see Wicks, Mervis and Vazquez today for a possible Cease deal. 

    That can't be real. But, the Sox have been overpricing Cease.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    JORDAN WICKS
    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
       
    CALEB KILIAN:
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    RICHARD LOVELADY
    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    THOMAS PANNONE
    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    BAILEY HORN
    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.