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22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
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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
 



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Wicks Stifles Sod Poodles at Riverview

SP Jordan Wicks retired the first ten men he faced, struck out six of them (14 swing & miss), and combined with five relievers on a four-hitter, Pete Crow-Armstrong lined a double into the RF corner, stole 3rd, and scored a run in the 1st inning, reached base on a bunt single in the 3rd, and singled again in the 5th, Miguel Amaya lofted a sacrifice fly to the warning track in RF in the 1st to drive-in PCA, singled in the 3rd, doubled and scored in the 8th, and caught all nine innings and threw out a runner attempting to steal, Chase Strumpf banged a double off the top of the LF fence (near HR) in the 4th and scored on a Luis Verdugo RBI single, ripped a double into the LF corner in the 6th, and walked in the 8th, and Jordan Nwogu singled in the 2nd and roped a two-run single in the 8th, as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) defeated the Amarillo Sod Poodles (Diamondbacks AA affiliate) 4-1 in Cactus League minor league camp game action Friday afternoon on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):       

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
1a. Pete Crow-Armstrong, CF: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 1B, R, SB, PO) 
1b. Zach Davis, CF: 0-1 (6-4-3 DP) 
2. Miguel Amaya, C: 2-3 (F-9 SF, 1B, F-8, 2B, R, RBI) 
3a. Owen Caissie, LF: 0-3 (F-7, 4-6-3 DP, K) 
3b. D. J. Artis, LF: 0-0 (BB, R) 
4. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 2-3 (K, 2B, 2B, BB, R) 
5. Jordan Nwogu, RF: 2-4 (1B, 5-3, 6-3, 1B, 2 RBI) 
6. B. J. Murray, 3B-DH: 0-2 (BB, 3-1, K) 
7. Luis Verdugo, DH-3B: 1-4 (5-3 DP, 1B, 5-3, K) 
8a. Nelson Maldonado, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, 1-3) 
8b. Bryce Ball, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
9a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-2 (L-6, 1B) 
9b. Andy Weber, SS: 0-0 (BB) 

TENNESSEE PITCHERS
1. Jordan Wicks: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 53 pitches (34 strikes) 
2. Cayne Ueckert: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 4 pitches (4 strikes) 
3. Dalton Stambaugh: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 4/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (23 strikes) 
4. Kyle Johnson: 0.1 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 K, 1 K, 3 pitches (3 strikes) 
5. Hunter Bigge: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 21 pitches (12 strikes) 
6. Bailey Horn: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (15 strikes) 

TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE 

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE
Miguel Amaya: 1-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 20 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's 

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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

azbobbop: Wicks FB velo was 92-93 but he was locating it all over the strike zone and got most of his swing & miss with his CH, SL, and CV. He mixed all of his pitches very well and absolutely carved up the Sod Poodles. It was a bit like watching a big league pitcher at work. Also, he worked VERY fast, sort of like Wade Miley. 

Barring injury (or trade), Wicks will very likely be at AAA Iowa no later than mid-season 2023, and he should be in the Cubs MLB starting rotation by this time next year. 

The three best SP I've seen throw this year at minor league camp (stretched out to 50+ pitches) are Jordan Wicks, Riley Thompson, and Porter Hodge (not in any particular order). 

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In reply to by Childersb3

I have seen Jackson Ferris throw "live" BP several times but not in a game, most recently a couple of days ago. Two innings. 30 pitches (exactly 15 pitches each inning). Eight swing & miss out of 30 pitches (which is outstanding). There was a home plate umpire calling balls & strikes. 17 strikes (includes foul balls and balls in play) and 13 balls (including three or four sliders that bounced away from the catcher). Only one of the 30 pitches was put into play (a 4-3 GO). Also three foul balls. In summary, I would say his stuff was electric, maybe even unhittable, but he had difficulty throwing strikes, which is why he was pitching in a very controlled environment instead of in a game.     

I know Cade Horton has pitched in at least one Lo-A game (two innings about 30 pitches), maybe more, but I have not seen him pitch. 

Same goes for Mason McGwire. 

The most advanced of the 2022 draftees / NDFA are Connor Noland and Grant Kipp. Noland has been in the South Bend starting rotation all spring and Kipp is in the Myrtle Beach starting rotation. I don't know if Noland will end up at South Bend or Myrtle Beach, but he is fully stretched-out as a SP. Same goes for Kipp. I have seen both of them throw in games and both are definitely ready to rumble. Brandon Birdsell is still in the South Bend group, too, but I have not seen him pitch yet. 

hell of a friday night AAA opener for all the "important" iowa hitters except for b.davis who went 0-4.

a.sampson was wild and also gave up hits (4ip 6h 4bb 2k, 4r/3er), but he only gave up 1 homer if anyone is looking a bright side.

Only saw two innings cuz I had to get home for the Iowa 🏀 upset of SoCar (Caitlin Clark throws out first pitch here on 6/3). Only took 3 batters for Sampson to get homered, but in fairness the wind was HOWLING out in the direction Naylor nailed his drive. Morel hit leadoff & played RF & he is exciting! Triple in the 1st, two-run single in the second & just exudes joy at all times. 1st inning double by Mervis was off a lefty. Davis slotted 6th in this lineup which seems fairly stacked.

Also, first impression of robo ump? If you didn’t know they were using it you wouldn’t guess. I caught the umps on their way into the ballpark & asked what they think of it & they basically shrugged & said “ as long as we get full pay, fine by us…”

I stand somewhat corrected: “The biggest changes fans may notice are likely to happen when ABS is not being used in games Friday through Sunday. During those games, umpires will detremine balls and strikes on their own. But each team is allowed three challenges. The challenges must come from the pitcher, catcher or hitter. Win the challenge, and the team retains the ability to challenge. The Principal Park videoboard will then show a replay of the pitch for fans to see, just like tennis does with balls in or out of bounds. Bernabe believes it has the potential to add to the on-field excitement.” 

Recent comments

  • Charlie (view)

    He's totally dependent in that splitter. But I won't worry about it until mid March.

  • crunch (view)

    smyly going tomorrow.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Would you take Wisdom over Cooper if both were healthy? Power over steadiness?

  • Eric S (view)

    That throw was very concerning. Maybe he still was second guessing not throwing to second base and instead thought throwing towards the first base side dugout was the best option. 

  • crunch (view)

    forget the error on the shaw throw (from 2nd)...the velocity on the throw (made on the move) was as terrible as it was wide, even for a 2nd baseman.

  • crunch (view)

    wicks again but not jameson taillon or imanaga yet?

    i hate to tin foil...NONETHELESS...

    is wicks being thrown to the wolves to determine whether he's trutsted enough to snag that 5 slot or the cubs -might- need to add another starter?  getting some vibes over here...

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: Because Edwards, Peralta, and Cooper are post-2023 Article XX-B MLB free agents who signed 2024 minor league contracts, they have automatic opt outs on Opening Day if not added to the 40 by that time. So they are essentially injury insurance and likely won't make the Cubs Opening Day 26-man roster unless there is an injury. 

    So Peralta probably has a chance to make the team only if something bad happens to Busch, Happ, Bellinger, and/or Tauchman during Spring Training, Cooper has a chance probably only if something bad happens to Morel and/or Wisdom, and Edwards has a chance to make the team if something bad happens to Neris, Alzolay, and/or Merryweather. 

    Meanwhile they can play in MLB Cactus League Spring Training games and show what they have to offer to the other MLB clubs (or even to NPB and KBO clubs) in case it turns out the Cubs don't need them and they opt-out at the end of Spring Training. 

  • azbobbop (view)

    It’s nice having a farm system where the rosters aren’t loaded with minor league filler.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Phil and I are together on the lack of faith in Leiter.

    He better get that splitter going asap.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    If Canario and PCA don't make the OD roster, look at the Iowa roster here:

    C Windham/Veteran

    1B Mervis/Bote

    2B Strumpf/Cantrelle

    SS Vazquez/Cantrelle

    3B Murray/Slaughter

    LF Davis/DHill

    CF PCA/Roederer

    RF Canario/Caissie

    DH Caissie

    I thought their lineup last year was loaded

    This is ridiculous

    Rotation: Brown, Wicks, Kilian, RThompson, maybe Wesneski and Horton soon

    Not bad at all