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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
 
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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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Seiya Suzuki Makes 2023 Game Debut at Extended Spring Training

Porter Hodge and Frankie Scalzo Jr combined to hurl a shutout and strike out eleven, Anderson Suriel ripped a two-run double and an RBI triple, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, and Carlos Ramos drilled a single and a bases-clearing bases-loaded double, as the EXST Cubs Red Squad blanked the EXST Cubs Blue Squad 10-0 in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Monday morning on Field # 6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.      

Seiya Suzuki (on Cubs MLB 10-day IL with a strained left oblique) made his 2023 game debut, playing RF for five innings and going 1-2 at the plate (HBP and a 6-4-3 DP). 

Ezequiel Pagan (knee surgery) also made his 2023 game debut, serving as a DH and going 0-2 (K, BB, K).  

Hodge and Scalzo (as well as Blue Squad SP Sam Thoresen) were getting a final tune-up before the South Bend Cubs leave town. (The other pitchers who threw in the game are assigned to the Extended Spring Training group). 

In EXST roster news, OF Ke'Shun Collier has been moved down to the Extended Spring Training group from the Lo-A Myrtle Beach squad. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

EXST CUBS BLUE SQUAD LINEUP:
1. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #1: 0-2 (K, BB, K) 
2. Seiya Suzuki, RF: 0-1 (HBP, 6-4-3 DP)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER  
3. Yeison Santana, SS: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B) 
4. Adan Sanchez, 3B-DH: 0-2 (K, BB, 6-3) 
5. Frank Hernandez, LF:  1-3 (1B, 6-3 DP, 6-3) 
6. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, K) 
7. Raino Coran, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K) 
8. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-2 (K, K) 
9. Yidel Diaz, C-1B: 2-2 (1B, 2B) 
10. Jairo Diaz, DH-3B: 0-2 (K, P-6) 
11. Yoanis "J. J." Aleksandrov, 1B-C: 0-1 (HBP, F-9) 

EXST CUBS RED SQUAD LINEUP:
1. Christian Olivo, SS: 0-1 (BB, 4-3, HBP, SB) 
2. Jefferson Rojas, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3) 
3. Cristian More, CF: 1-2 (BB, 2B, K, 2 R) 
4. Ronnier Quintero, 1B: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, R) 
5. Ismael Mena, RF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 6-4-3 DP, 2 R) 
6. Anderson Suriel, LF: 2-2 (2B, 3B, BB, R, 3 RBI, SB)  
7. Dilan Granadillo, C-DH: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, 2 R)
8. Wally Soto, 3B: 1-1 (2B, BB, BB, 2 R) 
9. Carlos Ramos, DH-C: 2-3 (6-3, 1B, 2B, 3 RBI) 

EXST CUBS BLUE SQUAD PITCHERS
1. Sam Thoresen: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Joel Machado: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 16 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Cristian Rojas: 0.2, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 19 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Starlyn Pichardo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Tomy Sanchez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 20 pitches (5 strikes)   

EXST CUBS RED SQUAD PITCHERS
1. Porter Hodge: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 60 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Frankie Scalzo Jr: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 44 pitches (31 strikes) 

EXST BLUE SQUAD ERRORS: 2 
1. C Yidel Diaz: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd and another runner to score) 
2. 2B Alexis Hernandez: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd and runner to score from 2nd) 

EXST CUBS RED SQUAD ERRORS: NONE 

EXST CUBS BLUE SQUAD CATCHERS DEFENSE:  
Yidel Diaz: 0-1 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 
Yoanis Aleksandrov: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 7 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

swinging, running, looking good doing it.  nice.  i really want him to be less timid in RF this year.  he is too timid when an IF'r or CF'r gets near him and he's a much better player than this.  i'm not advocating being aggressively reckless, but he can dial back the fear of commitment to the play a bit more.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

AZ Phil,

Have you seen Riley Thompson around the backfields?  He was on the Iowa Cubs roster but now he's off the roster. He's not mentioned in Transactions either. He didn't make the TN initial roster today. He, Herz and Zach Leigh are hopefully flying out to teams soon. Ben Leeper had surgery. His third. Hope he recovers quickly. Stinks though. Hodge made TN roster. Good for him

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In reply to by Childersb3

childersb3: I have no idea what happened to Riley Thompson, When AAA Iowa left town last week he was firmly ensconced in the I-Cubs starting rotation. 

Leigh and Herz threw "live" BP last weekend, and then Leigh threw a bullpen yesterday and Herz threw a bullpen today.

Casey, Carraway, Montano and Sierra threw "live" BP today.

Remy, E.  Nunez, Clarke, Gonsalves, Correa, McGwire, and Reid threw bullpens today. 

The starting pitchers in today's intrasquad game (Palencia and Noland) are in the Tennessee (Palencia) and South Bend (Noland) starting rotations, but they remained in Mesa after their teammates left town so that they could get one more start in Arizona and get their pitch counts up to near 60. Same goes for Kachmar (Tennessee) and Arias (Myrtle Beach). 

When in doubt, ask Phil.

 

My mental default was "a play on the field" ("sticky stuff") gets a player suspension as 'can not be replaced on the roster', but "off the field" ("drug suspension/civil strife") can be replaced.

 

When Anthony Rendon gets suspended, is his "on the field, but after the game", replacement-eligible or not? TIA.

Ed Howard is taking about 15 minutes of ground balls at SS every day, and he and Ezequiel Pagan hit against Brandon Hughes in his "live" BP in the stadium on Sunday. I have not seen Howard run the bases, however. 

Also, when Ezequiel Pagan was a DH in the intrasquad game yesterday, he did not run the bases. When he drew a walk, Alexis Hernandez was the designated "special" pinch-runner for Pagan. 

Porter Hodge got moved up from South Bend to Tennessee off his dominating performance in yesterday's EXST intrasquad game. Right now I would say Hodge is probably the Cubs #1 pitching prospect, and I suspect the Cubs feel the same way. Ben Brown and Jordan Wicks are probably 2-3, then Daniel Palencia. I guess Cade Horton would be #5(?). 

Also, as I have mentioned here previously, Connor Noland is the most-advanced of the 2022 draft picks. He is in the South Bend starting rotation, and has been all spring. He is a VERY polished pitcher with a legit SP arsenal.  

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