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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
* 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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Cubs @ Nationals: Series Thread (Games 28-31)

The Cubs suffered a three-game sweep in Miami to end the month of April, lowering their 2023 record to 14-13. Cody Bellinger continued his recent showing of power by hitting his 7th homerun of the season. Patrick Wisdom homered in the series as well to push his 2023 total to 10. Nico Hoerner has stretched his on-base streak 25 games, having reached base safely in every game except for his 0-4 with no walks on April Fools Day. The Cubs have had a strong showing in offense, starting pitching, and defense. The Pirates, meanwhile, are the surprising frontrunners in the NL Central with a 20-9 record to start the season. The favored Cardinals start May pulling up the rear with a 10-19 record. The 10-17 Nationals will greet the Cubs for their first appearance in D.C. this year. They are down one Juan Soto compared to last season and have presented their fans little cause for excitement this year. The Cubs will have to get past their best young pitcher, however. See below for the matchups such as they stand.


Game 28, Monday, May 1, 6:05 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (2-1, 3.21 ERA)

WSH: TBD Mackenzie Gore (3-1, 3.00 ERA)

Remember when Drew Smyly almost pitched a perfect game? That was awesome. You probably don't remember his poor first start, which has been his only poor start of 2023.  While he's likely benefited from good BABIP fortune, his command of the strike zone has been promising thus far.

The Padres selected Gore third overall in the 2017 draft. Command has been an issue for him at times, but his mid to high 90s fastball and solid curve and slider have allowed him to work around some wildness thus far. His last start was his best of the season as he struck out ten while walking only two in six innings pitched.


Game 29, Tuesday, May 2, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-1, 5.24 ERA)

WSH: RHP Trevor Williams (1-1, 4.10 ERA)

Wesneski pitched to his potential only once in April, striking out seven Athletics in seven innings to record a win. He battled through for a second win against the Padres, holding them to a solo homerun while striking out only three batters in five innings. His slider remains a nasty pitch, but lack of fastball command has prevent him from setting it up consistently. Unsurprisingly, lefties have been an issue for him. They've slashed .308/.386/.590 against him this year.

Williams was with the Cubs to start the 2021 season and spent all of 2022 with the New York Mets. He hasn't regained the success he had with the Pirates from 2017 to 2018, but he continues to be a reasonable fifth starter type who can reliably find the zone.


Game 30, Wednesday, May 3, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-2, 2.29 ERA)

WSH: TBD

Stroman had a great April, making five starts of six innings or more with no more than two earned runs allowed. On April 23 he allowed five earned runs and three homers while going five innings against the Dodgers. He bounced back against the Marlins and showed willingness to be aggressive with his fastball.


Game 31, Thursday, May 4, 12:05 pm central

CHC: TBD

WSH: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-4, 5.74 ERA)

Caleb Killian took the call for the Cubs last time through the rotation. He suffered a five-run first inning in which he looked absolutely terrible. He bounced back a bit in the next few innings but never appeared to know where his pitches would end up. Javier Assad threw 72 pitches for the Iowa Cubs on April 30. Adrian Sampson hasn't appeared since April 8 and is listed as day-to-day.

Patrick Corbin looked dominant at times in the years before the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Since 2021, his strikeout rate has dipped well below a batter per inning and his ERA has climbed into the 5s and even 6s. Opponents have continued to hit him hard thus far in 2023.

Comments

swanson 2nd HR...power is beginning to wake up (hopefully).  i mean, i'm only expecting 20-ish out of the dude, but he was on a hell of a power-outage to start the season.

mark "no one wants me" leiter jr out here striking out the side with his fancy 1.54 ERA...

k.thompson out here tearing up his era/whip...vs WAS of all teams.  he hasn't looked good his last 3 times out.  even when effective, it wasn't dazzling.

at this point i wouldn't mind sending him down and stretching him out when hendricks comes back.  i know a lot of people are fans of him being a long man, but i'm not one of them.

Either Ross is told who to play, and to prioritize veterans over everyone else, irrespective of their abilities and production; or, he's the worst manager in baseball (in my unprofessional opinion)............

aww...no amaya tonight, either.  also, the team leader in HR and RBI (wisdom) is hitting 8th.  i guess when hosmer + mancini are the possible runners in front of you then it might take a HR to get things done.

first pitch of jake irvin's MLB career is a fastball in the upper part of hoerner's back.  welcome to the bigs.

If Suzuki ends up batting .250ish with 15 home runs this year, at what point is that considered replacement level, and will we start platooning him, or plan to replace him?

True, I was more thinking of like if that's his ceiling by the end of this year, heading into 2024 would he need to show something more to continue his undisputed hold on his position, or would we decide we need more from right field at that point, as we have all the outfield prospects coming up/potentially better options?

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

That makes sense to me, Finwe. Suzuki getting pushed out of a regular role by 2024 still seems unlikely to me. He's already shown he can be a better than league average MLB hitter and he's not enough of a defensive liability to have to be much better than that to be a regular. Alexander Canario and Brennen Davis are the OF prospects closest to being ready and in competition for a corner OF spot, and both have a fair amount to prove. Hosmer and Mancini are the players who should be checking for Nelson Velasquez in their rearview this year. I would think Suzuki's role is safe until at least 2025.

Suzuki is under contract through 2026 and has already missed significant time due to injury. One plausible scenario as early as 2024 would be the Cubs cycling a 4th outfielder through the OF spots and DH role while also giving the regular outfielders DH time. In that situation, I would anticipate Suzuki getting 90-120 starts in the outfield and another 20 or so starts at DH while likely getting days off and IL time as well. Davis and Velasquez seem like the most likely guys to fill this 4th outfielder plus role.

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In reply to by Charlie

only thing bothering me about suzuki is how he put on 15-20lbs of muscle over the winter and his power has regressed.  small sample size and blah blah blah, but he's not getting a lot of elevation on his stuff.  bulk not translating into power kinda handicapped gabe kapler's career.

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In reply to by Charlie

You hit the nail on the head there Charlie, Canario/Davis/Velazquez/Perlaza/Morel could be that 4th outfielder, if they prayerfully sustain a break out and a you can see a switch flip consistently which forces the front offices hand; and by 2025, with PCA God-willing in CF, and Alcantara knocking at the door of being in the outfield mix, Suzuki (who I like, don't get me wrong) may have to do a little more than I've seen so far. Competition is good, iron sharpens iron; but the front office can't get too caught up in contracts, the best players should play; the Morel/Mervis/Velazquez discussion along those lines is a topic for another thread.......

it is crazy how STL keeps finding ways to lose games.  i know it's still early, but wow.  they just blew another one in the top 9th...up by 1 to down by 2.

amaya debut...hitting 9th.  taillon starting.  j.estrada optioned.

taillon and assad will probably piggyback, dunno if taillon will even go 5ip.

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In reply to by crunch

crunch, you have a long and well deserved history as a (correctly) advocate for high OBP for leadoff men. You also are correct that Hoerner will not be a good leadoff man as long as he doesn't walk.  At the present moment, though, I agree with Ross batting him first, with his contact and speed. I know this feeds into the old, discarded "speed leads" narrative, but given the current roster, I'm okay for a while with Nico as leadoff. 

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In reply to by fullykräusened

the lack of hands-down obvious options keeps me from being pissed about hoerner leading off.  the only 2 other guys the team has that fit the profile are swanson and happ...neither ideal or obvious lead-off guys.

i just don't know how long the contact will carry hoerner in the leadoff slot or how long his leash will be....it's not been a great couple weeks for him.

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: Eventually PCA will be the Cubs lead-off hitter, although he might initially hit 9th until he gets comfortable. 

Here is how PCA compares to Corbin Carroll's minor league numbers.  

Corbin Carroll (minor leagues): 
142 GAMES - 657 PA 
310/426/588 
32 2B, 17 3B, 28 HR, 52 SB (7 CS), 102/155 BB/K 

PCA (minor leagues): 
124 GAMES - 581 PA 
315/346/548
26 2B, 12 3B, 19 HR, 43 SB (16 CS), 45/122 BB/K  
 
Obviously there are two very big differences, those being walks (and therefore OBP) and SB %. Otherwise PCA has been a slightly better hitter with a lower K-rate (so he is more of a contact hitter than Carroll), but that's offset by Carroll having a higher SLG. 

So offensively PCA is somewhat like another Nico Hoerner (in that his AVG heavily influences his OBP), but with more SLG (especially HR power). And he is a likely future Gold Glove CF. 

Jeff Passan  via a tweet is reporting that Mervis is getting called up and will be available vs Marlins tomorrow. No speculation on concurrent roster move. I’d wait on additional confirmation.

”The Chicago Cubs are calling up top first base prospect Matt Mervis, sources tell ESPN. He's expected to join the team tomorrow as it returns home to start a series against Miami. Mervis, 25, was hitting .286/.402/.560 with six HR in 24 games at Triple-A Iowa. Big power prospect.”

As to why the Cubs are recalling Adrian Sampson (April knee surgery) and placing him on the MLB 15-day IL, there are three reasonable explanations: 

1. The knee injury occurred sometime prior to his being optioned to AAA Iowa at the end of Spring Training, so therefore his optional assignment must be voided and he must be recalled and placed on an MLB IL. 

2. The Cubs want to get a head-start toward eventually transferring Sampson to the MLB 60-day IL sometime in the near future (like perhaps when Codi Heuer is reinstated from the 60-day IL at the end of May?), and recalling Sampson now and placing him on the MLB 15-day IL will give the Cubs a running start toward the minimum 60 days Sampson would have to spend on the 60-day IL when and if his 40-man roster slot is needed and he is transferred from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL.  

Sampson does - NOT - have a split contract (he makes $1.9M whether he is on optional assignment to the minors or on an MLB IL), so recalling Sampson and placing him on an MLB IL has no affect whatsoever on the Cubs payroll or CBT AAV. 

3. Adrian Sampson was (just barely) eligible for salary arbitration as a"Super Two" post-2022 (he had accrued 2+130 MLB Service Time through the 2023 season), but he can't be a "Super Two" twice. So in order for Sampson to be eligible for salary arbitration post-2023, he will have to accrue at least 42 days of MLB Service Time in 2023, and with the knee surgery it was conceivable that he might miss considerable time and remain on the AAA Iowa IL for several months such that he could miss getting the 42 days of MLB Service Time he will need in 2023 in order for him to qualify for salary arbitration. So by calling him up and then placing Sampson on the MLB 15-day IL, the Cubs are virtually guaranteeing that he will be eligible for salary arbitration post-2023.

BTW, several sites (including Cot's, Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, and Baseball Cube) have Sampson's MLB Service Time through 2022 listed incorrectly as 2+117. That is wrong. It is absolutely, positively 2+130. That's why he was eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2022. (The post-2022 "Super Two" cut-off was 2+128, so Sampson just barely made it!). 

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    alzolay is f'n filthy...

  • crunch (view)

    i'm not even over here advocating spending like they're the yanks/dodgers.  nor do i think they're criminally cheap.  i feel like they've done good with the payroll in 2024 (so far), but i don't think they'd be financially squeezed if they threw another 20+ million at it...but i don't expect it.

    the whole idea of this team barely scraping by while they've monetized the entire neighborhood based upon the product on the field isn't a narrative i'll entertain.

    since the 1980s, buying a professional sports team is about it's increasing value and the ability to borrow against the asset...no one's trying to make rent or get fed on the operating revenue profits.  even teams with terrible owners that neglect the team benefit from this.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    With you crunch. I find the defense of owners among fans baffling.

  • crunch (view)

    hendricks with 2 HBP in the 1st...yow.

  • crunch (view)

    it keeps me up at night and destroys my will to live to imagine the Ricketts family only making 20-30m a year rather than 40-60m a year off the Cubs.

    it is absolutely not fair at all to consider all the real estate and advertising they've put up all over Wrigleyville that also brings money that isn't assigned to the team revenues.

    i'm 110% sure those rooftops they bought would bring in tons of revenue even without the Cubs playing baseball there.  $70-$100 a seat to watch the Chicago skyline from a roof for 3 hours...no brainer, team not needed...it's just a great place to hang out for a few hours and a reasonable price to do it.

    it would be nice if they could get a TV network.  they could take the local games off of free local TV...maybe further monetize it by charging locals $20 a month to watch the games if they don't have cable.  they should get on that.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Yes, more people need to understand that just because some owners may be making money hand overy fist, doesn't necessarily mean all are.......

  • videographer (view)

    Thank you Bill for your well written response to an on-going, misunderstood debate about salaries and wealth.  Fans and tax payers are responsible for all revenue generated by sports teams.  Scott Boras started this narrative years ago about team value justifies player salaries.  Just once, I would like an owner tell Boras he will sell his team so he can pay the salaries of his players. 

  • Cubster (view)

    Sunday Tribune article interviewed Imanaga about the HR. 

    "Even though (the HR) happened, it was a good learning experience to try to figure out how that could end up being a single in front of LF, " Imanaga said through interpreter Edwin Stanberry. "It was an 0-1 count and I should have thrown the fastball a little higher.  "I would like to work on throwing it higher in the zone or missing lower -- even if it's a lower pitch that would be a little bit better."

    --

    Seems like he has a plan and is  working on both the approach and execution of each pitch. 

  • Cubster (view)

    Injury updates, From Sunday Tribune:

    Happ out with a mild hamstring strain that happened Thursday. Hopefully, it will be OK before opening day. Wisdom is out for a few more days with Quad strain. G Cooper and Dom Smith are expected to get to play on Monday.

     

  • Bill (view)

    The "value" of a team, in your context, is the price for which it could be sold.  But if it is not sold, it is rather meaningless.  The true value of an ongoing business is the amount of income it generates on an annual basis, and that varies greatly from team to team.  San Diego, a team with a high resale value, had to borrow money in order to pay the team salaries last year, because the income was not sufficient cash flow to keep them afloat.  Many other teams are reported to be producing little profit, even at low salaries.  The larger income teams are often lumped together, but in actual fact, there are only three teams that have "top tier" income, the Dodgers, the Yankees and the Mets.  The Dodgers, for instance, have an estimated total revenue of more than 200 million dollars than that of the Cubs.  That means that, assuming non player-salaries are roughly equal, the Dodgers can pay 199 million dollars more than the Cubs (they don't) and still make more profit.  Without the luxury tax, no one could compete with the top three teams, without relying on the randomness of short series baseball to equalize the playoffs.