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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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Cubs vs. Mets: Series Thread (Games 47-49)

The Cubs return to Wrigley to begin a nine-game homestand sandwiched between a pair of days off. The 25-23 Mets will be their first visiting team. With Atlanta pulling away from the NL East early, the Mets look to be jockeying with the Marlins and Phillies to see who else can stay in contention for a playoff spot. See below for the matchups.


Game 47, Tuesday, May 23, 6:40 pm central
NYM: RHP Kodai Senga (4-2, 3.77 ERA)
CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (4-1, 2.86 ERA)


Game 48, Wednesday, May 24, 6:40 pm central
NYM: RHP Tyler Megill (5-2, 3.88 ERA)
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-4, 3.05 ERA)


Game 49, Thursday, May 25, 6:40 pm central
NYM: RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.68 ERA)
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-3, 8.10 ERA)

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let's keep doing power-hitting suzuki.  i mean, i'm only expecting 25+ homers in a full season, but it was feeling like 10-15 was more realistic for a while.

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In reply to by JoePepitone

sometime last year i got suspicion by writing here using capitals at the beginning of sentences for multiple posts and people wondering if i had been hacked.  in reality i was busy writing proposals and reports at work and the bad habit of proper syntax and grammar spilled over into my internet posts.

masterboner playing 3rd and hitting 2nd...hitting 2nd...wtf...we got nico "neifi perez" hoerner leading off still...

the hottest cubs hitters...suzuki 5th, morel 7th (DH), mervis 8th

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In reply to by crunch

Jed/Ross/the Computer love them some left/right lineup balance

But that's crazy. Mastrobuoni and Tauchman get more ABs for this game than Morel?

How do you justify that?

I like having Dansby in the 3-spot. I've been clamoring for that. But I wanted Happ and his OBP in the 2-spot in front of Swanson. Not Mastrobuoni. 

And they really hate Morel's defense. They won't give him a chance at 3B. His CF isn't good enough for them. 

I guess teach him how to pitch while he DH's. Find some usefulness for that arm of his.

I am going to play the role of party pooper.  Once the league adjusts to Mr. Morel's all or nothing approach, he might end up at Iowa before the season is over.  Remember Morel's debut last year?  He was on base 22 straight games to start his career.  After that, stagnation and regression.  He is fun to watch at the plate right now, but I would not want him in the box with the game on the line. 

As for DH, he can field at 3B, but his throws to 1B are an adventure.  His OF defense is poor with tracking the ball and decision making.  Morel is best at 2B and at the bottom of the order.  Think of him as a carnival ride:  Great fun for a short time that gets old the more you ride.  Morel is the kind of player Cubs fans loved decades ago when there wasn't much to celebrate except individual players and their personalities.   I will root for Morel and enjoy the HRs until it's wanes and another "can't miss" prospect arrives.  So is the life of a Cubs fan.

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In reply to by crunch

Anyone who reads my comments will know I'm not a Madrigal fan. From watching this game a long time and the business that surrounds this game, the next step for Madrigal's Cubs tenure will be a DFA. If any of the 29 other teams had interest in Madrigal a trade would have happened by know. I can't imagine the value anyone would see in a .575 OPS, 62WRc player who can only play 2B - and barely a 45 rating there.

it's another team, but speaking of possibly getting DFA'd/cut...how the hell is Miggy (DET) still getting ABs or even a roster spot.

legend, yes.  but he's not only ineffective, he's legit dead weight that hasn't shown at any time during the first 1/3rd of the season he has anything left to contribute on the field, or rather the plate since he's dead weight that can't even contribute anything with his glove.

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In reply to by crunch

Although I suspect MLB would not want to do this, using run differential as the primary tie-breaker for qualifying for the post-season might make a team think twice about using a position player a pitcher in a blow-out. 

And for bottom feeders / non-contenders, using run differential as the primary tie-breaker for determining draft slots (with the team with the better run differential getting the better draft slot if one or more teams are tied).

I'm not saying using position players as pitchers in a blow-out still wouldn't happen, but a manager would have to at least consider other options. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

they gotta leave the fans with some whimsy...well, they've established they don't...

 

but c'mon...mark grace doing a mike fetters impersonation and giving up david ross's first MLB homer...let the fans have something quirky.  we got 162 games to sit through.  can't be out here just remembering the wins.

Recent comments

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Agreed crunch. I feel like the team could have taken themselves from “has a chance at the division” to “definite division favorite.”

  • 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.