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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

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# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


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Messinger Delivers a Dinger at Riverview

Darius Perry drilled a game-tying RBI single in the 5th, Bryant Betancourt roped an RBI double in the 8th to break the 1-1 tie, and Skyler Messinger capped the scoring with a solo HR in the 9th, lifting the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

In four AZIL games played against the Cubs, Skyler Messinger has been a virtual one-man wrecking crew, going 6-14 with three singles, a double, a triple, and a HR, and four RBI. 

The Cubs employed a 13-man batting order with five designated hitters but still struck out 14 times, while Cub pitchers struck out eleven Rockies, albeit in a losing cause. Cubs 2023 4th round pick RHP Will Sanders was especially impressive, striking out the side 1-2-3 (all three swinging) in the top of the 2nd, mixing a 92-95 MPH FB, 82-85 MPH SL, 86 MPH CH, and 80 MPH CV to great effect. 

The one bright spot for the Cubs among the position players was Jose Escobar, who collected an RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd to put the Cubs up 1-0 after throwing out a runner on the bases for his second AZIL outfield assist in the top of the 1st. (Not counting the intrasquad game, no other Cub outfielder has even one outfield assist in AZIL games). Escobar played exclusively in the infield (rotating between 2B-3B-SS) in the DSL in 2022 and in the ACL in 2023, but he has been moved to the outfield at Instructs and has played only LF and CF over the last four weeks.   

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

AZIL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Zyhir Hope, CF: 0-3 (K, L-8, L-7)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
3. Reggie Preciado, 2B-3B: 0-3 (K, L-8, K) 
4. Drew Bowser, 1B: 1-3 (2B, 6-3, K, CS) 
5a. Yahil Melendez, 3B: 0-2 (K, K) 
5b. Christian Olivo, 2B: 1-1 (1B) 
6. Josh Rivera, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, K, K, R)
7. Jose Escobar, LF: 1-3 (1B, 5-3, 3-U, RBI)
8. Leonel Espinoza, RF-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B)
9. Jefferson Encarnacion, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3 DP) 
10. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 1-1 (1B, BB) 
11. Alfonsin Rosario, DH-RF: 0-2 (K, 1-3)
12. Alexis Hernandez, DH #4: 0-1 (L-8, BB) 
13. Wally Soto, DH-C: 0-2 (4-3, K)

AZIL CUBS PITCHERS: 
1. Will Sanders: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Shane Marshall: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Nick Dean: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 37 pitches (20 strikes) 
4. Ty Johnson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Kenten Egbert: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 32 pitches (18 strikes) 
6. Luis A. Reyes: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/2 GO/AO, 25 pitches (12 strikes) 
 
AZIL CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. C Adan Sanchez: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
2. 3B Reggie Preciado: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

AZIL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE: 
Adan Sanchez: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above) 

AZIL CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST: 1 
LF Jose Escobar- batter thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

ATTENDANCE: 23 

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Those million dollar systems need to be better, or the people interpreting those systems need to.

    You can’t compare those teams to the Cubs. Their lineups are stacked (and coincidentally they spend a lot of money on stars hmm correlation???). They can afford a bum backup IF. Here’s the other part. Hernandez plays everywhere but catcher. Merrifield can handle the OF. Short can play SS. None of them are locked to two positions defensively like Madrigal. Further, the issue being address wasn’t his being a waste of roster space right now (he is), it’s that his presence on the roster could have been used to hold Estrada, or someone like him. But instead, he held it despite his being a dime a dozen type, and primarily because Jed refuses to give up on a player everyone can see needs to go. Is this team wide slump due to Madrigal? No. But he adds nothing to the equation. 
    Your continued pounding of the drum about players who have gotten paid will never stop befuddling me. This is their job! Happ isn’t in a comfort zone, he’s just a flawed player. Swanson looks lost and he’s pressing so hard I’m surprised we haven’t seen skid marks on his pants. Everyone knew this is what Tauchman was. Morel is growing as a player and we’re witnessing some of the growing pains. I heard on a broadcast something that legitimately made me think of you. I think Boog said “it sucks to suck.” I.e. players don’t like slumping or struggling. He said it in relation to I think Swanson. The majority of these guys are hyper competitive and not used to being bad at this. You could be making a billion dollars, and if you were struggling to the point your home fans boo you, you’re feeling it deep down. The flaws on this team ultimately come down to the guy who saw last year’s team, decided to mainly run it back except with a shiny new coach, Shota, and a few odds and ends.

  • Eric S (view)

    Appreciate the link, Crunch! Hopefully he can get back to Ben Brown mph territory later this summer. 

  • crunch (view)

    DFA imanaga

  • crunch (view)

    he's throwing mid-90s+ as early as a few weeks ago last i checked on how he was doing.  i guess mid-90s+ is a bit generous based on this writeup below, though.

    found this article from a couple weeks ago...  https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/cubs-cade-horton-velocity-slightly-down-from-2023/

    "Horton averaged 93.4 mph (touched 94.9 mph) with his fastball in his first start for Triple-A Iowa on May 4 and averaged 93.9 mph (touched 95.5 mph) in his second start May 10 after sitting at 95-97 mph with his fastball and regularly touching 98 mph in 2023."

  • Eric S (view)

    Anyone know how much his average velo has dropped this year? Gave up a triple and a home run (reportedly was crushed) in the first inning. 

  • crunch (view)

    at least it's during warmups, not after a mid-90s+ heater.  hopefully it's minor.  hell, hopefully it's a blister...not looking like it, though.

    still, he needs development and building up stamina.  he's not got a 2024 home, but he's very much in the 2025+ mix.

    -edit- it's "back soreness"

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Cade Horton walked off the field with the trainer in Iowa while warming up for the second inning. Nervous time.

  • George Altman (view)

    I couldn't agree more with everything you've said here Phil. It's 40-man Roster malpractice by Jed since November. Hendricks, Madrigal, and Mastrobuoni shouldn't be on the 40-man, let alone the 26-man. Add Smyly to that group, too.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Those million dollar systems are hardly infallible. AI does not yet dictate how the prospects develop or how game is played. If it did what would be the use of playing? Team with the best projected stats would win every time. We all know better

    Brailyn Marquez and Jose Albertos both had tremendous arms and potentially major league pitches. So did Kris Jensen. Problem is none of them could harness it and, even if they could, MLB players can hit good fastballs. Estrada sure looked to be on that kind of trajectory. Very likely that by mid summer he will be again once the law of averages catches up with the May superstardom.

    Now let’s take a moment to focus on Madrigal. You know, the best team in the league at the moment, the Phillies, have Whit Merrifield. 105 PA and batting .181. Dodgers are second best and have Kiki Hernandez on the bench. 125 plate appearances and .193. The Braves spread the AB’s a little more but they see fit to keep former Cub farmhand Zack Short around. 47 PA’s and .158. Nobody complains much about those guys. I didn’t do the digging but I would venture to say that each have another light hitting utility guy taking up a 40 man roster spot as well. Two wasted 40 man roster spots each on these winning teams, not dissimilar to the Cubs. So while an awful lot of keystrokes on here are spent discussing Madrigal and Mastrobouni as they are - let’s just say, somewhat underwhelming, they are not at the core of what ails this team.

    The real problem is that the guys who are paid to hit aren’t hitting. The league has caught up with Busch, Suzuki, and Morel, and while I believe they will adjust at some point, it’s a process. Swanson, Happ and Hoerner seem to be in that multi year contract comfort zone that folks on here tell me don’t exist. The offense from their catching sucks and seems unlikely to improve much with current personnel. Tauchman has come down to Earth to be the true player he is. To his credit and counter to my expectations, the only guy who may be turning corner a bit seems to be Bellinger.

    None of them seem willing to play the small ball, hustle game that gets teams out of slumps. They show no plate discipline and, to add insult to injury, they have been quite unlucky at times. The lack of offense and less than stellar infield fielding has greatly magnified the issues with the bullpen, as well as their low performing utility guys.

    So let’s ease off the Madrigal/Mastribouni scapegoating. They are not stars and never will be, but they are not enigmas either. Utility players are what they are, and replacing them with other utility players, while possible, isn’t likely to solve very much - nor is the other approach of bringing up farmhands and letting them ride the pine - until the “stars” break out of their May malaise and start hitting and fielding better.

  • crunch (view)

    just to throw a bit of salt in the j.estrada wound...

    he has struck out 13 batters in a row over his last 3 outings.