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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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A Mule on the Mound and a Rosario Bomb on the Berm at Sloan Park

Alfonsin Rosario crushed a towering solo HR high onto the LF berm (his second HR this week), singled, reached base on an HBP, and stole a base, and Anderson Suriel belted an RBI triple for the Cubs, and Jairo Pomares cracked a solo HR and a single, and Charlie Szykowny singled, doubled, walked, and scored two runs for the Giants, as the two teams played to a 5-5 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after seven innings of play. 

Cubs SP Naz Mule (Cubs 2022 4th round draft pick - Passaic County Technical HS) saw his first game action as a pitcher since post-2022 AZ Instructs. He was drafted in 2022 as a "two-way player" (RHP / SS), but did not play or pitch in any games in 2023 after undergoing right elbow surgery in March. He did spend the latter part of last season (September / October) at AZ Instructs taking daily BP and fielding grounders at SS, as it appeared that he would henceforth be a shortstop (only), before rather surprisingly moving back to the mound (exclusively) at Spring Training 2024.  

https://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/277136#comment-277136

RHP Brody McCullough (post-2023 knee surgery) also saw his first game action of 2024, throwing two innings in relief. 

The game was called after seven innings of play

UPDATED CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
https://www.thecubreporter.com/2024-cubs-extended-spring-training-roster

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Leonel Espinoza, CF: 0-4 (5-3, 6-3, K, E-9) 
2. Angel Cepeda, SS: 0-4 (4-3, F-9, F-9, F-8) 
3. Yahil Melendez, 2B: 1-4 (2-3, F-8, F-9, 1B, R)
4. Alfonsin Rosario, RF: 2-3 (HR, 1B, F-8, HBP, R, RBI, SB) 
5. Jose Escobar, 3B: 1-4 (K, 1B, 3-U, 1-3, RBI, SB) 
6. Geuri Lubo, LF: 0-4 (5-3, K, F-8, F-8)
7a. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-2 (2B, K, R) 
7b. Adan Sanchez, C: 1-2 (1B, K, R)  
8. Anderson Suriel, DH: 1-3 (3B, F-8, L-7, RBI)
9. Albert Gutierrez, 1B: 1-3 (6-3, K, 1B, R) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Naz Mule: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Brody McCullough: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Grayson Moore: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/0 GO/AO, 38 pitches (21 strikes) 
4. Luis Rujano: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 33 pitches (22 strikes) 
5. Miguel Cruz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (10 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS
1. SS Angel Cepeda: E-6 (overthrow at 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. 3B Jose Escobar: E-5  (overthrow at 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
3. C Jairo Diaz: E-2 (overthrow at 1st base on squeeze bunt SH allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jairo Diaz: 1 E (see above) 
2. Adan Sanchez: 0-3 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 12 

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Comments

Alfonsin Rosario probably should be included among the Cubs Top 30 prospects, I would say. It's not just the HR power, but he also has a plus-arm that's good enough for RF, the range to play CF, and the speed to steal bases and score from 1st on a double and from 2nd on a single. (Alfonsin's older brother Eguy is an infielder with the San Diego Padres, so he's got MLB bloodlines, too).  

As I have mentioned here before, contrary to what you might read at Baseball Reference or at milb.com, Alfonsin Rosario is - NOT - 6'6 210. He is actually 6'0 220 (six inches shorter and ten pounds heavier than he is listed!), so he is more like Kirby Puckett than Dave Winfield. 

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In reply to by tim815

TIM: Yes. I would think so. It's not like anybody is blocking him there. 

So if PCA, Caissie, K. Alcantara, Canario, and C. Franklin are the Cubs top five outfield prospects (and all five are definitely in the Cubs Top 30), then Alfonsin Rosario is # 6 (ahead of B. Davis, Roederer, Pagan, and Pinango) and is in my Cubs Top 30 (if not in the Cubs Top 30 at BA, milb.com, et al).

W-RAT: I would say Alfonsin Rosario is a slightly better prospect than Rafael Morel (with Rosario just inside the Top 30 and R. Morel somewhere in the 30's). Rosario's power is substantial (Nelson Velazquez would be a good comp at a similar age), and he has the speed & range to play CF and the arm to play RF. 

When I saw him at Minor League Camp last month, Rafael Morel was mainly playing outfield (CF-RF) in games, although he did get a few reps at 2B-3B-SS, too, especially in pre-game and Camp Day workouts. So R. Morel is MUCH more versatile than Rosario, and in fact I would project R. Morel as a bat-first multi-positional OF-INF when he gets to AA, which is kind of funny because that is exactly what the Cubs wanted Christopher Morel to be! 

One thing I would say about Rafael, is that while he is a better defensive player and more athletic than his brother, he clearly doesn't have Christopher's plus-plus power or plus-plus arm strength. 

I was at the Cubs - Dodgers game at Wrigley Field in May 1967, the last game before Ken Holtzman was to report for active duty and be gone for a long time. (He ended up getting leave occasionally on weekends so he could pitch for the Cubs). Cubs won 20-3. Knocked out Claude Osteen. Holtzman pitched a complete game. Randy Hundley hit a grand slam. Adolfo Phillips hit a HR and a double and drove in six runs. Even Glenn Beckett hit a HR! Ted Savage stole home (and it was a true "Jackie Robinson" steal of home, too, not the back end of a double steal). For me, it was one of the most memorable Cubs games of the 1960's.

I'll always remember his 3-0 No-hitter against the Braves when Aaron's HR was blown back into the LF well and BIlly Williams made the catch with his back against the ivy.

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Phil with an absolute dagger to the heart here !!
    All Perlaza did was hit and hit at every level. Switch hitter and performed equally well from either side. He produced good results. Just like Assad did at every level.
    Jed didn't think he was worthy of the 40man.
    I get keeping Canario over Perlaza (but Canario is never going to play for Jed)
    I get keeping B. Davis in order to save some value there after his injuries (but he'll never play for the Jed)
    Jed had to add Alcantara. Just can't let him walk in the Rule5.
    But Perlaza not being on the 40man in order to use him as a DH is just nuts to me.
    He's younger than Mervis. And statistically just as good if not better than Mervis. Probably has more bat speed from both sides of the plate. Why didn't Perlaza get a chance?

    Phil, did Perlaza sign a 1yr deal in the KBO? Can he's contract be purchased by a MLB club right now? I'm sure that's not possible, but I wanted to ask.
     

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Former Cubs minor league OF Yonathan Perlaza is hitting 327/405/624 with 15 HR and 15 doubles in 51 games for Hanwha in the KBO. He leads the league in SLG, is tied for lead in HR, is 2nd in OPS, and is tied for 4th in doubles. He was a minor league 6YFA post-2023 but the Cubs chose not to select him to the MLB 40-man roster and he declined to sign a 2024 minor league successor contract. 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    I know they’re managing innings especially for Brown, but I feel like if we’re rolling out our top 5 SP, it includes Assad and Brown, and Wicks would be in Iowa. Wicks is solid and I think will continue to be, but Brown has been awesome and Assad has been our second best SP this year.

  • crunch (view)

    110%...unlike the decision to put in t.miller to protect a 4 run lead with 1 on and get the last out of the game.

    this is the most over-managed thing i've seen of counsell with the cubs.

  • Eric S (view)

    Seemed like the right decision from my vantage! 😂

  • Eric S (view)

    What is this whole clutch hit/score multiple runs thing the Cubs are doing? They can do that? And it’s legal? Nice!

  • crunch (view)

    this game got really f'n good.

  • crunch (view)

    scoring from 2nd on a 60ft hit...a hit off the pitcher's elbow...ow.

    megill walking off the mound towards where the ball was rolling was a poor decision even if he was nope'ing himself out of the game to the dugout.

  • Eric S (view)

    Vazquez with the heads up running - Cubs could could steal this one back. 

  • Eric S (view)

    Is Adames going to steal the Cubs soul two days in a row? Yep