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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 seven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and seven players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-21-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* 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: 7
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, 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

  • crunch (view)

    cubs get one!  infield popup and m.busch ends up on 2nd.  wind owes cubs fans...need to get that run in to make it more fair.

    cashed in!  tie game!

  • crunch (view)

    assad get d.ross'd after 4.2ip...men on the corners...102 pitches thrown (104 his season and career high).

  • crunch (view)

    cubs out here giving away chances at outs with the defense...not the first time this year...too many times this year.

    i understand 2 of the 3 miscues (so far in the 5th) were wind-aided, but still...damn...

  • crunch (view)

    big OF shot on the bleachers and judging by what i'm seeing, about 75%+ of those baseball-bat "mugs" of beer seem to be sold to the bleacher fans.

  • crunch (view)

    ryne sandberg posted his latest scans show no cancer.

    that's good.  that said, you gotta wait a few years to see where you're truly at with something like stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.  if it didn't metastasize to his bones, he's already got an advantage with the latest news...that area of metastasis seems to be one of the worst signs of survival with this particular cancer.

    he will be monitored for the rest of his life until his age/health dictates it's no longer neccessary.

    good news for now.  hopefully he's one of the slightly better than 1/3rd that survive stage 4 prostate cancer after 5 years.  this news is a great start.

  • crunch (view)

    1- NICE!

    2- boo.

  • Eric S (view)

    Interesting pre-game news from Craig Counsell:

    • Professor moved to the bullpen, for now
    • Adbert seeking a second opinion on the forearm strain (sounds ominous)
  • crunch (view)

    yeah, pitch framing is another defensive love interest I don't understand.  i mean, it's nice, but it's elevated importance is way overblown (imo) since the data points to a couple calls of a ball/strike a game that's influenced.

    STL's love affair with it involved getting contreras out of the C position for a while last year...which showed no improvement with his C replacements even keeping his bat in the lineup as a DH.  this year it cost STL his great bat for months, if not the whole season, because they moved him closer to the plate to help frame better.

    you know what's undervalued now for catcher?  stolen bases.  the pizza boxes on the field have people running.  both gunning down runners and being able to do so should be a bit more important.  contreras had a good 33% CS rate, but more importantly his arm and ability only had 9 attempts to steal on him in 20 games (6sb 3cs).  i would say this is much more important than gaming 2-ish ball/strike calls your way per game.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Somewhat OT: I used to be staunchly against robo balls and strikes. I’m growing more and more in favor of it. When I pitched in high school I always tried to extend the outside corner but watching at mlb level, I’m just tired of watching crappy hitting catchers stay in the big leagues too long because they’re good pitch framers. The two Cubs catchers can’t hit, can’t throw, but they’re good pitch framers and the pitchers like them. We sadly are now stuck with DH in both leagues (a travesty), so since we’re going all in on offense, get these worthless bum catchers out of baseball.

    If umpires insist on calling balls and strikes, I think it’s insane some of these guys get to do that. They should have two sets of rotating umpires; base umpires and home plate umpires.

  • Charlie (view)

    Sorry for the Mark Prior tag. I'm posting from mobile and it's not letting me remove it. I feel haunted.