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40-Man Roster Info

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

* bats or throws left
# 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


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs Draft Tracker Ticker - Day 2

ROUND #7:(221) Luis Flores, C (Oklahoma State)
R/R, 5'10, 200, 21 years old
COMMENT: Outstanding defensive catcher with a strong, accurate arm and well above-average receiving skills... Hit 298/425/447 with 39/30 BB/K in 37 games at OSU in 2008... Transferred to Oklahoma State from the University of Houston, where he was a Freshman All-American... Was both a baseball All-American and an All-State QB in HS in Texas...

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ROUND #8 (251): James Leverton, LHP (Texas Tech)
R/L, 6'2, 200, 22 years old
COMMENT: Lefty reliever with 88-91 MPH fastball and a plus-slider... Played mostly 1B first two years at Tech... Became full-time pitcher in 2008...

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ROUND #9 (281):  Jay Jackson, RHP (Furman)
R/R, 6'1, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: Low 90's fastball, with both an above-average slider and spike-curve, and a decent change-up... Was the #1 starter at Furman, but played CF on days when he wasn't pitching... Hit .336 with 8 HR...

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ROUND #10 (311): Alex Wilson, RHP (Texas A&M)
R/R, 6'1, 215, 21 years old
COMMENT: Had Tommy John surgery after suffering torn elbow ligament while pitching in Cape Cod League in Summer 2007... Missed the 2008 season, but reportedly threw 94 MPH in a bullpen "showcase" session last month... Transferred to Texas A&M from Winthrop, where he was rated a top pro prospect prior to his elbow injury...

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ROUND #11 (341): Toby Matchulat, RHP (Wabash Valley JC)
R/R, 6'6, 185, 19 years old
COMMENT: 3.00 ERA, 30 IP, 18 H, 27/33 BB/K at WVC in 2008...

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ROUND #12 (371):  Jake Opitz, 2B (Nebraska)
L/R, 6'0, 180, 21 years old
COMMENT: 339/434/568 with 11 HR and 50 RBI in 58 games in 2008... Four-year starter for the Big Red...First-team All-Big 12... Outstanding defensive second-baseman with plus bat speed...

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ROUND #13 (401): Tony Campana, CF  (U. of Cincinnati)
L/L, 5'8, 160, 22 years old
COMMENT: Hit 338/405/441 in 2008, 28/29 BB/K in 296 PA with 44 SB (11 CS)... College teammate of Cubs 6th Round pick, Josh Harrison... Transferred to Cincinnati from UNC-Asheville... 

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ROUND #14 (431): Dan McDaniel, RHP (Chabot JC)
R/R, 6'3, 220, 20 years old

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ROUND #15 (461): Casey Coleman, RHP (Florida Gulf Coast)
L/R, 6'0, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: Became full-time pitcher in 2008... was the FGCU starting shortstop in 2007... went 7-3 with a 4.11 as a rotation starter in 2008, with 70 IP, 71 hits, and 35/58 BB/K... Third generation pitcher, son of RHP Joe Coleman Jr (1965 3rd overall pick in first-ever Rule 4 Draft, followed by a 15-year MLB career with WAS, DET, OAK, et al, including 2-8 with a 4.10 ERA in 39 games for the Cubs in 1976) and grandson of RHP Joe Coleman Sr (also a lengthy MLB career, mainly with the Philadelphia A's in the 1940's and 50's)...

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ROUND #16 (491): Ryan Keedy, 1B (UAB)
L/R, 6'3, 220, 22 years old
COMMENT: 5th year senior who will be 23 in August... Hit 423/519/675 with 29 doubles, 10 HR & 69 RBI, in 60 games, and 46/32 BB/K in 287 PA ..

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ROUND #17 (521): Jonathan Nagel, RHP (Independence CC)
R/R, 6'4, 230, 21 years old... Is presently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery...  

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ROUND #18 (551): Jeff Beliveau, LHP (Florida Atlantic)
L/L, 6'1, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: Transferred to FAU from College of Charleston after 2007 season... Had MAJOR control problems in 2008, allowing 77 BB (78 K) in just 76.2 IP... Overall went 5-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 14 GS for FAU in 2008, with a .233 OBA...

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ROUND #19 (581): David Macias, CF (Vanderbilt)
B/R, 5'9, 185, 22 years old
COMMENT: Gold Glove quality CF... Hit 356/424/519 as Commodores lead-off hitter in 2008... Not a good base stealer (6 SB/6 CS)...

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ROUND #20 (611): Jericho Jones, RF (Louisiana Tech)
R/R, 6'5, 215, 20 years old
COMMENT: Two way player, but will play RF in pro ball... Was the Bulldogs #1 rotation starter and played RF on days he wasn't pitching... went 5-5 with a 5.80 ERA and 85 hits allowed (305 OBA) in 68 IP as a pitcher.... Hit 364/416/611 with 13 HR & 46 RBI in just 54 games, but struck out 45 times (only 14 BB) in 219 PA...

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ROUND #21 (641): Logan Watkins, SS (Goddard HS - Goddard, KS)
L/R, 6'1, 170, 18 years old
COMMENT: Played SS but also was his team's closer... Also was star QB on the Goddard football team... Has signed NLI with Wichita State...

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ROUND #22 (671): Tarlandus Mitchell, RHP (Alto HS - Alto, TX)
R/R, 5'8, 170, 18 years old
COMMENT: Star QB-CB (2nd team All-State) on two-time state 1-A champion Alto HS football team... also #1 starting pitcher and DH on Alto baseball squad... Has signed NLI with Navarro JC..

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ROUND #23 (701): Ryan Sontag, LF (Arizona State)
L/L, 5'10, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: Was Big Ten Freshman of the Year at Michigan State before transferring to ASU... Hit 390/482/526 for the #3 ranked Sun Devils in 2008...

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ROUND #24 (731): David Cales, RHP (St. Xavier U.)
R/R, 5'11, 200, 20 years old
COMMENT: Played HS ball at Mt. Carmel (Chicago) where he was a three-time all-Catholic League performer as a 3B-RHRP (closer)... Red-shirted in 2008 after transferring to St. Xavier from UIC... Was the Flames closer and also played 3B in 2007... Transferred to UIC from Missouri where he was a 3B-RHRP in his freshman season in 2006...    

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ROUND #25 (761): Rebel Ridling, 1B (Oklahoma State)
R/R, 6'4, 230, 22 years old
COMMENT: Hit 321/382/621 with 18 HR & 67 RBI, with 17 doubles, 28 BB and 60 K in 284 PA (62 games)... Teammate of Cubs 2008 7th round pick, Luis Flores...

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ROUND #26 (791): Josh Whitlock, RHP (West Virginia)
R/R, 6'1, 175, 22 years old
COMMENT: #1 rotation starter at WVU... Went 7-7 with a 5.69 ERA in 14 GS, 90 hits in 93.1 IP, 47/70 BB/K in 2008...

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ROUND #27 (821): Sonny Gray, RHP (Smyrna HS - Smyrna, TN)
R/R, 6'0, 185, 17 years old
COMMENT: One of the top 10 or 12 HS pitching prospects in the nation with a mid-to-upper 90's fastball and an 84 MPH breaking ball, Gray slips to the 27th round because of what is considered a strong commitment to play college ball at Vanderbilt... Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in April... To get Gray to forget about Vandy will probably require "1st round money"...

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ROUND #28 (851): TeWayne Willis, OF (Lincoln Memorial U.)
R/R, 5'9, 165, 23 years old
COMMENT: Former football player (CB) at the University of Kentucky hit 343/496/427 with 42 SB (7 CS) for the Rail Splitters of LMU in 2008...

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ROUND #29 (881): Sean Buckley, 3B (King HS - Tampa, FL)
R/R, 6'4, 205, 18 years old
COMMENT: Signed NLI with the University of South Florida...

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ROUND #30 (911): Cole White, RHP (Paris JC)
R/R, 6'2, 200, 20 years old
COMMENT: Throws 95 MPH fastball... Will be transferring to the University of New Mexico if he doesn't sign with Cubs...

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ROUND #31 (941): Kyle Wilson, 3B (Hill JC)
B/R, 6'0, 195, 21 years old... Will transfer to NC State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...  

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ROUND #32 (971): Kurt Calvert, CF (Missouri)
L/L, 5'9, 170, 22 years old
COMMENT: Was a 4th OF until his senior year.. Hit .302 with 10 SB (2 CS) in 2008... .

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ROUND #33 (1001): Sean Hoorelbeke, 1B (Central Michigan)
R/R, 6'1, 220, 23 years old
COMMENT: 5th year senior... Hit 310/415/620 with 16 HR & 61 RBI and 19 doubles in 56 games for the Chippewas, with 35/46 BB/K in 260 PA...   

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ROUND #34 (1031): Bubba O'Donnell, RHP (High Point)
R/R, 6'2, 210, 22 years old
COMMENT: Theater major...2nd team All-Big South... went 4-4 with a 3.71 ERA and 8 saves as the Panthers closer in 2008... 22/58 BB/K and 50 hits allowed (.219 OBA) in 63 IP and 31 games.. .

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ROUND #35 (1061): Ross Vagedes, RHP (Wright State)
R/R, 6'2, 215, 23 years old
COMMENT:5th year senior... The Cubs (apparently) drafted Vagedes as a pitcher, but he hasn't pitched since 2007... His career numbers as a pitcher at WSU are 5-5 with 5.40 ERA, 93 IP, 102 H, .277 OBA, and 47/61 BB/K... Conversely, he hit 322/377/518 as a full-time outfielder in 2008... I guess you can never have too many outfielders-turned-pitchers...

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ROUND #36 (1091): Michael Brenly, C (UNLV)
R/R, 6'3, 210, 21 years old
COMMENT: Son of Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly... Was drafted previously by the Cubs (43rd round in 2005), but did not sign... Hit 307/378/434, with 3 HR and 34 RBI in 56 games, with 21/22 BB/K in 225 PA for the Rebels in 2008... Bears a strong resemblance to Bill Cowher's son... 

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ROUND #37 (1121): Erik Hamren, RHP (Saddleback JC)
R/R, 6'1, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: Hasn't pitched much in his college career... Transferred to Saddleback from the University of the Pacific... Saddleback is the JC Mark Grace attended before he transferred to San Diego State...  

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ROUND #38 (1151): Sean McNaughton, OF (BYU)
R/R, 5;9, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: Was a Freshman All-American in 2005... Hit 347/389/623 with 14 HR & 53 RBI, 23 doubles, and 15/39 BB/K in 289 PA and 58 games for Cougars in 2008... Spent 2006 & 2007 seasons on an LDS mission to Washington, D. C.... Last year the Cubs drafted a player from BYU who had spent two years on an LDS mission to Siberia...

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ROUND #39 (1181): Jordan Brown, RHP (LSU)
R/R, 6'0, 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: Was LSU's "Saturday" (#2) rotation starter in 2007, but was demoted to the #3 slot in 2008... 4-0 with a 5.32 ERA, 83 hits in only 64.1 IP, with 28/56 BB/K in '08... Throws a 93 MPH fastball, a curve & a change-up... was previously drafted by TB (2005), ATL (in 2006), and CIN (in 2007), but did not sign... (Probably SHOULD have signed)... Transferred to LSU from Meridian CC...

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ROUND #40 (1211): Jared McDonald, SS (Pima CC)
L/R, 6'00, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: Hit .467 with 11 HR for PCC...  Played shortstop in JC ball but will likely move to 2B as he moves up the ladder.. Will transfer to Michigan State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...

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ROUND #41 (1241): Jordan Petraitis, SS (Miami University)
R/R, 6'2, 210, 21 years old
COMMENT: Was 2nd team All-MAC in 2008, after being named 1st team All-MAC in 2007... Hit 352/460/588 in 2008, with 19 doubles in just 54 games... 33/32 BB/K in 262 PA...

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ROUND #42 (1271): Derek Riley, RHP (Chandler-Gilbert CC)
R/R, 6'4, 200, 20 years old
COMMENT Went 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA at CGCC in 2008.. will transfer to Arkansas State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...

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ROUND #43 (1301): Jesse Ginley, RHP (Dunnellon HS - Dunnellon, FL)
R/R, 6'3, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Will probably attend St. Petersburg CC if he doesn't sign with Cubs... Brother Kyle pitches in Toronto Blue Jays organization...

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ROUND #44 (1331): David Doss, C (South Alabama)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: Was Jaguars everyday third-baseman in 2007, but was converted to catcher prior to 2008 season... Played in all 55 USA games in 2008, either as catcher, third-baseman, or DH... Hit 325/429/550 with 10 HR and 45 RBI, and 33/29 BB/K in 260 PA...

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ROUND #45 (1359): Ashton Florko, LHP (University of British Columbia)
R/L, 6'3, 220, 20 years old 

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ROUND #46 (1386): Tony Zych, RHP (St. Rita HS - Chicago, IL)
R/R, 6'3, 185, 17 years old
COMMENT: Has signed NLI with the University of Louisville...

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ROUND #47 (1413): Chad Cregar, RF (Western Kentucky) 
L/R, 6'3, 221, 21 years old
COMMENT: Big-time power hitting 1B-OF... Hit 360/420/680 with 21 HR and 82 RBI in 60 games, with 24/51 BB/K in 283 PA for Hilltoppers in 2008, and was named to All-Tournament team at the NCAA Stillwater Regional last weekend...

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ROUND #48 (1440): Dylan Moseley, RHP (Louisiana Tech)
R/R, 6'4, 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: Brother of Angels RHP Dustin Moseley... Was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2007 but did not sign... Has been Tech's "Sunday" (#3)  starter for the past two years, but really struggled in 2008, going 1-5 with a 6.43 ERA, allowing 71 hits in only 49 IP, with a 16/23 BB/K... Teammate of Cubs 2008 20th round pick, Jericho Jones...

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ROUND #49 (1467): Hunter Scantling, RHP (Episcopal HS - Jacksonville, FL)
R/R, 6'8, 235, 18 years old 
COMMENT: Has signed NLI with Florida State... Big dude but he apparently needs a lot of polishing and probably would cost more than he's worth right now...

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ROUND #50 (1494): Pete Levitt, RHP  (Pitt CC)
R/R, 6'5, 235, 19 years old
COMMENT: Went 3-0 with a 5.34 ERA at PCC in 2008, allowing 20 hits and 20 runs (19 ER) over 32 IP, with a 15/41 BB/K...

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So that's it. Now the Cubs just need to sign 'em!

Last year, the Cubs signed 33 of their 50 draft picks (about 2/3), so I would expect a similar percentage this year.

Comments

Thanks for the details Phil, MLB is displaying very little information for anyone beyond the first round or two, so it's nice to get more than a name.

I know the stats don't always tell the whole story, but what's the story behind drafting some of these pitchers with high ERAs and mediocre peripherals? There's really not any better players out there?

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In reply to by childersb

as that seems to be our MO. Wilken likes athletes, so I am not opposed to short guys with lots of skill. Not sure I liked Cerda as a high pick, but some of the later hitters have great SB stats and/or are great atheletes (a couple were all-conference QBs, for example).

Cubs can be first in the majors to 40 wins tonight (6/6). First in the majors to 40: 2007: 6/9 - BOS (won World Series) and LAA (made playoffs) 2006: 6/11 - DET (won pennant) 2005: 6/8 - CHW (won World Series) 2004: 6/13 - NYY (made playoffs) Source: BaseballRace.com

Rich Hill's line from today's start 5 IP 1 H 1R 0ER 7 BB 5K He's not quite into Rick Ankiel/Steve Blass territory yet but he's not far from it.

The Cubs took Gray in the 27th round, but he has first round talent. An injury and a strong college commitment led to his fall, but the Cubs took a flyer on him in the later rounds with the hope of signing him. I think teams should take all reasonable steps to sign a player who has top talent but has fallen due to signability concerns. Certainly there could be a waste of money on some of these players, but in reality the pick is like having an extra first or second round choice. A few recent year late round picks with signability issues drafted late but unsigned by the Cubs: Tim Lincecum, Khalil Greene, Matt LaPorta (top Brewers prospect). Truly I think teams should try to sign everyone, even if the cost is high. We drafted Cashner last year in the 29th round -- we could have had him developing in AZ with Phil and then drafted someone else #1. Even if only 5% of the extra signed players actually become a decent prospect, if they become a top player like Cashner (or Lincecum, for that matter), the cost is worth it.

Michael Brenly... Son of Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly... Bears a strong resemblance to Bill Cowher's son... Ha! AZ Phil did a funny! Don't think that one was from Scout.com.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    braves DFA wendle. that didn't last long.

  • George Altman (view)

    I agree, Phil. And this 40-man Roster management points squarely at Hoyer. He needs to go.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I will say the Cubs were smart enough to draft Estrada, sign him away from UCLA, and develop him into a big league pitcher, but the decision to DFA him was the problem. (Estrada was not out of options and he was not injured). 

    In general, when in doubt, an organization should roster a pitching prospect over a comparable position player prospect, and a club ESPECIALLY should not DFA a healthy pitcher with upside who is not out of minor league options (like Estrada) and tender a marginal back-up position player like Madrigal instead. (Someone like Madrigal is always easily replaceable by a waiver claim, or by signing a released player like a Joey Wendle). It is also disappointing to see the Brewers bullpen headed by two ex-Cubs (Trevor Megill and Bryan Hudson). 

    So while the Cubs might be able to identify and sign quality young arms with upside, they just don't know how to manage the MLB 40-man roster such that they can retain as many of them as possible for as long as possible (because not all young pitchers develop as quickly as a club might like). 

    I wouldn't put it so much on scouting or player development as on incompetent MLB 40-man roster management. That's where the problem really lies (and that includes exercising the Hendricks club option for any reason other than to trade him after they signed Imanaga, or signing Happ to a contract extension - WITH A FULL NTC!!!??? - when the organization is loaded with outfield prospects). 

  • George Altman (view)

    Phil,

    I see waiver mover lIke this, option pickups like Hendricks, and roster filler like Madrigal/Mastrobouni and I really question Jed and his scouting, player development staff, and job acumen.

  • crunch (view)

    that loss suuuuucked.  bats dead for most of the game.  happ with a couple homers was nice to see, though.

  • crunch (view)

    morel error on the next batter, speaking of mid-season form.

    if he can't find a home at 3rd he might get traded somewhere he can play 2nd in peace.  i dunno how much longer they can go with a black hole at 3rd...the arm is there and decently improved over last year, the glove isn't there.

    madrigal isn't the answer.  it's looking like bj murray isn't a possible answer.  nothing is on the horizon unless matt shaw's bat comes alive and even then it's not ideal at this point in his young career.

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back drew smyly...walks the first batter he sees.

    if he can give up a homer or 2 he's in mid-season form for his return.

  • crunch (view)

    well, this time his 2 run homer was only in the lower deck.

    woo, improvement.

    this is assad's first game with more than 2 earned runs in 2024.

  • crunch (view)

    goldschmidt puts it in the 3rd deck in about 0.0001 seconds.  far, high, and quick as hell.

  • crunch (view)

    current field conditions around 6:30pm central (7:30 eastern)

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