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  • Srl510: Wladimir Galindo has been playing 1B for the last week or so. Luke Reynolds and now Jhonny Bethencourt have been playing 3B for Myrtle Beach. Whether Galindo remains at 1B only or plays both 1B-3B remains to be seen. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • SEAMER: Michael Cruz is a DH who can catch and play a little 1B. He has plus-HR power but not much else. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • RAISIN: Tyson Miller was working out of the bullpen the last couple of times I saw him pitch. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • The Cubs have signed INF Dixon Machado to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Iowa. 

    He is an above-average defensive SS who will provide addidtional INF depth for the Cubs at AAA.  

    Machado has 172 games of MLB experience with DET off & on over the course of four seasons (2015-18). 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • Hi Arizona Phil,

    is Tyson Miller injured or is he transitioning to the bullpen? He seems like the most notable full season pitcher you didn’t mention.

    Thanks!

    Raisin101 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • Wasn't Michael Cruz regarded as a legitimate catching prospect, at least as a backup? 

    seamer 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • Wladimir Galindo is moving to 1B?

    Srl510 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • I like the looks of the South Bend group. Especially if Roederer makes the team.

    Hagsag 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • With Thomas Hatch and Michael Rucker having been moved down from Iowa to Tennessee and with Alex Lange moved down from Tennessee to Myrtle Beach (as I reported here yesterday), that should clear things up a bit with regard to the starting rotations at the four Cubs full-season affiliates: 

    IOWA: Tseng, Robinson, Swarmer, Clifton, and Underwood Jr, with Mills left behind at EXST and with neither Clifton nor Underwood piggy-backing with anyone else.  

    TENNESSEE: Rucker, Hatch, Abbott, K. Thompson, and B. Clark (who has been stretched-out as a SP at Minor League Camp), with Steele left behind at EXST  

    MYRTLE BEACH: Lange, Hudson, Assad, Moreno, and Richan, plus Brendan King is stretched-out as a SP in case Moreno or Richan need a piggy-back partner. 

    SOUTH BEND: Marquez, Y. Cruz, R. Thompson, Casey, and either Carrera, Sanders, or Ramos the #5 and then one of the other two could be a potential piggy-back partner with Marquez (if one is needed). 
     

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • So with Thursday's releases and roster movement (mostly downward) at Minor League Camp (see 3/28 UPDATE in post above), the Cubs four full-season affiliate rosters now number: 

    IOWA: 36 
    TENNESSEE: 28
    MYRTLE BEACH: 27 
    SOUTH BEND: 32 

    So essentially 23 more roster moves will be needed over the next couple of days to get all four affiliates down to the Opening Day 25-man limit. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • Yea....Yea....that's right. That was about it. On pace for 162-0

    George Altman 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • *shuffles a bunch of papers frantically*

    uh...umm...

    lester good, baez good, cubs win.

    woo!  *cough*

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Yes, we are waiting.

    Hagsag 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • I thought CRUNCH was doing recaps??? DUDE YOUR CHANCE FINALLY!!! PLAY BY PLAY AND RECAPS!! Me and Hagsag already voted on it! DONE! LET'S GO, MAN!!!

    You are doing half of it already...

    The E-Man 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • He's no Matt Davidson, yet. 

    Sonicwind75 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Didn‘t homer in his first at bat. Slacker

    Eric S 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • baez on pace to hit 324+ HRs.  might have a MVP on our hands...

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • nice.

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • gallo...not exactly a fast guy...is taking nearly 1/2 of the distance of 1st/2nd lead.  that's brave.

    lester works out of 2 on, 2 outs with a groundout SS to 1st (cuz gallo was already on 2nd when it was fielded).

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • They'll fit right in.

    Ryno 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • bud selig approves

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • wow...there sure are a lot of...umm...naked chicks who want to be my "friend" on my MeWe notifications.

    also, Horny Schoolteacher seems to be part of the TCR chat crew.  neat.

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Yes! Could you IMAGINE what Boras could get for PHIL!!???

    The E-Man 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Is it possible for Brewers and Cards to tie?

    The E-Man 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • At the bottom of the page linked below are the current Cubs minor league reserve lists (which include players optioned to the affiliate from the MLB reserve list but who do not count against the minor league affiliate's reserve list), and the minor league reserve lists are different from the Minor League Camp rosters.  

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/minor-league-contra...

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • KDUB: The four Cubs full-season minor league affilliates have to get their active rosters down to 25 players by minor league Opening Day next Thursday (4/4). Each affiliate will no doubt place additional players on its 7-day Injured List on Opening Day and those players (in addition to the 25 players on the affiliate's active roster) will count against the affiliate's reserve lists limit (38 at Iowa, 37 at Tennessee, and 35 at Myrtle Beach and South Bend). 

    However, players on the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are optioned to the minors do - NOT - count against the affiliate's reserve list limit (because they are on the Cubs MLB reserve list), but they - DO - count against the affiliate's active list limit. 

    BTW, the reserve lists of the four full-season affiliates (unlike the MLB reserve list) are almost never full, but on 11/20 MLB clubs do fill-up their 38-man AAA affiliate's reserve list with Rule 5 Draft-eligible players they do not want to lose in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. 

    Also, the reserve lists of the Cubs two AZL teams and the Eugene affiliate as well as the two DSL teams are usually filled-up to the max (35) after the June draft and after the conclusion of that year's ISP on June 15th, but a lot of the players on the AZL and Eugene reserve lists (as well as some of the players on the two DSL reserve lists) are reassigned to the reserve lists of the other affiliates on 11/20. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Awesome, Thanks, Phil. So, from your lists of Cubs minor league camp rosters, the numbers teams have to cut down to before their seasons start are: 

    Iowa - 38, Tenn - 37, Myrtle Beach - 35 and South Bend - 35. Do I understand that correctly?

    K Dub 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • LHP Brian Duensing (who was Designated for Assigment this past Sunday) has cleared waivers and has accepted an Outright Assignment to AAA Iowa.

    Because he has Article XIX-A status (player has accrued at least five years of MLB Servive Time), Duensing had to give his permission before he could be sent to ther minors.

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • That Claire Jenkins grand slam last night for Alabama was insane.  Sicko mode.

    Ryno 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • almora/bryant/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote/zobrist(DH)/heyward/zagunis(LF)

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • luke hagerty to have left elbow surgery (not TJ) and is expected to miss all of the 2019 season.

    doh.

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • HAGSAG: They leave over the course of Sunday-Monday, but I don't have the departure times. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • new rule...no more massive multi-year $23m/yr contracts to guys with a .350-ish ob% that hit 10-15 homers just because they handle their 2 defensive chances a game in RF really well.

    physically, heyward looked great coming into spring.  he's not massively bulked, but he looked very fit with a bit more muscle on his arms.  no homers and 2 doubles in 42 spring PA, though.

    he spent of most the spring setting up in the back of the box with a wide stance which did him no favors with anything breaking.

    all that aside, we'll probably see a good bit of mark zagunis in RF/LF (especially vs lefties) and heyward will probably see a bit more time in CF with happ gone.  though zag will probably K a bit on the high side, he will take a walk and he's not slow...he could emerge as a solid cubs leadoff hitter when he plays.  personally, i'm very excited about zag and what he showed this spring.

    crunch 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • My general *feeling* about Hewyard's offense is pessimism. I've only seen bad Heyward for the last 3 years, and it's difficult not to expect more of the same.

    Giving away my youth a bit here, but the two names that jump out at me on that list are Francoeur and Upton. I see the comparitive value in that they both had some high value years early in their careers and then declined sharply. But Francoeur and Upton had clearer causes to their struggles at the plate. Francoeur had that super aggressive approach and Upton had strikeout issues, each of which were exploitable. Heyward is weird in that his plate discipline numbers have been pretty stable during his decline, but the quality of his contact is terrible. (I'm relying on the eyeball test a lot there, as the numbers available for that are pretty limited.)

    I have the sense that quality of contact issues are less predictable from one season to the next than plate discipline issues and that their causes are difficult to pinpoint. The narrative around Heyward has been that his swing mechanics are the issue. But I don't think there's a lot of rigorous analysis out there so far about how effectively players can really adjust mechanics at the MLB level or what the side effects of those adjustments are. May Heyward will be the touchstone when those articles get published?

    Charlie 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Phil, when will Iowa, Tenn, MB, and SB be breaking camp? Thanks.

    Hagsag 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Glad to hear that.

    Hagsag 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • K-DUB: 35 players "under control" refers to the club's reserve list. The "25 players active" is not just for each game, it is like the MLB 25-man roster. So I don't see any rules change for 2019 there. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • FYI, there's no date on the page, but here is what is currently up on milb.com

    "Here are the roster limits by league:

    Triple-A: International, Pacific Coast - 25 active.
    Double-A: Eastern, Southern, Texas - 25 active.
    Class A Advanced: California, Carolina, Florida State - 25 active; 35 under control; no more than two players and one player-coach on active list may have six or more years of prior Minor League service.
    Class A: Midwest, South Atlantic - 25 active; 35 under control; no more than two players on active list may have five or more years of prior Minor League service.
    Class A Short-Season: New York-Penn, Northwest - 35 active. No more than three players on the Active List may have four or more years of prior Minor League service.
    Rookie: Appalachian, Pioneer leagues - 35 active. No more than three players on the Active List may have three or more years of prior Minor League service.
    Rookie: Arizona, Gulf Coast leagues - 35 active. No player on the Active List may have three or more years of prior Minor League service.

    Rookie: Venezuelan Summer, Dominican Summer - 35 active. No player on the Active List may have four or more years of prior Minor League Service. No Draft-eligible player from the U.S. or Canada (not including players from Puerto Rico) may participate in the DSL or VSL."

    https://www.milb.com/about/faqs-business#19

    K Dub 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • K-DUB: Yes. It's 38 for AAA and 37 for AA. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Thanks, Phil. 

    So for AAA and AA, they've got to get down to a strict 25 man roster? Is there any sort of reserve list for those two levels?

    K Dub 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • K-DUB: The advanced short-season leagues (like NWL and NYP) have had a 35 man reserve list limit and a 35-man active list limit with 25 players designated "active" for each game (of which at least ten must be pitchers) since 2017, and the short-season "rookie" leagues (like AZL and DSL) have had a 35 man reserve list and 35 man active list with 30 players designated "active" for each game (of which at least ten must be pitchers) for many years. But I wasn't aware that the active list limit at full-season single-"A" has been changed to mirror advanced short-season leagues. If so, it will be a new rule in 2019.  

    If the roster limit rule has in fact been changed this year, that would actually make some sense, because it would allow the younger pitchers who populate single-"A" rosters to get more rest (since most of the extra players carried on an expanded single-"A" active list would be very likely be pitchers), and it would almost certainly encourage six-man starting rotations and/or multiple "piggy-back" combos. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • PHIL: MiLB.com says that Iowa and Tennessee can only carry 25 players at any one time while Myrtle Beach and South Bend can have 35 players on their roster while only 25 can be active for any one game. 

    Is this accurate? You are the master when it comes to roster ins and outs. Are there reserve lists for each level and stuff like that? (As an ETHS alum, I should have a better memory for such things, but I'm getting old...)

    Thanks!

    K Dub 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Thanks, Phil. 

    Wow, Albertos has really fallen off in more ways than one...

    K Dub 3 weeks 5 days ago
  • rob zastryzny is now in the dodgers organization...good for him.

    crunch 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • I just gotta say - is JHey going to give us his typical struggle to break the .250 mark and .700 OPS? He has slightly improved actually the last 2 years.

    But his D is slghtly declining, can't hit lefies much, can't hit righties THAT much better (but one can always count on him for a nice 4-3 to kill an inning).

    Its interesting that BR has his most similar comps as:

    1. Lloyd Moseby (942.0)
    2. Jeff Francoeur (940.3)
    3. Claudell Washington (929.5)
    4. Chili Davis (928.0)
    5. Melvin Upton Jr. (923.3)
    6. Willie Davis (918.0)
    7. Bob Bailey (914.8)
    8. Jose Cardenal (912.0)
    The E-Man 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • Obviously not Phil, but my guess is he should be invited to Extended Spring Training. (If it were me, I'd invite 30 from the DSL, but that's unlikely.) Let him pitch a bit for an inning or two, seeing how he progresses. If he's getting outs early, plan on him being in Mesa. If he's wild, or getting pounded, return him to Boca Chica.

    tim815 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • K-DUB: I wrote that the Albertos FB velo was from the day before (I wrote "yesterday") because I forgot to mention it at the time.   

    I don't know who specifically is coming to EXST or to the AZL from the Cubs Dominican Academy. 

    I don't know why Brendon Little was shut down. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • PHIL: Also, do you have any info as to what is bothering Brendon Little and how serious it is?

    K Dub 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • PHIL: First off, thank you, once again, for your tireless efforts in bringing us the stellar spring training info! 

    Two questions. Do you have any sense of whether Gallardo and Machado will be brought up and play in the AZL this year, and when will we likely know for sure? And yesterday, you listed Yovanny Cruz as sitting 94-96 (nice!) and Albertos at 89-92, but didn't have Albertos listed as throwing that day (instead it was Carrera who started). Did you mean Carrera or has Albertos' velocity really dropped that much?

    Thanks!

    K Dub 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • Thank you for posting these reports throughout spring.  Great info. 

    Sonicwind75 3 weeks 6 days ago

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