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59 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
19 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-6-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 22
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 4  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 3 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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Cub Pitchers Fan Sweet Sixteen A's at Fitch Park

Wladimir Galindo smacked an RBI double, singled twice, and scored a run, Chris Pieters singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs, D. J. Wilson drilled an RBI triple, and RHSP Pedro Silverio hurled three innings of no run/no hit ball and combined with three relievers to strike out 16 hitters and toss a five-hitter, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Mike Martin tripled, singled twice, and scored both of the A's runs. 

In twelve Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (43 PA), Wladimir Galindo is hittting 333/372/462 (28% K-rate and 2% walk-rate), with three three-hit games. Galindo displays a similar offensive skill-set as Jorge Soler (extremely hard contact when he hits the ball, but not many walks and a lot of strikeouts). He has also committed five errors (two throwing and three fielding) in eleven games played at 3B (he was a DH in the other game). The 19-year old Galindo was part of the touted Cubs 2013-14 IFA class that also included Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Jen-Ho Tseng, and Jeferson Mejia, and Galindo had a fine rookie season in 2014, hitting 278/356/472 for the VSL Cubs and leading the VSL in HR as a 17 year old. But then he missed most of the 2015 season with left wrist inflammation (at EXST) and then a fractured left hand (in the AZL), so the inconsistency he is showing at the plate and in the field right now is probably to be expected. 

As things stand right now, it would appear that Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, and either Erling Moreno, Manny Rondon, or Jesus Castillo will form the Eugene starting rotation, and Daniel Lewis, Tommy Nance, Pedro Araujo, Tyler Peitzmeier, Jared Cheek, John Michael Knighton, and Mark Malave will be the bullpen arms, with Scott Frazier, Alexander Santana, Enrique de los Rios, M. T. Minacci, and Yapson Gomez still battling for jobs in the Emeralds pen. Again, this is only as things stand right now at this point in time, because a lot can happen between today and June 17th (Northwest League Opening Day). 

John Arguello (Cubs Den) has a game report:  

link 

And here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-4 (F-8, 4-3, 3B, F-7, RBI)
2. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-4 (K, K, 6-2 FC, F-8)
3. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, BB, F-9, P-3, R)
4. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-7, BB, 2 R, SB)
5a. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 3-3 (1B+E6, 2B, 1B, R, RBI)
5b. Jhonny Bethencourt, PR-3B: 0-1 (P-4, CS)
6. Alex Bautista, RF: 2-3 (2B, K, 1B, RBI)
7. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-3 (K, F-8, 4-6-3 DP)
8. Gustavo Polanco, C-DH: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, L-8)
9a. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 0-2 (K, P-6) 
9b. Tyler Payne, PH: 0-1 (P-2)
10a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #2: 0-1 (P-6)
10b. Jose Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
10c. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (E-7)
11. Yohan Matos, DH #3: 1-3 (F-8, 2B, P-3, R)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Pedro Silverio: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 51 pitches (30 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 26 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 34 pitches (25 strikes) 
4. Tommy Nance: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (25 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+ 

Comments

The Cubs are defintely concerned about losing catcher Tim Federowicz off waivers once Miguel Montero returns from the DL in a day or two. (Federowicz is out of minor league options). Federowicz has proven that he has recovered 100% from Spring Training 2015 knee surgery, and he has reclaimed his reputation with scouts as one the best defensive catchers in the minors. (Baseball America rated him the Red Sox best defensive catcher three years in a row prior to Federowicz getting traded to LAD).   

The Cubs consider Federowicz to be their #3 catcher (that's why he remained with the MLB club throughout Spring Training, right up until Opening Day). and they hope that they can get him through waivers, But if he is in fact claimed, the Cubs are prepared to go with Willson Contreras as their #3 catcher should Ross and/or Montero go on the DL again later this season. Contreras is considered VERY close to being MLB ready, although the Cubs would prefer to leave him at AAA until September.  

Taylor Davis is NOT seen by the Cubs as a legitimate #1 or #2 MLB catcher, although he could surface later this season in Chicago as a C-1B-3B-RH PH (functioning somewhat in the Kyle Schwarber role that allowed Maddon to PH or PR for Ross or PR for Montero in the same game without running out of catchers).

Javy Baez is the Cubs #3 catcher right now (he was a catcher in HS before he moved to 3B in his junior year and to SS in his senior year), and he actually does know enough about the position to play there in a pinch. In fact, there were draft previews in 2011 that mentioned Baez's eventual MLB position as catcher!

AA Tennessee catcher Victor Caratini has made great strides as both a receiver and as a hitter this season, but his throwing still needs work. That said, consider Caratini a virtual lock to get added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster after the season (he will be first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2016), and if both Ross AND Montero were to go on the DL and presuming Federowicz is gone (claimed off waivers), the Cubs would consider Caratini (not Davis) as a short-term second stop-gap at catcher (behind Contreras) if things go totally to shit.  

With Will Remillard (considered the best defensive catching prospect in the system a couple of years ago) having undergone his second TJS in 13 months, South Bend catcher P. J. Higgins is now considered the third legitimate MLB catching prospect among catchers on the four full-season Cubs affiliates, although he is still very raw and a couple years behind Caratini. Higgins played catcher a bit in college at Old Dominion, but the Cubs used him only as an infielder (2B-3B) last season after he was drafted (he was moved back to catcher at Minor League Camp), but he is projected to remain at catcher going forward. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I'm wondering if the Cubs might decide to go with 3 catchers again including Federowicz. Ross is playing well but as the weather heats up it's unlikely he plays as many innings. Montero with a cranky low back injury also may not be able to handle a starters load. Right now Clayton Richard has been unreliable and the roster/bullpen's weakest link. I'd try to get him to the minors rather than losing TF. Although that leaves the Cubs only with Travis Wood as the sole bullpen lefty, Richard has not been filling the LOOGY role well to this point and although they used him as a swingman for spots starts last year they have several who can do that now including Warren/Cahill.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

My own entry in the Cub catching derby is Brockmeyer. He is loitering in A+ where his bat belongs, but when they need a catcher at Tennessee or Iowa, they call him up. The same thing will happen at Wrigley, sooner or later. I just think that catcher is the backbone of the defense and that Brockmeyer is a very large backbone--6'5", 235, at least. It's like having Abe Lincoln back there. And yet his coaches rave about how small he gets, how low he squeezes down.

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In reply to by jacos

He's just not going to get traded this season. If he does, I imagine the Cubs package would look something like three of these four: Schwarber, Soler, Almora, and Baez; plus Torres; plus a handful of live arms from the Sands, Steele, Hudson, etc., category. In other words, it's not happening in part because the price tag would be too much. There are a few teams that have the minor league pieces to make it happen without touching their major league roster. Boston, the Dodgers, and Texas come to mind. I doubt the Cubs are one of them.

Trout won't happen. Plus the Cubs aren't stupid like ARZ with Shelby Miller trade which has worked out well for the 1-4, 6.94 ERA. He gives up more runs than Arrieta, Hammel, and Lester combined

AZ Phil, has Concepcion figured this stuff out all of a sudden? Also, I am impressed with Jason Vosler. Is he a possible utility man to consider in a year or two. I know he has played all over the infield.

HAGSAG: Gerardo Concepcion was throwing his fastball 91-93 and touching 94 and was commanding both his fastball and his breaking ball at Minor League Camp (which is the last time I saw him), and if he can keep that up he will be an MLB lefty reliever. The Cubs are already paying him $1M this season because of the five-year MLB contract he signed in 2012, so there is no reason not to bring him up if the Cubs feel he can help. 

Although he is playing 3B (only) at Myrtle Beach right now, Jason Vosler is projected as a utility INF at the higher levels. As long as he keeps hitting, he will progress through the system. 

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    cease has a 8m deal and 2 years of club control.  he wouldn't be cheap.

    dunno if the rumored talent given up is worth it, but if the wsox want a return on cease there's no time like now considering the very low 2024 price tag.

    the cheap price incentive for a full year vs. mid-season addition seems like a wash in potential return.

    wicks could immediately slot in as a starter on most teams.  also, the cubs already have a couple of solid lefty starters slotted in for at least the next 4 years.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Mully and Haugh Chicago Radio says that folks within Cubs front office now believe a Belli ddeal will get done. Also, White Sox wanted to see Wicks, Mervis and Vazquez today for a possible Cease deal. 

    That can't be real. But, the Sox have been overpricing Cease.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    JORDAN WICKS
    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
       
    CALEB KILIAN:
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    RICHARD LOVELADY
    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    THOMAS PANNONE
    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    BAILEY HORN
    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA has blue hair...with a buzz cut...odd combo.  he's 2 dozen face tattoos away from being a mumble rapper.

  • crunch (view)

    these uniforms are hot garbage.  everything Fanatics touches turns to...well, hot garbage.