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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eleven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and three players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-16-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 11
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P
Ethan Roberts, P
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P
* Jordan Wicks, P& 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P 

DFA
Jose Cuas, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs @ Astros: Series Thread (Games 41-43)

After taking the series opener, the Cubs lost two blowouts to the Minnesota Twins. They'll try their luck in Houston next, arriving in Texas with a 19-21 record opposing the 21-19 Houston Astros. See below for matchups.


Game 41, Monday, May 15, 7:10 pm central 

CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 6.41 ERA)

HOU: RHP Framber Valdez (3-4, 2.38 ERA)


Game 42, Tuesday, May 16, 7:10 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (6-0, 1.82 ERA)

HOU: RHP Cristian Javier (3-1, 3.47 ERA)


Game 43, Wednesday, May 17, 7:10 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (4-1, 3.05 ERA)

HOU: RHP JP France (1-0, 0.77 ERA)

Comments

morel in LF, happ DH...madrigal still getting ABs, playing 2nd.  i like madrigal the bench/rest player...not a big fan of madrigal trying to get 450+ AB.

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In reply to by crunch

I'd much rather see Slaughter at 3B Morel at 2B and Wisdom at DH, but then the only reason Madrigal is playing more now, is because of Nico being out; so Slaughter getting more consistent playing time in Iowa (/not being misused by Ross) is something I'm okay with............

If they signed Happ to an extension to be the LF for the next few years,  why is he the DH and Morel is in LF? I'm fine with the decision overall, it just seems a little contradictory.......

morel gives up 2 runs with piss poor LF defense.  dude plays 2nd, SS, and 3rd really well, but the Cubs system is dead set on putting him in the OF.

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In reply to by crunch

I always felt 75% of playing Outfield was getting the right read on the ball off the bat. Then it's just physical skill running to a spot just behind where the ball is going to come down, getting set up for the throw ahead of the lead runner or cutoff man. The only way to get better at playing karoms off the wall is having a coach hitting fungos so you can learn how the ball will play. 

This has become a game to watch only to see if Burdi makes his debut. And if he has any clue whatsoever where the ball is going when it leaves his hand.

morel ties it with a 3r homer...guess he's picking up his own mistakes.  quality trait in a young player.

Madrigal is causing serious issues for Morel

The Jed/Ross loyalty to Madrigal is forcing Morel to play away from his best Def positions. All of which are as good or better than Madrigal. 

So Morel has to learn positions on the fly in the majors so Jed can try and salvage value from the old Kimbrel trade. Just move on! The deal was a wash. DFA Madrigal. Play Nico and Morel. 

You have Slaughter in Iowa. They liked him in ST. I'm not a big Mastrobuoni guy. Heck, Sergio Alcantara is a legit SS switch hitter who's only 26 and might be approaching his best baseball.

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In reply to by Childersb3

I refer to my previous comment about my thoughts on slaughter/Madrigal, et al. But it does feel like they're really trying to eke out something with Madrigal, who was basically a: throw him against the wall and see if he sticks kind of player acquisition; at this point, there are literally three or four better options available............

wow bellinger...robs a homer, but gets injured.  hell of a catch.  walks off limping a little bit, maybe he can avoid the IL.

wonder if m.fulmer will get to pitch 4 days in a row.   bringing him in to lose the game last night after giving up a ton of runs the night before was brilliant.  maybe we can get madrigal and hosmer in the lineup tonight, too.  fun times.  3 games under .500 with a positive (+27) run differential.

madrigal leading off and playing 3rd, hosmer DH, masterboney 2nd....morel in CF, no word on bellinger yet.  it's also happ's first time this year somewhere other than the 3 slot (hitting 4th).

and yeah, wins are an over-rated stat, but steele's going for his 7th and it's only mid-may.

Was at the game in Houston Monday night. Few thoughts on the experience.

 

Mancini got a nice round of applause when he was given his 2022 World Series Ring. Video team must have worked hard to get enough highlight clips of him in an Astros jersey to make the video montage. 

 

I understand trying to give Happ a bit of a breather at DH but not sure Minute Maid is the right place.  However, the misplay by Morel was not impacted by weird dimensions.  Also Happ got doubled off at 1b on a line drive and didn't slide or get a good jump back into base.  Just awkwardly ran into the 1b.  Initial reaction to the play was "is he hurt?".  Maybe he's fighting an undisclosed nagging injury. 

 

Bellinger's catch in centerfield was amazing.  There was a collective WOW from everybody there.  Hope he is OK. 

 

That being said, Astro fans don't like Bellinger.  He got a healthy amount of boos when his name was announced before his first AB.  Guessing it was related to Dodger fans always booing 2017 Astro players and this is some weird payback. 

 

This roster is a mess.  After Mastrobuoni came in for Bellinger the Cubs bench was two left-handed first baseman that can't play anywhere else on the field. 

 

Fair number of Cubs fans in attendance.  Gone to a handful of games there and Astro fans are a pretty nice but enthusiastic group of fans.  35k announced attendance and there was definitely an energy to the crowd.

 

Nice thing about new schedule is that there will at least one series within driving distance each season. Cubs are set up to alternate road series between Rangers and Astros.  I live in the Austin, TX area and last year the nearest game was a 14+ hour drive to St Louis.   

 

Win or lose, always great to enjoy a game at a MLB ballpark. 

ben brown ends his run of great AA/AAA (current AAA) starts tonight...it's only the 3rd inning, but he hasn't looked good even though he's "only" given up 3 runs so far.

So many opportunities to blow this game wide open that it just seemed inevitable that they would blow it. And they did. 

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour ago (view)

    Also, Yency Almonte is already 39 days into his 15-day IL assignment and he doesn't appear close to a rehab assignment, so he could have been transferred to the 60- day IL and still would have been eligible to be reinstated in 21 days.  

    So the Cubs must believe that now is a really good time to run Jose Cuas through waivers. (Presuming he is not traded or claimed off waivers, Cuas is NOT eligible to elect free agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be a Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-2024 World Series if he is not added back to the 40 or signs a 2025 minor successor contract in the meantime). 

  • crunch 1 hour 42 minutes ago (view)

    damn, willson contreras will begin a AAA rehab assignment tomorrow.

    broken wrists aren't what they used to be.  it's been about 5 weeks.

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 8 minutes ago (view)

    The Cubs have not just one, not just two, but - THREE - former Grand Canyon University closers in their system -- Frankie Scalzo Jr, Nick Hull, and Vince Reilly. Also catcher David Avitia.  

    Cubs "four corners" area scout Steve McFarland is one of the best scouts in the business. (Four corners area includes Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona, plus Las Vegas/Clark County). 

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 23 minutes ago (view)

    A month into the 2024 season the Cubs were last in stolen bases. They are now 10th (5th in the N. L.). 

  • crunch 4 hours 7 minutes ago (view)

    frankie scalzo

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 27 minutes ago (view)

    Childersb3: No. 

    A player can be recalled from an optional assignment and be placed on the club's MLB 60-day IL without any other move required. As long as the 40-man roster is full when the player is recalled and placed on the 60-day IL, it isn't even necessary to immediately replace the player on the 40 with another player, so this move could have been made the day after Madrigal sustained the broken hand at AAA and the Cubs could have played with 39 players on the 40 until whenever the slot might have been needed.   

    However, beginning on September 1st, the 40-man roster must be full when a player is placed onto or transferred to the 60-day IL - AND - another player must immediately replace the player on the 40 when the player is moved to the 60-day IL, but prior to September 1st that is not necessary. 

  • Childersb3 15 hours 58 minutes ago (view)

    Greg Zumach of Twitter/X's @IvyFutures page is reporting that Moises Ballesteros and a RP from TN are being promoted to IA.

  • Cubster 16 hours 15 minutes ago (view)

    MLBTR is reporting that former Cub, Mike Brumley was killed in a car accident. He was only 61.

    I remember him more for the trade that brought him to Chicago and the trade that led to his exit. He was a bench SS on the 1987 Andre Dawson MVP season—but last place finishing team.  He was on the Cubs coaching staff in 2014.

    the Red Sox traded Brumley and Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner in May 1984, which led to Brumley making his MLB debut in a Chicago uniform in 1987.  The Cubbies then dealt Brumley and Keith Moreland to the Padres in February 1988 in the swap that brought Goose Gossage and Ray Hayward to Chicago.”

  • crunch 16 hours 59 minutes ago (view)

    the bats are piling up walks with not many hits...and the hits are rather low on doubles and homers.  they would be in much better shape if the bats were cashing in more of this walk-heavy lineup.

    the amount of 1-run games this team is playing is astounding...and it's not like a majority of these are high-scoring 1-run games.

  • Childersb3 17 hours 11 minutes ago (view)

    Wait, stupid question. 

    Wicks spot could've gone to MMadrigal, first. 

    Sorry