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37 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (three slots are open)

Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

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


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Cubs Blank A's at Papago

Wilson Contreras lined a two-run double into the left-field corner to spark a four-run 4th inning, and four pitchers combined to throw a six-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs whitewashed the EXST Athletics 8-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Connie Mack Field at the Papago Park Sports Complex in Phoenix.

In EXST Cubs roster news, 1B-OF Xavier Batista has been sent from Extended Spring Training to DSL Cubs #1, and IF-OF-C David Macias has completed his Extended Spring Training rehab assignment and has been assigned to Peoria.

The 19-year old 6'3 210+ X. Batista was hitting just 133/175/163 with 22 K in 63 PA for the EXST Cubs so far in 2011, after putting up a 215/248/419 slash-line with 42 K in 101 PA with the EXST Cubs this time last year, and a 212/263/300 line with 63 K in 186 PA last summer with the AZL Cubs. Despite showing HR power in BP, Batista hit just four HR in a combined 350 PA with the EXST Cubs and AZL Cubs in 2010 and the EXST Cubs in 2011.

Macias had been on the Daytona 7-day DL since May 10th, but he was needed at Peoria after 2B Pierre LePage was placed on the Chiefs 7-day DL with a groin strain. Such is the life of an "organizational player."

Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):

1. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-5 (K, F-8, 2B, E-6, P-6, R)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-4 (K, 2B, 4-3, 4-6 FC, R)
3. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, K, R, RBI, CS, PO)
4. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-4 (F-9, F-9, 4-3, K)
5. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-4 (F-8, 2B, 4-3, 3-1, R, 2 RBI)
6. Jesus Morelli, LF: 1-4 (1B, F-9, P-6, K)
7. Brandon May, DH #1: 2-4 (6-U FC, 1B, 3-1, 1B, R, RBI)
8. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-4 (F-9, 1B, 1-3, 3-6 FC, R)
9. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 2-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, 2B, R, RBI)
10. Blair Springfield, DH #2: 2-4 (2B, P-4, E-6, 1B+E9, R, 2 RBI)

1. Starling Peralta: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 41 pitches (29 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Hector Mayora: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 42 pitches (24 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
3. Rafael Diplan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 42 pitches (23 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Yilver Sanchez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 30 pitches (22 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO


Yaniel Cabezas 1-1 CS

CF Pin-Chieh Chen threw out runner 8-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single.


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s



r.coello is starting tonight for TN. wonder if they're gonna try to turn him into a starter. BOS played around with it last year before trading him.

according to Muskat love, Soriano and Baker in AZ rehabbing, Byrd given okay to start light activities
Taylor Guerreri, RHP, Spring Valley HS (SC). The next highly unpredictable pick in the top ten. Late rumors have the Cubs hoping a big college arm falls to them, but the highest upside high school arm could be the plan.
Could surprise with Springer Not afraid of Starling Lindor/Baez in HS mix Guerreri/Bradley Late run on Guerreri
the intro... What you see below is my current mock draft. Instead of big write-ups, which I’m saving for my final mock draft on Monday, these are the notes from calls and texts in my latest mock worksheet with source names removed. I hope it's a fun look at how the sausage is made.

do the cubs plan on turning a double play in 2011? also, matt v. is making himself sound retarded pouring hype and love all over d.barney.

Oooga, oooga. Abandon Ship. Ugly, uglier, ugliest. The T-ball Cubs stands for "trauma"? Rob Whitenack gets Tommy John elbow ligament surgery, Trey McNutt is out indefinitely with a rib cage injury that he tried to pitch through and the Cubs won't have the money for any free agent signings for years.
A source with first-hand knowledge of the Cubs’ purchase deal and debt structure says it involves enough annual burden that fans shouldn’t count on the Cubs going after any big free agents for two or three years.
Even on the pitching side, the Cubs’ fastest rising prospect this season, Robert Whitenack, had a possible 2011 callup ruined by Tommy John surgery this week. And that pitching depth at AAA Iowa? The I-Cubs rank last in the PCL in pitching.
Wittenmeyer, Sun-Times...…

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In reply to by Cubster

RHP Dallas Beeler is moving up to Tennessee from Peoria to replace Trey McNutt in the Smokies starting rotation. Beeler (like Whitenack this year and McNutt last year) is being fast-tracked up through the pipeline, and at least he has already had TJS (in 2009 while he was at Oral Roberts). Beeler throws 92-94 with a killer slider and a decent change-up, and he returned from his TJS rehab faster than expected. Conversely, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee was one of the Cubs top pitching prospects going into the 2008 season after wowing everybody at AZ Instructs post-2007 with a dive-bomb splitter and starting off strong at Peoria in 2008, but then he had TJS in June 2008, and although he was back pitching (although not effectively) by the end of the 2009 season and was able to put-in a mediocre full-season at Daytona last year, he was only a shell of his former self. Now three years removed from TJS, Rhee just recently started to show some indication that he might (maybe) finally be getting back to where he was pre-TJS.

Bruce Miles, Daily Herald with more... On Whitenack:
The 22-year-old right-hander out of SUNY Old Westbury will undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday. He had been experiencing some elbow discomfort. The Cubs brought him to Chicago for an MRI and got the bad news last night.
"It's a crushing blow and unexpected," farm boss Oneri Fleita told me this morning. "I told him the advantage he has is that he was a step away from Triple-A. He knows how close he is, and that's going to make him work harder to come back. He'll be fine. He knows what he's working for."
...and Trey McNutt is out indefinitely with bruised ribs. Muskat: "(McNutt) had to leave the game because of soreness in his ribs. McNutt apparently bruised his rib cage in a collision five days ago and tried to pitch through the injury. He will miss his next start, and there is no timetable for his return."

Let me count the ways. I'm going to need all my fingers and multiple toes... Tyler Colvin, broken bat hits him in the 3rd base line, punctured lung. Never the same? Marlon Byrd, HBP in Eye, fractured skull. Out > 6 weeks Matt Garza, elbow "bone bruise" Andrew Cashner, strained rotator cuff. Out indefinitely. Randy Wells, strained pitching forearm. Back but not pitching well yet. Aramis Ramirez, hit in mouth by grounder, multiple stitches inside lip. Don't forget the left shoulder dislocation. Geo Soto, pulled groin. This as much about Cub fans suffering 3 weeks of Koyie Hill. Alf Soriano, pulled quad. Also, Clown shoes in need of repair. Jeff Baker, strained groin Reed Johnson, injured low back Brett Jackson, finger ligament sprain Rob Whitenack, TJ elbow surgery Trey McNutt, smashed ribcage made worse for pitching through it. This stuff makes the Rich Harden days look like a piece of cake.

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In reply to by Cubster

Don't forget Angel Guzman (2010 shoulder surgery). He's throwing sim games once or twice a week at Fitch Park, and while he has his velocity almost back up to where it was pre-surgery and is able to throw all of his pitches without pain, his control is off (he has difficulty throwing his fastball for strikes). If and when he can control his fastball, he will probably move up to Daytona and then to Iowa, and then if he can get to the point where he can throw at least every-other day, he should be back in the Cubs bullpen by the end of the season.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks for the update AZ PHIL. I believe Guzman, Wood and A-Ram are close to one another with career DL Trips. Guzman also reportedly signed a deal with the Devil: "Yes, you will make the majors and I will give you an amazing arm. But when you do, you will require surgery after surgery, HAHAHAHAHA!! [evil laugh]

Oddly, Kerry Wood is healthy. For now. --- and I should have put John Grabow on that list for his bum knee. (but who cares)

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In reply to by Cubster

"Tyler Colvin, broken bat hits him in the 3rd base line, punctured lung. Never the same?" Colvin hit .215 in August last year. The air was out of the balloon before the lung was punctured. There was a similar legend about Hee-Seop Choi a few years ago: that he was doing fine before he fell backward and hit his head. Not in the couple of weeks before. And he had many seasons to recover from a bump on the head. [should have been a reply to #25]

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Actually, it's not debt per se but debt to earnings the MLB keeps an eye on:
The rules, intended to ensure clubs have the resources to support their financial obligations, generally limit a team's debt to 10 times its annual earnings,
So lower attendance = lower earnings = worse debt to earnings ratio = no payroll flexibility for free agents. So if you want the Cubs to sign Fielder next year, go buy a mess of tickets right now.

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In reply to by garsky

Their earnings haven't taken that much of a hit... comparitively very little comes from 3K shitty tickets and concessions they're missing out on. Now next year, if they don't sell all their season tickets, we'll talk. No Aram, No Pena no Fukudome, only one year of Z and Dempster... you think Pujols or Fielder is going to get a $50 million per season deal?

top of 1… first and third, nobody out Castro FC, Pena K, DeWitt Foul flyout. typical. No runs. it's getting easier to do other things this summer.

A few minutes ago Tim McCarver said Mike Quade had spent 22 years managing in the Cubs organization before becoming third base coach in 2006. Wrong and wrong.

2 out hitting...for runs? randy wells gets his 1st hit of the season putting guys on the corners? cubs lead? wuh?

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In reply to by crunch

The Cubs are getting ready for their run of about .500 ball such that they will be about 9 games back or so in July. Hendry will consider them not out of the race at the trading deadline (or even just one piece away from contending and therefore in position to trade prospects for a veteran) and we will retain the entire team.

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In reply to by springs

hehe... wonder what kerry wood will bring in trade. fwiw, im still amazed k.wood had/has a long career. he always had "stuff" but as he was being promoted through the minors he had some of the ugliest numbers while getting promotion after promotion. even his numbers didn't sway baseball america from laying prospect hype on him when he was walking 100+ guys a year in at nearly a guy per IP. carlos marmol weirded me out in a similar way with how the cubs promoted him and others loved his stuff. -edit- wood minors... 95- 7ip 5h 6bb 7k (18 - Rk/A-) 96- 114.1ip 72h 70bb 136k (19 - A+) 97- 151.2ip 93h 131bb 186k (20 - AA/AAA)

well...colvin is at least holding soriano's defense steady out in LF turning a single into a double by jogging after a ball in front of him assuming the runner would stop at 1st. at least there was 2 outs. on the next play the runner would be on 3rd via sac fly to RF rather than holding at 1st if there wasn't. turned out harmless thanks to 2 outs on the board.


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  • crunch (view)

    thomas hatch is going to fight ham in japan.  he was on PIT's 40-man.

  • crunch (view)

    morel played somewhere besides 3rd and SS...he got 8 innings in CF, 2 putouts and an assist.

  • crunch (view)

    ryan flaherty new cubs bench coach.

  • crunch (view)

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  • Bill (view)

    I hope that Perlaza goes on to have a successful career.  On most Cubs teams prior to the current administration, he would have been one of their more highly ranked prospects.  As far as the others are concerned, one or more may well go on to be much better than expected, but unfortunately there is no way to tell which one at the present time.  You can't keep everyone.

  • crunch (view)

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Another one of the nine Cubs post-2023 Rule 9 minor league 6YFA has signed, as RHP Carlos Guzman (acquired from the Tigers for Zack McKinstry at the end of Spring Training) signed a 2024 minor league contract with the Mets. 


    So RHRP Yovanny Cruz (SD), C-INF P. J. Higgins (CIN), and now Carlos Guzman (NYM) have already signed 2024 minor league contracts with new MLB organizations, and OF Yonathan Perlaza is headed for Korea (Hanhwa Eagles).

  • crunch (view)

    ...and back to 3rd for another game.  at this point i'm gonna hang back and when/if he actually plays 1st then i'll find it notable.  i am glad he's playing a good amount of 3rd, though...give the club one more good look at him there.  shrug

  • crunch (view)

    morel played SS last night (no errors)...hit a homer and a double.  he's got 2 of both in 19PA.

  • crunch (view)

    e.escobar was throwing 95-97mph on his fastball in 2023.