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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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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

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

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

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

David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

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

* Owen Caissie  

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Cubs @ Blue Jays: Series Thread (Games 116-118)

The Cubs came short on their comeback effort and went 1-2 in New York. They'll cross national boundaries to take on their next opponents, the Blue Jays. See below for matchups.

Game 116, Friday, August 11, 6:07 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad (1-2, 3.35 ERA)
TOR: RHP Jose Berrios (9-7, 3.38 ERA)

Game 117, Saturday, August 12, 2:07 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (13-3, 2.68 ERA)
TOR: RHP Chris Bassitt (11-6, 3.87 ERA)

Game 118, Sunday, August 13, 12:37 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-6, 5.17 ERA)
TOR: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (0-1, 4.00 ERA)


cade horton put in 4ip 5h 2bb 2k, 2r/er for AA TNS...2nd appearance.  crazy to think this is a guy we could legit expect to see sometime in 2024 even if he's an extreme longshot to break with the team out of spring training.  he turns 22 later this month.

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In reply to by crunch

Cade Horton has pitched 53.2 innings in college and 69.1 innings of pro ball.   I fear that if the Cubs rush him to Wrigley next year, he will struggle and fail to reach expectations because he never worked out how to deal with failure at the minor league level.  The Cubs have rushed several MiLB pitchers this year into converting power arms to the bullpen with very mixed results.  Young ones have a natural matriculation clock that goes out a whack when executives force a timeline that does not sync with successful progression through the minors. 

Mervis is one example and I have my doubts about his big league future.  Brennan Davis needs another 18 months of good baseball before he is ready to fulfill his potential.  Davis was a basketball player turned baseball future in his draft year.  He needs extra time to mature and I don't think he will get the patience he needs to fully blossom.  I also think Jordan Wicks is being rushed by a half-year.  PCA will not be ready for success at the beginning of 2024.  He has only played pro ball for 1 1/2 years coming from high school. 

I think Kyle Schwarber was rushed and he never developed his potential as the best college bat in his draft year.  He settled into early success as a power hitter and learned that HRs = $$$.  He makes great money, but I would not want him at the plate with the game on the line if he was still a Cub.

Everyone wants to see promising talent go quickly to Wrigley Field.  I can speak for AZ Phil in that we are old enough to remember countless, can't miss prospects flame out in Cubbie blue.  I am anxious to see all these guys in Cub uniforms.  I just want to see them at their best when they arrive.  The Cubs are turning the corner at the big league level and need ready-made players to step in a succeed on a winning ball club.  If Hoyer and company think their best Milb talent can finish cooking in Wrigley while the team strives for first place in the central division going forward, they will end up burning a few prospect's best future outcome.

friday game is a stupid Apple TV+ game.  no subscription, no access.  tired of this kind of stuff from MLB.  exclusive access with Apple/Paramount/ESPN and who knows what's coming in the if people are out there paying $1000 a month with the 50 or so streaming services while also having cable TV.

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In reply to by crunch

Only way to make this fair is for each streaming service to provide sport packages (better yet, individual team packages) instead of having to purchase full subscription. 

It'll come back on these providers hard if they don't do something like this. Apple+ won't make the money they want and they'll drop MLB completely. 

The only sport that can do something like this is the NFL. They did well with DirecTV. And they'll do even better with YouTube TV. reworked their top-100 rankings...#12 - PCA, #30 - cade horton, #69 - owen caissie, #77 - kevin alcantara, #92 - ben brown...5 guys in the top 100, 4 coming from trades

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In reply to by Cubster

Given that the Cubs were buyers and not sellers at the trade deadline and that they did not acquire any veteran relievers for the pen, I think it's likely that we will see some combination of Tyler Duffey, Shane Greene, and/or Stephen Gonsalves (all three are presently at AAA Iowa) and (if healthy) Brad Boxberger -- plus the possibility of a potential waiver claim -- replacing Wesneski, Palencia, and Kilian in the near future. 

And again, MLB active roster limits expand from 26 to 28 on 9/1, and clubs - MUST - add two players (it is not optional), and only one of the two can be a pitcher, so the Cubs will almost certainly have 14 pitchers on the active list roster by 9/1. 

wow...wainwright gave up 8 runs in a 1 inning outing.  he's currently rocking a 8.78 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 16 starts.  2 games from 200 career wins...

cubs win!  top of the 9th run and alzolay shuts it down.  he's thrown 36 pitches the past 2 days.  reds game postponed, brewers evening game.

Reds rained out. 

This was a really entertaining game. Meaningful August baseball is great stuff. On to the Pink! Concert at Wrigley tonight. 

Mr. Phil,

Have you seen Zyhir Hope in person at all?

He hit his 2nd HR in ACL action today. 

Just curious

Childersb3…not Phil but I was at the ACL Cubs game today and saw Zyhir Hope for the second time. He is someone to get excited about. Sweet left hand swing, excellent plate discipline and great baseball instincts. He has  a well developed physique that will get better over time. On top of everything else, I spoke with him after both games and he’s a very nice young man who seems very humble.  I’m surprised (pleasantly) that they could draft him where they did and sign him for what they did.

Crunch…MLBTR article says Jonathan India is out at least until September with his left foot plantar fasciitis.

“I don’t think this is a reason to completely panic,” Taillon said.

fine...i'll panic 75-80% of my total panic capacity.

This week we will see how important a favorable schedule is. Two off days plus Cubs face WSux-Royals at home and Brewers have only today as an off day and face  Dodgers-Rangers on the road. The usual Cubbery disclaimers apply. 

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... 

    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...  

    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)...
    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...  

    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...  

    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)... 

    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...  

    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...    

    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.