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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 @ Dodgers: Series Thread (Games 12-14)

The Cubs took two out of three from the Mariners at Wrigley and depart for the West Coast a game over .500, at 6-5. A day off on Thursday will give Dansby Swanson and Seiya Suzuki 24 more hours to be ready for game action before the team begins the six-game road trip. See below for matchups.

Game 12: Friday, April 14, 9:10 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (1-0, 0.75 ERA)

LAD: RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-1, 6.30 ERA)

Steele has gotten great results in two starts so far this season. His second time around, he showed diminished control and was forced to go to the fastball almost 70% of the time. He pitched around four walks, however, and managed to surrender only one earned run in six innings.

Syndergaard had a strong first start and a terrible second. The decline in his velocity appears to continue early on in 2023. He's no longer striking out a batter per inning and has elicited very little contact on the ground in his first two starts. He has yet to allow a walk in 2023.

Game 13: Saturday, April 15, 8:10 pm central

CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 7.00 ERA)

LAD: RHP Michael Grove (0-1, 14.73 ERA)

Taillon showed improvement in his second start, striking out 7 and allowing only 7 baserunning in 5 innings. His results were no better, however  as he allowed five runs, four earned. Hopefully, he can get to his curve more frequently again and achieve a more fortuitous spread of his hits allowed.

Michael Grove made six MLB starts and one relief appearance in 2022, his debut season. His slider is his best pitch, and he mixes it with a mid-90s fastball and a curve. He's gone only 4.0 and 3.1 innings in his first two starts of the season and has a WHIP of 2.32.


Game 14: Sunday, April 16, 3:10 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.52 ERA)

LAD: LHP Julio Urias (3-0, 1.50 ERA)

Smyly rebounded in his second start, striking out 7 and allowing only two hits and one walk. The contact he allowed was overwhelmingly in the air, but he managed to avoid any homeruns.

Having broke in with the Dodgers ay only 19 years old, Julio Urias has already made 104 MLB starts and 37 relief appearances. 2021 was his first complete season at the MLB level, and he's been dominant since then. In three starts so far this year, he's struck out 20 compared to 13 hits and two walks. He has three wins to show for those efforts.


I noticed Sgt. (Jake) Slaughter is recently/currently on the temporary inactive list, do you know the reason he's on said list?

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

FINWE: Unlike MLB, the minor leagues do not have a Paternity Leave List, Family Medical Emergency List, or Bereavement List, and unlike MLB players, minor leaguers don't get paid if they leave their club for any of those reasons, so if a player on a minor league roster leaves a minor league club for a childbirth, a family medical emergency, or bereavement, he is placed on the unpaid catch-all "Temporarily Inactive List." 

j.baez gets his 1st extra base hit of the season (double) and then brainfarts himself into an out on the basepaths forgetting it's not out 3 when baddoo flew out.

it's his 2nd time doing that this season.  he got benched.

welcome back swanson!!!  0-5, 5Ks.  back seems healthy at least.  he's taking some nice swings on those misses.

It's a good thing the Cubs didn't tell Leiter to kick rocks! What a job getting out of that. Snagging 2 of 3 in Dodger Stadium is a heck of a job

I think Jed was playing Roster Roulette and got lucky. He is definitely in my Bullpen Circle of Trust.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    i know it's still very early, but i'd like to go into the xmas-to-newyears part of the off-season with something more than...*checks list*...patrick wisdom avoids arbitration with a 1-year deal

    also, steven brault retired and was spotted at the winter meetings with a demo reel and making contacts trying to break into broadcasting (not a joke).  unless he's more optimistic than talented (we already know he can sing) he should make it one day because he seems to be very serious about it.

  • Cubster (view)

    I blame Jason Schmidt’s 3/44

  • Craig A. (view)

    Was all that stuff with the Blue Jays just to squeeze an extra $10 million/yr out of the Dodgers?  It's more than enough to cover his California income taxes!

  • crunch (view)

    unless he pitches into his late-30 that is gonna sting.  a 70m DH...ow.

    it's great to take care of 2 roster spots in 1 player, and i'm sure the team will cut into the pay with the amount of merch/etc he can sell just by being attached to the team....but yeah, i'm not mad the cubs didn't go that extreme.

  • WebAdmin (view)

    Shohei Ohtani to join Dodgers according to ESPN. 10 years for $700 m
  • Cubster (view)

    I'm getting the feeling that Todd Walker might be a Shaw comp. A valuable hit first player but limited albeit not awful on defense. Hopefully, he has more upside. Not a bad floor if Steve Garvey is his ceiling.

  • Wrigley Rat (view)

    AZ Phil - If that's the level of return, I would want NO part of that trade to Cleveland for Clase and Bieber. I have some faith that the Cubs have a strong plan for which prospects they will keep (even if they dangle them in trade talks) and which they will move, because they have plenty of solid prospects they can trade but they shouldn't be trading any of the ones they hope will be future core players. Some guys are redundant, so I hope they choose the right players to keep and the right players to move. It's always important for a team to know its own minor league players better than scouts from other teams (obviously), but I don't think that's always been the case for the Cubs and many other clubs. 

    Cubster - I watched an interview with Carter Hawkins a couple days ago where he said that although Morel hasn't gotten into any Dominican games at 1B, the Cubs did send coaches down with Morel to work on first base skills during practice. So he is developing those skills, whether the Cubs end up using him there or not will probably be dependent on a lot of factors including how those coaches think he looks at the position while training. 

  • tim815 (view)

    He could still play SS at Double-A, but Vazquez, Hoerner, and Swanson are much better defensively, arm strength or not. I'd be good leaving Shaw at SS with McGeary and Ballesteros around, but by the first of June (?), 1B might make sense in DM.

  • crunch (view)

    i have no reason to see a problem, it just seems like it's his most obvious reason to give pause on him at 1st.

    the cubs situation dictates 2nd/SS isn't an option.  his arm dictates 3rd isn't an option.  1st or CF seems to be his best path and he's only played CF in summer ball back in highschool/college...and of course PCA is a better + closer to the bigs CF.

    it's a lot safer to say he's made for 1st than it is he's made for 3rd.  even as a SS his arm is weak, and it's not like his glove is so great he needs to stay in the middle-IF.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    CRUNCH: Steve Garvey (one of Shaw's comps as a hitter) was a 5'10 right-handed throwing first-baseman with a rag arm. Jeff Bagwell (another Shaw comp) was a 6'0 right-handed throwing first-baseman with a rag arm. Carlos Santana (who played 1B for Counsell in Milwaukee last season and is an above-average defensive first-baseman) is 5'11. It's not like Shaw is 5'7 or 5'8. I don't really see the problem.