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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 @ Pirates: Series Thread (Games 4 & 5)

The Cubs took two out of three from last year's NL Central champs and nearly pulled another from the grip of a Brewer's staff that put a lot of hurt on the 2021 team in the early going. In their first away series of 2022, they'll take on some softer competition from fellow NL Central basement dwellers, the Pittsburgh Pirates. See below for the daily matchups.

Game 4, Tuesday, April 12, 3:12 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, -.--)

PIT: LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, -.--)

Smyly made 23 starts with Atlanta in 2021 and put up numbers slightly above replacement level. In his best years, he's been a bit better than league average, but he's also struggled to stay on the field consistently. He should have been pitching depth for the Cubs, but with Miley, Alzolay, and Mills all out in the early going, the Cubs push him into regular rotation work for the time being.

Quintana will take on a lineup in familiar blue pinstripes, but few current Cubs have had a look at the veteran lefty. Contreras, of course, knows his repertoire as a receiver. Jonathan Villar is 5/14 with a homerun off of Quintana and could find his way into the mix.

Game 5, Wednesday, APril 13, 11:35 am central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 1.69 ERA)

PIT: RHP Zach Thompson (0-0, -.-- ERA)

Hendricks gets his second go-round of 2022 as the Cubs can pass without a 5th starter for now. He struck out 7 Brewers on opening day but also allowed 8 baserunners in 5.1 inning pitched.

Zach Thompson made 26 appearances, 14 of them starts, for the Miami Marlins as a rookie in 2021. The then-27-year-old rookie put up solid numbers and was traded in the off-season as part of a package that send Jacob Stallings to sunnier climes. The Pirates rotation offers less competition for starts and should give Thompson a chance to establish himself as a back-end starter.


keegan thompson suspended 3 games.  pretty much expected.  he may or may not appeal.

d.ross suspended 1 game and will serve it tuesday.

fraizer(DH) - contreras - wisdom - schwindel - suzuki - madrigal - hermosillo(CF) - happ - hoerner

SUZUKI!  unf.

From tonight's I-Cub game notes: While Brennen Davis hasn’t gotten off to the hot start he did last season with Iowa, he has still given the I-Cubs several productive plate appearances. Davis is hitting just .158 (3-for-19) this season, but he’s taken seven walks in his first 26 plate appearances this season. That’s good for not only the team lead, but a tie for the most walks taken by any qualified player in Triple-A baseball.

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In reply to by Mike Wellman

7 walks in 26 PA as a 22 year old in AAA is stellar.  he obviously has an idea of what he wants to swing at and what he doesn't want to swing at.  that's a great core skill for a guy his age in AAA.

hopefully the swing-and-miss at the stuff he does like gets better, 2023 quickly or something.

yanks decided to bat rizzo leadoff tonight...single, homer, and walk in 5 PA.

rizzo 1/16m (16m player option for 2023) might end up being one of the best offseason deals in baseball for an established vet.  i wonder how off-reality his offseason demands were to settle for a 1-year deal for a gamble to reestablish his value.  he turns 33 in august.

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.