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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-29-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* 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

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 5 
David Bote 
Garrett Cooper
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs Rally to Tie Brew Crew in Maryvale

Alberto Mineo (two-run single, RBI triple, and a walk) and Tyler Pearson (two walks and a double) reached base three times a piece for the Cubs, and Gilbert Lara (RBI triple), David Denson (RBI double), and Yerald Martinez (RBI double) stroked run-scoring extra-base hits in a three-run fourth, CF Joantgel Segovia drilled three singles, stole two bases, drove-in two runs, and threw out a runner on the bases, and RHP J. B. Kole threw five innings of two-hit ball for the Brewers, as the Cubs rallied for two runs in the top of the 9th and played the Brewers to a 6-6 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #7 (AKA "Paul Molitor Field") at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, AZ.  

Before Kole entered the game, the Cubs scored two runs on four hits in the top of the 1st inning off 6'9 RHP Johnny Hellweg, who is on the Brewers MLB 60-day DL while rehabbing from 2014 Tommy John Surgery.  

RHP Austyn Willis got the start for the Cubs and retired nine of the first ten men he faced on just 27 pitches, before running into trouble in the fourth when the Brew Crew plated three runs on a single, the Lara triple, and the Denson and Martinez doubles.

RHRP Corbin Hoffner worked the 8th and the 9th for the Cubs and did not allow a run, retiring six of the seven men he faced (three strikeouts and three ground outs) to preserve the tie. His new extreme sidearm (almost submarine) delivery coupled with lots of off-speed stuff (AKA "junk") really kept the Brewers hitters off-stride.

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRPs Brad Markey and Daniel Lewis have been moved up to Lo-A South Bend, replacing RHPs James Norwood and Jake Stinnett, who were placed on the SB 7-day DL.  

The 23-year old Markey was the Cubs 2014 19th round draft pick out of Virginia Tech, and he worked in 15 games (combined) out of the AZL Cubs and Boise bullpens after signing in June. He was left behind at Extended Spring Training despite spending much of Minor League Camp with the Hi-A Myrtle Beach squad, but he has pitched very well at EXST, and it was just a matter of time before he got his Letter of Transit out of Casablanca.  

Although Daniel Lewis is 24, he has only been pitching for a year. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force after finishing high school, and enrolled in Pensacola JC after being discharged in 2013. The Cubs signed him as a Non-Drafted Free Agent (NDFA) in July 2014 after scouting him in the Cape Cod League (probably the top collegiate summer league), and he appeared in eight games out of the Boise bullpen after signing. He attended AZ Instructs post-2014 but he did not pitch well there. Lewis features a high-octane 94-MPH fastball, but his command is spotty and his secondary pitches are raw. 


BRAD MARKEY - 2015 CACTUS LEAGUE EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING GAMES 
1. 4/17: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
2. 4/21: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 15 pitches (10 strikes)
3. 4/24: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
4. 4/29: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 3/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (16 strikes)
5. 5/5: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 B, 0 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 17 pitches (13 strikes)
6. 5/9: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (16 strikes)
TOTAL: 10.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 PO, 12/11 GO/FO, 66% strikes, 1.80 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, .172 OppBA

DANIEL LEWIS  - 2015 CACTUS LEAGUE EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING GAMES 
1. 4/17: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (8 strikes)
2. 4/20: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
3. 4/24: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
4. 4/28: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER),  0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 5/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (15 strikes)
5. 5/1: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/FO, 17 pitches (9 strikes)
6. 5/5: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes)
7. 5/8: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 2 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 44 pitches (19 strikes)
8. 5/13: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 4/2 GO/FO, 36 pitches (19 strikes)
TOTAL: 12.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 9 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 3 WP, 2 GIDP, 17/11 GO/FO, 56% strikes, 3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .150 OppBA     

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only): 


CUBS LINEUP
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-4 (E-6, 4-3, 5-4 FC, BB, 6-3, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, DH-SS: 0-5 (6-4 FC, F-7, F-7, L-8, E-4, R)
3. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 0-5 (K, L-6, 4-3, F-9, 4-3)
4. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, K, BB, F-9, 2 R) 
5. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-4 (1B, 6-3, 5-3, 5-3) 
6. Alberto Mineo, C-1B: 2-3 (1B, K, 3B, BB, 3 RBI)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B-C: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, F-9, 5-4 FC)
8. Adonis Paula, 3B; 1-3 (E-6, 2B, BB, 5-3, CS)
9. Ho-Young Son, SS-DH: 0-2 (5-4 FC, BB, 6-4 FC, HBP, 2 R, 2 SB)
10a. Tyler Pearson, DH #2: 1-2 (K, BB, BB, 2B) 
10b. Danny Gutierrez, PR: NO AB (R) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Austyn Willis: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 4/4 GO/FO, 49 pitches (33 strikes) 
2. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 3/0 GO/FO, 21 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Sam Wilson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 0/3 GO/FO, 36 pitches (23 strikes) 
4. Corbin Hoffner: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 26 pitches (18 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. P Daniel Bard: E-1 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 
2. SS Ho-Young Son: E-6 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Alberto Mineo: 0-2 CS 
2. Tyler Alamo: 0-2 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 11 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Bruce Miles ‏@BruceMiles2112 20m20 minutes ago Chicago, IL Can confirm #Cubs DFA Coke and send Schlitter to Iowa. Lake and Wada up. Pen has 3 lefties now. @CarrieMuskat reported

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In reply to by John Beasley

The Cubs may be able to option Phil Coke to the minors (if they wish to do so), if Coke signed a 45-day waiver when he was promoted to the MLB 40-man roster at the conclusion of Spring Training. (Same goes for James Russell).

There is a provision in the CBA where a player who has to give his consent before he can be optioned (players with at least five years of MLB Service Time or vested NPB players) can sign a 45-day waiver at the time they are added to an MLB 40-man roster that gives the club the right to option the player to the minors within 45 days of the waiver being signed. (Tsuyoshi Wada signed one last year when he was added to the Cubs 40-man roster in June).

The only players who sign this kind of waiver are players with at least five years of MLB Service Time (or vested NPB players) who are signed to minor league contracts, and it's sometimes used by the club as part of the agreement to add the player to the club's MLB 40-man roster.   

If a 45-day waiver was signed by the player, Optional Assignment Waivers would have to be secured before the player could be optioned, but Optional Assignhment Waivers are usually just a formality. 

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In reply to by jacos

For those not paying attention to my every post for some strange reason, that's a follow up to my original reaction to Schlitter being called up again.

Is the Lake/Szczur shuffle a timing thing (i.e. does Matt have to stay down for a given period of time)? Otherwise -- WTF?

BILLY B: Szczur has to stay in the minors at least ten days after being optioned unless he is recalled to replace a player on the 25-man roster who is placed on the 7-day (concussion), 15-day, or 60-day DL or other MLB Inactive List (Bereavement List, Paternity Leave List, etc), or he can be recalled as the 26th man in a doubleheader (if the Cubs had a doubleheader during the ten-day waiting period). 

I think the Cubs probably intended to reactivate Tom LaStella in San Diego, but then he apperarently reinjured his rib cage in a rehab game at AA Tennessee over the weekend. . 

AZ Phil: Who among the Cubs do you currently project to be first-time arbitration eligible this winter?

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In reply to by John Beasley

JOHN B: Check this one.... 

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I don't have Wada listed as a potential "Super Two" arbitration eligible player post-2015 because as an NPB vested player (where NPB Service Time counts toward MLB Service Time for purposes of free-agency), he is eligible to be an Article XX-B free-agent when his contract expires post-2015, and so salary arbitration shouldn't be a factor for him, unless he wants it that way  


The difference between Turner and Schlitter is that Turner doesn't have any minor league options left and Schlitter does, so if Turner remains on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster (and/or 60-day DL) through the rest of the 2015 MLB regular season, he would automatically qualify for salary arbitration, because he can't be optioned to the minors.

For Schlitter, being arbitration-eligible depends on how much MLB Service Time he accrues in 2015 between Optional Assignments (142 days accrued and he qualifies automatically), keeping in mind that to qualify as a "Super Two" he must meet the "Super Two" cut-off (which is TBD until after the MLB regular season, but probably won't be less than 2+125) AND he must accrue at least 86 days of MLB Service Time in 2015 to qualify as a "Super Two" even if he were to exceed the "Super Two" cut-off.

But I would think that if Schlitter were to qualify for salary arbitation post-2015 (either automatically or by "Super Two"), he will just be non-tendered. 

 

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In reply to by jacos

Actually, the Cubs could be getting a catcher back in the deal, one that can be sent to the minors (Welington Castillo is out of minor league options). 

Seattle's "third catcher" John Hicks is on the Mariners MLB 40-man roster and is presently on Optional Assignment to AAA Tacoma (PCL), so he could be the return. He was rated one of the Mariners Top 15 prospects by Baseball America pre-2015 (he is an outstanding defensive catcher), but he has had a poor season at the plate at AAA so far. FWIW, Hicks was a teammate of AA Tennessee's 2B Stephen Bruno at UVA.  

The Mariners also have a 2015 Competitive Balance pick between the 2nd & 3rd rounds (#72 overall) in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) that can be traded.  

 

the amount of welly-for-felix jokes is too damn high... it was mildly clever an hour and 1000 other people ago.

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In reply to by Ryno

i don't dislike the trade. we are talking about a backup-catcher/fringe-starter type guy who wasn't going to fetch a ton in this market...his biggest upsides being his club control, arm, and above-average power. the cubs need what they got more than they need what they gave up in a C market so crowded that values are depressed.

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess Canario, Mervis, Strumpf and Vazquez are the only guys blocked. Everyone else has time.
    Canario is the only guy there that's used multiple options.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger debut wednesday.

    also, taillon may not start until this weekend (tentatively)...throwing a sim game today.  he's "working on things" and is having some minor leg soreness running with cleats (fielding, covering 1st), but not while pitching or off-field.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: I don't think the Cubs will add any AAV until the MLB Trade Deadline (and even that is dependent on how well the Cubs are playing and where they are in the standings at that point in time). 

    Otherwise, the Cubs might perhaps do something like "exchange" Drew Smyly ($10.5M in 2024 AAV plus an additional potential $3M in performance bonuses) for J. D. Davis ($6.9M in 2024 and then he is a FA post-2024) and then maybe (hopefully) jettison Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal without having to eat any salary (like if clubs claim Wisdom and Madrigal off waivers and thereby take on 100% of Wisdom's 2024 $2.725M salary and 100% of Madrigal's $1.81M salary). The Cubs don't need to get anything back for Wisdom and Madrigal other than AAV space and the $50,000 waiver price. 

    Another possibility would be a prospect for prospect trade, like when the Diamondbacks traded OF Daulton Varsho (the D'backs were overloaded with LH-hitting outfielders) to the Blue Jays for C Gabriel Moreno (Moreno was blocked in Toronto by Kirk and Jansen). 

    So if the Cubs have an opportunity to trade an outfield or middle-infield prospect for maybe a young arm or a 3B or catching prospect of similar value, I could see that happening.

  • crunch (view)

    z.wheeler (PHI) got a 3/126m extension...42m a year for age 35-37.

    SP market is getting crazy.

  • George Altman (view)

    Well said, Crunch. Every point is spot on perfect. And even if Ricketts allowed Hoyer to go all the way to the next AAV Level ($257M), it's $4,000,000!! For one damn year. He's got $80M+ coming off next year. Wonder what Blake Snell on an opt out deal would do for Cubs playoff chances this yeat. It's absolutely maddening and I too am exhausted from fans defending billionaires. Just stop.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the chances are that Jed makes a trade before OD?

    MLB Network today and Chicago Radio have both speculated as recently as yesterday that Jed will make a sizable move.

    They spoke about Alonso still and Bieber from Cleveland. 

    Social Media thinks JD Davis from SF might work now (I think we have that RH/3B/DH spot covered though).

    I wouldn't mind a SP like Bieber (he's in his last year of his original deal). Hendricks scares me. He's not the ground ball guy he used to be. He'd be lucky to have a sub 5 ERA in my opinion. CLEV needs OF slug. Canario is available (not even going to think about ONKC, PCA or Jaquar here). Brennan Davis probably needs a new spot. Mervis could get a chance at their 1B gig opposite Naylor as their DH. Vazquez appears ready for a shot at MLB level ball. 

    Thoughts?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Guardians - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    KYLE HENDRICKS
    FB: 86-88
    CH: 80-81
    SL: 79-80 
    CV: 74 
    COMMAND: Threw three innings and allowed three runs on five hits (three singles and two doubles), one walk, and a WP, and he struck out one (swinging)... one run scored in each of the three innings... command was off right from the gitgo (he hit two batters in the 1st inning!)... threw 52 pitches (33 strikes - six swing & miss - six foul balls) over the course of the three innings, so at least he got his pitch count up over 50 (he threw only 29 pitches in two innings of work in his first outing last Tuesday)...  

    HECTOR NERIS
    FB: 90 
    SPLIT: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single but then induced an F-7 and an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... threw 10 pitches (but only five strikes - no swing & miss)... FB velo was down a tick from his last outing and split was a bit off (strike throwing on FB must be better than 50% to get swing & miss on splitter)... 

    ADBERT ALZOLAY
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 85-87 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single on a 95-MPH FB on his sixth pitch of the AB, but then retired the next three men in a row (P-4, 5-3, K-swinging on a SL)... Needed 18 pitches to retire the side (12 strikes - five swing & miss, including three on SL, one on CT, and one on FB)... 

    DANIEL PALENCIA
    FB: 96-98
    SL/CT: 88-90 
    CH: 86 
    COMMENT: Hurled a 1-2-3 6th inning (L-8, 6-3, P-6)... Threw only 50% strikes (12 pitches -six strikes - one swing & miss on a CH - two foul balls)...   

    EDWIN ESCOBAR
    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 7th inning (4-3, K-swinging, 5-3)... 13-pitches (nine strikes - one swing & miss on SL - two foul balls)... FB has good velo but he doesn't get swing & miss with it, so he throws mainly his "plus" slider (which is his "go-to" strikeout pitch)... of all of the Cubs MLB ST LHRP contenders I have seen so far, Escobar is #1 (Luke Little's stuff is more electric, but he still has trouble commanding it and is clearly not MLB-ready)...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-96
    CT: 91-92
    SL: 80-82 
    COMMENT: Pitched the 8th inning after the Cubs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th... allowed a lead-off single on a 1-0 FB and a two-out single on a 1-0 CT, but he did manage to retire the side without allowing a run... struck out two (both swinging)... threw 19 pitches (11 strikes - five swing & miss - one foul ball)... stuff is plus but FB command comes & goes... 

    BRAD WIECK
    FB: 86-87
    SLOW CV: 67-68 
    COMMENT: Threw a 1-2-3 seven pitch (five strike) 9th (F-7, K-swinging on an 86 MPH FB, and F-9) to record the save... while he at one-time featured a mid-90's FB, a mid-80's SL, and a mid-70's CV, after enduring heart surgery in 2021 and TJS in 2022 the 6'8 250+ lefty has morphed into an EXTREME soft-tosser, complete with an "eephus" CV that would make Bill "Spaceman" Lee jealous... 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, and with the way they've used him in the organization, I'd imagine he'd be fine with a mostly benchwarmer status; and at this point I don't know why Madrigal is still on the roster.......

  • crunch (view)

    you'd think a guy that could play 2nd and 3rd that has more pop than madrigal could at least get a shot at the team while they're busy paying him to be a multi-millionaire minor leaguer.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Are we able to orchestrate a giant nationwide conspiracy to convince Bote that all the games during the regular season are now also spring training games and don't count?