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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
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Cubs Take Sentimental Journey to Cactus League Victory

Joe Mather blasted a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 7th to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 Cubs lead, and Blake Lalli smashed a solo HR over the RF bullpens in the 8th to provide an insurance run, as the Cubs rallied to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in Cactus League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in warm & sunny Mesa, AZ, this afternoon.

The game featured a pre-game fly-over by a World War II vintage B-17 bomber (“Sentimental Journey”) that is based at Falcon Field in Mesa.

NOTE: Scroll down for the updated MINOR LEAGUE CAMP rosters (effective today 3/12).

Ian Stewart got the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 1st against RHP Bronson Arroyo, ripping an RBI triple into the right-center alley to score Marlon Byrd, who had singled with one out. (Brett Jackson rifled a single to right to lead-off the inning, but was thrown-out trying to stretch the hit into a double). Alfonso Soriano followed Stewart, slugging his 4th Cactus League home run (a two-run shot over the LF scoreboard) to cap the three-run inning.The Cubs scored another run in the 2nd, as Darwin Barney grounded a double down the LF line, and after Steve Clevenger and Brett Jackson walked to load the bases, with one out, Marlon Byrd lofted sacrifice fly to CF to drive-home Barney and give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.

After being sidelined with the flu last week, LHP Paul Maholm made his Cub game debut today, starting the game and allowing one run (a Todd Frazier solo HR) on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts, in two innings of work (24 pitches – 13 strikes, 5/0 GO/FO). Maholm then threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen after he left the game, demonstrating that he probably could have gone another inning if that was part of the plan. A former rotation-starter for the Pirates, Maholm was signed by the Cubs as a free-agent during the off-season, and is expected to be in the Cubs starting rotation in 2012.

RHP Jeff Samardzija “piggy-backed” with Maholm, throwing three innings (39 pitches – 27 strikes). The Shark allowed two runs on two hits and a HBP in his first inning of work (the top of the 3rd), before retiring the last eight men he faced. The big righthander did not walk anyone, and he struck out three, with a 4/2 GO/FO. Samardzija should have gotten out of the 3rd allowing just one run, but SS Junior Lake rushed a throw while trying to complete a room-service 4-6-3 DP, extending the inning.

Like Maholm, Samardzija threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen after he was removed from the game, so he probably could have gone four innings if asked. (Samardzija appeared to be getting stronger & stronger and his command improved as he threw more pitches).

Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo worked an easy 1-2-3 6th inning as he battles to win a job in the Cubs bullpen (although he faced only minor league hitters), but closer Carlos Marmol had another bad outing. With the Cubs up 4-3 through six, Marmol gave up the lead in the 7th, allowing three runs on a walk, a double, a HBP, a two-run RBI single, another walk that re-loaded the bases, and a sac fly. Marmol had just about zero command today (29 pitches – only 14 strikes).

Now down 6-4, the Cubs took back the lead in the 7th when Joe Mather continued his hot power-hitting, unloading his two-out three-run dinger that landed well beyond the left-centerfield fence off Reds RHRP Carlos Fisher, following walks to Dave Sappelt and Jim Adduci. Kerry Wood worked a scoreless 8th, and then Blake Lalli ripped his bomb leading off the bottom of the inning. RHP Marcos Mateo then worked a 1-2-3 9th (P-4, K, 6-3) for the save. (Mateo is out of minor league options, so the Cubs need to decide by the end of Spring training if he is MLB-worthy).

Defensive play of the day was a one-out diving catch by 2B Bobby Scales that kept the potential tying run at 3rd base (and saved Kerry Wood) with one out in the top of the 8th. Although he did get an NRI to Spring training with the big club, Scales will likely serve as a player-coach at AAA Iowa in 2012. (He is viewed by the Cubs as a potential future manager or instructor/coach)

Meanwhile, newly signed 20-year old Cuban LHP Gerardo Concepcion made his debut on Field #2 at Fitch Park, working out with the AA Tennessee squad. Also, several of the Cubs top prospects (including SS Javier Baez, 1B Dan Vogelbach, and 3B Jeimer Candelario) were moved down to the Boise/Mesa squad (which will become the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad next month) from the Peoria squad. There were a few other roster adjustments as well, as the six players sent to Minor League Camp this past weekend (RHPs Marco Carrillo, Trey McNutt, and Dae-Eun Rhee, C Micah Gibbs, INF Jonathon Mota, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha) have reported to Fitch Park.

Here are the updated Cubs Minor League Camp rosters (effective today)

IOWA (34)

PITCHERS (18):
Frank Batista
Dallas Beeler
Justin Berg (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Marco Carrillo
Hung-Wen Chen
Marcus Hatley
Aaron Kurcz
Jordan Latham
Oswaldo Martinez
Trey McNutt
* Brooks Raley
Kevin Rhoderick
* Nate Robertson
* Ryan Rowland-Smith
Brian Schlitter
Ryan Searle
Nick Struck
Tony Zych

CATCHERS (4):
Juan Apodaca
Luis Flores (see NOTE)
# Micah Gibbs
Mario Mercedes
NOTE: Luis Flores is on the RESTRICTED LIST while serving a 50-game Prohibited Substance suspension, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities

INFIELDERS (8):
Leugim Barroso
# David Macias
Rebel Ridling
Jonathon Mota
Greg Rohan
Nate Samson
Marquez Smith
Elliot Soto

OUTFIELDERS (4):
* Michael Burgess
Evan Crawford
Jae-Hoon Ha
Ty Wright

TENNESSEE (32)

PITCHERS (17):
* Jeffry Antigua
Dan Berlind
David Cales (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Gerardo Concepcion
* Frank del Valle (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Brent Ebinger
Ricardo Estevez (see NOTE)
* Casey Harman
Ty’Relle Harris
* Eric Jokisch
Matt Loosen
Yoannis Negrin
Dae-Eun Rhee
Juan Serrano
* Matt Spencer (ex-OF)
Larry Suarez
Rob Whitenack (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
NOTE: Ricardo Estevez is on the RESTRICTED LIST while serving a 50-game Prohibited Substance suspension, but he is participating in Minor League Camp activities

CATCHERS (4):
* Sergio Burruel
Taylor Davis
* Rafael Lopez
Chad Noble

INFIELDERS (7):
* Justin Bour
* Matt Cerda
# Zeke DeVoss
* Jake Opitz
* Rubi Silva
Rafael Valdes
* Logan Watkins

OUTFIELDERS (4):
Abner Abreu
John Andreoli
Eliecer Bonne
Taiwan Easterling (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)

DAYTONA (33)

PITCHERS (17):
* Kyler Burke (ex-OF)
Zach Cates
Eduardo Figueroa
Dustin Fitzgerald
P. J. Francescon
Su-Min Jung
* Austin Kirk
Luis Liria
* Jeff Lorick
A. J. Morris
Starling Peralta
Jose Rosario
* Zac Rosscup
Bryce Shafer
Hayden Simpson
Charles Thomas (ex-3B)
Brett Wallach

CATCHERS (3):
Yaniel Cabezas (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Anthony Giansanti (ex-OF)
Neftali Rosario

INFIELDERS (8):
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Ryan Cuneo (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Wes Darvill
Dustin Harrington
Paul Hoilman
* Richard Jones
Pierre LePage
Ronald Torreyes

OUTFIELDERS (5):
* Pin-Chieh Chen
Reggie Golden
* Ben Klafczynski
Mayke Reyes
Blair Springfield

PEORIA (30)

PITCHERS (15):
* Hunter Ackerman
* Willengton Cruz
Ramon Garcia
Ryan Hartman
Michael Jensen
Pete Levitt
Dillon Maples (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Carlos Martinez
Hector Mayora
* Sheldon McDonald
* Andrew McKirahan
Tarlandus Mitchell
Yao-Lin Wang
Ben Wells
Joe Zeller

CATCHERS (3):
Wilson Contreras (ex-3B)
* Justin Marra
# Wilfredo Petit

INFIELDERS (8):
Gioskar Amaya
Xavier Batista
Ryan Durrence
Dustin Geiger
# Marco Hernandez
# Brian Inoa
Kenny Socorro
Brad Zapenas

OUTFIELDERS (4):
Yasiel Balaguert
* Eduardo Gonzalez
Dong-Yub Kim
# Oliver Zapata

BOISE/MESA (27)

PITCHERS (15):
Jose Arias
Ian Dickson
Ethan Elias (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
David Henrie
* Graham Hicks (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Jin-Young Kim
Felix Pena
Roderik Pichardo
James Pugliese
Austin Reed
Colin Richardson
Tayler Scott
* Brian Smith
Austin Urban (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Scott Weismann

CATCHERS (2):
* Alberto Mineo
Antonio Valerio

INFIELDERS (5):
Javier Baez
# Jeimer Candelario
* Danny Lockhart
# Rock Shoulders
* Dan Vogelbach

OUTFIELDERS (5):
* Delbis Arcila
* Shawon Dunston, Jr
* Trevor Gretzky (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Trey Martin
* Garrett Schlecht (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)

NOT ON FIELD - WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN:
Gregori Gonzalez, IF-OF (?)
Yohan Gonzalez, P (?)
* Cam Greathouse, P (supposedly will report to EXST)
Alvido Jimenez, P (?)
Arturo Maltos-Garcia, P (2011 TJS rehab)
Amaury Paulino, P (?)
* Nelson Perez, OF (?)

Comments

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In reply to by Rob G.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 7:23pm — Rob G. J. Lake profile...seems to have taught the mastery of the delayed steal to team. Blake DeWitt pulled it off today ========================= ROB G: Junior Lake led the AFL in stolen bases last fall, and most of them (if not all of them) were the "Junior Lake Special." His technique in unreal and his timing is impeccable. Catchers and middle infielders know he is going to do it, and yet they still can't stop him. The catcher will frequently double-clutch and/or the middle infielders are constantly caught flat-footed. It's like he found the Twilight Zone between a conventional "straight steal" and a traditional delayed-steal.

Minor League Spring Training games start next Friday. That's when we'll start to see MLB pitchers who need work pitch in minor league ST games, and injury rehab guys play in ST games (usually batting once in each of the first five innings) at the minor league facilities.

AzPhil, Two quick, minor questions, if you have the time. a) What's your take on Frank Batista with AAA for now? I had thought entering the season that he had a 50/50 shot at being in Tennessee (or going back to Daytona), but this seems to give him a better chance of starting at Tennessee than I expected. b) Matt Spencer at AA to start mildly surprises me. I can't help but get the feeling that this might be a make or break scenario for him, considering his age. Thoughts? Best.

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In reply to by toonsterwu

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 6:42am — toonsterwu AzPhil, Two quick, minor questions, if you have the time. a) What's your take on Frank Batista with AAA for now? I had thought entering the season that he had a 50/50 shot at being in Tennessee (or going back to Daytona), but this seems to give him a better chance of starting at Tennessee than I expected. b) Matt Spencer at AA to start mildly surprises me. I can't help but get the feeling that this might be a make or break scenario for him, considering his age. Thoughts? Best. ========================================== TOONSTER: I'm not surprised that Frank Batista was assigned to the Iowa squad (at least initially). The Cubs now have their four best RH relief prospects (Rhoderick, Kurcz, Batista, and Zych) assigned to the Iowa squad (Tony Zych was moved up to the Iowa squad from the Tennessee squad yesterday). Also, both Rhoderick and Zych pitched in MLB Cactus League games last week. Of course, it is likely that one or more of them will be moved down to the Tennessee squad once more pitchers arrive at Fitch Park from big league camp, but still, all four are together at the highest-level at Minor League Camp right now. I think what that all means is that while the Cubs may take even more time than did the previous regime with developing starting pitcher prospects (McNutt, Beeler, Rusin, etc), they appear to be wasting no time moving their best relief prospects up the pipeline (especially with Cashner and Carpenter no longer around), possibly with the result that we will see one or more of them in Wrigley Field by mid-season if the other more-experienced candidates falter. As far as Matt Spencer is concerned, I think the reason he was initially assigned to the Tennessee squad is all about his age. (He's 26). Likewise, the older Cuban defectors were assigned to the Iowa and Tennessee squads, too. (26-year old SS Leugim Barroso was assigned to the Iowa squad, and 27-year old RHP Ricardo Estevez, 27-year old RHP Yoannis Negrin, 28-year old INF Rafael Valdes, and 25-year old OF Eliecer Bonne were assigned to the Tennessee squad). Although he had pitched in HS and occasionally in his freshman year at UNC (before he transferred to Arizona State), Spencer just started pitching full-time at Instructs last year (and he had major control issues there), so he needs time to develop as a pitcher. I think it's very likely that he (like Kyler Burke last year) will be assigned to Extended Spring Training and then move up to Boise once the short-season teams start play, but because he will likely be tracked as a lefty reliever (his fastball is clocked in the upper 90's), he could move fast after that (and he is eligible to be a 6YFA post-2013, so the Cubs don't have a lot of time to mess around with him). Or he could just flame-out and get released. Speaking of converted position players, LHP (ex-OF) Kyler Burke is eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) after this season, so the Cubs need to decide whether to add him to the 40-man roster by 5 PM (EDT) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the 2012 World Series, or risk the distinct possibility that he will opt to sign elsewhere. So with Burke, deciding whether to roster him is not going to be about whether the Cubs think he he might get selected in the December 2012 Rule 5 Draft. If the Cubs think he has big league potential, they would need to add him to the 40 just to keep him from walking away post-2012. (BTW, I suspect Burke might very well be on the list of players the Padres get to choose from as compensation for the Cubs signing Hoyer/McLeod).

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

One other thing about a position player converting to pitcher or a pitcher converting to position player... There are service time restrictions in the lower minor leagues that normally would preclude very experienced minor leaguers from playing there except on injury rehab assignments, but a position player converting to pitcher (as was the case recently with Charles Thomas, Kyler Burke, Matt Spencer, et al) or a pitcher converting to position player (as happened with Chris Huseby a couple of years ago) gets a one-year exemption that allows him to play for the AZL Cubs, Boise, Peoria, or Daytona. However, there is a caveat. During the one-year exempt period, a position player converting to pitcher can only pitch in a game (he cannot play a position in the field), and a pitcher converting to position player cannot pitch in a game. In other words, no "two-way players" allowed if the exemption is being used.

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?