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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 vs. Mariners: Series Thread (Games 9-11)

The Cubs took two out of three from the Rangers to even their record at 4-4. They'll next greet the 4-6 Seattle Mariners for a three, game set at Wrigley. They'll have a day off on Thursday before embarking on a trip to the West Coast to face the Dodgers and the Athletics. See below for the daily matchups.

Game 9: Monday, April 10, 6:40 pm central
SEA: RHP Luis Castillo (1-0, 0.00)
CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (0-1, 11.57)

Castillo has been dominant to start the season for the Mariners. He's allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out 12 in 11.2 innings pitched. He's been fastball heavy so far--perhaps because he simply hasn't needed his secondary offerings very much.

Smyly got knocked around to the tune of 9 hits in only 4.2 innings pitched in Cincinnati. He'll have to show some veteran craftiness against the Mariners lineup, given that all their top offensive performers (so far) will enjoy the platoon advantage.

Game 10: Tuesday, April 11, 6:40 pm central
SEA: RHP Chris Flexen (0-1, 3.00)
CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (0-0, 5.79)

Flexen made his MBL debut with the Mets back in 2017. After spending 2020 in the KBO, Flexen joined the Mariners and posted a career best WAR while making 31 starts. He misses few bats, though, and generally posts unremarkable ground ball rates. Early on he's walked 5 in only 9 innings, a trend he'll have to correct to remain a big league starter.

Wesneski looked overly amped in his first start, working very quickly, showing frustration with the strike zone, and eventually getting tagged for two homeruns. If he can settle in and hit his spots a little more often, he should be able to set up his nasty slider more effectively.

Game 11: Wednesday, April 12, 1:20 pm central
SEA: RHP Logan Gilbert (0-1, 3.60)
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-0, 0.00)

The Mariners selected Gilbert 14th overall in 2018. He's already in his 3rd MLB season and looks to be a mainstay of their rotation. The righty features a mid-90s fastball and plus-plus command.

Stroman has been stellar in his first two starts. He's earned two wins and held opponents scoreless in 12.0 innings pitched. Both his strikeout and walk rates are above his norms, but he's continued to elicit contact on the ground when batters are able to connect. I don't know if he's made use of the grip he had Wesneski show him in Spring Training, but Stroman has thrown his slider over 30% of the time so far and it has looked sharp.


Tough stretch of games coming up for the Cubbies. I'm excited to see how they do! Curious if Suzuki comes back this series or for the L.A. series. I'm also curious who they are sending down. I worry if its Mastrobuoni bc then there is basically no nobody on the bench to play up the middle. Happ could theoretically moonlight in CF, Madrigal can play 2nd and I guess Hoerner can slide over to SS but if any of Bellinger, Swanson, and Nico have to miss a couple days the Cubs will need to make a move immediately unless they opt to cut Madrigal or Rios who still have an option remaining.

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In reply to by IACub

Well I guess Velasquez can handle CF too if he stays up when Suzuki returns. Gotta imagine the extra position player is very short term. Though its possible after Mancinis struggles in the OF they wanna make sure they keep him up and send down 2 of the opening day bench guys. Lots of roster questions to be answered this week!

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In reply to by IACub

anything to get the rotating crew of sub-par options out of RF works for me.  even mancini is a poor option there.  let's get suzuki back and i don't care who's riding pine trying to get 200+ PA out of 2023.

velazquez, morel, and bote are gonna push issues if they keep it up, too.  nice to have options.

d.ross is a terrible manager.  he should have called for a do-over 2 innings ago.  wiz only lasts 1.1ip...

suzuki situation will be "evaluated" after wednesday and he may join the team as soon as friday vs the doyers (day off thursday).


cubs down by lead by 1.  wow.

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In reply to by Cubster

they havent said yet.  it was very sudden between innings and the booth even seems confused.

well, it's been 25 minutes and still nothing.  he was tossing around before the inning and motioned to the dugout before leaving the field.  it's assumed something is wrong with him (not personal/outside baseball stuff), but no idea what...

d.ross says he believes the swanson issue may just be cramping and may be ready to go without IL trip.

On scoreboard as team takes the field: Ian Happ signs extension thru 2026. Waiting on details…3/$61M per MLBTR.

suzuki 2-4 with a homer...played RF.  i suspect we'll see him with back with the club on friday.

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  • 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.