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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus one player is on the 60-DAY IL 

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, ten players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, three players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-12-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

OPTIONED: 10 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, P 


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D'backs Let Their Sticks Do the Talking at Salt River Fields

Kenny Castillo blasted a three-run HR in the bottom of the 1st, Alexander Benua hammered an RBI triple and scored in the 1st, walked in the 3rd, singled, stole two bases, and scored a run in the 6th, and singled and scored in the 8th, Yerald Nin cracked a bases-loaded bases-clearing double in the 8th, and Juan Aparicio singled twice, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, as the Diamondbacks scored early and often en route to a 13-5 thrashing of the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.  

Yahil Melendez belted a triple leading off the game and scored the first run and then he singled in the 5th, Adan Sanchez drilled three singles and scored two runs, Jose Escobar sliced two oppo-field line-drive doubles into the LF corner and scored a run, and Ed Howard collected two RBI on a pair of sacrifice flies, drew a walk, and stole a base for the Cubs. 

D'back pitchers struck out 15 Cub batters, including Jefferson Encarnacion four times and Drew Bowser three times. 

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

AZIL CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Yahil Melendez, 2B: 2-3 (3B, K, 1B, R)
1b. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-2 (K, L-8)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 0-2 (F-8 SF, 5-3, 6-4-3 DP, BB, F-8 SF, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Carter Trice, DH-C: 0-3 (F-8, K, K, BB, BB) 
4. Jefferson Encarnacion, RF: 0-4 (K, K, BB, K, K) 
5. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 3-4 (1B, 1B, K, 1B, 2 R)
6. Drew Bowser, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, K) 
7. Alfonsin Rosario, CF: 1-3 (F-8 SF, 4-6 FC, 1B, K, R, RBI)
8a. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, RBI)
8b. Reggie Preciado, 3B: 1-2 (2B, K) 
9. Jose Escobar, LF: 2-4 (2B, F-9, K, 2B, R)

AZIL CUBS PITCHERS: 
1. Juan Bello: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 1 BALK, 1/4 GO/AO, 44 pitches (27 strikes) 
2. Carlos Garcia: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 64 pitches (38 strikes) 
3. Dominic Hambley: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (26 strikes)

AZIL ERRORS: 2 
1. 2B Alexis Hernandez: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. P Dominic Hambley: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base on attempted 1-3 putout allowed batter to reach base safely)

AZIL CATCHERS DEFENSE: 
1. Adan Sanchez: 1-6 CS 
2. Carter Trice: 1-1 CS, 1 PB 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures 100+ 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

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Comments

Hey AZPhil, thanks again for keeping us informed. Who is Juan Bello? They seem to throw him alot since coming back from whatever kept him out 

KKvG: Juan Bello was one of about five or six pitchers at the Cubs Dominican Academy in 2022 who were considered to be the Cubs best DSL pitching prospects. The others were Kevin Valdez, Freilyn Silverio, Eligio Paredes, and Carlos Garcia (who was on the Restricted List in 2022)    

K. Valdez (the Cubs #1 DSL prospect in 2022) got moved up to the ACL Cubs during the 2022 season, and Bello, Silverio, Paredes, and C. Garcia were invited to post-2022 AZ Instructs  

All of them were invited to Minor League Camp this past March, but Bello went down with an injury just before the start of Extended Spring Training and was out of action April through July. 

Bello made three or four appearances in the ACL in August, but he is still rounding into game shape. He has a plus curve and (with the exception of one horrendous ACL outing in August when he walked all four batters he faced) he throws strikes, maybe almost too many strikes.  

BTW, the Cubs #1 DSL pitching prospect this year was Alfredo Romero, and just like with Kevin Valdez in 2022, A. Romero got moved up to the ACL during the 2023 season. He looks REALLY good (long arms & long legs, very athletic on the mound, features a FB & SL combo, and he is working on a CH).  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Hell yeah, thanks. Hopefully Silverio can get over taking some lumps at 18 and walking out healthy (unless he didn’t)

BTW you were first on Michael Arias, no? He’s one of the realer ones this year and you were pretty excited. Marino Santy too, def could only have heard of 96 with a curve, some chutzpah, from you

You wouldn’t happen to know what’s up with Richard Gallardo? I assume he’s in Arizona rn

KKvG: I was at the backfields in March 2022 when Michael Arias, Marino Santy, Joel Sierra, and Kenyi Perez threw their first stateside "live" BP. Santy and K. Perez threw on Field # 3 and Arias and Sierra threw on Field # 4. They were considered to be the Cubs' top four DSL pitching prospects in 2021 and they were the only four called up from the DSL for Minor League Camp (pre-Extended Spring Ttaining) in 2022. 

I was standing with one of the Cubs minor league guys watching the four pitchers throw and he told me to watch Arias in particular because he was a converted shortstop with athleticism and a fluid delivery who was hitting 100 MPH with his FB at the Dominican Academy, and if he could develop a reliable secondary pitch (easier said than done, of course) he could move fast.  

Once Extended Spring Training started Arias was clearly the Cubs #1 pitching prospect there and I reported that here at TCR. All four of the pitchers were given priority slots in EXST games as the Cubs tried to marry their side work with game outings. Sierra was hitting 100 MPH with his FB but with no secondary pitch by the end of EXST, but then he got hurt and was shut down and really hasn't pitched for about a year & a half now.

So it took a while, but Arias finally did develop a usable secondary pitch, and Santy improved his command enough to where both were in the Myrtle Beach starting rotation in 2023. In fact, Arias has already moved up to South Bend, and is now considered to be one of the Cubs Top 10 pitching prospects by the Cubs themselves. 

So yes, you did read about Arias here first.     

BTW, even though he is only 21 and just reached Hi-A in June, Arias is a possible Rule 5 Draft pick if he is not added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster in November, just because of his extremely high ceiling.

And if Arias is added to the 40 in November he would get four minor league options (just like Kevin Alcantara when he was added to the 40 last November), so the Cubs would not need to rush him. 

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