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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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Devers Delivers But Mena is The Man at Fitch Park

Ismael Mena rifled a two-run triple into the RF Corner in the 2nd inning and then scored on an error (relay overthrow at 3rd base), drilled a single, stole a base, and scored a run in the 5th (Jefferson Rojas RBI single), and hammered a line-drive bases-loaded bases-clearing triple off the CF Batter's Eye in the 6th for a grand total of five RBI and two runs scored, Christopher Paciolla doubled, singled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and SP Luis Devers (on the AA Tennessee 7-day IL - right shoulder inflammation) saw his first game action of 2023 and hurled two innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 8-4 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Thursday morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Angel Rivera reached base four times (a double, a single, and two walks) and scored a run for the A's.

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair. 

Devers mixed a 90-93 MPH FB with a 80-83 CH, striking out two and inducing an inning-ending 5-4-3 DP, while allowing two doubles and two four-pitch walks. Both of the doubles resulted from leaving a meaty FB up in the zone (he has to keep his FB on the corners and edges to avoid hard contact), and the three swing & miss he induced (including the two swinging strike three) were on the plus-plus-CH.    

With his big day at the plate, Ismael Mena is now hitting 290/328/500 (828 OPS / 210 ISO) in 22 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (67 PA), including four doubles, a team-leading three triples (tied with the recently promoted Yeison Santana), one HR (inside-the-park), and a team leading (lowest / best) 13% K-rate (but unfortunately also a team worst 4% walk-rate). He has scored twelve runs (second on the team in runs scored to Jefferson Rojas), and he is second in stolen bases with seven (one CS), one behind team SB leader J. Rojas.

Over his last ten games, Mena is hitting a robust 357/387/679. Mena also has been playing Gold Glove caliber defense at all three outfield positions, although he is clearly most valuable to the team when he plays CF. In addition, he has plus speed on the bases with a long stride that makes it seem as though he runs faster when taking two or three bases at a time.

While Jefferson Rojas is certainly the best all-around player and Adan Sanchez the best pure hitter at Cubs Extended Spring Training, it is also clear that Ismael Mena and team HR-leader Anderson Suriel are the most-improved position players (not including rehab guys), what with the two of them having the two lowest (best) K-rates on the team while at the same time displaying an increase in exit velo, barrel rate, and line-drives, and both playing stellar defense (Mena in CF and Suriel at 1B).  

Ismael Mena was part of the package the Cubs got back from the Padres in the Yu Darvish deal, and until recently it appeared that of the five players the Cubs acquired in the trade, only OF Owen Caissie would provide future value to the Cubs. However, there might be a second one if Mena continues to improve. 

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

EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1. Ismael Mena, RF: 3-5 (P-6, 3B, 1B, 3B, 4-3, 2 R, 5 RBI, SB)
2. Jefferson Rojas, DH: 1-5 (E-3, E-5, 1B, K, 6-3, R, RBI, SB)
3. Ed Howard, SS: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, 3-U, BB)
4a. Adan Sanchez, C: 0-3 (4-3, P-4, K)
4b. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-1 (2B) 
5a. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, F-7)
5b. Wally Soto, PH-1B: 0-2 (3-1, K) 
6. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, K, HBP)
7. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 1B, K, 2 R, SB)
8a. Frank Hernandez, LF: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)
8b. Brayan Altuve, LF: 1-2 (1B, K, R, SB)
9. Christian Olivo, CF: 0-2 (BB, 1-3, BB, 4-3, 2 R) 

EXST CUBS PITCHERS
1. Luis Devers: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Carlos Garcia: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/2 GO/AO, 76 pitches (35 strikes)  
3. Gleiber Morales: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 63 pitches (28 strikes) 

EXST CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

EXST CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Adan Sanchez: 1 PB 
2. Jairo Diaz: 1 PB 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

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Recent comments

  • Charlie (view)

    Agreed. Mervis lacks prospect pedigree, and he will likely carry the trade value of a suspected quad-A guy until he shows success at the MLB level.

    I also think the Cubs will show interest in a regular DH if it turns out they already have a guy who can fill that role well. 

  • Bill (view)

    Bringing him up does risk exposing him to MLB pitching, and would kill his trade value if he fails.  But if he shows he can hit MLB pitching, his trade value would soar far beyond what it currently is as someone with only failure at the MLB level.  

    If he continues to hit in the minors, the Cubs would be foolish not to bring him up and see what he can do, especially since they could really use a left handed power hitting DH.  They can give their regulars rest with actual days off, rather than wasting them at DH.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Since the Cubs have put there faith in Busch as their long term first baseman and he has done nothing but justify it, because Mervis is first base only, and because the Cubs don’t seem to want a full time DH I can’t see them bringing up Mervis. His greatest value comes via trading him as part of a package, and bringing him up only risks him being further exposed as a 4A type player.

    That said, either way, it is all wonderfulness if he keeps tearing it up in triple A. So go Matt go!

  • crunch (view)

    masterboney and wisdom are the 2 guys i'd most be worried about their jobs, but initially it's most likely going to be wisdom and cooper holding things down until some bat in AAA (or maybe AA) makes one of wisdom/cooper expendable.

    defensively, masterboney is expendable with this current roster.  both starting middle IF'rs are above average SS and morel/madrigal can both play a very competent 2nd or cover 3rd (madrigal D advantage at 3rd over morel).

    offensively, you could either point to masterboney's 0 hits and 1 walk in 8 PA or the fact he's only had 8 PA over 13 games.  he's the least used bench option with 1/2 to 1/3rd the PA's of anyone else on the bench.

    wisdom isn't a great 3rd base option, but a good enough 1st base option.  once things get settled out, i imagine wisdom and cooper (both righties) will be playing with mervis in their rear view mirror.

  • Charlie (view)

    Cooper is a fine platoon option, but he shouldn't block anyone who is really ready.

  • Eric S (view)

    And Busch just tattooed another HR

  • crunch (view)

    it's going to be hard for the cubs to keep mervis in AAA if he keeps hitting like he's hitting.  3 homers (2 tonight) and 5 doubles in 12 games with a .341/.426/.659 slash.  K's are a little bit high, but not alarming...about 1/4 of his PA.

    that said, there's no place for the guy with the current team construction.  the vulnerable guys are cooper, wisdom, and masterboney....and out of those 3 there's only room for 2 before adding more names to the mix.

    matt shaw also tearing up AA pitching, but his season is a bit behind mervis's in games played.

  • crunch (view)

    morel (who's playing with a finger injury) rang the hell out of his hand earlier in the game on a broken-bat foul and showed visible discomfort.

    i wouldn't be shocked to see morel get a day off tomorrow.

  • crunch (view)

    hicks 1st HBP of his career happens with the bases loaded.

    pure cubbery.  you're a real cubs major leaguer now dude.

  • crunch (view)

    i hate hope left, but i like the cubs got m.busch and have him under club control through 2029.