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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  
 



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Matos Dinger Lifts AZL Cubs to Victory

Yohan Matos blasted a three-run HR to cap a four-run 5th and Enrique de los Rios and three relievers combined to hurl a three-hitter, as the AZL Cubs edged the AZL Angels 6-5 in AZL action last night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.


AZL Cubs closer Scott Frazier (Cubs 2013 6th round draft pick - Pepperdine) had an easy 1-2-3 9th (13 pitches - 8 strikes), working his fastball at 96-97 MPH after showing 98 on his first pitch. Frazier also throws a curve and a change-up (both passable), but his high-octane heater is his bread-and-butter pitch. If Frazier can contuinue to throw strikes (even 60% of the time, like last night), he will move quickly through the Cubs system. 

Frazier had a nice pro debut in 2013, and one of the Cubs pitching coaches said at post-2013 Instructs that he believed Frazier had the best pure-stuff and THE best fastball in the system. But the 6'7 230 right-hander (known as "Sasquatch" back then) came up with a bad case of the "yips" in Spring Training last season, and it has taken him until now to begin to turn the corner. I was a bit surprised that Frazier was left behind when the Eugene squad left town last week because he was showing improved control in EXST games as recently as three weeks ago, but he could go directly to South Bend from the AZL if and when he gets promoted (he's 23 years old and was at Boise in 2013, so he really doesn't need to go back to the NWL).

18-year old Yohan Matos' bat (more specifically his HR power) is definitely ahead of his glove at this point. He was one of the Cubs more-significant signings out of the vaunted 2013 IFA class ($270K signing bonus), but he is also one the more-raw defensive catchers in the Cubs system, makes mental mistakes you don't like to see from a little leaguer much less from a pro player, and tends to swing & miss a lot. But he also definitely has plus-power, rocketing his home run last night over the CF fence.

20-year old 6'1 175 RHP Enrique de los Rios was one of the two aces of the VSL Cubs starting rotation last season (LHP Carlos Rodriguez was the other one), but he struggled at Extended Spring Training this year. So it was good to see a strong outing from DLR last night, as he had to overcome four errors by his infield in the first five innings. Signed by the Cubs as a 17-year old out of Venezuela in 2013, de los Rios has a smooth delivery, but he is more "projectable" than finished at this point, throwing an 85-87 MPH two-seam fastball that occasionally touches 88 and a promising curve and change-up. But as is the case with a lot of young pitchers, there is hope that his fastball velocity will increase to at least average (90-92) as he matures physically. And if it doesn't, he probably won't advance.

19-year old 5'11 LHP Carlos Rodriguez threw two innings of perfect baseball in relief, but while he seemingly handled the Angels with ease (six up, six down), the fact is four of the outs could just as easily have been XBHs, as Cub outfielders got a work-out making running catches of line-drives and backing-up to the fence to snare warning track fly balls.

C. Rodriguez was at Extended Spring Training as a 17-year old in 2013 and pitched for the AZL Cubs that season, but oddly enough he spent all of last year back in Latin America with the VSL Cubs, and even more strangely, was not invited to post-season instructs in either 2013 or 2014 and was not invited to Minor League Camp or Extended Spring Training this season, instead getting the Opening Day start for the VSL Cubs before getting moved-up  to the AZL. C. Rodriguez is the classic "soft-tossing lefty," throwing a 85-87 MPH fastball that touches 88-89, a curve, and a change-up.  

18-year old Venezuelan SS Andruw Monasterio had a "good news/bad news night" last evening, the good news being two ringing doubles, and the bad news being two throwing errors. Both of the errant throws were strong but not accurate, pulling first-baseman Jose Paniagua so far off the bag that he was unable to swipe the batter-runner with a tag.

3B Wladimir Galindo had another good night at the plate, collecting three hits (two bloop singles and a line-drive double into the LF corner), but the 2014 VSL HR champ has yet to hit his first bomb in 2015, with no HR in EXST and none so far in the AZL. (He did miss five weeks at EXST with a left wrist injury, however). Galindo also committed a costly throwing error in the top of the 5th while attempting to nail a runner at the plate after fielding a one-hop bouncer (his defense needs a lot work).

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Roberto Caro, CF: 1-5 (K, E-4, 1B, P-6, 3-U, R, RBI, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 1-5 (F-7, F-9, 1B, 3-U, F-7, R)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, K, 2B)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
5. Yohan Matos, C: 1-4 (K, 5-3, HR, K, R, 3 RBI)
6. Miguel Rico, DH: 2-4 (1B, F-9, 1B, K)
7. Danny Gutierrez, LF: 1-4 (P-4, L-5, K, 2B, R)
8. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (K, 1-3, F-8, 1B, SB)
9. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 2-4 (2B, F-8, 2B, K, R)
 
CUBS PITCHERS
1. Enrique de los Rios: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/FO, 72 pitches (41 strikes)
2. Santiago Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (15 strikes)  
3. Carlos Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 22 pitches (15 strikes) 
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 4
1. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (errant throw allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 1B Jose Paniagua: E-3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Andruw Monasterio: E-6 (errant throw allowed batter to reach base safely) 
4. 3B Wladimir Galindo: E-5 (errant throw home allowed batter to advance to 2nd base & runner at 2nd to score)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yohan Matos: 1-2 CS, 1 PB

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  • 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?