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40-Man Roster Info

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

Last updated 10-2-2023
* bats or throws left
# bats both

Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Tyler Duffey 
Jeremiah Estrada
Shane Greene
Kyle Hendricks
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

# Jeimer Candelario
Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

60-DAY IL: 6
Nick Burdi, P
Michael Fulmer, P 
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Nick Madrigal, INF
Ethan Roberts, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Seiya Suzuki Makes 2023 Game Debut at Extended Spring Training

Porter Hodge and Frankie Scalzo Jr combined to hurl a shutout and strike out eleven, Anderson Suriel ripped a two-run double and an RBI triple, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, and Carlos Ramos drilled a single and a bases-clearing bases-loaded double, as the EXST Cubs Red Squad blanked the EXST Cubs Blue Squad 10-0 in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action Monday morning on Field # 6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.      

Seiya Suzuki (on Cubs MLB 10-day IL with a strained left oblique) made his 2023 game debut, playing RF for five innings and going 1-2 at the plate (HBP and a 6-4-3 DP). 

Ezequiel Pagan (knee surgery) also made his 2023 game debut, serving as a DH and going 0-2 (K, BB, K).  

Hodge and Scalzo (as well as Blue Squad SP Sam Thoresen) were getting a final tune-up before the South Bend Cubs leave town. (The other pitchers who threw in the game are assigned to the Extended Spring Training group). 

In EXST roster news, OF Ke'Shun Collier has been moved down to the Extended Spring Training group from the Lo-A Myrtle Beach squad. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Ezequiel Pagan, DH #1: 0-2 (K, BB, K) 
2. Seiya Suzuki, RF: 0-1 (HBP, 6-4-3 DP)
3. Yeison Santana, SS: 2-3 (1B, 6-3, 1B) 
4. Adan Sanchez, 3B-DH: 0-2 (K, BB, 6-3) 
5. Frank Hernandez, LF:  1-3 (1B, 6-3 DP, 6-3) 
6. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, K) 
7. Raino Coran, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K) 
8. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-2 (K, K) 
9. Yidel Diaz, C-1B: 2-2 (1B, 2B) 
10. Jairo Diaz, DH-3B: 0-2 (K, P-6) 
11. Yoanis "J. J." Aleksandrov, 1B-C: 0-1 (HBP, F-9) 

1. Christian Olivo, SS: 0-1 (BB, 4-3, HBP, SB) 
2. Jefferson Rojas, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, 5-3) 
3. Cristian More, CF: 1-2 (BB, 2B, K, 2 R) 
4. Ronnier Quintero, 1B: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, R) 
5. Ismael Mena, RF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 6-4-3 DP, 2 R) 
6. Anderson Suriel, LF: 2-2 (2B, 3B, BB, R, 3 RBI, SB)  
7. Dilan Granadillo, C-DH: 0-1 (BB, K, BB, 2 R)
8. Wally Soto, 3B: 1-1 (2B, BB, BB, 2 R) 
9. Carlos Ramos, DH-C: 2-3 (6-3, 1B, 2B, 3 RBI) 

1. Sam Thoresen: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Joel Machado: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 16 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Cristian Rojas: 0.2, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 19 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Starlyn Pichardo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Tomy Sanchez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 20 pitches (5 strikes)   

1. Porter Hodge: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 60 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Frankie Scalzo Jr: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/2 GO/AO, 44 pitches (31 strikes) 

1. C Yidel Diaz: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd and another runner to score) 
2. 2B Alexis Hernandez: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd and runner to score from 2nd) 


Yidel Diaz: 0-1 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 
Yoanis Aleksandrov: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


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In reply to by Arizona Phil

swinging, running, looking good doing it.  nice.  i really want him to be less timid in RF this year.  he is too timid when an IF'r or CF'r gets near him and he's a much better player than this.  i'm not advocating being aggressively reckless, but he can dial back the fear of commitment to the play a bit more.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

AZ Phil,

Have you seen Riley Thompson around the backfields?  He was on the Iowa Cubs roster but now he's off the roster. He's not mentioned in Transactions either. He didn't make the TN initial roster today. He, Herz and Zach Leigh are hopefully flying out to teams soon. Ben Leeper had surgery. His third. Hope he recovers quickly. Stinks though. Hodge made TN roster. Good for him

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In reply to by Childersb3

childersb3: I have no idea what happened to Riley Thompson, When AAA Iowa left town last week he was firmly ensconced in the I-Cubs starting rotation. 

Leigh and Herz threw "live" BP last weekend, and then Leigh threw a bullpen yesterday and Herz threw a bullpen today.

Casey, Carraway, Montano and Sierra threw "live" BP today.

Remy, E.  Nunez, Clarke, Gonsalves, Correa, McGwire, and Reid threw bullpens today. 

The starting pitchers in today's intrasquad game (Palencia and Noland) are in the Tennessee (Palencia) and South Bend (Noland) starting rotations, but they remained in Mesa after their teammates left town so that they could get one more start in Arizona and get their pitch counts up to near 60. Same goes for Kachmar (Tennessee) and Arias (Myrtle Beach). 

When in doubt, ask Phil.


My mental default was "a play on the field" ("sticky stuff") gets a player suspension as 'can not be replaced on the roster', but "off the field" ("drug suspension/civil strife") can be replaced.


When Anthony Rendon gets suspended, is his "on the field, but after the game", replacement-eligible or not? TIA.

Ed Howard is taking about 15 minutes of ground balls at SS every day, and he and Ezequiel Pagan hit against Brandon Hughes in his "live" BP in the stadium on Sunday. I have not seen Howard run the bases, however. 

Also, when Ezequiel Pagan was a DH in the intrasquad game yesterday, he did not run the bases. When he drew a walk, Alexis Hernandez was the designated "special" pinch-runner for Pagan. 

Porter Hodge got moved up from South Bend to Tennessee off his dominating performance in yesterday's EXST intrasquad game. Right now I would say Hodge is probably the Cubs #1 pitching prospect, and I suspect the Cubs feel the same way. Ben Brown and Jordan Wicks are probably 2-3, then Daniel Palencia. I guess Cade Horton would be #5(?). 

Also, as I have mentioned here previously, Connor Noland is the most-advanced of the 2022 draft picks. He is in the South Bend starting rotation, and has been all spring. He is a VERY polished pitcher with a legit SP arsenal.  

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    It used to be that teams did not want to trade within their own division for PR reasons, but I don't see that with Ben Cherington in Pittsburgh or with Hoyer / Hawkins in Chicago, so the Cubs might target Ke'Bryan Hayes.

    He's a Gold Glove defender, a decent enough hitter (105 OPS+ in 2023), and he's under control at a VERY reasonable price ($8.75M AAV) through 2029 (with a club option for 2030). 

    One thing about the Cubs is that they can afford to overpay (which is what they would have to do) with a package consisting of a decent young MLB player to replace Hayes in the lineup (like Christopher Morel, who could play LF in Pittsburgh) and prospects like outfielders Alexander Canario, Owen Caissie, or Kevin Alcantara (pick one), a power-hitting 1B-DH like Matt Mervis or Haydn McGeary (pick one), SS Luis Vazquez (who is MLB-ready but will never play SS in Chicago), 3B B. J. Murray (who could replace Hayes by 2025 if not sometime in 2024), and an MLB-ready SP like Hayden Wesneski. 

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:02 pm (view)

    boog and glanville calling the PHI@MIL game on ESPN2.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:59 pm (view)

    bellinger is my #1 want, but i fear he's the #1 want of many teams and will get crazy money + years, with the years being the big sting.  they need to replace bellinger's production if they don't get him no matter what position(s) played.

  • George Altman 10/03/2023 - 10:40 pm (view)

    I hope their top priorities are Bellinger, 2 RPs better than Fulmer/Boxberger (ideally 1 LH), and a 3B (Chapman my 1st Choice). That will put them right up to $237-257M AAV limit, but I don't see a playoff berth doing anything less.

    If they really want Alonso, Morel would be a good opening piece of that offer. 

    Unfortunately, Stroman will opt in ($23.7M) and Smyly ($11.5M) will be back. Steele, Taillon, Assad, Wicks will be rotation pieces. Would love a SP2 FA but don't see how they keep an effective offense and improve their bullpen while adding that.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    i cannot imagine getting a legit 3rd, whether signing or via trade, isn't the highest priority for the team.  it's almost obvious they don't see morel there.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:19 pm (view)

    I’m just hoping they have an actual 3B next year so we don’t need to worry about the M boys, Bote, and P Whiffy eating all the 3B at bats next year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:13 pm (view)

    Willson was a OF/3B when we signed him too.

    On a less successful but still got to the show note, PJ Higgins was another college IF converted to C

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    truth...and personally, i'd give him ABs (especially at 3rd) over the 2 singles-hitting-ceiling guys that got the shot.  i'm sure he can cover the ob% and defense while surpassing the power of anything masterboney and madrigal brought to the team.

    i don't view bote as a solution at 3rd, but i find it hard to believe he couldn't outperform either of the main options they had there for a huge chunk of this season.

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 10/03/2023 - 10:47 pm (view)

    Color me impressed by this assignment for Trice right out of the draft as a convert. Seems worth following after the success of Caratini

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:33 pm (view)

    Bote always has great spring trainings.