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

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

Last updated 5-18-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

South Bend & Myrtle Beach Sweep Visalia & Hillsboro at Riverview

SP Joe Nahas fired 3.2 IP of shutout ball with seven strikeouts, Brad Beesley stroked an RBI double, singled, stole two bases, and scored a run, Haydn McGeary singled, doubled, and scored two runs, and Liam Spence drilled a two-run HR, as the South Bend Cubs (Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) blanked the Hillsboro Hops (Hi-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) 7-0 on Field #6, and Christian Franklin hammered a bases-clearing bases-loaded three-run double, Parker Chavers walked and scored in the 3rd inning, singled and stole a base in the 5th, and belted a tie-breaking solo HR in the 7th, and Branden Noriega hurled three perfect innings of relief with five strikeouts, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs Lo-A affiliate) edged the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks Lo-A affiliate) 5-4 on Field #5, in Cactus League minor league game action Saturday morning at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Prior to the games, OF D. J. Artis was moved-down from the AA Tennessee squad to the Hi-A South Bend squad, OF Jacob Wetzel and INF Josue Huma were moved-up to the South Bend squad from the Lo-A Myrtle Beach squad, and 1B Felix Stevens and OFs Andy Garriola and Parker Chavers were moved-down from the South Bend squad to the Myrtle Beach squad. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only) 


1. Parker Chavers, LF: 2-3 (4-3, BB, 1B, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB) 
2. Christian Franklin, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 2B, 1-3, K, 3 RBI, CS) 
3. Moises Ballesteros, DH: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, BB) 
4. Andy Garriola, RF: 0-3 (F-8, HBP, F-9, P-2)
5. Felix Stevens, 1B: 3-4 (1B, K, 1B, 2B, 2 CS)
6. Rafael Morel, SS: 1-4 (5-3, 5-4-3 DP, 1B, 6-U FC, CS) 
7. Reggie Preciado, 3B: 0-4 (K, E-1, 6-4 FC, K, R) 
8. Miguel Pabon, C: 1-2 (1B, F-9 SF, 5-4-3 DP, R, RBI) 
9. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 0-3 (FC, F-8, K, R) 

1. Koen Moreno: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 56 pitches (27 strikes) 
2. Jack Aldrich: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Branden Noriega: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 36 pitches (26 strikes) 
4. Christian Winston: 1.0 IP, 1 H 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes) 
5. Johzan Oquendo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (10 strikes) 

P Christian Winston: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd and another runner to score from 3rd) 

Miguel Pabon: 0-7 CS 


1. D. J. Artis, LF: 2-4 (4-3, K, 2B, 1B) 
2. Kevin Alcanatara, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9, BB, CS) 
3. Yohendrick Pinango, DH #2: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, K, 2 CS)
4. Haydn McGeary, 1B: 2-4 (6-3, 2B, K, 1B, 2 R) 
5. Brad Beesley, CF: 2-4 (6-3, 2B, 1B, K, R, RBI, 2 SB) 
6. Jacob Wetzel, RF: 1-4 (K, K, F-8, 1B, R) 
7a. Kevin Made, SS: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3) 
7b. Liam Spence, SS: 1-2 (K, HR, R, 2 RBI) 
8. Casey Opitz, C: 0-2 (F-7, 4-3, BB, BB, R) 
9. Josue Huma, 2B: 1-3 (4-3, BB, 1B, F-8, R) 
10a. Scott McKeon, 3B: 1-3 (K, 6-4-3 DP, 1B, 2 RBI) 
10b. David Avitia, PH-3B: 0-1 (L-7) 

1. Joe Nahas: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 PO, 3/0 GO/AO, 53 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Bradford Deppermann: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 9 pitches (4 strikes) 
3. Didier Vargas: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 7/1 GO/AO, 47 pitches (26 strikes) 
4. Chase Watkins: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 30 pitches (19 strikes) 

SS Kevin Made: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Casey Optiz: 1-3 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


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


AZ Phil,

What did you see from the lefties Noriega, Vargas and Aldrich?

Noriega is the first Cubs draftee out of the MLB Draft League (I think). He never actually pitched in college ball, but was on some JUCO rosters.

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In reply to by Childersb3

childersb3: Didier Vargas has a SP repertoire and he is stretched-out as a SP / piggy-back (or multi-inning reliever). 

FB 89-92
CH 85
SL 79-82
CV 74-76

Got lots of ground balls on Saturday

Noriega is a lanky lefty with a plus CH, a decent breaking ball, and a solid FB. He got nine swing & miss among his 36 pitches (six on the CH and three on the FB). 25% swing & miss is really good. And no hard contract when he didn't get a strikeout (just a weak grounder and three pop flies). Had outstanding command of all of his pitches on Saturday. 

Aldrich looks like a polished lefty reliever who relies on a plus SL and FB conmand. I would estimate probably upper 80's / low 90's FB velo. He got only one swing & miss, but he threw strikes and nobody squared him up. 

With the minor league camp roster moves made today, I think we now know who the Opening Day outfielders will be at Tennessee, South Bend, and Myrtle Beach: 

C. Franklin (CF) 
Garriola (LF-RF) 
Chavers (LF-RF) 
4th: More, Collier, or Encarnacion (probably just one, the others go to EXST)

K. Alcantara (CF)   
Pinango (LF) 
Wetzel (RF) 
4th: Beesley and maybe Artis 
NOTE: Pagan will be at EXST  

PCA (CF)  
Caissie (LF-RF) 
Nwogu (LF-RF) 
4th: Roederer 
? Z. Davis 

Pinango repeating SB was predictable. He's only 21 yrs old. 

I was hoping CFranklin would get the aggressive assignment to SB with Wetzel as their 4th guy. But he'll get there eventually.

If EPagan and/or Canario hadn't gotten injured I can't imagine how packed these depth charts would've been. 

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

    MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

    So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

    BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

    Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

    With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

  • crunch (view)

    the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

    i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

  • Cubster (view)

    Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

    Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.

  • fullykräusened (view)

    You're right, crunch, as usual. He has huge potential, but needs a few hundred AAA plate appearances. I think Bellinger gives the Cubs more value in CF than 1B, so they're better off giving a roster spot to somebody else.  I'm okay with Vasquez; we aren"t getting much offense from  our backup infielders, to say the least.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA needs regular play, this team has more problems than a luxury pinch runner and defensive player off the bench.

    be nice if he can fine turn his SB game as well as his bat game.  still, i'd rather have him just taking the great odds and situational odds rather than having him running all over the place and getting thrown out 25%+ of the time.

    he's fast, 30+ SB guys generally are.  but he's faster than even that number gives a nod to.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Both Mastrobuoni and PCA have been optioned to AAA. 

  • Charlie (view)

    The Cubs definitely need a guy with multiple years of control to emerge as a true middle of the order hitter. Busch is getting beat in the zone enough that my optimism about him is waning a bit. Morel's increase in contact has been encouraging, but he's been putting so much of that contact on the ground that it hasn't yielded any gains.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I'd say the whole Cubs Hitting Org from top to bottom is in a "meh/slump" stage here.
    We're all just waiting for a breakout to occur here in Wrigley and down on the farm. BDavis has been a good story, but he needs some company!!

    Thank goodness for Bellinger. He's the only hitter we have that honestly doesn't have a whole in his approach. He's a professional hitter and can provide pop. I don't buy into the argument he doesn't have real bat speed. He can turn on almost any inside pitch (up or down).
    But I still think he should be the 1B. He clearly doesn't want that.
    PCA in CF (or Tauch) and Happ, Busch and ONKC at DH (or Happ/ONKC in LF).

  • crunch (view)

    matt shaw's AA hot start has been fizzling hard.

    he hit 3 homers by april 14, none since.  he's pretty much had a dead bat since april 17th.

    he's got a .182/.304/.242 slash in may so far.

  • crunch (view)

    they might just be getting rid of the masterboney dead weight.