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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

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

  • Childersb3 10/03/2023 - 10:46 pm (view)

    I understand this is a cost saving and control idea. But I wouldn't be happy giving up ONKC or Alcantara for Hayes and/or Bednar.

    I'm not saying they aren't good players. They are. They've never been "tested" with playing for a good team, but that isn't their fault. They produce good results. But not Jaguar and Big Red.

    Canario won't get to play for the Cubs, just like Velazquez, so he should probably go. Same for Mervis and Vazquez. Wesneski can get better but Bednar would certainly help us.

    But not to big power hitting OFs that are 21 yrs old and younger at AA already. I'm still holding out hope for the ONKC-PCA-Jag left to right OF. I'm just not giving up on that.

    Hayes for Morel kind of stings. I'd love for Morel to get a full year at 3B. Even if he failed there miserably, I'd like to give him a shot.

    Phil always comes up with common sense angles. This trade idea fills needs for sure and fills them with cost saving effective players.

    I'm thinking Morel goes to NYM for Alonso.

    We'll see what Jed cooks up.

  • Arizona Phil 10/03/2023 - 10:18 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 Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes and closer David Bednar.

    Hayes is 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). 

    Bednar is first-time salary arbitration-eligible post-2023 and under control through 2026. 

    One thing about the Cubs is that they can afford to overpay (which is what they would have to do to get both Hayes and Bednar) with a package consisting of a decent young MLB position 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 (Pirates pick one, leaving the other two for the Cubs), a power-hitting 1B-DH like Matt Mervis or Haydn McGeary (Pirates pick one, leaving the other one for the Cubs), SS Luis Vazquez (who is MLB-ready but will never play SS in Chicago), 3B B. J. Murray (who could replace Hayes at the hot corner in Pittsburgh by 2025 if not sometime in 2024, and he obviously would be blocked in Chicago if the Cubs get Hayes), 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