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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 seven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and seven players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-21-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
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

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 7
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

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

Spoon, Hair, and Grichuk Spell Doom for Cubs

Travis Witherspoon ripped an RBI double and Randal Grichuk slammed an RBI triple to highlight a four-run 3rd, and Trevor Hairgrove doubled twice and drove-in a run, leading the Angels to a 9-3 victory over the Cubs in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.  

Dan Vogelbach and Jeffrey Baez provided most all of the Cub offense today, with Vogelbach reaching base three times on an RBI single and two walks, and Jeffrey Baez roping a bases-loaded two run double down the LF line.

The Cubs had other chances to score and cut the Angel lead at various points during the game, but inopportune DP balls and strikeouts deflated the Cubs hopes.

The AZIL Cubs continue to struggle offensively, what with some of the squad's best hitters (including Javier Baez, Taiwan Easterling, Dustin Geiger, Reggie Golden, and Rafael Lopez) sidelined with injuries.

Shawon Dunston, Jr did break his 1-26 slump with a 4th inning single, but he also dropped a line-drive in CF allowing an unearned run to score in the top of the 3rd.

The Cubs pitching and defense left a lot to be desired today, as the Angels collected three triples, three doubles, and five singles, and scored two unearned runs thanks to three Cub errors.

Worst outing of the day among the eight Cubs pitchers who took the mound was the one by 5'8 fireballin' RHP Tarlandus Mitchell, who managed to allow two runs without the benefit of a hit in the top of the 6th. "T" walked the bases loaded and threw two wild pitches, hurling 25 pitches (but only seven strikes) in his one inning of work.

Mitchell was the Cubs 22nd round pick out of Alto HS - Alto, TX in 2008, but he has yet to get past Boise. His four seasons in the Cubs organization have been tarnished by injuries, and bouts with wildness when he has been healthy.

RHP David Henrie (2011 NDFA - Trinidad State JC) also struggled, but in a different way. Henrie allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits (two doubles, a triple, and a single) in just 1.2 IP. He also allowed one inherited run to score (charged to Jose Rosario), and commited a fielding error that directly led to one unearned run  scoring.    

Best outings today were the innings thrown by LHP Frank Del Valle and RHP Tony Zych, but that's no surprise since Del Valle and Zych have been two of the best-looking pitchers so far at Instructs.

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

LINEUP:
1. Zeke DeVoss, 2B: 1-2 (3-U, 1B, HBP, BB, R)
2. Trey Martin, LF: 1-4 (1B, 4-6-3 DP, F-7, 4-6-3 DP, R)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-3 (4-3, 6-3, E-1, BB, R)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (1B, BB, BB, 3-6 FC, RBI, SB)
5. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-4 (K, K, 2B, 5-4 FC, 2 RBI)
6. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 1-4 (4-3, 1B, 1-3, F-7)
7a. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (BB, F-8, F-7)
7b. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-1 (K)
8. Neftali Rosario, DH #1: 0-2 (HBP, K, K, BB)
9. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (2-3 SH, P-4, BB, 4-3 DP)
10. Mark Malave, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB)

PITCHERS:
1. Jose Rosario: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K,14 pitches (9 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. David Henrie: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 21 pitches (15 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
3. Ian Dickson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (8 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
4. Frank Del Valle: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (5 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Tarlandus Mitchell: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 25 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
6. Charles Thomas: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 22 pitches (14 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
7. Dustin Fitzgerald: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 24 pitches (16 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
8. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 13 pitches (8 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO

ERRORS: 3
1. P David Henrie - E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. CF Shawon Dunston, Jr - E-8 (missed catch with two outs allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score from 3rd base)
3. 3B Jeimer Candelario - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

OUTFIELD ASSIST
RF Jeffrey Baez - Batter thrown out 9-6 trying to stretch a single into a double

ATTENDANCE: 23 (including Angels manager Mike Scioscia)

WEATHER: Sunny with a gentle breeze and temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

some asshat in DET's RF is "heckling" nelson cruz calling him variations of "f--ker" and "motherf--ker"... ...people pay money to do this to pro athletes for fun...playoff ticket money, even. interesting subculture...

Phil, Regarding Dunston's error and the ensuing run - is there an "official" scorer for these games, or just one guy from each team filling in the scorecard to send in to the bosses?

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Submitted by The Real Neal on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 9:47pm. Phil, Regarding Dunston's error and the ensuing run - is there an "official" scorer for these games, or just one guy from each team filling in the scorecard to send in to the bosses? ==================================== TRN: There is one pitcher from each team not scheduled to throw that day who keeps score for his team, and there is some weird guy from a blog who keeps score and posts it on the internets. Same thing at Minor League Camp and at Extended Spring Training. So there is no "official" scorer at Instructs like there would be in the AZL or AFL. You just have to rely on my observations coupled with the fact that I never miss a play because I never go to the bathroom (during a game).

AzPhil Couple questions, if you have the time. Trey Martin - He's been noted as the sleeper in this class by many outlets. Does he look natural in CF? How does he look at the plate? Jose Rosario - Love the velocity, but is there better consistency on the secondary pitches? Granted, 1-2 inning outings don't tell much. Dillon Maples - The clips I've seen of him, his arm action reminds me a bit of the issues with Nick Struck. Is that a fair comparison (if you remember Struck's mechanics that is)? What's your overall take on the level of concern we should have with his mechanics?

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In reply to by toonsterwu

Submitted by toonsterwu on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 11:32pm. AzPhil Couple questions, if you have the time. Trey Martin - He's been noted as the sleeper in this class by many outlets. Does he look natural in CF? How does he look at the plate? Jose Rosario - Love the velocity, but is there better consistency on the secondary pitches? Granted, 1-2 inning outings don't tell much. Dillon Maples - The clips I've seen of him, his arm action reminds me a bit of the issues with Nick Struck. Is that a fair comparison (if you remember Struck's mechanics that is)? What's your overall take on the level of concern we should have with his mechanics? ==================================== TOONSTER: Trey Martin is a younger version of Evan Crawford, a tall, lanky long-strider with a slashing style of hitting and no HR power. He looks OK in all three OF positions. He has plenty of range and a strong arm. Jose Rosario has no decent secondary pitches at this time. Breaking ball and change-up are works-in-progress. His future is probably in the bullpen. Nick Struck is probably a good comp for Dillon Maples as far as motion/mechanics. BTW, I don't think the Maples delivery is being reconstructed or reworked or revamped. If it is, why would you spend $2.5M on a pitcher whose delivery is out of whack like that? To me, he just looks rusty and/or a bit out of sync. He was the last pitcher at Instructs to be deemed game-ready, but clearly he is not.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks. As a tag-along thought/question - do you think that they are simply trying to get Maples feet wet with pro ball, and thus, not worrying about mechanics as of now (and perhaps getting around to it next year), or do you think that they really aren't that concerned about it? Granted, with the way they pushed Struck up (still shocked at Struck being in AAA), perhaps it is the latter. I mean, there are pitchers that have had success with that type of, for lack of a better term, mini-windup/drag back on their deliveries. It does sound like he's a bit rusty - aren't the reports right now suggesting 89-92 on his fastball (think there were some tweets about that).

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In reply to by toonsterwu

Submitted by toonsterwu on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 1:33am. Thanks. As a tag-along thought/question - do you think that they are simply trying to get Maples feet wet with pro ball, and thus, not worrying about mechanics as of now (and perhaps getting around to it next year), or do you think that they really aren't that concerned about it? Granted, with the way they pushed Struck up (still shocked at Struck being in AAA), perhaps it is the latter. I mean, there are pitchers that have had success with that type of, for lack of a better term, mini-windup/drag back on their deliveries. It does sound like he's a bit rusty - aren't the reports right now suggesting 89-92 on his fastball (think there were some tweets about that). ================================= TOONSTER: I doubt that the Cubs are doing anything to revamp Maples mechanics now. If they were inclined to do that I think they would probably want him to get a lot of reps & innings using the new mechanics, and he just can't do that in a month of Instructs followed by four or five months back home in North Carolina. This is the time when you tell a young pitcher to just relax and do whatever he has been doing that got him there, and then if changes become necessary (and Pitching Coordinator Dennis Lewallyn is probably observing & evaluating Maples closely to determine that), the Cubs will more-likely do it at Minor League Camp & Extended Spring Training 2012 when they will have have a good, solid three months of continuous work & reps at Fitch Park, followed by another 2-3 months of AZL Cubs or Boise, and then another month of Instructs post-2012. What I see with Dillon Maples is a HS pitcher who signed late and didn't get a chance to pitch for the AZL Cubs or Boise, and so Instructs is serving as an "Intro to Pro Ball" for him, where he runs through daily PFP drills and learns about throwing "live" BP and side-sessions and preparing for games and getting to the ballpark on time. I suspect he probably was told to throw just two-seamers and curves in his most-recent outing after he obviously was over-throwing his fastball (probably trying to impress everybody with velocity) in his first outing last week when he walked three and couldn't finish even one inning. He still had poor command in the second game, but at least he battled and didn't walk anybody, and at least he did get through his two innings.

If you were watching Liga Venezolana - LA Guaira vs. Caribes de Anzoátegu on ESPN3 tonight you were treated to a long, no, endless interview (I finally said "Basta" and stopped watching) in Spanish with a fresh happy looking Carlos Zambrano. Carlos said he's excited about...not a pending trade to Florida (in fact he said no one's come to him with anything about a trade)...he's excited about Theo Epstein taking over as Cubs GM! Z still wants to be a Cub. He made that clear. He loves the Cubs and hopes Epstein will let him finish his career in Chicago. And it came across as very sincere.

what exactly did Jacoby Ellsbury come back from?

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In reply to by Tito

I guess it depends on how you look at it. If the awards is "take all the guys who were bad or injured last year, and give the award to whoever has the best stats this year" then Ellsbury is the best pick. If you look at it as "take a look at all of the guys who had good years this year, and see what they had to come back from, and whoever came back from the most prolbems" then Colon would be a better pick. I prefer the later. I don't know if I would consider Volgesong a candidate though, because he was never good before.

Bryan LaHair, 1B, Cubs (VEN Navegantes): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI. I generally abhor 'Free Player X' movements; but I'm on board with this one. The guy can hit.

once we knew Red Sox weren't going to let Theo take anyone with him Am hearing there's a good chance Theo Epstein will hire #Padres exec Josh Byrnes to join him with #Cubs.

says Cherington has been told he'll be the next GM. I feel like I can almost celebrate.

ROB G it may be time to change the name of this great blog: THEO CUB REPORTER

According toWscr City Hall source Mayor Rahm told Cubs " to make it work" and he would get state to get $$ for Wrigley. He sees Wrigley as major economic player for Chicago. /FU Daley

beats Australia 2-1 in 7 innings B. Jackson 2/2 with a 1 2B and a sacrifice Beliveau with the win.. 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB gave up a 2B to leadoff 9th and patterson gave up the inherited run.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/6784/sources-ricketts-ha… Two major league sources told ESPNChicago.com that owner Tom Rickets has turned over a list of Cubs players to interim general manager Randy Bush, director of player personnel Oneri Fleita and scouting director Tim Wilken to evaluate for compensation for Epstein. They were to report back to Ricketts which player or players they would be comfortable with trading.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I think the Cubs made a mistake when they sent PCA back to AAA. It isn't that he is a finished product (he isn't) or that he wouldn't benefit from regular reps at AAA (he would), but PCA is the one Cubs player who can actually manufacture a run almost single-handedly by putting pressure on the defense by bunting for a hit and then distracting the pitcher & catcher by stealing a base or two and scoring on a GO or FO.

    When a lineup is in a major funk top-to-bottom you need to try and steal a run or two here or there. It can also help create a spark of life where none appears to exist. So I would have kept PCA in Chicago and had him hit lead-off every game until the bats get going again.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    So the Cubs have some teams coming up that are .500 +/-  a little.
    We hope the bats come alive. 
    STL is playing better. MIL is leading the division. PITT's SP is an issue for all opponents. SF is playing okay. 
    If the Cubs are truly a better than average team, they'll win more of this games than they lose.

    But, here's what I'm hoping: I liked the way PCA finished his stint in Wrigley. He seemed to start slowing down. I think he'll force Jed to bring him up and get regular ABs.
    If Busch doesn't turn this around the next two weeks, I think PCA coming back up becomes necessary. A month long slump happens to good hitters. No doubt there. But when it starts getting close to two months...concern is understated.
    PCA in CF, Tauch/Happ/Seiya in LF & RF, Tauch/Wisdom at DH and Belli at 1B.
    I know Jed won't rush PCA back (or rush ONCK up), but I think PCA forces him to do it and soon.
    Even if Busch starts to come back around, I think PCA can still come back as well.
    Vazquez goes back down, Nico is backup SS, and PCA gets to play.

    Also, Little needs to stay up in Chicago. Cuas & Hodge will go down. Smyly-Brewer-Almonte all have to come back or Jed loses them. Palencia and Wicks can go down. Reads like Alzolay will be out quite a while. No word really on Keegan, but he can go down as well.
    We all know the real issue is Hendricks and his 16.5mil. I wonder when he hits 10&5 rights in the coming days if there's a MLB pension bump at that point for him. I'm not certain at all.
    But, Kyle doesn't have anything left to offer. Just pay him and ask him to retire. No other team is taking him now (even if Jed flips the bill). He won a ring. All things come to end.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agreed. No starters on that roster you would want to sniff the majors. Kyle McGowin has big league experience and has done well for the Smokies. He could be considered in an extreme emergency. Matthew Thompson has been doing well for Tennessee too but he shows long term promise and needs to be developed conventionally. 

    If one wanted to stick with Iowa the next guy up would be (reluctantly) Horton and then <gasp!> Pannone!

  • crunch (view)

    luckily the team isn't running low on MLB-ready SP...what's in AAA isn't ready for the big time yet (c.horton) or trash (literally everyone else).

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Teheran has been in the same neighborhood. I doubt either were ever intended to be more than minor league depth.

  • crunch (view)

    d.straily has give up 4 homers in 2.1ip for iowa.  his ERA is in the 7's and his WHIP is close to 2.

    it's not going well for him.

  • crunch (view)

    this COL/OAK game crazy fun...needed this after yet another poor showing cubs loss.

  • Eric S (view)

    Shutout by the Braves in three of the six game series. Cubs fortunate to get two wins. Cubs offense in need of a collective viagra-voodoo cocktail, stat!

  • crunch (view)

    he gets a 2nd inning...leadoff single on the 1st pitch.

    2ip 4h 1bb 1k, 2r/er

  • crunch (view)

    1ip 2h 1bb 1k, 2r/er...one of the outs was a popout about as close to the ivy as you can get without being in the ivy.

    not encouraging.  he may or may not get another inning.  he probably shouldn't have gotten that inning in a 1-0 game, but with the way the cubs bats are going it may not even matter.