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

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* 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: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, 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

Touki & Company Easily Handle Cubs at Riverview

Diamondbacks starting pitchers Touki Toussaint (Arizona 2014 1st round draft pick) and Carlos Hernandez combined to toss six innings of two-hit shutout ball, Gerard Hernandez drove-in three runs with an RBI double, a solo HR, and an RBI GO, and Ismael Pena clubbed a triple and a single, helping the D'backs sweep a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played this morning at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. 

The Diamondbacks won the game played on Field #1 by a score of 4-2, and they won the game played on Field #2 by a score of 9-2.  

Kevonte Mitchell singled twice, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, and Ricardo Marcano ripped a two-run triple for the Cubs in a losing cause on Field #1, and RHP Hector Perez was rocked to the tune of seven runs on eight hits (including five doubles) and a walk in just 1.2 IP on Field #2.  

In EXST Cubs roster news, catcher Taylor Teagarden (was on Iowa Cubs 7-day DL with right shoulder inflammation) has completed his Extended Spring Training rehab and has rejoined the I-Cubs. 

In addition, RHRP David Garner (Cubs 2013 7th round draft pick - Michigan State) was moved-up to Lo-A South Bend after the game. Although he struggled a bit with his control today, Garner struck out the side 1-2-3 last Wednesday versus the Rockies and likewise in an intrasquad game before that, and was clearly throwing the best among the more-experienced pitchers left behind at Extended Spring Training.  

With Garner gone, I would think Michael Wagner (who had a strong two-inning outing today) will probably be the next EXST Cubs RHRP to move-up to a full-season affiliate. Prior to getting drafted and signing with the Cubs in 2013 (he was the Cubs 15th round pick that year) , Wagner was the closer at the University of San Diego, and was a college teammate of Kris Bryant. 

Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):


FIELD #1 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, BB, R, 2 SB) 
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 0-4 (4-3, L-6, F-8, F-8) 
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 1-3 (F-9, 5-3, 1B, R) 
4. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, F-7) 
5. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (6-3, L-4, 3B, 2 RBI) 
6. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, L-9, 6-3)  
7a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (F-8, BB)
7b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (K)
8a. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 1-2 (BB, K, 1B+E5)
8b. Ho-Young Son, PR: NO AB 
9. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 5-3, 5-3)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Austin Reed: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 11 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Oscar de la Cruz: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 26 pitches (10 strikes) 
4. David Garner: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 29 pitches (15 strikes) 
5. Corbin Hoffner: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 35 pitches (22 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2 
1. 2B Carlos Sepulveda - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Rafael Narea - E-6 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda: 2-2 CS 


FIELD #2

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Danny Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, 2B) 
2. Frandy de la Rosa, DH #1: 0-2 (3-1, F-8, BB)  
3. Tim Saunders, 2B: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, K) 
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 0-2 (F-9, BB, F-8)
5. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-3 (4-3, 4-6 FC, 4-3, CS) 
6. Jordan Hankins, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, 3-U)
7. Carlos Jimenez, LF: 0-2 (BB, E-4, F-8, R)
8a. Bryant Flete, SS: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R)
8b. Roberto Vahlis, PH: 0-1 (L-4)
9. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-2 (F-9, 1B, RBI)
10. Tyler Pearson, C-DH: 0-1 (P-6, F-9 SF, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Austyn Willis: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 33 pitches (18 strikes) 
2. Michael Wagner: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Hector Perez: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 31 pitches (22 strikes) 
4. Pedro Araujo: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/FO, 22 pitches (12 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
C Jordan Hankins - E-2 (overthrow on stolen base at 3rd allowed baserunner to score) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jordan Hankins: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above) 

WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 16 


2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER

68 players ACTIVE (including ACTIVE REHAB)
8 players INACTIVE (injury rehab or absent) 

(updated 4-18-2015)

NOTE: The Extended Spring Training (EXST) group (AKA "Eugene/Mesa") is formed during Minor League Camp. This group consists of players who are the replacement cadre for the full season affiliates, players deemed not ready for full-season leagues, and injured players.

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 40+6
Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard 
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation) 
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (INACTIVE - unknown type injury)
Jesus Castillo
Dylan Cease  (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
David Garner
Trevor Graham 
Tanner Griggs
Justin Grimm (INACTIVE - right forearm)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Luis Hernandez
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (INACTIVE - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Daniel Lewis 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Brad Markey 
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (INACTIVE - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez
Austin Reed (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (INACTIVE - unknown-type injury)
* Carson Sands 
Alex Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (INACTIVE - right elbow)
Michael Wagner
Ben Wells 
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata

CATCHERS: 8
Tyler Alamo 
Eric Gonzalez
* Jordan Hankins (ex-3B)
Yohan Matos 
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Miguel Rico (ex-3B)
Roberto Vahlis

INFIELDERS: 12+2
# Roney Alcala
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa
* Bryant Flete
Wladimir Galindo 
Danny Gutierrez
Carlos Jimenez
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college)
Rafael Narea
Adonis Paula 
Tim Saunders
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son  
* Logan Watkins (INACTIVE - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

OUTFIELDERS: 8
# Roberto Caro 
Jenner Emeterio
* Kevin Encarnacion (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only LH)
Calvin Graves (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB)
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano
Jose Paniagua

MANAGER
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)

COACHES
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Tom Beyers (Assistant Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Carlos Ramirez (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene) 
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)

Comments

I know you had a tough day getting the stats for both games in those fields. I saw you out there in the bushes. I give you credit Phil! Thank you. I stayed for about three innings but there wasn't any shade on that field.

g.balfour DFA'd by TB...they owe him 7m this year. his fastball velocity dipped to barely touching 90, but he was having a somewhat effective season until his 3-run screwup today. he's still got his slider. *shrug*

Great stat from Len - Cubs lead the league in pitches seen. That's like what you hear about OTHER teams when they come in to Wrigley.

Last year's team woulda squandered this opp. Just saying. This is a team with confidence, last year's looked like a deer in headlights sometimes.

Like I've been saying. I'm not worried about Lester keeping guys on first. I'm worried about him keeping guys off.

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In reply to by mannytrillo

i'm more concerned about the leads. it's not just 1st, it's 2nd and 3rd. if there's little to no threat, there's no reason not to take an extra 4+ft lead even if you're not speedy as long as you get back to the bag quickly if the ball isn't put into play. extra ft for leads happens almost all the time, steals not so much (but still too much this early, imo).

dear bros... quit drinking out of the cups when you catch baseballs with your beers. sincerely, society ps- nice catch, bro.

tie game...2 on...and for some f'n reason shitter is up in the pen, and the only guy up in the pen. did strop break his legs or something? ...or anyone else in the pen...anyone...hell, i'll take ejax.

The problem with Ross catching Lester in the NL is that it puts 2 automatic outs (literally, in Lester's case) in the lineup.. I wonder if the AL guys Theo and Maddon thought of that.

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In reply to by Carlito

he probably just wanted to clean up his own mess. he got another hitter after he put 2 on and got him out...he might have thought that would buy him more time. they let him go after middlebrooks (righty) and took him out for gyorko (righty), but gyorko had success vs him in the game. slow starts aren't anything new for lester, but he's gotta be ready for some success already.

One positive -- Cubs are a game over, and nobody is wildly over performing. No "just wait for the reversion to the mean" type performances yet.

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In reply to by Charlie

I would agree that yes those positions underperformed what is expected from a MLB roster, but were pretty much in line with the expectations of the players the Cubs were playing. The only real disappointment so far to me is Alcantara. Big picture, Olt/La Stella/Alcantara/Herrara have not been good MLB players before this season and they continued that trend into the small sample size of this season. Even if they regress back up to their historical mean, it was a pretty low mean to start with.

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In reply to by Charlie

I would put Lester in the underperforming bucket (although not "wildly"), and agree that there must be something more to get out of 2B. Mendy may not be an All-Star, but he's not a .100 hitter, either (hopefully). But, I agree with the point above -- no key player is off to a horrible start. Anybody hear anything on Javy? I guess it's nice that the team seems to be respecting his privacy.

Sources: #Braves left-hander Andrew McKirahan suspended 80 games for PEDs. Rule 5 pick from #Cubs. Claimed on waivers from #Marlins.

Small sample size obviously, but was interesting to hear during yesterday's game that the Cubs led the NL (maybe MLB, I guess I wasn't paying that close of attention after all) in SBs, pitches per at-bat and OF assists.

I was really annoyed at how the Padres didn't suck this weekend. Did anyone else share this sentiment?

I was surprised at how poorly the Pads played defense. I wish we would've made them pay more for those 5 errors they made in the series, but oh well.

Fowler, Soler, Rizzo, Bryant, Montero, Castro, Coghlan, Arrieta, Herrera vs. Burnett tonight. If they play...

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In reply to by Rob G.

4th game in a row Alcantara is benched for Herrera. Maddon is finding that Alcantara is a lot like Zobrist, in that he can capable of coming off the bench in any inning he is asked.

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In reply to by Rob G.

It'd be cool if 1 of Alcantara, La Stella, or Baez were available and playing well enough to make me want to yell at Maddon for treating Herrera like his own personal scrappy journeyman. Looks like Russell has a non-zero chance of beating them all to the punch.

Maddon on @Addison_Russell playing 2nd in Iowa:“Being a little bit more pro-active regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here

Prospectgasm!!

Recent comments

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Those million dollar systems need to be better, or the people interpreting those systems need to.

    You can’t compare those teams to the Cubs. Their lineups are stacked (and coincidentally they spend a lot of money on stars hmm correlation???). They can afford a bum backup IF. Here’s the other part. Hernandez plays everywhere but catcher. Merrifield can handle the OF. Short can play SS. None of them are locked to two positions defensively like Madrigal. Further, the issue being address wasn’t his being a waste of roster space right now (he is), it’s that his presence on the roster could have been used to hold Estrada, or someone like him. But instead, he held it despite his being a dime a dozen type, and primarily because Jed refuses to give up on a player everyone can see needs to go. Is this team wide slump due to Madrigal? No. But he adds nothing to the equation. 
    Your continued pounding of the drum about players who have gotten paid will never stop befuddling me. This is their job! Happ isn’t in a comfort zone, he’s just a flawed player. Swanson looks lost and he’s pressing so hard I’m surprised we haven’t seen skid marks on his pants. Everyone knew this is what Tauchman was. Morel is growing as a player and we’re witnessing some of the growing pains. I heard on a broadcast something that legitimately made me think of you. I think Boog said “it sucks to suck.” I.e. players don’t like slumping or struggling. He said it in relation to I think Swanson. The majority of these guys are hyper competitive and not used to being bad at this. You could be making a billion dollars, and if you were struggling to the point your home fans boo you, you’re feeling it deep down. The flaws on this team ultimately come down to the guy who saw last year’s team, decided to mainly run it back except with a shiny new coach, Shota, and a few odds and ends.

  • Eric S (view)

    Appreciate the link, Crunch! Hopefully he can get back to Ben Brown mph territory later this summer. 

  • crunch (view)

    DFA imanaga

  • crunch (view)

    he's throwing mid-90s+ as early as a few weeks ago last i checked on how he was doing.  i guess mid-90s+ is a bit generous based on this writeup below, though.

    found this article from a couple weeks ago...  https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/cubs-cade-horton-velocity-slightly-down-from-2023/

    "Horton averaged 93.4 mph (touched 94.9 mph) with his fastball in his first start for Triple-A Iowa on May 4 and averaged 93.9 mph (touched 95.5 mph) in his second start May 10 after sitting at 95-97 mph with his fastball and regularly touching 98 mph in 2023."

  • Eric S (view)

    Anyone know how much his average velo has dropped this year? Gave up a triple and a home run (reportedly was crushed) in the first inning. 

  • crunch (view)

    at least it's during warmups, not after a mid-90s+ heater.  hopefully it's minor.  hell, hopefully it's a blister...not looking like it, though.

    still, he needs development and building up stamina.  he's not got a 2024 home, but he's very much in the 2025+ mix.

    -edit- it's "back soreness"

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Cade Horton walked off the field with the trainer in Iowa while warming up for the second inning. Nervous time.

  • George Altman (view)

    I couldn't agree more with everything you've said here Phil. It's 40-man Roster malpractice by Jed since November. Hendricks, Madrigal, and Mastrobuoni shouldn't be on the 40-man, let alone the 26-man. Add Smyly to that group, too.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Those million dollar systems are hardly infallible. AI does not yet dictate how the prospects develop or how game is played. If it did what would be the use of playing? Team with the best projected stats would win every time. We all know better

    Brailyn Marquez and Jose Albertos both had tremendous arms and potentially major league pitches. So did Kris Jensen. Problem is none of them could harness it and, even if they could, MLB players can hit good fastballs. Estrada sure looked to be on that kind of trajectory. Very likely that by mid summer he will be again once the law of averages catches up with the May superstardom.

    Now let’s take a moment to focus on Madrigal. You know, the best team in the league at the moment, the Phillies, have Whit Merrifield. 105 PA and batting .181. Dodgers are second best and have Kiki Hernandez on the bench. 125 plate appearances and .193. The Braves spread the AB’s a little more but they see fit to keep former Cub farmhand Zack Short around. 47 PA’s and .158. Nobody complains much about those guys. I didn’t do the digging but I would venture to say that each have another light hitting utility guy taking up a 40 man roster spot as well. Two wasted 40 man roster spots each on these winning teams, not dissimilar to the Cubs. So while an awful lot of keystrokes on here are spent discussing Madrigal and Mastrobouni as they are - let’s just say, somewhat underwhelming, they are not at the core of what ails this team.

    The real problem is that the guys who are paid to hit aren’t hitting. The league has caught up with Busch, Suzuki, and Morel, and while I believe they will adjust at some point, it’s a process. Swanson, Happ and Hoerner seem to be in that multi year contract comfort zone that folks on here tell me don’t exist. The offense from their catching sucks and seems unlikely to improve much with current personnel. Tauchman has come down to Earth to be the true player he is. To his credit and counter to my expectations, the only guy who may be turning corner a bit seems to be Bellinger.

    None of them seem willing to play the small ball, hustle game that gets teams out of slumps. They show no plate discipline and, to add insult to injury, they have been quite unlucky at times. The lack of offense and less than stellar infield fielding has greatly magnified the issues with the bullpen, as well as their low performing utility guys.

    So let’s ease off the Madrigal/Mastribouni scapegoating. They are not stars and never will be, but they are not enigmas either. Utility players are what they are, and replacing them with other utility players, while possible, isn’t likely to solve very much - nor is the other approach of bringing up farmhands and letting them ride the pine - until the “stars” break out of their May malaise and start hitting and fielding better.

  • crunch (view)

    just to throw a bit of salt in the j.estrada wound...

    he has struck out 13 batters in a row over his last 3 outings.