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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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Triantos Goes Deep and Cubs Pitchers Fan 16 Angels at Riverview

Cubs 2021 2nd round draft pick James Triantos doubled and scored in the bottom of the first inning and belted a solo HR in the bottom of the eighth, Yeison Santana singled, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Reggie Preciado drilled an RBI single, stole a base, and scored a run, Matt Mervis laced an RBI triple and scored a run, and five pitchers combined to toss a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts, as the Cubs defeated the Angels 5-2 in AZ Instructional League game action Friday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 
CUBS LINEUP
1. James Triantos Jr, 2B: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 6-3, HR, 2 R, RBI)
2. Christian Franklin, LF: 1-3 (BB, F-9, 1B, E-6) 
3. Kevin Alcantara, CF: 0-3 (1-6 FC, BB, K, K, R, SB) 
4. Reggie Preciado, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, P-6, 6-3, F-8, R, RBI, SB)
5, Christian Olivo, SS: 1-4 (L-6, 6-4-3 DP, L-6, 2B) 
6. Yeison Santana, 3B: 1-3 (1B, BB, K, K, R, SB) 
7. Luis Verdugo, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 6-3, RBI)
8. Matt Mervis, 1B: 1-3 (K, 3B, F-7, R, RBI)
9. Pablo Aliendo, C-DH: 0-2 (K, F-7 SF, L-9, RBI)
10. Brayan Altuve, RF: 0-1 (BB, BB, K) 
11. Moises Ballesteros, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, 3-1) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Michael McAvene: 2.0 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Daniel Palencia: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Luke Little: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
4. Dauris Valdez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Luis Angel Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. P Luis Angel Rodriguez: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. SS Christian Olivo: E-6 (throwing errror allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Pablo Aliendo: 0-1 CS 

ATTENDANCE: 19 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 

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Comments

AzP,

Did you get a chance to see Triantos in the field make any plays?

I'm just curious what his defensive projection might be?

I've read 3B is his spot. Thoughts?

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: Triantos was a SS in HS but I have seen him play only 3B and 2B, and he looks like a natural at third. He plays with energy, he has quick reflexes, and he's a smart player with good baseball instincts, good defensive mechanics, and a strong arm. 

I suspect the main reason the Cubs have been playing him at 2B is because there is very little shifting done in the minors (especially in the low minors), and playing 2B gives Triantos a chance to see the game from the right-side of the infield, like he would have to do if he plays 3B and is shifted into short-RF (as sometimes happens with third-basemen in the big leagues).

The Cubs do the same thing with other minor leaguers who project as third-basemen. 

I saw Triantos play a couple of times in the ACL and he was incredibly impressive. The ball screams off his bat. He runs the bases like a major league veteran.

Sharma and Mooney in the Athletic list 4 Cub GM candidates. Abbreviated to the intro info per person from a longer article.

https://theathletic.com/2877844/2021/10/09/cubs-president-jed-hoyer-nar…

1) Carlos Rodriguez, Rays vice president of player development and international scouting, works with an innovative team that constantly defies expectations and frustrates its big-market rivals in the American League East. 

2) Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.

3) James Harris, Cleveland vice president of player development, oversees a traditionally strong farm system (especially on the pitching side)...

4) Jeremy Zoll, Twins assistant general manager, focuses on minor-league operations and initiatives for an organization that always relies on homegrown talent.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

at least the cubs won the fred mcgriff trade with the rays.  he was fun for the 1.33 years he was with the cubs.

they got manny aybar, who went to AAA and was released at year end + jason smith, who put up a negative WAR in part time service over a couple years.

Recent comments

  • Charlie (view)

    AZ Phil: This spring has been my first chance to actually watch Owen Caissie at the plate. How much do you think his strikeouts have been a matter of swing decisions vs swing mechanics? Do you have any reference points for how long it might take a guy with his approach to adjust and make enough contact to be playable at the next level? Or are we just hoping he can be a Joey Gallo kind of outlier?  

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: After Cody Bellinger was re-signed, there is no longer a need for a RH-hitting outfielder who can play CF. It was a need back when it was going to be either Tauchman or PCA as the primary CF, but not anymore.  

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Thursday's Rockies - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    DREW SMYLY
    FB: 92-95
    SL/CT: 84-86 
    SPLIT: 81-83 
    CV: 78-80
    COMMENT: Allowed five runs on seven hits (including two HR), walked one, and struck out one (looking) in 2.0 IP (plus four batters faced in the 3rd inning before being relieved)... breezed thru a nine-pitch 1st inning (eight strikes - two swing & miss, both on FB - one foul ball), allowing a lead-off single on a 1-2 hanging CV, then got a K-looking on a 95 MPH FB, and finally an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP on 94 MPH FB... started to give up hard-contact in 2nd inning, beginning with two consecutive singles on FB to open the inning, then an L-8 on a FB and an F-9 on a CV, then a HR over LF fence on a hanging CV, and finally an L-9 to end the inning after 14 pitches (10 strikes- no swing & miss - one foul ball)... really labored in the third inning without retiring a batter (22 pitches - 12 strikes - two swing & miss,. one on FB and one on a CV - six foul balls), allowing a lead-off towering HR to left-center on a 3-2 94 MPH FB, and then loading the bases on two singles and a walk before being relieved... numbers looked bad and there was nothing flukey or unlucky about it...  

    CHRIS CLARKE
    FB: 92-93 
    SL: 82-83 
    COMMENT: Relieved Smyly with no outs and bases loaded in the top of the third and induced a 6-4-3 DP on his second pitch and then got a K-swinging on a FB to end the inning... threw six pitches (four strikes - two swing & miss)... 

    HECTOR NERIS
    FB: 91-92 
    SPLIT: 82-83
    COMMENT: Quick 1-2-3 inning (L-4, 6-3, K-swinging)... threw only eight pitches (seven consecutive strikes after first-pitch ball - three swing & miss among the eight pitches, one on SPLIT and two on FB - one foul ball))... impressive first outing... 

    DANIEL PALENCIA
    FB: 93-97 T-98 
    SL/CT: 87-90 
    CH: 84-86 
    COMMENT: Allowed three runs on five hits (including one HR) and a walk... struck out one (swinging)...  was unable to complete the inning (a lead-off double on 96 MPH FB, a single on 97 MPH FB, a HR on mid-80's CH, then a K-swinging, on a CH, but then another single, an L-4, and another single, before being relieved)... needed 26 pitches (14 strikes - four swinging - two foul balls) to record just two outs... FB velo actually increased over the course of the inning (first two pitches were 93 MPH FB, then FB was sitting 96-97 after that and even hit 98 once)... has a SP repertoire but he displays no consistency from pitch-to-pitch... throws too many pitches per inning to be a starter, so as things stand right now he probably projects more as a multi-inning bulk reliever... not MLB-ready at this time...

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-97
    COMMENT: Relieved Palencia with two outs and two runners on base in the top of the 5th and struck out the one batter he faced on three pitches (swing & miss on all three pitches he threw, and all three pitches were FB)... 

    BEN BROWN
    FB: 95-97
    SL: 84-87 
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (40 pitches - 21 strikes - nine swing & miss, five on SL and four on FB - four foul balls)... surrendered a four-pitch walk to the first batter he faced, and allowed a run on three singles, two walks, and two WP, over the course of his two innings of work... struck out three (two swinging and one looking, all three on SL)...  benefited from two timely CS by catcher Joe Hudson... stuff is electric as evidenced by his 23% swing & miss rate fairly evenly divided between his SL and FB, but he also can't throw strikes consistently (the two walks he issued were a combined eight balls and only one strike)... he is nowhere near MLB-ready at this time... probably projects as a two-pitch one-inning high-leverage MLB reliever (eventually)...  

    EDWIN ESCOBAR
    FB: 93-95 
    CH: 86 
    SL: 80-81 
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (F-9, F-9, K-swinging)... threw nine pitches (six strikes - three swing & miss, all three on SL - one foul ball)... FB velo was up a tick from his first outing last week... FB has good velo but SL is his strikeout pitch....    

    CAM SANDERS
    FB: 95-97
    SL/CUT: 85-88 
    CV: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Allowed a run on two hits (both singles, both on the first pitch of the AB)... issued no walks and struck out two (one looking and one swinging)... both FB and SL velo were clearly down a tick from first outing last week... threw 20 pitches (13 strikes - two swing & miss, which were his last two pitches of the inning, one a CV and one a SL/CT - three foul balls)... 

  • George Altman (view)

    Spring Training Transactions - March 25, 2024

     

    Cubs - Placed Drew Smyly on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • crunch (view)

    my gawd...a 3+ hour early-season spring training game.

    34 hits, 7 walks...10-9 COL victory.

  • gocubsgoinCO (view)

    Man this guy can't catch a break.  He looked sharp this spring.  Now another set back

  • Charlie (view)

    Big bummer for Davis. Hopefully, he can take off sufficient time and return when he's at full strength and ready to make a real comeback push.

  • Cubster (view)

    Injury update. Brennan Davis in concussion protocol.


    The Cubs' 24-year-old prospect was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the eighth inning of Chicago's Feb. 27 game against the Reds and is undergoing concussion protocol. Davis will be out for some time for more tests while dealing with what Cubs manager Craig Counsell referred to as a "mild concussion" on Feb. 29.

  • CTSteve (view)

    Welp, Smyly the starter is already in mid-season form.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Maybe you're right about Mastro being a lock there.
    We're limited in our DH options vs RHSPs.
    Until PCA or maybe ONKC force their way up, we don't have a LH bench bat that can really hold down the DH vs RHSP right now.
    We just don't have a LH bat that can makes sense there (not yet anyway).
    I guess the fix is Tauchman in CF, Belli at 1B and Busch at DH with Happ in LF.
    I'm not putting Mastro in for Nico or Dansby against RHSP unless they are dog tired.
    That's why I thought adding David Peralta would be interesting.
    But adding him now would be tough financially according to AZ Phil.

    AZ Phil also said a while back that the roster needs a RH CF option (this was obviously prior to Belli signing)
    Canario is starting today in CF.
    He's about the only viable RH CF option until Alcantara is ready in maybe 2025.
    Reports are that Canario is okay in CF (better than Velazquez) but not good.

    A trade could still happen. Probably involving the pitching staff (Smyly).