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39 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)   

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

Last updated 4-23-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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

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

OPTIONED: 9 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL: 3
Kyle Hendricks, P 
* Drew Smyly, P 
* Justin Steele, P   

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

DFA: 1 
Garrett Cooper, 1B 
 





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Two Cubs Squads Get Bounced at Fitch Park

Nathan Nankil drove-in five runs with a two-run double and a three-run HR, Pedro Pineda clubbed an RBI double, walked, and scored two runs, Nick Schwartz drilled an RBI single, walked twice (one of the walks forced-in a run), and scored two runs. Robert Puason hammered an RBI double, and SP Jackson Finley hurled four innings of one-hit shutout ball, as the Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics Lo-A affiliate) trounced the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs Lo-A affiliate) 10-2 on Field # 1, and Reynaldo de la Paz (two-run single) and Luis Marinez (RBI double) stroked consecutive run scoring hits to highlight a three-run 8th, as the ACL Athletics (no hit for the first five innings) rallied to defeat the ACL Cubs 7-2 on Field # 2, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Friday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Jacob Wetzel smacked a solo HR for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a losing cause.

Five of the pitchers who threw for the Cubs in the two games (Gray, Watkins, Cabrera, A. Hernandez and J. Romero) were temporarily moved-down from the South Bend Cubs group so that they could get their scheduled work. 

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

FIELD #1

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS LINEUP:
1. Cristian Hernandez, 2B: 1-3 (K, F-8, BB, 1B, R)
2a. Christian Olivo, CF: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, 6-4-3 DP) 
2b. Jefferson Encarnacion, RF: 1-1 (1B) 
3. Christopher Paciolla, 3B: 0-4 (K, P-6, F-9, F-8)
4. Andy Garriola, LF: 1-3 (2B, P-3, K, BB) 
5. Jacob Wetzel, RF-CF: 1-4 (F-9, HR, F-8, 3-6 DP, R, RBI)
6. Drew Bowser, DH-1B: 0-3 (K, BB, K, K)
7. Alexis Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, K)
8a. David Avitia, C: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Carter Trice, C: 0-1 (L-8) 
9. Reggie Preciado, 1B-DH: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, L-6) 

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS PITCHERS
1. Drew Gray: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Chase Watkins: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 6/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (22 strikes)   
3. Juan Bello: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (27 strikes) 
4. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)  

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS ERRORS: 3 
1. SS Alexis Hernandez: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Cristian Hernandez: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 1B Drew Bowser: E-3 (missed catch on attempted 5-3 GO allowed batter to reach base safely) 

 




FIELD # 2 

ACL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Leonel Espinoza, RF: 1-4 (E-3, 1B, E-6, F-8) 
2. Yahil Melendez, SS: 0-4 (4-6 FC, 4-3 DP, K, 4-3) 
3. Angel Cepeda, 2B: 1-4 (E-4, K, 1B, F-8) 
4. Alfonsin Rosario, CF: 1-4 (K, E-1, 5-3, 1B, R)
5a. Albert Gutierrez, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, BB, K) 
5b. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-1 (4-3) 
6. Frank Hernandez, DH #1: 2-4 (3B, F-8, 6-3, 1B, R) 
7. Geuri Lubo, LF: 1-3 (F-9 SF, E-5, 1B, 4-6-3 DP, RBI)
8. Jose Escobar, 3B: 0-4 (6-3, 5-U DP, 4-6 FC, K) 
9. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, K) 
10a. Yidel Diaz, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, 4-3) 
10b. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-1 (1B) 

ACL CUBS PITCHERS
1. Luis Martinez-Gomez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Francis Reynoso: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. Angel Hernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 BALK, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Jose Romero: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Grayson Moore: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes) 
6. Shane Marshall: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (12 strikes) 

ACL CUBS ERRORS: 5 
1. 2B Angel Cepeda: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. SS Yahil Melendez: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 2B Angel Cepeda: E-4 (missed catch on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely) 
4. C Yidel Diaz: E-2 (catcher's interference allowed batter to reach base safely) 
5. SS Yahil Melendez: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

ATTENDANCE: 16 

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Comments

21-year old 6'5 RHP (ex-1B) Francis Reynoso continues to impress with his high velo FB / hard SL combo. He just arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy a couple of weeks ago and is presently assigned to the Mesa (ACL Cubs) group at Minor League Camp, but given his stuff and his ability to command it, he could end up at South Bend by the end of the season (he also is Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024).    

As I have mentioned here previously, Reynoso was a first-baseman in the Cardinals organization 2021-22, and he struck out 83 times in just 213 PA between the DSL and the FCL before getting released in December 2022. Then the Cubs signed him last June and converted him to a RHP at their Dominican Academy, just like they did in 2021 with ex-SS Michael Arias after he was released by the Blue Jays. 

Yes, play your talent!!

Also, Cubs release Max Bain, Liam Spence, Ke'Shun Collier, Juan Mora, Cristian More and Joel Machado.

lineup from 10 years ago...opening day...year 3 of theo intentionally crippling the team for draft pick gambles.

emilio bonifacio
junior lake
starlin castro
rizzo
mike olt
welington castillo
nate schierholtz
darwin barney
(pitcher) samardzija

out of the 8 hitters 4 of them had no business being starters at this point in their careers.  nate had no business being a starter the year before, but earned his 2014 starting slot...which he regressed badly.

morel playing 3rd.  cooper DH.  nico leading off (lefty starter).

too early to speculate...nonetheless...looks like our 8m manager might be playing a better fielding 3rd baseman for the more ground-ball inclined pitchers (like steele).

So, I see where neither Carl Edwards or Dominic Smith have been picked up by other teams as I and others on here speculated they would. Both are now showing as past players on Baseball Reference and both feature a Last Game date in their profiles. I realize this isn’t a death knell for a career but it does feel ominous.

That got me to thinking about the reasoning behind turning down a minor league assignment at the end of spring training. Rosters are pretty well set by that time so the chances of being picked up would be pretty low. These guys are both relatively young (31 and 28) and both showed some signs of life in ST. By accepting a minor league assignment they might have been able to showcase themselves and demonstrate value sufficient for a team in need to trade for them.

So, what’s the psychology between turning down the minor league assignment? Are some veterans just too proud to accept it? Are they assuming that a big league team will come calling even though they’re out of the game and unable to demonstrate performance in the mlb-milb system? Are they kind of shrugging their shoulders and calling it a career? Maybe any or all of the above?

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In reply to by TarzanJoeWallis

dom not having a job surprises me, but he's gotta be looking a team committed to giving him significant playing time or a team with sketchy lineup that he may be able to slide into after a little time in the minors.

as far as edwards goes, the league has been disrepecting his results his entire career.  yes, there's injury concerns, but there's a lot worse guys in his pay range getting steady work.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    welp...

    bellinger...fractured rib.

    a not-very-ready PCA will probably be called up when it would be much better for him to be in AAA getting regular ABs.

  • crunch (view)

    i have no hard data, but i'm seeing the same thing.

    there used to be some parks where that was rampant (colorado during the todd helton days comes to mind), but i'm seeing it all over the place the past couple seasons.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I’ll spare the details which I’ve stated before but, in short, the Cardinals have lost their sight of their successful identity and strategy over last several dominant decades. From the beginning of the season I saw the Cardinals being in last place or near it again this year, and my prediction is that Mozeliak will be gone after the end of the season.

  • Bill (view)

    I would have kept Cooper rather than Wisdom, but at least I can understand why they did it.  In a team that lacks dominant power hitters, Wisdom can be a dominant power hitter, at least in streaks.  I suppose that there is always the possibility that the streaks longer in both duration and frequency.  I will be content if they essentially make a 100 % DH commitment to Mervis against righties and Wisdom against lefties.  When a regular needs rest, give them total rest, rather than a DH rest.  Do this for at least 2 months, and then re-evaluate at that point.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    This is Cubs adjacent but…


    Jordan Walker just was optioned by the deadbirds. For all the talk of the Cardinals development machine, they’ve really missed on a lot of can’t miss superstars lately. Walker has struggled. Gorman has been okay. They’re already trying to push Carlson out the door. Their pitching system has been so bad they had to go out and sign basically a full rotation over the last two offseasons.

    They’ve still developed a few of those pesky solid players, like Donovan, Edman, and Nootbaar. Their two best prospect to MLB players have been Adolis and Arozarena, neither of which is a cardinal.

    I hope they never figure it out again. Cardinal failure brings me such joy.
     

  • Raisin101 (view)

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate not only all your posts but how eager you are to respond to our questions.

  • Sonicwind75 (view)

    Is it just me or does it seem that official scorers are becoming less likely to call a misplay an error? 

     

    Guess I've hit my cranky old-man phase in life.  "I remember back in the day when an error was an error.  Official scorers have gone soft.  Now where did I put my readers?!!??"

     

    Sidenote, maybe Bellinger should be a little more careful against the Astros.  That was the series last year that a play at wall put him on the IL.   

  • crunch (view)

    i hated the almonte pickup, but he's 9-10 out of 12 for good outings, following a great spring.  hope he can keep it up.

    i already miss cooper, but yeah...the thin OF roster backup the team seems to want to carry probably got wisdom preference over cooper.  i could live without seeing wisdom at 3rd unless it's a blowout, though.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Things I've been wrong about:

    -Tauchman is fine as a 4th OF. I knew that. I just want a better LH DH option and he was really the DH for us until Seiya got hurt. I'm glad Mervis is getting a chance at it. Caissie is coming for that job for sure. But Tauchman continues to be highly useful as a 4th OF with Seiya being hurt

    -I wanted Yency to go to get guys at Iowa a chance. Guys like Palencia and Sanders or RileyT. Maybe even Hodge! But Yency has been better the last two plus weeks. He did hit 96 the other day. He was 93 in Texas to open the season.

    -Leiter has his split working enough. It just needs to stay there

    -I was surprised Jed picked Wisdom over Cooper. I wonder if this happens if Seiya wasn't hurt. Wisdom has more power. Cooper is the better hitter. Jed picked Wisdom and Wisdom had an option left as well.

    -Palencia just doesn't miss enough bats. Similar to ManRod, just two yrs younger. ManRod is killing AAA for TB right now!

    Things I got right so far:

    -Hendricks. Sorry Kyle. You got paid though!

    Jed, you missed there.

    -Smyly. If Jed could've traded him before or during ST, then he should have and saved some cash.

    -Mastro.  Not a LH DH. Pinch runner. Defensive utility. Maybe he's better than Madrigal but didn't get a legit chance to prove it.

    -Luke Little is good. He's had one bad outing. That's it. Needs to get better entering with guys on base. But he needs to stay in MLB.

    -Oh yeah....Morel is doing fine at 3B! He'll get better as well!!

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger "right rib contusion"