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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

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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# bats both

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

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

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

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

David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

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

* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta

Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Your 2018 Eugene Emeralds!

Here is the 2018 Opening Day roster for the Eugene Emeralds. The roster is provisional and subject to change.

The Emeralds first game is Friday night at home versus Vancouver (the Blue Jays affiliate in the Northwest League) 

Teams that play in the NWL have a 35-man Reserve List limit - AND - a 35-man Active List limit (with 25 players designated "active" for each game, of which ten must be pitchers). However, because players selected in last month's MLB First-Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) and any Rule 4 draft-eligible player signed as a Non-Drafted Free-Agent (NDFA) after the draft do not count against a minor league reserve list until next November 20th, once the 2018 draft picks start getting assigned to Eugene, there will be players (2018 draft picks) on the Emeralds' active list who are not on the reserve list and (presuming there are players on the Eugene DL) there will be players on the Emeralds' reserve list who are not on the active list, effectively creating a general roster that exceeds 35 players.   

Also, there is no restriction on minor league service time for players in the NWL until July 1st, at which point there can be a maximum of three players with four or more years of MLB and/or minor league partial or full active seasons accrued (VSL/DSL seasons excluded) on the active roster. 



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# bats both

Jose Albertos (SP)
Luis Aquino 
Sean Barry 
* Faustino Carrera (SP) 
Yan de la Cruz
Hector Alonso Garcia (see NOTE)
Dalton Geekie
* Danny Hultzen (see NOTE
* Brailyn Marquez (SP)
Junior Marte (see NOTE)
M. T. Minacci (see NOTE)
* Eugenio Palma 
Jeffrey Passantino 
Eury Ramos (SP)
Stephen Ridings
Andry Rondon (see NOTE)
Jose Rosario (see NOTE)
Casey Ryan 
Jake Steffens
Mitch Stophel  
NOTE: H. Garcia, Hultzen, Marte, Minacci, A. Rondon, and J. Rosario are on the Eugene Reserve List but will likely either be placed on the Eugene DL or assigned to one of the AZL Cubs rosters.  

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Cam Balego (also 1B-3B)
Gustavo Polanco (also 1B)
* Jonathan Soto (also 1B)

Luis Diaz (2B-3B)
Rafael Mejia (1B) 
Christopher Morel (3B-SS)
Ramsey Romano (3B-2B-SS-1B-LF-CF-RF)
Luis Vazquez (SS)

Fernando Kelli (CF-LF)
* Kwangmin Kwon (RF-LF-CF) 
* Ruben Reyes (LF-CF-RF)
* Jonathan Sierra (RF)
Nelson Velazquez (CF-RF-LF)

Steve Lerud 

Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach)
Osmin Melendez (Hitting Coach)
Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach)

Sean Folan 

Dallas Lopez 


Even before the 2018 draft picks arrive, this is a talent-laden Eugene Emeralds team with ten legit prospects:   

1. Christopher Morel, 3B-SS (org Top 10)
2. Nelson Velazquez, OF (org Top 15) 
3. Jose Albertos, RHSP (org Top 15)
4. Jonathan Soto, C (org Top 15) 
5. Brailyn Marquez, LHSP (org Top 20) 
6. Luis Vazquez, SS (org Top 20)
7. Fernando Kelli, CF (org Top 25) 
8. Luis Diaz, 2B (org Top 25)  
9. Eury Ramos, RHSP (org Top 30) 
10. Faustino Carrera, LHSP (org Top 30) 

There are only four pitchers (Albertos, Marquez, Carrera, and Ramos) on the Eugene Opening Day roster who were stretched-out to be starting pitchers at Extended Spring Training, so the Cubs may try and stretch-out Jeffrey Passantino as a SP, or possibly move a RP down from South Bend (perhaps Brendan King or Enrique de los Rios) who could be stretched-out as a SP or piggy-back with another pitcher at Eugene. It's also possible that one or two of the recently-signed college SP the Cubs selected in the draft (like Richan, Vega, Whitney, and/or Patterson) could be ready to work as a SP (or piggy-backer) at Eugene in fairly short order. 

Cubs sign 2nd rd pick OF Brennan Davis (High School, Miami (FL) Commit) for $1,100,000 which is only $39,100 over slot, I thought for sure he'd be the trouble of the Top 10 rds signee.

The Cubs have placed LHP Danny Hultzen (2016 shoulder surgery) and RHP Jose Rosario (elbow) on the Eugene 7-day DL, and RHPs Hector Alonso Garcia, Junior Marte, M. T. Minacci, and Andry Rondon have been transferred from the Eugene reserve list to AZL Cubs #2.   

I noticed on the roster at the Eugene Emeralds web-site that Fernando Kelli is listed as a switch-hitter, but I have seen Kelli a lot (post-2016 AZ Instructs, 2017 EXST, post-2017 AZ Instructs, and 2018 Minor League Camp and EXST), and I can tell you I have never seen Kelli bat LH.

It's possible that Kelli was a switch-hitter when he first signed with the Cubs or maybe he was a switch-hitter in the DSL in 2016 before he came to Mesa for the first time, but he is strictly a RH hitter now (at least since post-2016 AZ Instructs) with a line-drive stroke, and other than occasionally laying down a bunt (usually at the behest of his manager), he is looking to drive the ball into the OF. So despite his plus-speed (he is probably the fastest player in the organization), he does not seem to enjoy playing "small ball."   

Recent comments

  • 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: 

    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...  

    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)... 

    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... 

    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...

    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)... 

    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 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)...  

    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....    

    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).

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    I think even that bench spot is more or less locked unless injuries pop up or someone really face plants or wows. Assuming Morel at 3B, the bench is probably Amaya, Madrigal, Tauchman, Mastrobuoni, and Wisdom. One of those 5 would DH.

    I agree there’s 4 open spots on the staff, 1 SP 3 RP, but I also think Assad and Smyly have two of those spots locked in one way or another.