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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, twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one player is on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-21-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 14
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
Hector Neris 
* Drew Smyly
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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

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

OPTIONED: 12 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Luke Little, P
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL
* Justin Steele, P   

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





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Diamondbacks Red Bats Too Much for Cubs at Talking Stick

SP Erick Reynoso tossed three innings of shutout ball, Junior Franco singled twice, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, Ruben Santana (Diamondbacks #17 prospect) drilled an RBI single in the 4th and walked and scored in the 6th, and shortstop Cristofer Torin (Diamondbacks #16 prospect) singled, stole a base, and scored a run in the 1st, belted an RBI triple and scored in the 5th, and made a highlight reel backhanded catch in short LF to end the game, as the Diamondbacks Red squad cruised past the Cubs 7-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

Jefferson Rojas ripped a line-drive two-run single, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, Frank Hernandez reached base four times (a single and three walks), scored a run, and threw out a runner at the plate, Christopher Paciolla hammered an RBI double down the LF line and scored a run, Ed Howard singled twice and drew a walk, and SP Luis Rujano hurled three innings of one-run / one-hit ball for the Cubs, albeit in a losing cause.  

The game was pre-planned as an eight inning affair. 

Just called up from the Cubs Dominican Academy, 20-year old INF Lizardo Ruiz (2019 IFA - Dominican Republic) made his stateside game debut, relieving Anderson Suriel at 1st base in the bottom of the 4th inning and getting two AB. He contributed an RBI GO in the 5th, and then he drew a walk and stole a base in the 7th. 

In one other EXST Cubs roster move, RHP Manuel Espinoza has completed his rehab and has been reinstated from the South Bend 7-day IL.    

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

EXST CUBS LINEUP:
1. Christopher Paciolla, DH-SS: 1-5 (K, F-8, 6-4-3 DP, 2B, 3-U, R, RBI)
2. Jefferson Rojas, SS-DH: 1-4 (F-9, K, BB, 1B, F-7, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB) 
3a. Ed Howard, 2B: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, P-6) 
3b. Raino Coran, RF: 0-1 (K) 
4a. Adan Sanchez, C: 0-3 (K, BB, P-3, F-8) 
4b. Jairo Diaz, C: 0-1 (P-6)
5. Brayan Altuve, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, HBP, 5-3) 
6a. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, L-3)
6b. Lizardo Ruiz, 1B: 0-1 (6-3, BB, RBI, SB) 
7. Alexis Hernandez, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-8, K) 
8. Christian Olivo, RF-2B: 1-4 (F-7, K, 1B, P-4, R) 
9. Frank Hernandez, LF: 1-1 (BB, 1B, BB, BB, R) 

EXST CUBS PITCHERS
1. Luis Rujano: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 5/2 GO/AO, 42 pitches (23 strikes) 
2. Scarlyn Lebron: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 56 pitches (28 strikes)
3. Tomy Sanchez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 42 pitches (25 strikes) 

EXST CUBS ERRORS: NONE 

EXST CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Adan Sanchez: 0-1 CS 
2. Jairo Diaz: 1-2 CS 

EXST CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
1. RF Christian Olivo - runner thrown out 9-5 attempting to advance from 1st to 3rd after single to RF 
2. LF Frank Hernandez - runner thrown out 7-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on single to LF 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

ATTENDANCE: 25 

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Comments

Thanks Phil!

Out of the non-rehab guys (so excluding Triantos, Howard, etc.; although, I am curious as to their next step), who, if anyone, do you see getting called up out of the guys fine-tuning (like Coran, Mena and Santana, for example), and the guys on the cusp of graduating ACL (like Suriel, Altuve, etc.)?

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

FINWE: Not including rehabbers, the EXST pitcher who looks like he is most-ready for Myrtle Beach is LHP Carlos Garcia. He is stretched out for multiple inning and has been mostly dominating on the mound. 

LHSP Joel Machado is (finally) healthy and has pitched well in EXST games. He is the classic "soft-tossing lefty," with an 86-88 FB, a plus CV, and a decent CH, a mix which should work well against younger hitters in single-A.  

Now that Jackson Ferris has been moved-up to Myrtle Beach, RHSP Luis Rujano (Cubs 2022 13th round pick) is getting stretched out as a SP, and he could possibly get moved-up to the Pelicans at some point this season. 

As far as position players are concerned, I would think Felix Stevens will be moved up to South Bend soon and replace Haydn McGeary there (McGeary has already been moved up to AA), which would open up 1B for Anderson Suriel at MB.

I have mentioned this before, but Suriel has turned himself into a really good "Fancy Dan" defensive first-baseman, and has saved numerous throwing errors at 1st base this season. And of course he has improved as a hitter (especially SLG -- he is leading the EXST Cubs in HR) by changing his launch angle to get more lift, combined with hitting the ball harder and not striking out much. (Yesterday he went 0-2, but the two outs were a fly ball to the warning track in RF and a line drive that required the D'backs first-baseman to making a leaping catch). He also has above-average speed and is tied for the team lead in SB. And he can play LF in addition to 1B. 

The only negatives are that he doesn't take walks, and while he can play LF (which is his "natural" position), he is limited to LF because he has a below-average arm. 

Also, Brayan Altuve has cut his K-rate and has been hitting the ball well (albeit not for HR power). He always had a line-drive swing with high exit velo, but he didn't make consistent contact. He has above average speed (he is tied for the team lead in SB), and can play all three OF positions. He is a hyper-aggressive outfielder and baserunner (sometimes too aggressive), and plays like his hair is on fire. It's hard to believe he was signed as a catcher! (same ISP  the Cubs signed the recently-released Ronnier Quintero, BTW). 

The third position player I will mention is INF Christopher Paciolla, who is leading the team in doubles (my favorite stat at this level). He has a line drive stroke but he also can elevate the ball (he pulled a couple of near-HR in games that curved foul at the last second). He is a smooth / silky defender who almost glides to the ball. As with most all of the non-1B infielders at EXST, the Cubs have been moving Paciolla around between 2B-3B-SS, but I would say his best position is 3B. So if the Cubs do move him up to Myrtle Beach at some point this season, he would probably play mostly 3B there (and maybe occasionally some SS and 2B to promote his defensive versatility).

And then of course there is OF Ke'Shun Collier, who is a walking machine with plus-plus speed on the bases (he is probably the third fastest player in the system, behind only Erbin Jaque and Zach Davis). He has a good arm but needs to improve his outfield defense, and his hitting needs work. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I was really hoping that Felix Stevens would a chance at SB, but B. Ball has been moved down to SB with McGeary taking the 1B spot in TN. 
Felix is demolishing pitchers in MB but he's clearly better than most of them.
It would've been nice to challenge him and give A. Suriel a chance.
Bryce Ball doesn't seem to have much of a chance anymore. 
But he's a LH bat with some pop. Hard to move on from that.

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In reply to by Childersb3

I agree, Stevens to South Bend and Suriel to Myrtle Beach makes the most sense developmentally for both (and the organization); but I wonder if they're going to give Ball a week in South Bend to give them a reason to not release him, and then work on promotions afterwards?

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks Phil! Nice to see the kids really using the time and putting in the work! Prayerfully they continue to develop and see results from their hard work! Glad to hear Suriel is a potentially plus defensive 1B, who's developing the hit tool, and now needs to work on taking some pitches! The INF depth in the system is staggering, the OF too; even catching! 

i like seeing ed howard doing bat things.  i know it's "just" arizona, but i'll take anything bat-related from him that's positive right now.

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: Ed Howard is a savvy baseball player. 

Yesterday (Monday) he worked a walk in the top of the 1st inning and then faked breaking to 2nd base a couple of times, causing the pitcher to balk. And then he did it again after he got to 2nd base, and got the pitcher to balk again! (And this was a D'backs pitcher (Reynoso) who threw three shutout innings). 

Also, Howard's defense at SS has been stellar, and he clearly has been working on his hitting during his rehab because he is making better contact and hitting the ball harder.

Yesterday Howard played 2B for the first time this year (he  had been playing mostly SS while rehabbing (and he is a good defensive SS), and with future Gold Glover Kevin Made at SS at South Bend, 2B is probably where Howard will play (primarily) once he gets back to South Bend.   

It's good to know that Howard did not waste any time while rehabbing. He definitely added some upper body muscle, and hopefully it will translate to more SLG. 

 I wasn't a big Howard fan prior to his injury, but seeing what I am seeing now, I am much more optimistic. 

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back happ!  double off the wall 1st PA back.

  • crunch (view)

    oh yeah, totally, i was just chiming about why i fan like i fan.

    i would like nothing more than hendricks to keep on hendricks'ing.  guys with his stuff can throw for a long, long time as long as it works.

    he velocity is actually up a minor amount this year.  it's really "damn" when a guy like him not only has gas in the tank, but it's looking like it was years ago.  he added a curve a few years ago and it helped a little bit, but he's throwing it less and less while the fb/change combo are less effective.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    CRUNCH—There is no one person in this community I’m talking about.  My remarks were not directed at you or anyone, but at a tone I’ve noticed lately. 

    You have a great, dry sense of humor and there is thought behind your comments.   You and I don’t always agree but I always understand your position.  

    Lastly, and I’ll be quiet, I agree with you on Hendricks.  We can dislike the recent performance but still love the guy.  Lots of questions about his future.
     

  • crunch (view)

    myself, i make a good amount of outrageously unrealistic comments that are sometimes "violent"...like my recent suggestion of "pulling the bandaid off" by having hendricks throw every inning of every game until he's on the IL.

    i would hope any athlete that cares about what is written on the internet realizes how casual fans can be about treating their lives like scripted TV characters that don't have real lives.  it's not an excuse to do it, but there's a lot of it out there.

    but yeah, in real life i'm rooting for guys to have long and healthy careers even if i'm not happy with current performances...except for some guys...and i'm pretty sure i don't leave grey area for those comments...and almost all of them are not good humans whether they're playing baseball or not...

    hendricks was getting a good amount of boos in his last game.  i would bet a million that he will get a standing O every time he visits wrigley in his post-playing days, or a return with a new team should his career continue...or if he comes back and puts in an oldschool good performance.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    What are the chances we can back off on gloating over other people’s misfortune?  One of the things I appreciate about the TCR community is that the remarks are more productive and add to how I like to follow the game.  

    Lately, however, I’m reading comments that are just mean.  If I were an MLB player, I would hate to get a back or finger injury and have someone write ‘hurrah!  I hope we never see him again!’  Especially when it is someone we were praising not long ago.  I’m not saying ‘don’t express how you feel’ but some comments lately seem downright mean spirited.  Stuff I expect from other communities but don’t often see here.  The TCR community has always spoken the truth but never with such a dark tone.

    Just my two cents.  I hope Hendricks comes back and is the professor we all know. He can pitch for the Cubs as long as he wants in my book.  

  • crunch (view)

    happ is back (and starting), mervis DH, tauchman gets RF.

    morel 5th in the lineup.  hoerner continues to lead off, even vs a righty.

  • George Altman (view)

    I don't care to see Hendricks or Smyly on the 26-man Roster the rest of the season. Both, stupid signings and option pick up by Jed. 

  • crunch (view)

    i know the cubs are paying the guys, but for the sake of the win/loss column this is some great news.

    woo!  people getting injured!  kick ass!

    sportsball is cruel.

    would have liked to keep cooper, but it looks like they're gonna go with wisdom if they have to pick a righty who's gonna K 1/3rd of his PA's.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Edwards would be my guess, or maybe they’re hoping Sanders or R Thompson can finally figure it out 

  • Cubster (view)

    So it’s Mervis, Wesn and Little for Cooper, Hendricks and Smyly. Count me in. Starting rotation for now: Taillon, Imanaga, Wicks, Assad and Brown-Wesn. Eventually Steele. 

    Lineup

    Hoerner, Happ, Bellinger, Busch, Morel, Swanson, Tauchman, Mervis, Amaya.