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60 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
20 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: 3 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

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

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Series Thread (Games 148-150)

The Cubs took only one game from the last place Rockies in a series full of mistakes. They had Thursday to travel and regroup. Their rebound opportunity comes against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Both teams face Wild Card stakes as the season nears its conclusion. Marcus Stroman has been building up his arm and could be pushes for an early return to big league action as the Cubs scramble for the postseason. See below for daily matchups.

 


Game 148, Friday, September 15, 8:40 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (16-3, 2.49 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Brandon Pfaadt (1-8, 6.25 ERA)


Game 149, Saturday, September 16, 7:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-7, 3.71 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Zach Davies (2-5, 6.81 ERA)


Game 150, Sunday, September 17, 6:10 pm central
CHC: LHP Jordan Wicks (3-0, 1.99 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Ryne Nelson (7-8, 5.53 ERA)

Comments

pfaadt vs steele?  it's like ARZ has given up before taking the field.

yeah he's a very high end prospect because of his stuff and control, but he gives up hits and way too many homers since he left A-ball a couple years ago.  he's overmatched and playing on a team trying to make the playoffs.

...and hendricks vs z.davies...battle of the 88mph titans.  well, one generic-level titan and another guy that that's terrible, but for some reason is getting a chance to pitch for a team trying to make the playoffs.

cubs better win at least 1 of these and they should win both.

tauchman CF (PCA bench), morel DH...

madrigal seems to be the main 3rd by far with candel gone.  since he came back in july his line is .243/.282/.342 in 119 PA.

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In reply to by crunch

Which I don't immediately understand.  Cubs homepage (FWIW) has Steele-Hendricks-Wicks as listed starters for AZ series, and Cubs have an off day Mon.  First potential need for Stroman as a starter is Tues.  Are Cubs planning on having Stro be a reliever to build back up, or are they now so convinced in the rest of the bullpen (?!?) that they can go one bullpen arm short? Palencia was a danger, but could certainly eat an inning or two when the Cubs were up/down 5.

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In reply to by Jackstraw

A player on an MLB IL cannot be sent on a minor league rehab assignment without his consent, and if the player consents to a rehab assignment he can designate which minor league affiliate to which he will be assigned, and once on a minor league rehab assignment the player can stop it at any time. 

The only power the club has is that the the club does not have to send a player on a minor league rehab assignment. 

Evan though sending an injured player to a club's Arizona or Florida Spring Training site to rehab is not considered to be minor league rehab assignment, the player still must consent to it, and he can unilaterally decide to leave at any time once he is there. 

Obviously Stroman agreed to go to Mesa to rehab on the back fields by throwing bullpens and "live" BP on his own schedule, but he also must NOT have agreed to go on a rehab assignment to Iowa or Tennessee.

He must have shown the training staff and coaches in Mesa that he was healthy enough to pitch, but since he was not stretched out sufficiently to be an MLB SP, the Cubs really had no choice except to reinstate him from the IL and put him in the bullpen (or use him as a two-inning "opener").  

You might have noticed that Brandon Hughes and Nick Burdi had no problem accepting a minor league rehab assignment and staying on it, but that'e in large part because while they are on a minor league rehab assignment they accrue MLB Service Time, get paid at the major league rate instead of at the minor league split rate, and they even get major league meal money.

Same thing for Stroman, EXCEPT unlike Hughes and Burdi, he can't be optioned to the minors if he declines to go on a rehab assignment to a minor league affiliate. 

If Hughes and/or Burdi had declined to go on a minor league rehab assignment or decide to stop the rehab assignment at some point after initially agreeing to accept it (which is their right), the Cubs would just reinstate them from the IL and option them to the minors. So in the case of Hughes and Burdi, it's better to just  accept the rehab assignment, stay on it as long as you possibly can, and keep your mouth shut.   

happ and suzuki HR #18 for the both of them...trying to join the 20+ HR club before the season's end with bellinger, swanson, morel, and wisdom.

suzuki and morel swapped RF/DH last night a bit before the game, but suzuki is back in RF tonight (morel DH).  PCA rests again with tauchman getting CF.

dross loves using cuas with men on during mid-inning pitching changes.  i mean, it's worked out so far, but it seems like gambling with how wild he is.

a.wainwright throws 7ip of scoreless ball vs MIL (7ip 4h 2bb 3k).  it's his only scoreless outing of 2023 and his first since August of last year.  he did it at home and the crowd was giving him huge props during the 7th while he was getting through it.  he has been absolutely consistently terrible this year.

also, contreras hit his 20th HR, 3 seasons in a row of 20+ homers...4 if you want to toss out the 2000 COVID season.

Kyle Schwarber hit his #45 HR in the Phils win tonight, on the flip side, his batting average is .197. 

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    truth.  spring means little...february games in spring means very little...and the last innings of a february spring game means practically nothing for challenging talent evaluation, but it was fun to watch.

  • Cubster (view)

    The last 2 innings were fun. 

  • crunch (view)

    double off the wall in his next AB.

    shaw almost hit one out in the last inning, too...got a triple.

    PCA still looking good with a double today...and another one for a game tieing bloop double in the 9th.

    cubs fans gonna have a spring training aneurysm for the minor league kids if this keeps up.

  • crunch (view)

    b.davis takes a fastball to the head, stays in the game.

  • crunch (view)

    ....but wait...there's more!

    vazquez makes an ugly (and unsuccessful) tag play and it looks like his wrist took the worst of it.

    he's staying in the game, though the batter he clocked in the face is coming out.

    shaw snags a soft liner to his left for the 3rd out.

  • crunch (view)

    given how every other person on the field is playing in the 7th, matt shaw probably doesn't want to touch the ball.  the entire team's defense has reverted to T-Ball level of play.  surprised the OF'rs aren't looking for 4-leaf clovers in the grass.

    no errors, just bad baseball.

  • crunch (view)

    matt shaw playing 3rd in the 7th.  out of sheer curiosity, it would be nice to see him field and throw to 1st.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Hard to be certain there… I think he’s in a battle with a few guys. Alzolay, Neris, Merryweather, Leiter, Almonte likely either locks or near locks unless they’re hurt or absolutely awful. Assad will be there unless he’s a SP, same for Smyly. Them being SP opens another spot but I’m assuming Little is battling for the last spot with Palencia, Cuas, wesneski (another SP candidate), Keegan, CJ, Sanders, R Thompson, Wieck, Roberts, Lovelady.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Gotta believe Little makes the OD roster
    He was pretty good last year
    Went from SB, to TN, to IA to Chicago
    He did well enough and has that rare 6-8 LH velo and spin

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Seems fair
    Horn was going to have to beat our Smyly, Little and Leiter to get MLB time this year
    He has options of course, but a move had to be made and Jed didn't want to give up Smyly, Leiter, Almonte or Mervis.

    Now that Bellinger is clear to join us, here are the next questions:

    Phil, do you think Jed/Counsell take Cooper over Wisdom (consistency over power)? 
    Or, do they option Canario, deal Mervis, and add Cooper or Peralta?
    Or even do both of these moves?
    Peralta and Cooper are veteran bench bats with decent. 
    Cooper is pretty good vs Lefties
    Peralta wasn't that good vs Righties last yr (but his career #'s are good)

    I'd like to see Canario get his chance (just like Morel is getting and like Velazquez should've)
    But he could get max ABs in Iowa.