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37 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (three slots are open)

Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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

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


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Cubs @ Twins: Series Thread (Games 38-40)

The Cubs took the final game of their homestand to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals. They enter the road trip 18-19 and holding at third in the NL Central. The Pirates are one for their last ten and the Brewers are two for their last ten, but they maintain first and second respectively as every NL Central team has a losing record over the same span. The Twins, on the other hand, sit atop a weak AL Central. Offseason additions Carlos Correa and Christian Vazquez have done little to contribute to the team's success thus far, while Byron Buxton and Joey Gallo are each doing their thing. See below for matchups.

Game 38, Friday, May 12, 7:10 pm central

MIN: RHP Sonny Gray (4-0, 1.35 ERA)

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (3-1, 3.05 ERA)

The veteran Gray is the standout in the Minnesota's rotation so far. He's doing his usual--striking out more than a batter per inning and getting more than a fair share of ground balls. His last start he gave up a season high three earned runs on three walks and four hits over five innings.

Smyly went only 3.1 innings in his last outing, walking three and allowing three hits including a homerun over that time. He did strike five.

Game 39, Saturday, May 13, 1:10 pm central

MIN: RHP Joe Ryan (5-1, 2.45 ERA)

CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-1, 3.93 ERA)

The 26-year-old Ryan  debuted in 2022 and made 27 starts. He put up a very solid season and relied on strikeouts and good control while allowing a lot of contact in the air. He's showing improved control this season and is inducing more contact on the ground. He did allow a season high eight hits in his last start, but he walked none and held the opposition to only two earned runs in six innings.

Wesneski has shown significant improvement of late, allowing one earned run in each of his last three starts. Last time, he also struck out six, showing he can still miss bats.

Game 40, Sunday, May 14, 1:10 pm central

MIN: RHP Louie Varland (0-0, 4.32 ERA)

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-3, 2.28 ERA)

Varland is only 25 and made five MLB starts in 2022. He's made three starts in 2023 and has been hurt by homeruns. Last time out he allowed no homers and held the opposition to one earned run.

Stroman has been great solid since Opening Day, excepting a rough outing on April 23. Last time he took a loss despite allowing only two earned runs in six innings.


With the Oakland Athletics AAA affiliate in Las Vegas outdrawing the MLB club in Oakland on a nightly basis, it is very likely that the A's won't wait for a new stadium before  moving to Las Vegas. 

Presuming the new proposed stadium site on the Strip (former site of The Tropicana) is approved, the A's could move to Las Vegas as early as the 2025 season (their Coliseum lease expires after the 2024 season) and temporarily play in the minor league ballpark until the new MLB stadium is ready  (probably 2027) 

If the A's do move to Las Vegas, it is possible that Tucson will replace Las Vegas as a AAA city. Tucson was a long-time member of the Pacific Coast League and there was a AAA team there as recently as 2013, before the Padres moved their AAA affiliate from Tucson to El Paso. There is a fairly new ballpark available in Tucson (Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium), which was former home to the Padres AAA team and White Sox & Diamondbacks MLB Spring Training games.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Tucson also has multiple ballparks ready for play.  Kino Vet's park is baseball-ready with some modernization.  the Hi Corbett ballpark might be a bit too non-modern, but the footprint and parking is adequate.  espeically given Kino is near the airport i imagine that would be the desired play unless they really want to sink some $$ into a revamp.

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In reply to by Cubster

i loved spring training in tucson.  you got the games without the excessive amount of out-of-towners (of which i was one) filling every restaurant and hotel.  it also made getting tickets in good seats much easier.

my last game at Hi Corbett was a hell of a zambrano outing vs COL...short outing, but nice to see him that close-up in such a cozy ballpark.  cubs won.

found a pic of Z that i took at the game from my $7 seat...

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In reply to by JoePepitone

he's still most likely a 150+K guy over a full season of PAs, but yeah, the rest of the package is nice.

also, with all the pressure to play CF/OF, i think it's easy for some to forget the guy can play 2nd and SS well + 3rd good enough to not embarrass himself.  i hope the CF play gets better simply to give him more options to play.

it took 7 games before STL decided to end the "contreras not catching" thing...he returns behind the plate monday.

7 games, 5.4 runs a game with the new catching setup...5 of 7 games with 5 or more runs given up.

hendricks starts in iowa tomorrow...wesn's last 3 outings have been nice, but today...phew...

hosmer ejected for arguing balls and strikes.  in a reflection of his season so far, it actually was a yeah.  0-3 with a walk...ross decided to get tossed over this, too.

disappointing run lately.  mervis is still trying to get it going with the bat (nice glove, though).  bellinger is in a slump.  suzuki's power outage is concerning even if not an injury concern causing it.  kinda over madrigal getting a lot of ABs...

wtf happ.  i mean, how the hell did he take such a huge step back with his OF defense?  dude put in the best LF performance i've ever seen from a cub last doubt.  this year his routes are iffy and he has problems corralling the ball off the walls, fumbling multiple times.

morel does homers.  this time a 3rd decker.  his 2nd deck homer a couple nights ago was the longest hit by a cub this year...beat it by 32 feet, 461 feet...exit velocity 113mph.

hendricks throws 79 pitches today in AAA.  5ip 6h 2bb 4k, 2r/er...that might be it for him in AAA.  wesn's rotation spot might be in trouble or the cubs might try a little bit of 6-man rotation.

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  • crunch (view)

    thomas hatch is going to fight ham in japan.  he was on PIT's 40-man.

  • crunch (view)

    morel played somewhere besides 3rd and SS...he got 8 innings in CF, 2 putouts and an assist.

  • crunch (view)

    ryan flaherty new cubs bench coach.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger wins comeback player of the year.  the AL winner was liam hendricks and his 5ip before he got tommy john...setting himself up for a 2025 shot at the award.

  • Bill (view)

    I hope that Perlaza goes on to have a successful career.  On most Cubs teams prior to the current administration, he would have been one of their more highly ranked prospects.  As far as the others are concerned, one or more may well go on to be much better than expected, but unfortunately there is no way to tell which one at the present time.  You can't keep everyone.

  • crunch (view)

    s.gray signs with the cards...3/75m

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Another one of the nine Cubs post-2023 Rule 9 minor league 6YFA has signed, as RHP Carlos Guzman (acquired from the Tigers for Zack McKinstry at the end of Spring Training) signed a 2024 minor league contract with the Mets. 


    So RHRP Yovanny Cruz (SD), C-INF P. J. Higgins (CIN), and now Carlos Guzman (NYM) have already signed 2024 minor league contracts with new MLB organizations, and OF Yonathan Perlaza is headed for Korea (Hanhwa Eagles).

  • crunch (view)

    ...and back to 3rd for another game.  at this point i'm gonna hang back and when/if he actually plays 1st then i'll find it notable.  i am glad he's playing a good amount of 3rd, though...give the club one more good look at him there.  shrug

  • crunch (view)

    morel played SS last night (no errors)...hit a homer and a double.  he's got 2 of both in 19PA.

  • crunch (view)

    e.escobar was throwing 95-97mph on his fastball in 2023.