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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 vs. Orioles: Series Thread (Games 69-71)

The Cubs climbed three games in the NL Central standings by sweeping the first-place Pirates. Having forestalled deadline seller status for now, they'll greet the 43-25 soaring O's for another three game set at Wrigley. Bellinger returned already to reinforce the offense, and Steele is expected to make his return to the rotation as well. See below for matchups.

Game 69, Friday, June 16, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.09 ERA)
BAL: LHP Cole Irvin (1-2, 7.85 ERA)

Game 70, Saturday, June 17, 1:20 pm central
CHC: TBD (Justin Steele likely)
BAL: RHP Kyle Gibson (8-3, 3.90 ERA)

Game 71, Sunday, June 18, 12:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-4, 6.70 ERA)
BAL: RHP Dean Kremer (7-3, 4.74 ERA)


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In reply to by crunch

Steele comes up tomorrow and moves Mastrobuoni back to IA

Wisdom can be optioned. He has one left. But he might be able to refuse it. AZ Phil's notes say he can refuse an Outright Assignment, but not an option.

Rios, Velazquez and Mervis could come up

I'd imagine Mervis stays down for a while, unfortunately. 

I'd imagine Rios gets the chance as a PH. Either Rios or NellyV wouldn't get many opportunities. 

So, Wisdom probably stays up. 

I'd love for Perlaza to get a chance. I've said it many times already. But to make that work Morel would need to get 3B from Madrigal leaving the DH for Perlaza.

Oh well. 

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In reply to by Childersb3

I'm totally agreeing with you, and doubly on the 'oh well.' A lot of these moves: Wisdom, Rios, Mancini, Mastrobuoni, and Madrigal all being traded or jettisoned,  as well as Merriweather, Bellinger, Stroman, Smyly, Hendricks, and Gomes getting traded won't sort themselves out until around, on, or after the trade deadline. A lot of guys in Tennessee really need to be in Iowa, same thing with guys in South Bend needing to be in Tennessee, and Myrtle Beach needing to be in South Bend; some of that may happen sooner, but again, most will seemingly wait until moves are made at the top, and rest will go from bottom to top like osmosis.......

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

If the Cubs stay within 5 games on the Division lead, I don't think Jed will sell at the TDL.

If Belli and Stro play well, I'd extend them if possible. Belli won't extend b/c of Boras. But they should try if he continues to hit. His CF/1B combo is unique. And Stro is solid. He could help win a playoff game. 

I'd let Hendricks go. Maybe let walk/trade Smyly in winter. That allows for one FA SP spot and Ben Brown/Wez/Assad to have a spot to win.

But the last two spots on the bench and in the bullpen should go to guys who actually have some juice. Perlaza. Slaughter. Brown. Palencia. Take some risks. 

As far as MiLB movement in the system, I don't see any hitters from SB going to TN. They're struggling right now. Pagan is the best hitter they have. But almost all the guys there are age appropriate for A+ ball. Felix Stevens should be promoted to SB though. He's 23 and deserves a chance at A+ level.

I could see SS Vazquez getting a shot at AAA. PCA would be my CF in Wrigley, but I'll settle for him going to IA. Murray could go to IA but Slaughter and Strumpf block him.

Bote will get AAA ABs b/c he's getting paid millions to be there.

SP movement is what could happen. Gray in Mesa. Hull or even Arias in MB. Birdsell in SB. All of them could be promoted. TN needs a 5th SP. I don't know if Wicks in TN gets moved to IA. I hope so, but I think he stays in AA. I don't think Horton is hurried to TN, yet. He'll be on innings watch later in the year with how little experience he really has. Right or wrong, they'll treat him with kid gloves.

It's pretty cool that the system actually has real SP rotations at every level. We've never seen that before with the Cubs.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Agree on the majority of the prospect thoughts, never really liked putting starting pitchers like Brown into the 'pen, but it didn't seem to bother Steele. I see your point on Bellinger and Stroman, and I'd add that while they are definitely good players, it appears, through either the clubs plans being in a different direction (Stroman), or the club not having any interest in negotiating with their agent (Bellinger), they don't have a future with the club; trading them and getting value is the best course of action. Unless you look at this current group, and think: "we can win a world series", you sell at the deadline, irrespective of being 'close' to the division lead. My opinion of these moves over the last few years on a macro level, is that the plan was to compete in '24 or '25, and unless all the moves made such amazing progress, that our record was like the Ray's, the plan was to sell and get as much value and ammunition as possible to use for creating the penultimate team over the next few years. If that wasn't the plan, then the front office isn't planning the short and long term properly.......

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

Should've said McCullough in MB and not Hull. McCullough has been darn impressive in MB. Hull and Kipp have been fine. But McCullough deserves a try at SB. All three of them are 23 yrs old.

That still leaves Hull, Kipp, Santy and Arias at 21, and Ferris at 19 in MB. Gray can come up to MB at 20 and be their 6th SP. Impressive depth there.

My biggest issue with this Cubs team has been Slug and RISP from Happ, Suzuki and Swanson. If those three produce RBIs, along with Belli being just solid and Morel being allowed to play 5 days a week minimum, I think Jed will hold off and not sell. Right or wrong, he'll try to prove he's worthy and stand pat. Those are five solid hitters. Amaya and Gomes are doing well for Catchers. That's six. Nico is solid for a 2B. That's seven. Leaves us 3B Madrigal, CF Tauchman. Ride out Tauchman for a while. Not expecting miracles there. If Tauchmam slides out, Belli goes to CF and Mervis gets another chance at 1B. I'll leave Madrigal alone for now. Touchy subject for sure.

That lineup isn't '15 or '16 quality. We all know that. But Suzuki, Happ, Swanson, and Belli have to produce Runs/RBIs. If they do, we Cubs fans are in for an interesting June/July. It starts with your top paid guys. All of them are/will make over 17mil per yr. Same for Stro, Taillon, and Kyle (he's just under 17mil).

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In reply to by Childersb3

Yes, definitely McCullough; maybe even Kipp too. Arias is just straight up impressive, his fastball seems to move like a slider or a curve sometimes; but he and Hull could probably benefit from some more time in Myrtle Beach. 

100% agree with you on Happ, Suzuki, and Swanson; I might even add Hoerner in there to some degree. Seems to me you really need your lineup essentially broken into a thirds system: 1/3 need to be higher OBP guys (through walking or contact); 1/3 need to be SLUG/RBI guys; 1/3 need to be fillers who lean towards one of those categories while being at worst just above replacement level (+WAR). 

Right now our roster sets up something like this:

Hoerner (OBP)


Morel (SLUG)

Swanson (SLUG) 

Amaya (SLUG/+WAR)

Suzuki (SLUG/OBP)

Gomes (SLUG/+WAR)

Wisdom (SLUG)

Bellinger (SLUG)

Tauchman (OBP/+WAR)

Mancini (OBP/+WAR)

Madrigal (OBP/+WAR)

Mastrobuoni (+WAR)

Barnhart (+WAR)

Rios (SLUG)

We have way too many guys falling into the OBP or +WAR categories at default, and too many SLUG guys not truly falling into SLUG, or just plain failing. If Happ is really a OBP guy, and so are Swanson and Suzuki, there's just not enough SLUG.

Instead of having 3B, and 1B/CF/DH (wherever Bellinger isn't) being more OBP/+WAR positions, we need to bring up guys like:

Mervis (SLUG)

Velazquez ((SLUG) still has the 2nd highest SLUG/OBP on the big league club) 

Perlaza (SLUG)

Slaughter (SLUG)

Young (SLUG/OBP)

Young actually has a really high SLUG (actually OBP too for him), so does Perlaza, Slaughter, Velazquez (obviously Mervis); maybe bring up Young to give Mervis time to recalibrate, and one of the other 3 as a 3B/1B/DH?


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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

NellyV just doesn't have a real path to ABs with Cubs. He's blocked by Happ and Suzuki. He's not an awful CFer, but he's a natural RFer. And he's a RH bat so DH ABs aren't plentiful with Morel & Amaya.

JYoung isn't getting ahead of Mastro. He isn't as versatile defender as Mastro. And Mastro has better career AAA stats. Even though Jared is playing well this yr in IA, he isn't on the 40man and Jed has to affirm that trade for Mastro.

If Slaughter was a LH bat, this convo is over. He'd have a chance. If Perlaza could play 3B at all, this isn't difficult for Jed, either. But, again they don't have to added to the roster until this late fall/early winter. So, Jed gets to slow roll.

Let's hope Mervis just crushes AAA pitching and forces his way into the DH spot. 

It's a platoon at 3B of Mastro/Mad. That's hard to even type!!!

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

Given the way things are going right now (a winning streak with the team operating on all cylinders), the most-likely move to accommodate Justin Steele's return from the IL on Saturday would be to option Patrick Wisdom to AAA. (DFA is also a possibility for Wisdom, although maybe not right away).  

Presumably Hayden Wesneski will"piggy-back" with Steele on Saturday, which is all the better for Wesneski since he is likely to face more RH hitters than usual when he enters the game. Then Wesneski will likely be optioned to AAA Iowa on Sunday, with either Brad Boxbeger reinstated from the 15-day IL, or Codi Heuer reinstated from the 60-day IL, or another pitcher (maybe Bailey Horn?) called up from Iowa to take Wesneski's place in the pen. 

If 40-man roster slots are needed, Brandon Hughes could be transferred to the 60-day IL (if, like Adrian Sampson, he has knee surgery), or Patrick Wisdom and/or Edwin Rios could get a DFA (probably eventually both).  

Keep in mind that because he is a TJS rehabber, Heuer's normal 30-day max minor league rehab assignment can be extended up to 60 days, so the Cubs can leave Heuer on the 60-day IL and he can continue his rehab at Iowa until July 5th, but then he must be reinstated (unless his rehab goes south).    

Also, the Cubs and Cardinals rosters will almost certainly be expanded from 26 to 27 (one extra pitcher for each club) for the London series, with two additional players (one pitcher and one position player) traveling on each club's "taxi squad" in case somebody gets hurt in the first game (or gets hit by a runaway hackney). 

Since the "27th man" and the two taxi squad guys will almost certainly already be on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster, Wesneski would be the likely call-up as the 27th man in London since he will be well-rested after his piggy-back with Steele on Saturday and would be able to provide length in the pen if needed, and Matt Mervis  (the position player) and either Keegan Thompson, Jeremiah Estrada, or Caleb Kilian (the pitcher) would be the most-likely candidates to get a free trip to London on the taxi squad. 

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

it's worth mentioning (esp for batters) that they're using the japanese-style "sticky" baseball in AA that lets the pitchers put more spin/movement on the ball.  that said, i'm not sure how to handicap that using current AA pitchers vs AAA ones.

still, guys aren't wasting away in AA with the pitchers there using a baseball that lets pitchers escalate their spin rate and movement.  that baseball will most likely be a MLB baseball eventually (if not next season).

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

i dunno because i have no idea how other teams are managing where they're keeping their pitchers right now.  it's hard to handicap from a casual observer.  i'm sure the teams know what's up though.  at the very least, AA hitters are facing pitching on that level that's more pitcher-friendly than years past.

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

The so-called "pre-tacky" baseball was developed by Dow Chemical, and it is being tested in the AA Southern League (only). The test concludes on July 13th, at which point the Southern League will go back to using the standard minor league baseball that is used by the other minor leagues. 

Should Alexis Hernandez get called up to Myrtle Beach? Maybe it'll prayerfully put a jump start in his brother a little bit............

steele shaking his arm out a lot on the mound in the trainer whatever.  never seen him do this as habit.

alzolay and kay up in the pen in the 8th.  can we quit with this skitzo pen management where no one knows what role they're in?  setup?  closer?  multi-inning guy?  etc etc...

alzolay, closer...period...simple.  let him thrive.

stupidest delay ever as the umps lose track of the count, then d.ross comes out to bitch after the fact.  meanwhile alzolay hasn't thrown a pitch in 4 minutes.

cubs win 5 in a row.  alzolay has finished 4 games in a row and seems to be firmly be the closer now (maybe).

Former Cubs News:

Dodgers Call-Up Cub Draftee LHRP Bryan Hudson. He replaces Cub Draftee Tayler Scott.

Hudson was drafted out of HS so he's just 26 yrs old. Huge guy. 6-8.

Really wanted him to get a chance in Wrigley last yr. He ran out of Minor League years with Cubs.

Happy for him.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

but there is more from the AZ Phil Philes, 8/14/15

Long-Term Project = See me in 8 years.


"18-year old 6'8 220 LHP Bryan Hudson (Cubs 2015 3rd round draft pick - Alton HS - Alton, IL) made his pro debut in the game, throwing 20 pitches (11 strikes) in the top of the 4th inning, before being relieved with two outs, two runs in, and a runner at 1st. 

Hudson allowed two runs (both earned) on two hits (a rope-double lined off the LF fence and an infield single) and a walk. He also committed a balk and a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at 1st base, and failed to touch 1st base while attempting to retire the batter 3-1 on the infield single (should have been scored an E-1). He was working his fastball at 89-01 MPH, with a promising proto-curve. Hudson is all about "projectability," so don't expect him to rocket through the system. He is a long-term project."

Honest question... I've heard various sources repeat the aphorism "It's not just the number of games back, but the # of teams ahead of you". This makes no sense to me.  At the end of the season, W-L records speak for themselves.  If it's Sept 1 & I have to choose: A) 4th place & 3 games back, or B) 2nd place & 4.5 games back... why I am supposed to choose or consider option B?

Can anybody explain this to me?

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

This would make for a good retrospect analysis, but I think the logic of the cliche is this: The probability of the one team in front of you losing enough games for you to make up ground by winning is higher than the probability of three teams in front of you losing enough games for you to make up ground by winning. The thing is, it is possible to analyze historical records to actually find the point where on average it's better to be fewer games back vs have fewer teams in front of you.

Thr current wild card structure will also complicate this, however. Right now, it probably is better to be in second place in your division with only one team in front of you. But that's only because it means that you aren't necessarily precluded from a wild card spot. If you are second in a strong division vs 4th in a middling division, you are more likely to be a wild card team--because your actual record would have to be better in the former scenario.

oof...amaya takes one off the hand/wrist hard enough to roll around on the ground and bit.  dude's been HBP 7 times.  rizzo aint got shit on the dude.

I don't know the coach(es) involved in helping Mervis and Madrigal improve their fielding, but the/those coach(es) deserve a raise.  It is always a pleasure watching a ball player improve over time.  On that note, I may have to change my opinion on Morel if he continues to show plate discipline.  I had him pegged with Javy disease. 

I am watching Brody McCullough pitch for Myrtle Beach.  He is very impressive - good mechanics and arm extension, lively FB that plays well up in the zone, good CB and slider and has an idea how to pitch in that he moves the ball up and down and uses both sides of the plate.  He is already adding and subtracting his breaking stuff.  He has put together a string of good starts since his promotion.  I like him better than Porter Hodge when I have viewed his starts the last two seasons. 

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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.