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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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Devers Delivers But Mena is The Man at Fitch Park

Ismael Mena rifled a two-run triple into the RF Corner in the 2nd inning and then scored on an error (relay overthrow at 3rd base), drilled a single, stole a base, and scored a run in the 5th (Jefferson Rojas RBI single), and hammered a line-drive bases-loaded bases-clearing triple off the CF Batter's Eye in the 6th for a grand total of five RBI and two runs scored, Christopher Paciolla doubled, singled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and SP Luis Devers (on the AA Tennessee 7-day IL - right shoulder inflammation) saw his first game action of 2023 and hurled two innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 8-4 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Thursday morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Angel Rivera reached base four times (a double, a single, and two walks) and scored a run for the A's.

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

Devers mixed a 90-93 MPH FB with a 80-83 CH, striking out two and inducing an inning-ending 5-4-3 DP, while allowing two doubles and two four-pitch walks. Both of the doubles resulted from leaving a meaty FB up in the zone (he has to keep his FB on the corners and edges to avoid hard contact), and the three swing & miss he induced (including the two swinging strike three) were on the plus-plus-CH.    

With his big day at the plate, Ismael Mena is now hitting 290/328/500 (828 OPS / 210 ISO) in 22 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (67 PA), including four doubles, a team-leading three triples (tied with the recently promoted Yeison Santana), one HR (inside-the-park), and a team leading (lowest / best) 13% K-rate (but unfortunately also a team worst 4% walk-rate). He has scored twelve runs (second on the team in runs scored to Jefferson Rojas), and he is second in stolen bases with seven (one CS), one behind team SB leader J. Rojas.

Over his last ten games, Mena is hitting a robust 357/387/679. Mena also has been playing Gold Glove caliber defense at all three outfield positions, although he is clearly most valuable to the team when he plays CF. In addition, he has plus speed on the bases with a long stride that makes it seem as though he runs faster when taking two or three bases at a time.

While Jefferson Rojas is certainly the best all-around player and Adan Sanchez the best pure hitter at Cubs Extended Spring Training, it is also clear that Ismael Mena and team HR-leader Anderson Suriel are the most-improved position players (not including rehab guys), what with the two of them having the two lowest (best) K-rates on the team while at the same time displaying an increase in exit velo, barrel rate, and line-drives, and both playing stellar defense (Mena in CF and Suriel at 1B).  

Ismael Mena was part of the package the Cubs got back from the Padres in the Yu Darvish deal, and until recently it appeared that of the five players the Cubs acquired in the trade, only OF Owen Caissie would provide future value to the Cubs. However, there might be a second one if Mena continues to improve. 

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

1. Ismael Mena, RF: 3-5 (P-6, 3B, 1B, 3B, 4-3, 2 R, 5 RBI, SB)
2. Jefferson Rojas, DH: 1-5 (E-3, E-5, 1B, K, 6-3, R, RBI, SB)
3. Ed Howard, SS: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, 3-U, BB)
4a. Adan Sanchez, C: 0-3 (4-3, P-4, K)
4b. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-1 (2B) 
5a. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, F-7)
5b. Wally Soto, PH-1B: 0-2 (3-1, K) 
6. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, K, HBP)
7. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 1B, K, 2 R, SB)
8a. Frank Hernandez, LF: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)
8b. Brayan Altuve, LF: 1-2 (1B, K, R, SB)
9. Christian Olivo, CF: 0-2 (BB, 1-3, BB, 4-3, 2 R) 

1. Luis Devers: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Carlos Garcia: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/2 GO/AO, 76 pitches (35 strikes)  
3. Gleiber Morales: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 63 pitches (28 strikes) 


1. Adan Sanchez: 1 PB 
2. Jairo Diaz: 1 PB 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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Recent comments

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Arizona P:

    You hit the nail on the head, there's really no major player that we need to do special wheeling and dealing and signing to accommodate a small window while they're in their prime; we need to look at this year as a year of fleshing things out and transitioning/moving into our window of contention, and focus our effort  on extending that window for years and years, not throwing everything desparately at a short window.......

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    If the Cubs do move Matt Shaw to 1st base and don't sign or acquire in a trade any position players or pitchers in the meantime (or at least nobody for more than one year), this could be the Cubs Opening Day lineup in 2025: 

    1. PCA, CF 
    2. Hoerner, 2B 
    3, Happ, LF 
    4. Suzuki, RF 
    5. Shaw, 1B 
    6. Morel/Caissie, DH 
    7. Swanson, SS  
    8. Amaya/Ballesteros, C 
    9. Murray, 3B 

    Canario, OF 
    Mastrobuoni or Vazquez, INF  

    Assad, Brown, Wesneski, Kilian, Powell, Birdsell, or ?  

    L. Little

    Also, Julian Merryweather and Mark Leiter Jr would be under club control (via arb) through 2026 but they are both out of minor league options, and Michael Rucker and Keegan Thompson will be out of minor league options after next season, so their value as shuttle guys would be greatly diminished due to loss of fungibility.  

    James Triantos, Jefferson Rojas, or Pedro Ramirez (2B), Kevin Alcantara (RF), Morel, Caissie, Canario, Brennen Davis, Christian Franklin, or Zyhir Hope (LF), Matt Mervis, Haydn McGeary, or Brian Kalmer (DH), and Assad, Brown, Wesneski, Powell, Birdsell, Jackson Ferris, Drew Gray, Michael Arias, Brody McCullough, Will Sanders, or ? (SP) can replace Hoerner, Happ, Suzuki, and Taillon when their contracts expire after the 2026 season. 

    At least that would be my master plan going forward (very much subject to change, of course), again presuming the Cubs don't sign or acquire any position players or SP or closer who would be signed beyond the 2024 season. 

    The only thing is, if the Cubs did it this way (going in-house rather than signing free agents to lengthy contracts or trading for established players or pitchers), the Cubs would (at least temporarily) probably project as a 70-75 win team in 2024 and would probably be "sellers" at the Trade Deadline, looking to move Kyle Hendricks, Drew Smyly, Yan Gomes, Patrick Wisdom, Nick Madrigal, Mike Tauchman (and probably Merryweather, and Leiter, too), that is unless they can sign free agents or acquire guys who would not be signed beyond 2024 (or at the very least not beyond 2026, when the Happ-Hoerner-Suzuki-Taillon window closes) who might be able to help keep them in playoff contention in 2024. 

    The Cubs farm system is absolutely loaded. There are probably at least a half-dozen small market MLB clubs (KC, OAK, MIA, STL, COL, and MIN) plus the White Sox and the Angels that would kill to have the Cubs minor league system as it presently exists. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    If I was the Cubs, I would be working Matt Shaw at 1st base before I'd move Christopher Morel there. A Shaw comp is Steve Garvey (a plus hitter with loud contact and a solid glove but a rag arm). 

    In fact I wish the Cubs had worked Shaw at 1st base at Instructs or assigned him to the AFL to play 1st base, but for some reason he did not attend Instructs and was not assigned to the AFL. 

    If he can learn to play 1st base, Shaw could be in Wrigley by mid-2024, maybe even sooner. 

    Shaw is a first-baseman waiting to happen. 

    And I still believe Christopher Morel will be traded as part of a package to acquire a SP, so that he can play LF (the position scouts say he should play).   

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    The Reds signing Jeimer Candelario should allow them to package two or three of their infielders in a deal for Tyler Glasnow. 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)


    If he's half as good as how much he made me irritated when the camera would pan to him in the dugout during games while he was playing, we'll be alright............

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Arizona P:

    Totally agree. I was really wanting the Cubs to be sellers, and while hindsight is 20/20, that looks as though it may have been the best option; although, part of the reason they decided not to be sellers may have been what some of the returns we're going to be, so my thoughts are merely speculation based on lack of insight into the specifics of conversations leading up to the deadline. I find myself wanting us to allow the prospects to develop and play meaningful roles on the big league team, as I feel that we have quite a few that will become good if not prayerfully great players, but if we trade them away or sign players to fill their positions in a desperate attempt to contend now, I'm left wondering if approaching this year as a transition year, while giving some prospects time in the minors and then bringing them up to see what we have in them, and maybe looking at next year (2025) as more of a contention point may be the way to go, and may even be a catalyst in the long-term development of the consistency in contending that the franchise needs and letting things happen organically, rather than pressing or trying to control things and making a flurry of moves?

    Irrespective, I think Counsel was a great choice for manager, now we just need to add some charging stations at Wrigley, maybe where the garage was?

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Arizona P:

    Just saw crunch saying Candelario went to the Reds, I also was wanting to avoid the retread market or losing a draft pick.......

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Arizona P:

    Totally agree, I was inferring the latter portion of my comment, and agree with your assessment that it's similar to last year; just headscratching............

  • crunch (view)

    it is taking more than a minute for me to get used to craig counsell being the cubs manager.

    he's going to take the field on opening day at wrigley and get massively cheered.

    that is weird.  that's a thing that's happening, though.

    history aside, while i am horrified at the amount of money they're paying him, i welcome his style of management over what d.ross has given the team.  love d.ross and how chill + ready to deliver he kept the team, but he had a serious pitching short-hook problem that exhausted the pen and some very questionable bench/pinch-hitting use.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE N: If you go by what Counsell did with the Brewers, he is much more likely to go with younger players than Ross was. I think part of it was that Ross was a "veteran players manager," meaning he was well liked and respected by veteran players because he was inclined to play them over younger unproven guys. 

    And that actually might have been OK if the Cubs had been "sellers"at the trade deadline (as they clearly had planned to be before suddenly deciding to go fr it), because Ross would have played the veterans a lot the first four months of the season (which would have maximized their trade value), and then Ross would have had no choice but to play the younger guys the last two months after the veterans were traded. 

    But of course it didn't work out that way. 

    One thing about Craig Counsell that might have attracted Hoyer to him is that Counsel is very "collaborative" as a manager and welcomes and even demands lots of input from the analytics department. In fact I have heard tell that Counsell knows at least as much as the geeks know and that he routinely goes to them for information rather than waiting for it to be offered. So think of Ross as a Chevy pick-up truck, while Counsell is a Tesla.