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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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Hope Goes Deep But D'backs Prevail at Talking Stick

Ruben Santana belted a bases-loaded bases-clearing double and scored a run, Jackson Feltner hammered an RBI triple and scored a run, and Luis Caicuto drilled an RBI single, walked twice, and scored a run, leading the Diamondbacks to a 7-3 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League game action Wednesday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Zyhir Hope blasted a solo HR in the top of the 4th to give the Cubs a temporary 3-2 lead, and Christian Olivo singled twice, scored a run, drove-in another, and threw out a runner on the bases for the Cubs. 

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning affair. 

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

1. Christian Olivo, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, R, RBI)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 0-1 (BB, F-9 SF, 6-3, RBI)
3a. Reggie Preciado, DH #1: 1-2 (6-4-3 DP, 1B)
3b. Wally Soto, C: 0-1 (P-6)
4. Drew Bowser, 1B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
5. Yahil Melendez, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3, BB)
6. Alfonsin Rosario, RF: 1-3 (3B, K, P-3)
7a. Zyhir Hope, LF: 1-1 (BB, HR, R, RBI)
7b. Leonel Espinoza, LF: 0-1 (K) 
8. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-1 (BB, K)
9. Jefferson Encarnacion, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 1-3) 
10. Jose Escobar, DH #3: 0-2 (4-3, K) 
11. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 1-2 (2B, F-8, R) 

1. Mason McGwire: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 31 pitches (12 strikes) 
2. Alfredo Romero: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 35 pitches (20 strikes) 
3. Raino Coran: 0.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 23 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Dominic Hambley: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (8 strikes) 
5. Luis Martinez-Gomez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (9 strikes) 

1B Drew Bowser: E-3 (errant underhand flip attempting 3-1 putout allowed batter to reach base safely) 

1. Adan Sanchez: 2 PB 
2. Wally Soto: 0-1 CS 

CF Christian Olivo - runner thrown out 8-5 attempting to advance from 2nd to 3rd after F-8

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's



"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Impressive BP performance by two-way RHP / SS Nazier Mule (Cubs 2022 4th round pick) at Instructs this morning. 

Mule has been rehabbing as a position player (not as a pitcher) at the Cubs Mesa complex, and he looks like he is about ready to play in games, albeit probably initially as a DH. (A return to pitching might have to wait another year). 

It looks like he has gotten a lot stronger since 2022 Instructs (pre-elbow surgery). Lots of hard / loud contact in BP.

Also, TJ rehabbers LHRP Brad Wieck and RHSP Tyler Schlaffer threw "live" BP earlier this week, so they should be close to game-ready as well.

Presuming rhere are no setbacks, Wieck will likely get an NRI to MLB Spring Training, presuming he isn't selected by another organization in the Rule 5 Draft... (Wieck's situation is similar to Nick Burdi with the Padres this time last year).

i am far from a braves fan, but that PHI/ATL game 2 was insane late inning energy.  hope PHI can finish this out at home so i don't have to hear the "tommy hawk chawp" anymore this season.

Fox and FS1 pbp announcers, all different guys, are hyping up ordinary plays this post-season like it's nothing short of baseball history caught on camera. it's getting a bit insane seeing an ordinary double play called like an unassisted triple play by an outfielder.

the #5 wildcard team takes out the #1 AL record team in a 3-0 sweep. being the best is a great advantage, but getting to the playoffs through whatever means sometimes matters more...

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In reply to by crunch

The way I would do the MLB playoffs is pretty much like they do it now, with the top two seeds getting a bye in the Wild Card round, but then the top two seeds would have four days off between the end of the MLB regular season and the first game of the LDS instead of five, with the first game of the LDS featuring the #1 and #2 seeds playing each other beginning on Friday. (The LDS matching the Wild Card series winners would start on Saturday, just like they do now). 

The top two seeds would play each other in the LDS (thereby minimizing the negative effect of the four day lay-off because it would affect both teams equally), while at the same time giving the top two seeds a bye in the Wild Card series (a series you don't play you can't lose). It would also give MLB two games on the first Friday of the post-season (which presently has no games).

The "Top Seed" LDS games would be played Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday ( if necessary), and Wednesday (if necessary), and the "Wild Card" LDS games would be played Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday (if necessary), and Thursday (if necessary), played in a 2-3 format (first two games at home, last three on the road, with the #1 seeds getting to choose whether to play the first two games of their  LDS at home or on the road). 

The LCS would then begin on Saturday for one league and on Sunday for the other, and would be played in a 2-2-3 format, with games #1 & #2 played in the home park of the #1 or #2 seed (whichever one of the two wins the LDS match between the two teams), games #3 & #4 played in the home park of the Wild Card series winners that win the LDS,  and then the final three games  (#5 - #6 - #7, if necessary) played in the home park of the #1 or #2 seed. 

This would guarantee that the #1 and #2 seeds will always play each other in the post-season (albeit in the LDS not in the LCS), would give MLB two games on the first Friday of the post-season (which presently is an off day for all teams), and also would guarantee that one of the top two seeds (but not both) will always play in the LCS.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I'd love to see, but not going to happen....


3 division winners get byes.  All 3 WC teams play in 1 neutral location in a 3 game round robin. Pick someplace nice & warm, with a roof - split concessions & tickets between the 3 teams.  Host gets a bit of $$$ and recognition of their brand. (Like the All Star Game, can be distributed to cities as a kickback for building a new temple)  First to 2 wins advances; if everybody finishes 1-1, then tiebreaker is run differential.  The RD tiebreak is key b/c it disincentivizes throwing in the towel on a game to save pitchers/players for tomorrow.  Also wouldn't have an off-day between RR & the #1 / WC series.... A) you're the WC, deal with it; B) the RR format ensures that the winner would have had 1 of the previous 3 days off anyway.


The #2 / #3 series can start concurrently with the RR, allowing some overlap & fewer dead-schedule days.  Or run at the same time for consistency.


Phil, let me throw out a what if. Alcantra is not the defensive prospect that PCA is but he is still very, very good in center field. Is there a chance the Cubs see The Jaguar as the future in center field rather than PCA? (I like Cheetah better)

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In reply to by azbobbop

azbobbop: I don't think the Cubs look at it that way. 

I would say the Cubs probably see PCA as their most-likely future CF, but in case that doesn't come to pass, it could be somebody else, like Kevin Alcantara. Or Alexander Canario. Or Brennen Davis, Cole Roederer, Ezequiel Pagan, James Triantos, or Matt Shaw. Who knows? 

No question Kevin Alcantara CAN play CF (at least at this point in his career), but most observers I know project him to be a corner outfielder (probably RF) once he matures physically. 

The worst thing a club can do is lock itself into a roster plan before it's settled, before players prove themselves at the MLB level. Or rush to judgment and make a mistake in self-evaluation that will last a generation (Lou Brock and Bill Madlock). Just keep an open mind and see what happens. So five years from now, maybe Kevin Alcantara will be the Cubs CF. Time will tell.  

Meanwhile, some other things to keep in mind are that Ian Happ and Seiya Suzuki (both of whom have full "no trade" rights) are signed through 2026, and PCA and K. Alcantara will not be out of minor league options until Spring Training 2027 (K. Alcantara will get four minor league options and PCA hasn't used any yet). Also, Owen Caissie does not need to be added to the 40 until post-2024 and then he won't be out of minor league options until Spring Training 2028. 

Besides that, Alexander Canario will get a 4th minor league option in 2024, so no need to rush him, either. And Brennen Davis won't be out of minor league options until Spring Training 2026. 

About 4th minor league options... 

Miguel Amaya got a 4th minor league option in 2023 and it was spent. Both Alexander Canario and Christopher Morel get a 4th minor league option in 2024, but in the case of Morel it must (barring a season-ending injury early in the season) be used in 2024 or else it will go away, but for Canario if his 4th option isn't used in 2024, it will be available in 2025, and if it is not used in 2024 or 2025, it will be available in 2026.   

Caleb Kilian gets four minor league options, too (so he won;t be out of options until Spring Training 2026). And if Michael Arias is added to the 40 post-2023, he will get four minor league options.

Not everybody can get one, and it isn't necessarily a matter of a player missing one or more seasons because of an injury. 4th options are not "awarded" by some committee,

There is a very specific (and simple) rule pertaining to a player's eligibility for a 4th minor league option. 

A player who has accrued less than five "full seasons" is eligible for a 4th minor league option.

For the purpose of determining eligibility for a 4th minor league option, a player accrues a "full season" when he spends at least 90 days on the Active List and/or Development List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs in a given season, or (in seasons prior to 2012) spends at least 60 days but less than 90 days on the Active List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs followed by an Injured List assignment where the combined time spent on the Active List and the Injured List equals at least 90 days or (beginning with the 2012 season) spends at least 30 days but less than 90 days on the Active List and/or Development List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs followed by an Injured List assignment where the combined time spent on the Active List and the Injured List equals at least 90 days. 
NOTE: Days spent on Optional Assignment to a club's Spring Training Complex in September count as active days toward determining eligibility for a 4th minor league option. 
CoViD-19 EXCEPTION: With regard to a player's eligibility for a 4th minor league option year in 2021 (and beyond), days spent on Optional Assignment in 2020 counted for nothing, and days spent on an MLB Active List and MLB inactive lists (IL, FMLA/Bereavement, Paternity Leave, et al) counted and were calculated at the prorated 2020 MLB Service Time rate (one day equals 2.78 days of MLB Service Time).

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  • 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.