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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 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: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

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

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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ex-Cub Factor

2009 Playoff Predictions

It's the first time in 2 years that the Cubs won't be influencing my bracket. The last time that happened was in 2006 and I had the A's winning it all and the Tigers and Cardinals losing in the first round. It's always important to remember when reading my entries that I'm an idiot. If you want, MLB is running a bracket challenge that you can enter, or throw your guesses in the comments. I haven't seen a neat and tidy place with official playoff rosters, so the ex-Cub factor below is a guess at this point and it's possible I missed a Cub connection.

2008 Ex-Cub Factor Update

Here is this year's Ex-Cub Factor update:

 

Philadelphia Phillies: 3 -- Scott Eyre, Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs
Milwaukee Brewers: 1 -- Jason Kendall

Chicago Cubs: None
Los Angeles Dodgers: 3 -- Nomar Garciaparra, Greg Maddux, Juan Pierre

Chicago White Sox: None
Tampa Bay Rays: 1 -- Cliff Floyd

Boston Red Sox: None
Los Angeles Angels Etc.: 2 -- Gary Matthews Jr., Justin Speier

Ex-Cub Factor

The phrase "ex-Cub factor" has been thrown around quite a bit. It was originally coined by writer and Cub fan Ron Berler, who wrote an article in 1981 stating that since the Yankees of that season had five ex-Cubs on their roster, they were doomed to lose the World Series if they got there. He was right -- they lost to the Dodgers in six games.

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 (view)

    If Canario and PCA don't make the OD roster, look at the Iowa roster here:

    C Windham/Veteran

    1B Mervis/Bote

    2B Strumpf/Cantrelle

    SS Vazquez/Cantrelle

    3B Murray/Slaughter

    LF Davis/DHill

    CF PCA/Roederer

    RF Canario/Caissie

    DH Caissie

    I thought their lineup last year was loaded

    This is ridiculous

    Rotation: Brown, Wicks, Kilian, RThompson, maybe Wesneski and Horton soon

    Not bad at all

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitchers reports from Monday's Reds - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    KYLE HENDRICKS
    FB: 86-88
    CH: 81 
    CV: 72-74 
    COMMENT:  Threw two innings (29 pitches - 20 strikes - five foul balls - two swing & miss, one on a CV and the other on a CH)... allowed one run on one hit (a legit triple by a LH-hitter on a CH), a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and an HBP, struck out one (swinging on an 81 MPH CH), and 1/4 GO/AO... this is Hendricks circa 2024, meaning a fly ball pitcher who keeps hitters off balance (most of the time) with a nice mix of pitches, all of which he can throw for strikes... it was fun watching him warm up in the pen with about a dozen of the young pitchers standing behind him watching each pitch with great interest...  

    ADBERT ALZOLAY
    FB: 95-96
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 86-87 
    COMMENT: A nine-pitch (seven strikes / two balls - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning (a 4-3 GO, a K-swinging on a SL, and an F-7)... 

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-97
    SL: 85 
    COMMENT: A seven-pitch (six strikes - no swing & miss) "pitch to weak contact" 1-2-3 inning (F-7, 4-3, F-7)...  

    CARL EDWARDS JR
    FB: 89-92 
    CV: 77 
    COMMENT: A six-pitch (four strikes - no swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning (P-3, L-9, L-8)... despite the 1-2-3 inning, Reds hitters squared up his FB pretty good...   

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 83 
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (L-6, K-looking, and a K-swinging)... threw 12 pitches (eight strikes - two swinging - three foul balls)... Cuas was really "on" today... some of the swings against him were really ugly / funny...  

    MARK LEITER JR
    FB: 88-90 
    SPLIT: 82-84
    SL: 77-79 
    CV: 72 
    COMMENT: Threw one inning (23 pitches - 12 strikes - four foul balls - two swing & miss) and allowed two runs on two hits (a single and a double, both by LH-hitters) one walk (also a LH-hitter), and a WP, and he struck out one (a RH-hitter swinging on a SL-sweep)... he is either working on his other pitches or he just doesn't want to throw the splitter (he threw only two, and both were out of the strike zone and did not induce a swing)... FB was hit very hard, even the two outs were hammered... no evidence whatsoever of the Leiter "reverse splits" that got him a "pseudo-lefty" pen job this time last year, so maybe the Cubs will need an actual lefty (or two) in the pen this year... 

    SAM McWILLIAMS
    FB: 95-97 
    SL/CT: 87-90 
    CH: 85 
    COMMENT: Threw one inning (20 pitches - 12 strikes - three foul balls - one swing & miss) and allowed two runs on three hits (two doubles and a single) and one four-pitch walk, and struck out one (swinging on a CT)... FB has good velo but he got no swing & miss with it, and secondaries got whacked... 

    BLAKE WEIMAN
    FB: 90-91 
    CH: 86 
    SL: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (10 pitches - six strikes - one swing & miss)... surrendered a lead-off single and then a 6-4-3 DP erased the runner, final out was a K-swinging on a SL-sweeper on a 2-2 pitch...  

  • Cubster (view)

    Bellinger deal is official. Presser set for Wednesday.

  • 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.