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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL 

27 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE (including the 27th man for second game of 4/20 doubleheader), eleven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one player is on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-20-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 14
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little (27th man)
Hector Neris 
* Drew Smyly
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

OPTIONED: 11 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL
* Justin Steele, P   

60-DAY IL: 2 
Caleb Kilian, P 
Julian Merryweather, P
 





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Two Cubs Squads Get Bounced at Fitch Park

Nathan Nankil drove-in five runs with a two-run double and a three-run HR, Pedro Pineda clubbed an RBI double, walked, and scored two runs, Nick Schwartz drilled an RBI single, walked twice (one of the walks forced-in a run), and scored two runs. Robert Puason hammered an RBI double, and SP Jackson Finley hurled four innings of one-hit shutout ball, as the Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics Lo-A affiliate) trounced the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs Lo-A affiliate) 10-2 on Field # 1, and Reynaldo de la Paz (two-run single) and Luis Marinez (RBI double) stroked consecutive run scoring hits to highlight a three-run 8th, as the ACL Athletics (no hit for the first five innings) rallied to defeat the ACL Cubs 7-2 on Field # 2, in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training game action Friday afternoon at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Jacob Wetzel smacked a solo HR for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a losing cause.

Five of the pitchers who threw for the Cubs in the two games (Gray, Watkins, Cabrera, A. Hernandez and J. Romero) were temporarily moved-down from the South Bend Cubs group so that they could get their scheduled work. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 

FIELD #1

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS LINEUP:
1. Cristian Hernandez, 2B: 1-3 (K, F-8, BB, 1B, R)
2a. Christian Olivo, CF: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, 6-4-3 DP) 
2b. Jefferson Encarnacion, RF: 1-1 (1B) 
3. Christopher Paciolla, 3B: 0-4 (K, P-6, F-9, F-8)
4. Andy Garriola, LF: 1-3 (2B, P-3, K, BB) 
5. Jacob Wetzel, RF-CF: 1-4 (F-9, HR, F-8, 3-6 DP, R, RBI)
6. Drew Bowser, DH-1B: 0-3 (K, BB, K, K)
7. Alexis Hernandez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, K)
8a. David Avitia, C: 0-2 (K, K)
8b. Carter Trice, C: 0-1 (L-8) 
9. Reggie Preciado, 1B-DH: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, L-6) 

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS PITCHERS
1. Drew Gray: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Chase Watkins: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 6/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (22 strikes)   
3. Juan Bello: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/AO, 46 pitches (27 strikes) 
4. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)  

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS ERRORS: 3 
1. SS Alexis Hernandez: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Cristian Hernandez: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 1B Drew Bowser: E-3 (missed catch on attempted 5-3 GO allowed batter to reach base safely) 

 




FIELD # 2 

ACL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Leonel Espinoza, RF: 1-4 (E-3, 1B, E-6, F-8) 
2. Yahil Melendez, SS: 0-4 (4-6 FC, 4-3 DP, K, 4-3) 
3. Angel Cepeda, 2B: 1-4 (E-4, K, 1B, F-8) 
4. Alfonsin Rosario, CF: 1-4 (K, E-1, 5-3, 1B, R)
5a. Albert Gutierrez, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, BB, K) 
5b. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-1 (4-3) 
6. Frank Hernandez, DH #1: 2-4 (3B, F-8, 6-3, 1B, R) 
7. Geuri Lubo, LF: 1-3 (F-9 SF, E-5, 1B, 4-6-3 DP, RBI)
8. Jose Escobar, 3B: 0-4 (6-3, 5-U DP, 4-6 FC, K) 
9. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, K) 
10a. Yidel Diaz, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, 4-3) 
10b. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-1 (1B) 

ACL CUBS PITCHERS
1. Luis Martinez-Gomez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (24 strikes) 
2. Francis Reynoso: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. Angel Hernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 BALK, 2/0 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
4. Jose Romero: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Grayson Moore: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes) 
6. Shane Marshall: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (12 strikes) 

ACL CUBS ERRORS: 5 
1. 2B Angel Cepeda: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. SS Yahil Melendez: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 2B Angel Cepeda: E-4 (missed catch on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely) 
4. C Yidel Diaz: E-2 (catcher's interference allowed batter to reach base safely) 
5. SS Yahil Melendez: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

ATTENDANCE: 16 

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Comments

21-year old 6'5 RHP (ex-1B) Francis Reynoso continues to impress with his high velo FB / hard SL combo. He just arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy a couple of weeks ago and is presently assigned to the Mesa (ACL Cubs) group at Minor League Camp, but given his stuff and his ability to command it, he could end up at South Bend by the end of the season (he also is Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024).    

As I have mentioned here previously, Reynoso was a first-baseman in the Cardinals organization 2021-22, and he struck out 83 times in just 213 PA between the DSL and the FCL before getting released in December 2022. Then the Cubs signed him last June and converted him to a RHP at their Dominican Academy, just like they did in 2021 with ex-SS Michael Arias after he was released by the Blue Jays. 

Yes, play your talent!!

Also, Cubs release Max Bain, Liam Spence, Ke'Shun Collier, Juan Mora, Cristian More and Joel Machado.

lineup from 10 years ago...opening day...year 3 of theo intentionally crippling the team for draft pick gambles.

emilio bonifacio
junior lake
starlin castro
rizzo
mike olt
welington castillo
nate schierholtz
darwin barney
(pitcher) samardzija

out of the 8 hitters 4 of them had no business being starters at this point in their careers.  nate had no business being a starter the year before, but earned his 2014 starting slot...which he regressed badly.

morel playing 3rd.  cooper DH.  nico leading off (lefty starter).

too early to speculate...nonetheless...looks like our 8m manager might be playing a better fielding 3rd baseman for the more ground-ball inclined pitchers (like steele).

So, I see where neither Carl Edwards or Dominic Smith have been picked up by other teams as I and others on here speculated they would. Both are now showing as past players on Baseball Reference and both feature a Last Game date in their profiles. I realize this isn’t a death knell for a career but it does feel ominous.

That got me to thinking about the reasoning behind turning down a minor league assignment at the end of spring training. Rosters are pretty well set by that time so the chances of being picked up would be pretty low. These guys are both relatively young (31 and 28) and both showed some signs of life in ST. By accepting a minor league assignment they might have been able to showcase themselves and demonstrate value sufficient for a team in need to trade for them.

So, what’s the psychology between turning down the minor league assignment? Are some veterans just too proud to accept it? Are they assuming that a big league team will come calling even though they’re out of the game and unable to demonstrate performance in the mlb-milb system? Are they kind of shrugging their shoulders and calling it a career? Maybe any or all of the above?

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In reply to by TarzanJoeWallis

dom not having a job surprises me, but he's gotta be looking a team committed to giving him significant playing time or a team with sketchy lineup that he may be able to slide into after a little time in the minors.

as far as edwards goes, the league has been disrepecting his results his entire career.  yes, there's injury concerns, but there's a lot worse guys in his pay range getting steady work.

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  • fullykräusened (view)

    Okay, this is completly off the discussion. I have noticed several times that organist John Benedeck has been  playing a phrase from the first movement of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana ("O Fortuna"). He has done some hilariously hip music for opposing players over the last couple of years (succeeding the immortal Gary Pressey), but I don't get this one. I ask the very diverse TCR community to help me out! What's the connection? I can't find any pattern, but maybe it's for two-strike counts. ("O, Fortuna")

  • crunch (view)

    i say we rip the bandaid off.

    hendricks pitches every inning, every day, every game...in a row...until he's on the IL.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Steele will throw 3 live innings in AZ on Friday.

    Seiya did "light" baseball activities today.

    We just need to hang in for a couple of weeks

  • crunch (view)

    bleh.  cubs lose.

    day off tomorrow then it's 16 games in a row with no break.

  • crunch (view)

    dude threw 4 innings of 4 run ball and lowered his ERA...improvement!

    but yeah, i'm done.  there's a guy with 2 pitches in the pen named ben brown that seems to be doing a bit better than hendricks's 2 pitches.

    steele...how your leg, bro?  

  • George Altman (view)

    For the love of baseball and all that's holy, please - no more Kyle Hendricks. 

  • crunch (view)

    hendricks still gets some K's, but dude is just throwing complex batting practice.

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    two pitches, both hittable.

  • crunch (view)

    460ft HR later...1.1ip of perfection is gone.

  • crunch (view)

    HENDRICKS PERFECT GAME THROUGH 1 IP.

    i'm just trying to be supportive over here.  go sportsball.

  • Cubster (view)

    No Happ. Not sure if he’s still just day to day. Amaya catching Hendricks. Busch hitting cleanup.  OF is Canario, Bellinger, Tauchman. Cooper DH. Chilly (around 50 degrees) but sunny.