2014 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster (updated 5/18)
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING (67 players are at EXST - 55 players are ACTIVE)
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad formed at the end of Minor League Camp, and consists of players who were left behind in Arizona to provide a replacement cadre in case of an injury to a player at Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee, and/or Iowa during the first two months of the season, inexperienced players who are competing for jobs with one of the "short season" teams that begin league play in June, and MLB and minor league players getting into playing shape and/or rehabbing from an injury.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
ACTIVE PITCHERS (28):
Jesus Castillo (ACTIVE REHAB)
Josh Conway (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 elbow stress fracture)
* Alberto Diaz
* Andin Diaz
* Frailyn Figueroa
Kyuji Fujikawa (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
* Michael Heesch (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Tyler Ihrig
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB)
Ryan McNeil (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
LIMITED ACTIVITY PITCHERS: (10):
Marcelo Carreno (2013 shoulder surgery)
C. J. Edwards (shoulder)
Barret Loux (shoulder)
Dillon Maples (rib injury)
Trey McNutt (shoulder)
* Anthony Prieto (April 2014 TJS)
Alexander Santana (elbow)
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (injuries suffered in off-season car crash)
# Erick Castillo
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo (LIMITED ACTIVITY - left hand injury)
# Roney Alcala
* Zak Blair
# Varonex Cuevas
* Bryant Flete
# Dalfis Ortiz
Elliot Soto (ACTIVE - serving 50-game Drug of Abuse suspension)
* Kevin Brown
* Rashad Crawford
# Kevin Encarnacion (LIMITED ACTIVITY - burns & other injuries suffered in off-season car crash)
* Ricardo Marcano
Justin Ruggiano (ACTIVE REHAB - hamstring)
Casper Wells (ACTIVE REHAB - back spasms)
# Oliver Zapata
Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?
Maybe the three-headed dragon?
Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth
Three amigos time?
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.
They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?
He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.
What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.
(All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)
Lester will probably be all right.
I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.
I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.
Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?
He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.
But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.