The Cubs cut their roster down to 59 today but there were no surprises among the cuts. The players sent to the minor-league camp today are...
- Trey McNutt, RHP
- Jae-Hoon Ha, OF
- Marco Carillo, RHP
- Jonathan Mota, IF
Mota and Carillo were non-roster spring training invites and fringe prospects at best. The Cubs have a lot of pitchers and utility infielders in camp so they were long shots at best.
Jae-Hoon Ha has only had a partial season at AA and is not on the roster but he's someone the Cubs wanted to get a quick look at. He held his own at the plate and even hit two game-tying RBI singles. At this point he projects to be a 4th outfielder, but the Cubs are hoping he develops more patience and power at the plate. He's still 21, so there's plenty of time for that to develop.
Trey McNutt was also not expected to make the team but spending some time in big league camp allowed the Cubs brass to get a better look at him and see how far he needs to go and what he needs to work on. The key for McNutt is command. His one outing was a good example of McNutt's issues. He fell behind hitters and was forced to take something off to find the strike zone. That's something big league hitters will feast on, so he'll go back to minor league camp to work on that command.