Patrick Mooney of CSN tweeted the following today,
Cubs option Beliveau, Cabrera, Gaub, Vitters to Triple-A Iowa. Szczur, Lake heading to Double-A Tennessee. Jaramillo to minor-league camp.
No real surprises here and it goes a long way toward clearing up some of the roster battles...
- The early cut of Jeff Beliveau is the biggest surprise so far. Trever Miller looks to have gone a long way toward earning a roster spot with his only remaining competition for the second lefty bullpen spot being Scott Maine. Both pitchers have had scoreless springs thus far but Miller has looked better doing it. Maine, however, is already on the roster so that gives him an edge.
- Steve Clevenger has to be considered the overwhelming frontrunner for the backup catching spot. I'll expand more on this on an article that I'll publish tonight or tomorrow morning, but keeping Clevenger is just the best short and long term fit for the Cubs organization. Jaramillo is a capable backup and I would have chosen him over Castillo simply because I'd like to see Castillo get ABs at Iowa, but now it appears he'll serve as organizational depth.
- Josh Vitters had no shot at making the team out of spring training and even if he had, he didn't distinguish himself.
- Lake and Szczur simply aren't ready to play MLB baseball and they were in the spring strictly to get a taste of MLB life and for Cubs new personnel to get a first hand look at their skills against better pitching.