Prospects Vitters, Szczur, and Beliveau among latest Cubs roster cuts

Prospects Vitters, Szczur, and Beliveau among latest Cubs roster cuts

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.

Filed under: Spring Training

Tags: roster decisions

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  • Very surprised that Jeff Beliveau was cut as well. Does that mean that they will eventually end up keeping the Rule 5 kid?

  • In reply to lokeey:

    I don't think the Beliveau decision affects Castillo. Castillo's future tied more closely to Mateo and Dolis.

  • With 7 games in the next 10 days its time to give BA's and Innings
    to those who have a chance to make the team. I still don't want
    old veterans sent to AAA. Vitters needs to start thinking about his
    final? chance at AAA.

  • Exactly right. The Cubs want to get a closer look at guys like Mather, Cardenas, Campana, Sappelt, etc. as well as the bullpen arms.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Which players do you think will be released instead of going to AAA

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I'll have that up this weekend! ;)

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Hey John, Are the cubs playing 2 games today? Do you have the lineups? And also are either being televised?

  • In reply to johnnywest333:

    They sure are...LIneup Against D'Backs
    1. Reed Johnson, RF
    2. Marlon Byrd, CF
    3. Starlin Castro, SS
    4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
    5. Jeff Baker, 1B
    6. Geovany Soto, C
    7. Darwin Barney, 2B
    8. Josh Vitters, 3B
    9. Ryan Dempster, P

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Both games on MLB.com radio and it's free today...

    Lineup vs. Rockies
    1. David DeJesus, RF
    2. Blake DeWitt, 2B
    3. Ian Stewart, 3B
    4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
    5. Joe Mather, CF
    6. Brett Jackson, LF
    7. Welington Castillo, C
    8. Junior Lake, SS
    9. Rodrigo Lopez, P

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    How does it work that Vitters is playing (also Lake in the other SS game) even though he is cut from the Spring roster? Also neither game is being televised but the audio might be free on mlb.com.

  • In reply to Andrew:

    Both games are on MLB.com...

    You'll see that often in split games like today. Just not enough bodies to go around, especially since players aren't playing the entire game. They'll play the MLB game, then report back to minor league camp.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    And it is free today!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Barney scratched...Scales in the lineup. No word why yet.

  • Do you think that Believeau's being sent down has to do with the question marks surrounding Marmol. At Iowa, Believeau will be coming in on a regular basis to close out games instead of being a situational lefty in the Cubs pen and he will gain more experience should he be called up as a potential closer.

  • In reply to Moonlight:

    I don't think so. I don't think Beliveau is a potential closer. Many say middle relief but I can see him being a lefty set up guy (nobody thought Sean Marshall ever qualified as anything more than middle relief either)

  • Thanks John as always good reporting :)

  • Looks like Beliveau couldn't find the strike zone, 3BB and a hr. Also Aaron Kurcz completes the Epstein compensation, we know wait for the player they send us. Kurcz seems like a nice guy, can't say I'm familiar with his stuff but nice guy on twitter. Had some dominant bp stats but some not so good starts in the rotation.

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