3/12 Roster moves – UPDATED

The Cubs made the first roster cuts of spring on Wednesday. Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur were optioned to the Minor League camp. Kris Bryant, Jeudy Valdez, Albert Almora, Carlos Pimentel and Eric Jokisch were assigned to the Minor League camp. Outfielder Aaron Cunningham was granted his release. The Cubs now have 56 players in camp.

Alcantara, Watkins, and Szczur were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; Soler was optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Bryant, the second player selected overall last June, hit a home run in his first spring at-bat, and was 2-for-9 in seven Cactus League games. His other hit also was a home run. Almora, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2012, had appeared in six games, and was 5-for-9. Soler, coming back from a leg injury last season, was 2-for-8 in eight games.

“We’re glad they’re Cubbies,” Renteria said of the top trio. “They’ve shown their ability to be professionals here in terms of how they carried themselves, some of the performances they had in the course of the spring. Now it’s time for them to get down there and start getting more at-bats and start getting ready for the regular season for themselves and continue to develop and improve on their skill sets. It’s like anything, all players are a little disappointed, but they know there’s a reason and purpose for what we do.”

Bryant, Almora and Soler handled themselves well in big league camp, and often had more interview requests than the veteran players on the Cubs roster.

“They showed maturity beyond their age, the way they deal with people, the way they deal with the press, the way they interact with teammates,” Renteria said. “It was pretty good.”

– Carrie Muskat

9 Comments

Looks like they are sticking with the plan. Give the prospects a look, then send them down. At least they had some experience around and against Major Leaguers.
Bye Cunningham, dont forget your socks.

tell the truth….how many pairs of socks did you order from Aaron?

Looks like the post game buffet line just got a bit shorter to stand in…………I still think Roberts will make this club.

I honestly hope Roberts makes this club, I would not mind a Valbuena/Roberts platoon at 2B.

Or at 3rd if Bonifacio makes it at 2B and Olt fails.

Or as the back up INF’s if they keep Barney at 2B. I love all the options, if Kalish makes it, I wonder what Samardizja, Schierholtz and Barney might get in return?

Samardzija trade return = three top pitching prospects
Schierhltz trade return = cash or low level Class A player
Barney trade return = A bag of Balls, a jock strap and a pair of Cunningham designer Sox.

I approve all. lol If only I had that power, those trades would be made now.

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