first cut is the deepestToday, according to multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs made their obligatory first round of Spring Training cuts at Major League camp, which annually consists of a huge number of the prospect-y types that you’d come to love seeing over the preceding few weeks. The good news is that they can technically still play in Major League Spring Training games, they’ve just got to be brought up temporarily from minor league camp to do so. The bad news is, from this point on, it doesn’t happen a whole lot, save for split squad days.

The cuts include Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Eric Jokisch, Matt Szczur, Jeudy Valdez, Carlos Pimentel, and Aaron Cunningham. All but Cunningham, who was released, were sent to minor league camp.

The only one that is even a modest surprise is Logan Watkins, and even with him, it had become clear that he was not in the running for a bench spot out of camp. That he was sent down in the first set of cuts is really only a surprise because he’s already on the 40-man roster and already has some Major League experience. So, I guess not really a surprise in the end.

You’ll also probably point out that Javier Baez wasn’t yet cut, which is not an indication that he still has a chance to make the team out of Spring Training. It’s simply a reflection of the fact that the big league staff probably wants to continue working with Baez on some things, including his anticipated appearance(s) at second and/or third before he’s sent to the minors.

  • Luke

    And the horrible Sheryl Crow album cover comes out for the first time this spring.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Is “horrible” modifying “album,” “cover” or “Crow”?

      • Luke

        Cover. I have no idea why, but that particular album cover is almost bad enough to make me visibly cringe.

        The disappearance of that visual atrocity is, for me, just one more reason to look forward to Opening Day.

        • MightyBear

          I always like Rod Stewart’s version of that song better anyway.

          • MightyBear


    • salesguy

      It’s the inner male in you recoiling from her vibe, Sheryl has that effect on men, and small animals like my dog, he howls every time her music comes on.

  • NoGloveLove

    Right when they were about to get some regular TV time too. I’ve had enough of the Yankees and Angels.

  • Cerambam

    I’m a little disappointed to see Bryant and Alcantara go. I figured Alcantara would have been a little deeper in the plans, but it’s likely there will be no prospect surprises from spring training.

  • Ivy Walls

    Oh yeah ;>}* Baez is the dark horse, sleeper and this is smoke screen.

  • itzscott

    Yeah, love the cuts…..

    I gotta have more Valaika and McDonald

  • Medicos

    Now that Bryant, Soler, etc are all being sent to the minor league camp the Cubs can start putting together their triple AAA team that will be playing at Wrigley Field this summer.

  • salesguy

    Can we send Barney too, and maybe keep one of Alacantra or Bryant? Maybe we could call it a rehab assignment for his bat, it’s obviously dealing with a fear of the ball, or solid contact of any kind. Given it’s stretched into two seasons, some would even call it chronic.

  • johnnyp

    I’m literally sitting at o’hare airport, waiting for my 902 flight to Phoenix and reading this. At least it will still be 80 and sunny….

    • Brett

      You can go to the minor league games – might be more fun anyway.

      • johnnyp

        I’ll look into that. Thanks. Olt homered. Live direct tv is a nice consolation for my flight not leaving the terminal yet.

  • mikelach13

    Expected. Glad Baez gets more ST at bats. I’m interested how the bullpen depth plays out over the next couple weeks.

  • Spoda17

    Lake sucks… I’d rather they bring up Soler for this project…

  • nkniacc13

    I wonder if Castro hadn’t been hurt if Baez would have had that appearance and been included in this cut

    • jp3

      I think we have plenty of mediocre players to cover Castro for a week but they just wanted an extended look at baez

  • ssckelley

    So where will Watkins play?

    • mjhurdle

      Field of Dreams, with all the other Legendary hitters in baseball’s history who have had time pass them by.

      • ced landrum

        Dude is going to be playing in his age 24 season and was the Cubs minor league player of the year in 2012. Other players may pass him by, but time has yet to do that. Last year wasn’t a great year for him, but he can play the game.

        This year I am thinking he plays in Iowa at SS, 2nd, CF and the corners just to get some reps. He can be a Bonifacio type player down the road.

  • roz

    Holy crap Baez just crushed that one

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    Wow!!! That was out in a hurry.

  • roz

    Mike Olt looking real good tonight.

  • RoscoeVillageFan

    No Cat Stevens love on this message board? I love Crow’s version of this song, too. Also love that the first cuts made sure we all have to wait…

  • cub4life

    Brett, Luke,

    Where do you think these guys will start at?
    Kris Bryant –
    Jorge Soler –
    Albert Almora –
    Arismendy Alcantara – AAA
    Logan Watkins –
    Eric Jokisch –
    Matt Szczur –
    Jeudy Valdez –
    Carlos Pimentel –

    By my guess I think most of these guys are prob going to AA but not sure.

  • ssckelley

    I want a crack at this before the experts.

    Kris Bryant – Tennessee
    Jorge Soler – Tennessee
    Albert Almora – Tennessee
    Arismendy Alcantara – AAA
    Logan Watkins – Iowa, but I have no idea where they play him
    Eric Jokisch – Iowa
    Matt Szczur – Iowa
    Jeudy Valdez – Iowa, but like Watkins not sure where they play him
    Carlos Pimentel – Iowa

    Perhaps they send either Watkins or Valdez to Tennessee to start the year to get regular playing time, only 1 of them makes any sense to use as a utility player at Iowa. If Baez gets called up in June that will free up at bats in Iowa. Nice problem for the Cubs to have.

    • cub4life

      The only question I would have with all of that is where did Almora play last year? If he didn’t make it to Daytona I would think he would start there, wouldn’t he?

    • Norm

      Almora at Daytona, probably

      • willis

        I thought that too before the Spring, but he has shown such a good approach at the plate and he is a great presence in the outfield. I think he can skip Daytona and start at TN, just fine. Will it happen? Who knows but I got to think it’s on the table. Very impressed with him.

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  • FortyFour

    Sheryl Crow is great and all but to have her photo on a Cubs site is a little peculiar as she must be a huge Cardinal’s fan.

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      It just goes with the article title.

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