The Fourth Cut is the Depthiest: 10 Cubs Sent Out from Big League Camp
Like I said this morning, it’s just a numbers game and a calendar game at this point. The Chicago Cubs have to make a whole lotta cuts from big league camp to get down to the 26-man roster by this time next week.
So ten more cuts arrived today (Bastian):
- Righties Nick Burdi, Manny Rodriguez, and Cam Sanders
- Lefty Brendon Little
- Catcher Dom Nuñez
- Infielders Sergio Alcántara, David Bote, and Matt Mervis
- Outfielders Nelson Velazquez and Ben DeLuzio
None of today’s cuts is a big surprise at this point, even if a few of these guys would’ve had an outside shot at making the team at the start of spring training. Ultimately, this group, which includes some prospects and some veterans, is a pretty good encapsulation of some of the first or second-line depth the Cubs have.
If the Cubs have some innings open up in the bullpen, it’s not hard to see any of those four getting a look. If one or both of the catchers gets hurt, Nuñez might have to step up (after Luis Torrens, it looks like). Alcántara is among the Cubs’ very little defense-first middle infield depth, and Bote would be a more bat-oriented replacement. Mervis, as we all know, is going to get a look at first base eventually. Velazquez has some more work to do at Iowa, but he and DeLuzio could be called upon at some point this season if there is an outfield injury.