Chicago Cubs knock down their roster to 31
The inevitable happened yesterday when the Chicago Cubs trimmed down their roster to 31 on their way to the 25 to start the season. Ian Happ in all of his glory was send down to the minors. Happ had one of the better, stat wise, spring training I’ve seen in a while. I get that it wouldn’t be sustainable all year obviously but he was hitting .417. He went 20-for-48 with four doubles and five home runs. That is about as good as he could have done. He would be on any other major league lineup. It’s just a shame for Ian Happ that he is on a team with the best infield roster of all time plus they have a really solid outfield. If you were going to pick apart the outfield you could say Schwarber is a liability on defense but whatever.
Sending down to get starts
These guys are all super young. Other than Ian Happ the Cubs sent down John Andreoli, Taylor Davis ( team all Rod Beck ) Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny. These are all guys that need to get work in during the minor league season. Like Ian, there really isn’t any room for the position players. The two pitchers sent down, Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny will be in the starting rotation in triple-A Iowa. Eddie Butler has been a very nice surprise during spring training. If someone on the major league club just craps the bed he will be getting called up right away. Next year when the Cubs will be looking to fill the back part of their starting rotation, Butler will be right in the mix.
That leaves 31 players in camp
Now come the really hard choices by the Chicago Cubs. The last cuts on this roster are always tough. I’m not even sure who you send down. Ian Happ will be nipping at the heels of guys like Szczer all year. He will certainly be on the major league roster sometime this year. The next round of cuts doesn’t have to be set until Sunday. They could come as soon as Thursday with the team going to Houston.