A native of South Africa, Tayler Scott came to the U.S. to pursue a baseball career, attending high school in Arizona and getting drafted by the Cubs in the 5th round in 2011. Scott was used a starter his first three full seasons but moved the bullpen last year, ending the year in AA (4-1, 5.23 ERA, 31 IP, 1.68 WHIP). During his five years with the Cubs organization, Scott threw 393.2 innings in 93 games with a 3.93 ERA.
A 5th round pick in 2013, Trey Masek never pitched about the Northwest League in three seasons, battling injuries most of his career as he never threw more than 20 innings in a season. Masek got the final three outs in Eugene’s combined no-hitter last year and appeared in 32 games during his Cubs minor league career.
The Cubs 14th round pick in 2012, Corbin Hoffner spent his Cubs career in the bullpen and switched to a sidearm delivery last season, recording nine saves and posting a 1.32 ERA in 27.1 innings in South Bend. In four seasons, he appeared in 67 games with 108 K in 130 IP.
A member of Canada’s 2015 gold medal Pan-American team, Jasvir Rakkar recorded 16 saves for the Carolina League champions last year, his fourth season with Cubs. The Cubs 26th round pick out of Stony Brook in 2012, the right-hander recorded 139 K in 143.1 relief innings.
Signed last year as a free agent and re-signed this past off-season, Fernando Cruz was released after spending his only season with the Cubs between Myrtle Beach, Iowa and Tennessee.
The Cubs also parted ways with Mike O'Neill, Luis Parra and Jesus Guzman before they could even play a game in the Cubs minor league system. O’Neill was selected during the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft and spent his entire career in the Cardinals system. The left-handed Parra was signed as a free agent after seven years in the Rangers system and Guzman, who played last year in Japan, was a free agent addition with an invite to spring training. Looks like you can pencil in Daniel Vogelbach at first for the I-Cubs.
Balaguert homers in 5-1 win
In his first spring training at-bat for the big league team, Yasiel Balaguert launched a solo homer in the Cubs 5-1 win over the Mets in Las Vegas. The Cuban native was signed by the Cubs in 2012 and has played four seasons in the system, hitting .271/.310/.407 in 82 games last season at South Bend. Ryan Williams tossed three shutout innings in his final start before the season and Carl Edwards, Jr. tossed a scoreless ninth.