Righthanded pitcher Keegan Thompson has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa and infielder Trent Giambrone has been reassigned to minor league camp.
Thompson was the Cubs’ third-round pick in 2017 out of Auburn. Injuries have limited his time since he pitched in Double-A in 2018. He’s likely going to be a member of the Iowa rotation.
Giambrone was the Cubs’ 25th-round pick in 2016 from Delta State in Mississippi. He hit pretty well at Iowa in 2019 (.241/.314/.464 with 23 home runs and 17 stolen bases), but the lack of a 2020 minor league season really set him back. He’s 27 now and likely would be better served in another organization. He’s versatile and can play all infield and outfield positions; there are MLB teams for whom he could probably be a decent bench player. He’s also the kind of player who might be well-served to go to Asia and play in NPB or KBO.
The Cubs’ spring roster now consists of 47 players: 26 pitchers (which includes six non-roster invitees), four catchers (two non-roster invitees), eight infielders (two non-roster invitees) and nine outfielders (five non-roster invitees).