Apr 3, 2023, 11:00am CDT
2023 Cubs player profiles: Kyle Hendricks
24th in a series. Kyle Hendricks hasn’t been the same pitcher he was earlier in his career, for the past couple of years. A lot of weak contact has been barreled. He’s just back from a year on the IL.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Adbert Alzolay
23rd in a series. No. 73 took a while to get to Wrigley but he’s here to stay. Maybe one day he’ll be the closer. He’d like that.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Mike Tauchman
23rd in a series. Mike Tauchman is an older player with a low ceiling and a good half-year as a major leaguer. He has some skills but is just here for coffee.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Miles Mastrobuoni
22nd in a series. Miles to go, and miles before I sleep. The utility man is on the Iowa shuttle but might log significant time in Chicago, depending.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Christopher Morel
Twenty-first in a series. He’s been on a tear since coming back to the Show. And he almost didn’t make it. Here’s a bit of his story.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Matt Mervis
Nineteenth in a series. Rookie first baseman Matt Mervis and his big bat arrived in Chicago in early May and it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Hayden Wesneski
Eighteenth in a series. The rookie is holding his own so far, and looks like he’s here to stay.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Drew Smyly
Seventeenth in a series. Southpaw Smyly is enjoying a good year and having a fine time in Chicago. He has at least another year on his contract, though he does have an opt-out after this year, which he’s unlikely to exercise.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Jameson Taillon
Sixteenth in a series. Signing Taillon was a big step in the right direction for the Cubs, though the results remain to be seen.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Justin Steele
Fifteenth in a series. Justin Steele is the Cubs’ most potent homegrown in years. And he won’t be the last.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Marcus Stroman
Fourteenth in a series. Marcus Stroman is the default ‘ace’ of the staff, pitching well enough in the final year of his contract to be considered for renewal, probably based on asking price after the season.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Luis Torrens
Thirteenth in a series. Another player that has a mysterious presence on the roster. We await developments.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Edwin Rios
Twelfth in the series. Not many people understand why this guy is on the roster, and the Cubs aren’t making that understanding any easier by not playing him.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Seiya Suzuki
The 11th in a series of capsule biographies. Japanese superstar Suzuki comes to Chicago and sayonara baseballs. His glove will come around.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Yan Gomes
Tenth in the series. Yan Gomes is the Cubs’ alternate catcher and is on the last year of his deal. He’s productive enough, but at his age, does it make sense to sign him to another year?
2023 Cubs player profiles: Nick Madrigal
The ninth in a series of capsule biographies. Nicky Two-Strikes is holding on to a spot on the pine. That’s probably it for him unless he gets traded.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Tucker Barnhart
The eighth in a series of capsule biographies. Barnhart was brought in to help foster strong defense and good pitching, and he seems to have helped with both. He’s signed through 2024.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Patrick Wisdom, holding down the fort
The seventh in a series of capsule biographies. Patrick Wisdom had led the Cubs in home runs the last two seasons, and might do so again this season, as he is in the lead now. He strikes out roughly five times as many times as he hits a home run, and he hits a lot of home runs.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Eric Hosmer is keeping the spot warm
The sixth in a series of capsule biographies. Eric Hosmer is a placeholder position player who is likely only in Chicago for part of the year, but he doesn’t really hurt you out there.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Trey Mancini
The fifth in a series of capsule biographies. Trey Mancini has been through a lot on and off the field. It’s still not certain whether he has much future as a Cub and he’s probably playing for his next contract.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Cody Bellinger
The fourth in a series of capsule biographies. As Bellinger goes, the Cubs will go. He wants to simplify the game and let his talent take over. He and the Cubs have a mutual option should things turn out well.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Ian Happ, former BearCat and Pittsburgh-area native
The third in a series of capsule biographies. Ian Happ has a glorious past and his future destination is cloudy, but he can clearly do whatever he puts his mind to.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Dansby Swanson, the $177 million man
The second in a series of capsule biographies. Dansby Swanson is the Cubs 177 million dollar man, and the expectations are sky-high.
2023 Cubs player profiles: Nico Hoerner, the face at second base
The first in a series of capsule biographies. Nico Hoerner leads off. He doesn’t think winning happens by accident and is busy preparing for victory.