Beeler, Hatley assigned to Minors; Bryant, too

Beeler, Hatley assigned to Minors; Bryant, too

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa and assigned right-hander Marcus Hatley to the Minor League camp on Friday.

The moves reduced Chicago's spring roster to 54 players.

On Wednesday, the Cubs optioned infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Logan Watkins and outfielder Matt Szczur to Iowa, and optioned outfielder Jorge Soler to Double-A Tennessee.

Five other non-roster invitees were assigned to Minor League camp besides Hatley. They were right-hander Carlos Pimentel, left-hander Eric Jokisch, infielders Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez and outfielder Albert Almora.

The Cubs' spring roster currently consists of 27 pitchers (seven non-roster invitees), five catchers (three non-roster invitees), 11 infielders (four non-roster invitees) and 11 outfielders (five non-roster invitees).

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.