The Cubs made their first round of cuts Wednesday, sending down 75 percent of the "Core Four" of prospects.
Kris Bryant and Albert Almora were sent to minor-league camp, but Javier Baez will remain with the big-league club, though for how long is uncertain right now. Jorge Soler was sent to Double-A Tennessee.
That's not altogether surprising, as none of the four were expected to be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.
Fellow top prospect Arismendy Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Iowa along with infielder Logan Watkins, outfielder Matt Szczur and pitcher Dallas Beeler. Pitchers Marcus Hatley, Eric Jokisch, Carlos Pimentel and infielder Jeudy Valdez were sent to minor-league camp with Bryant and Almora.
The Cubs also released Aaron Cunningham, the 27-year-old outfielder signed in November who once sold his car to Ice-T.
The Cubs' spring roster now stands at 54 players.