The Chicago Cubs have acquired 30-year old lefty reliever John Grabow and 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Tom Gorzalanny from the Pirates for 26-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Hart, 24-year old righty reliever Jose Ascanio and 22-year old righty swinging 2B Josh Harrison. John Grabow pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Pirates this season and he was 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Grabow has now pitched 7 seasons in the majors and he has worked in 390 games (0 starts) in which he is 20-15 with 6 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Grabow will definately help out the Cubs’ bullpen late in games from the left side. Tom Gorzelanny has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Pirates this season and he was 3-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He has now pitched in 76 games (65 starts) in his major league career and he is 25-26 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Cubs are probably looking at returning Gorzelanny into a starting pitcher which is a need for the Cubs with Ted Lilly out of action for a while.
Kevin Hart was the Cubs’ #6 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. Hart has pitched in 8 games (4 starts) for the Cubs this season and he was 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. In parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Hart pitched in 37 games (4 starts) in which he is 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. If Hart starts throwing more strikes the Cubs might wish they didn’t trade him. Jose Ascanio pitched in 14 games (0 starts) this season for the Cubs and he was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. In parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Ascanio has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) and he is 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. Josh Harrison might be the wildcard in this trade down the road for the Pirates. He has played in 97 games in A-ball this season and he is 122 for 373 (.327 avg, .836 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 5 homers, 42 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. The Cubs paid a big price for Grabow and Gorzelanny so they need them to pitch well.