The Chicago Cubs call up Joel Peralta

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 27 June 2016 at 1:52 pm

The Chicago Cubs have called up 40-year old righty reliever Joel Peralta.  Peralta pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with 2 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  Peralta also pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Mariners earlier this year and he was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  To make room in the pen for Peralta, the Cubs have sent 24-year old lefty reliever Gerardo Concepcion to AAA.  Concepcion pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Concepcion might get another shot with the Cubs later this year.

The Chicago Cubs send Adam Warren to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 6:36 pm

The Chicago Cubs have sent 28-year old righty reliever Adam Warren to AAA.  Warren pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 18 batters in his first 25 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  Warren is being sent to AAA to stretch out and return as a starting pitcher.  The Cubs will go with a six man rotation for a couple of weeks after Warren returns to Chicago.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty reliever Spencer Patton to replace Warren in the pen.  Patton pitched in 1 game out of the pen earlier this year for the Cubs and he didn’t get anyone out while allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 run (it was earned).  Patton has also pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Cubs and he was 0-0 with 8 saves, a 1.04 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He gave up 18 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 42 batters in his first 26 innings in AAA this year.  The Cubs hope he pitches like he did in AAA ball this time around.

The Chicago Cubs place Clayton Richard on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 6:28 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old lefty reliever Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list due to a blister.  He has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Cubs and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP.  Richard has given up 21 hits and 6 walks while whiffing only 6 batters in his first 12 1/3 innings, so he has been getting hit hard this year.  The Cubs have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Gerardo Concepcion to replace Richard in the pen.  This will be Concepcion’s first shot at pitching in the show.  He pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  Concepcion has given up 2o hits and 14 walks while whiffing 34 batters in his 35 innings in AAA-ball so far this year.  Concepcion has now pitched in 103 games (14 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 8-11 with 2 saves, a 4.80 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs place Dexter Fowler on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 5:50 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 30-year old switch-hitting outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained hamstring.  Fowler has played in 64 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 69 of 238 (.290 avg, .881 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Cubs will need 22-year old rookie righty swinging outfielder Albert Almora to step up while Fowler is on the mend.  Almora has played in 12 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 30 (.333 avg, .855 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 24-year old righty reliever Carl Edwards to replace Fowler on the active roster.  Edwards has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is 1-1 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Edwards pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the show for the Cubs last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Fowler will only have to miss a couple of weeks.

The Chicago Cubs release Brandon Gomes

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 17 June 2016 at 10:00 am

The Chicago Cubs have released 31-year old righty reliever Brandon Gomes.  Gomes pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 1-2 with 1 save, a 3.97 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Gomes has pitched in 173 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 11-12 with 1 save, a 4.20 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs moving forward.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Tim Federowicz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 16 June 2016 at 5:00 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 28-year old righty swinging catcher Tim Federowicz for assignment.  Federowicz played in 13 games for the Cubs this year and he was 5 for 26 (.192 avg, .491 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  He has now played in 102 games in his first five years in the show and he is 53 of 273 (.194 avg, .542 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 24 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 24-year old righty swinging catcher Willson Contreras to replace Federowicz on the active roster.  Contreras came into this season as the Cubs’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  Contreras played in 54 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 71 of 203 (.350 avg, 1.030 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 9 homers, 43 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Contreras has now played in 516 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 536 of 1,895 (.283 avg, .775 OPS) with 284 runs scored, 39 homers, 282 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.  This will be Contreras’ first shot at the show.

UPDATE:  (6/27/2016) – The Cubs have outrighted Tim Federowicz to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs sign Brian Matusz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at 10:30 am

The Chicago Cubs have signed 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz to a minor league deal.  Matusz pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Orioles earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 11 hits (3 homers) and walked 7 batters while only whiffing one of them in his six innings this year for the Orioles.  Matusz has now pitched in 279 games (68 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 27-41 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Those numbers don’t look too good.  But, in his 211 relief appearances, Matusz is 6-8 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  This is the kind of guy the Cubs should be taking fliers on.

The Chicago Cubs sign Josh Silver

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 12 June 2016 at 9:41 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 26-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Josh Silver to a minor league deal.  Silver played in 20 games for River City of the Independent League this year and he was 35 of 77 (.455 avg, 1.207 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers, 18 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Silver has played in 89 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 82 of 256 (.320 avg, .842 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 6 homers, 35 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

The Chicago Cubs have claimed R.J. Alvarez off waivers from the A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 12 June 2016 at 9:34 pm

The Chicago Cubs have claimed 25-year old righty reliever R.J. Alvarez off waivers from the Oakland A’s.  Alvarez pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in A+AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP.  Alvarez has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs deal Shawon Dunston Jr. to the Giants

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 10 June 2016 at 6:18 am

The Chicago Cubs have dealt 23-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr. to the San Francisco Giants for cash.  Dunston Jr. played in 37 games in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 24 of 114 (.219 avg, .641 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He has played in 264 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 246 of 938 (.262 avg, .696 OPS) with 136 runs scored, 6 homers, 92 RBIs and 55 stolen bases.  He has never made it above A-ball.

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