The Chicago Cubs call up two pitchers for first shot at the show

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 19 August 2016 at 3:54 pm

The Chicago Cubs have called up 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny and 26-year old righty reliever Felix Pena.  Zastryzny has pitched in 24 games (23 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has given up 117 hits and 51 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 135 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  Zastryzny has now pitched in 73 games (68 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 17-16 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He will work in long relief for the Cubs.  Pena pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 3-4 with 3 saves, a 3.41 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Pena has given up 46 hits and 23 walks while whiffing 81 batters in his first 63 1/3 innings in the minors this year.  Pena has now pitched in 179 games (78 starts) in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 29-39 with 7 saves, a 3.79 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  It will be the first taste of the show for both of these guys.

The Chicago Cubs place two main pitchers on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 19 August 2016 at 3:47 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 37-year old righty starting pitcher John Lackey and 28-year old righty set-up man Hector Rondon on the D.L.  Lackey is on the D.L. with a strained right shoulder, retroactive to August 15th.  Lackey has pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 9-7 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lackey has given up 122 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 156 batters in his first 158 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  Rondon is on the D.L. due to a right triceps strain, retroactive to August 17th.  Rondon has pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-3 with 18 saves, a 2.47 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He has given up 29 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 51 batters in his first 43 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  The Cubs hope that Lackey and Rondon only miss a couple of weeks as they are both very important to the success of the team.

The Chicago Cubs activate Trevor Cahill off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 1:07 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 28-year old righty reliever Trevor Cahill off of the D.L. and he will be making a spot start today for them in the first game of a day/night doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers.  Cahill has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He has given up 33 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 41 innings with the Cubs so far this year.  Cahill has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 2-3 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs sign Joe Thatcher

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 15 August 2016 at 12:42 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 34-year old lefty reliever Joe Thatcher to a minor league deal.  Thatcher has pitched in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year (for the Dodgers) and he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He gave up 14 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 15 innings in the minors this year.  Thatcher has pitched in 405 games (0 starts) in his first nine years in the minors and he is 11-16 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Lefty batters are only 114 of 492 (.232 avg, .645 OPS) with 12 homers, 45 walks and 176 whiffs against Thatcher so far in his Major League career.  If Thatcher makes it to the Cubs at some point this year, it will likely be as a situational lefty in the pen.  If never hurts to have guys like Thatcher in AAA.

Luiz Escanio of the Chicago Cubs gets suspended for 144 games!

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 8:52 am

24-year old righty reliever Luiz Escanio of the Chicago Cubs gets suspended for 144 games, due to his second PED suspension.  Escanio pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in Rookie-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 3-1 with 3 saves, a 1.45 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors with the Cubs (all in Rookie-ball) and he is 4-4 with 15 saves, a 3.07 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Escanio has given up 60 hits and 40 walks while whiffing 96 batters in his first 73 1/3 innings in the minors for the Cubs.  He is going to cost himself his career in baseball in the near future if he doesn’t straighten up soon.

The Chicago Cubs place Pedro Strop on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 8:34 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 31-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list due to surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee that he will undergo later today.  It will keep him out the next 4-6 weeks.  He has pitched in 50 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  Strop has given up 26 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 56 batters in his first 43 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year!  The Cubs have called up 27-year old righty reliever Justin Grimm to replace Strop in the pen.  Grimm has pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Grimm has given up 32 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 36 1/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.

The Chicago Cubs have signed Josh Collmenter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 8:48 am

The Chicago Cubs have signed 30-year old righty reliever/starter Josh Collmenter to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Diamondbacks earlier this year and he was 1-0 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 200 games (75 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 36-33 with 2 saves, a 3.54 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The Cubs will start Collmenter out in AAA.  He has had shoulder issues this year, but he can pitch when he’s healthy.  He could help the Cubs later this year.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Joe Nathan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 5 August 2016 at 10:57 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 41-year old righty reliever Joe Nathan for assignment.  Nathan pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  Nathan gave up 2 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his 2 innings with the Cubs.  He also pitched in 11 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for them in which he was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  Nathan has now pitched in 780 games (29 starts) in his first 16 years in the show and he is 63-34 with 377 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Nathan is a six time All-Star.  Nathan got caught in a numbers game with the Cubs and it will be interesting to see if he accepts or rejects an outright assignment to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs activate Jorge Soler off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 5 August 2016 at 8:49 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 24-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler off of the D.L.  Soler has played in 50 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 29 of 130 (.223 avg, .699 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs.  He has now played in 175 games in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 151 of 585 (.258 avg, .745 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 20 homers, 80 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  The Cubs hope that Soler gets back on the right path this time around.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Joe Smith from the Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:52 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith from the Los Angeles Angels for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Jesus Castillo.

Smith pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-4 with 6 saves, a 3.82 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his first 37 2/3 innings this year for the Angels.  Smith has now pitched in 623 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 40-27 with 29 saves, a 2.94 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Castillo pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his first 33 innings in the minors this year.  Castillo pitched in 48 games (23 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Cubs and he was 6-11 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

This was a great pickup for the Cubs, as Smith will give opposing batters another look at the plate, as he throws sidearm.

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