The Chicago Cubs activated David Ross from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:23 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 39-year old righty swinging catcher David Ross from the 7-day concussion disabled list.  Ross has played in 43 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 25 of 107 (.234 avg, .790 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 23 RBIs.  He has also whiffed a pretty awful 31 times so far this year, while walking an impressive 21 times.  To make room on the roster for Ross, the Cubs have sent 35-year old lefty swinging infielder Munenori Kawasaki to AAA.  He has played in 3 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .667 OPS) with 1 stolen base.

Joe Nathan is looking good in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:12 pm

41-year old righty reliever Joe Nathan is recovering from the 2nd Tommy John Surgery of his career, but he is close to ready to pitch for the Chicago Cubs!  Nathan has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.39 WHIP.  Nathan has only given up 3 hits and he hasn’t walked a batter while whiffing 8 batters in his first 7 2/3 innings in the minors.  Nathan has pitched in 777 games (29 starts) in his first 15 years in the show and he is 62-34 with 377 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Nathan is #8 in Major League history with his 377 saves and he has been an All-Star six times so far in his career!  Nathan could give the Cubs’ bullpen a nice boost in the near future.

Dan Vogelbach is crushing the ball in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 6:26 pm

23-year old lefty swinging 1B Dan Vogelbach came into this season as the Chicago Cubs‘ #25 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has played in 84 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is 89 of 285 (.312 avg, .973 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 15 homers and 60 RBIs.  Vogelbach has now played in 495 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 515 of 1,784 (.289 avg, .874 OPS) with 278 runs scored, 75 homers, 319 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Vogelbach is blocking at 1B in Chicago by Anthony Rizzo, but he could be prime trade bait later this month.

The Chicago Cubs call up Munenori Kawasaki

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 9 July 2016 at 5:08 pm

The Chicago Cubs have called up 35-year old lefty swinging infielder Munenori Kawasaki.  Kawasaki played in 2 games earlier this year for the Cubs and he was 1 for 2 (.500 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  He also has played in 61 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 55 of 203 (.271 avg, .673 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 0 homers, 31 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Kawasaki has now played in 264 games in his first five years in the show and he is 144 of 614 (.235 avg, .600 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 1 homer, 50 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  To make room for Kawasaki on the active roster, the Cubs have sent 22-year old switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario to AAA.  Candelario played in 5 games in his first taste of the show with the Cubs and he was 1 for 11 (.091 avg, .377 OPS) with 2 walks and 5 whiffs.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Joel Peralta

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 1:36 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 40-year old righty reliever Joel Peralta for assignment.  Peralta pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.  He gave up 6 hits (2 homers) and 1 walk while whiffing 5 batters in his four innings with the Cubs.  Peralta has now pitched in 620 games (0 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 20-35 with 15 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He could be nearing the end of the line as a Major League pitcher.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty Adam Warren and he will join the starting rotation for the Cubs, as they will go with a 6-man rotation the next couple of weeks to get some guys some extra rest.  Warren has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He also pitched in 2 games (both starts) in AAA-ball after his demotion to stretch out as a starter and he was 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (7/15/2016) – Joel Peralta has rejected an outright assignment to AAA from the Cubs and he has become a free agent.

The Chicago Cubs are getting good work in the pen by two former starting pitchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 4 July 2016 at 6:44 am

28-year old righty Trevor Cahill and 29-year old lefty Travis Wood are both pitching really well for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.  Cahill has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Cahill has given up 29 hits and 20 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 38 innings for the Cubs this year.  Cahill is a tad wild, but that is nitpicking as he has pitched pretty well overall.  Wood has been really, really good for the Cubs so far this year.  Wood has pitched in 42 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  Wood has given up 18 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 33 2/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.  The Cubs hope that these two ex-starting pitchers keep rolling in the pen in 2016.

The Chicago Cubs place Chris Coghlan on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 11:53 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 31-year old lefty swinging IF/OF Chris Coghlan on the 15-day disabled list due to a rib cage injury.  Coghlan has played in 19 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .661 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 22-year old switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario to replace Coghlan on the active roster.  He has played in 81 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 71 of 285 (.249 avg, .787 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 7 homers and 38 RBIs.  Candelario has now played in 607 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 596 of 2,250 (.265 avg, .759 OPS) with 316 runs scored, 50 homers, 322 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Candelario came into this season as the Cubs’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America.

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.

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