The Chicago Cubs release C.J. Riefenhauser

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 8:50 pm

The Chicago Cubs have released 26-year old lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser.  He pitched in 29 games in Rookie+AAA-ball this year in which he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 4.71 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Riefenhauser gave up 18 hits and 19 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his 28 2/3 innings in the minors this year for the Cubs, so he was really, really wild.  He has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Cubs moving forward.

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 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 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.

Oscar De La Cruz is looking sharp in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 10:50 am

21-year old righty starting pitcher Oscar De La Cruz came into this season as the Chicago Cubs‘ #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  De La Cruz has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in Rookie+A-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  He has given up 13 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his first 21 innings in this minors so far this year!  De La Cruz has now pitched in 36 games (33 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 15-5 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He has a HUGE upside!

The Chicago Cubs send Justin Grimm to the minors

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 8:17 am

The Chicago Cubs have sent 27-year old righty reliever Justin Grimm to AAA.  Grimm has not pitched too well for the Cubs so far this year.  He has pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Grimm gave up 31 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his first 34 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  Grimm has now pitched in 190 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 8-9 with 3 saves, a 3.33 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  The Cubs have called up 29-year old lefty reliever/starter Brian Matusz and he will start today for the Cubs.  Matusz pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He has 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.

UPDATE:  (8/2/2016) – The Chicago Cubs have designated Brian Matusz for assignment.  Matusz started 1 game for the Cubs and he was 0-0 with a 18.00 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP.  He worked 3 innings in his he allowed 6 hits (3 homers), 2 walks, hit a batter and he threw a wild pitch while whiffing 2 batters.  Matusz was a mess last Sunday Night against the Mariners at Wrigley Field.

UPDATE II:  (8/8/2016) – The Chicago Cubs have outrighted Brian Matusz to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs send Tommy LaStella to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 11:35 am

The Chicago Cubs have sent 27-year old lefty swinging 2B Tommy LaStella to AAA.  LaStella has played in 51 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 31 of 105 (.295 avg, .846 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  He has now played in 84 games in his two years with the Cubs and he is 49 of 172 (.285 avg, .800 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He didn’t deserve to get sent to the minors and he will be back with the Cubs later this year.

UPDATE:  (8/10/2016) – Tommy LaStella has been placed on the temporary inactive list at Triple A Iowa.  He has refused to report to AAA ball after being sent down on July 29th.  Now comes a big game of chicken to see who flinches first…..and I am guessing that it will be LaStella.

UPDATE II:  (8/17/2016) – Tommy LaStella has ended his holdout and he will be playing for the Cubs’ AA-team tonight.

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.

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