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.

Aroldis Chapman is off to a good start for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 10:55 am

28-year old lefty closer Aroldis Chapman is off to a good start for the Chicago Cubs.  Chapman has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with 3 saves, a 1.59 ERA and a 0.35 WHIP.  He has given up 2 hits and 0 walks while whiffing 8 batters in his first 5 2/3 innings with the Cubs!  He has now pitched in 37 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Cubs and Yankees in which he is 3-0 with 23 saves, a 1.95 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has given up only 22 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 37 innings pitched overall this year!  He is going to slam the door for the Cubs late in games!

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!

Carl Edwards has been a secret weapon for the Chicago Cubs in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 7:59 am

24-year old righty reliever Carl Edwards has been very impressive for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.  He has pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP.  He has given up only 6 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his first 18 innings with the Cubs in 2016.  Edwards has now pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 1.99 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

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.

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.

Meet the new set up man of the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 11:46 am

28-year old righty reliever Hector Rondon has been bumped out of his closer gig after the Chicago Cubs picked up Aroldis Chapman in a deal with the Yankees.  It will be interesting to see how Rondon handles being the set-up man.  Drew Storen imploded last year when he was replaced as the Nationals’ closer at the trade deadline when they dealt for Jonathan Papelbon.  The Cubs hope that Rondon pitches in the 8th inning the way he has pitched in the 9th inning the last few years.  Rondon has pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-2 with 18 saves, a 1.86 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP.  He gave up 23 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 49 batters in his first 38 2/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.  Rondon has now pitched in 221 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 13-11 with 77 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Rondon is already #6 in Cubs’ history with his 77 saves!

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.

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