The Chicago Cubs DFA Michael Bowden

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 September 2013 at 12:32 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 26-year old righty reliever Michael Bowden for assignment again.  He pitched in 34 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Bowden pitched in 64 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Cubs and he was 1-3 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  The Cubs probably are hoping to slide Bowden through waivers again.

UPDATE:  (9/6/2013) – The Cubs have outrighted Michael Bowden to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Dave Sappelt

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 September 2013 at 2:46 pm

The Cubs have designated 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Dave Sappelt for assignment.  Sappelt played in 31 games for the Cubs this year and he was 18 of 75 (.240 avg, .549 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Sappelt played in 57 games in his two years with the Cubs and he was 37 of 144 (.257 avg, .671 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Cubs shouldn’t miss him too much moving forward, as he didn’t show much for them in his two years with the team.

UPDATE:  (9/5/2013) – The Cubs have outrighted Dave Sappelt to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Eduardo Sanchez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 8:06 am

The Cubs have designated 24-year old righty reliever Eduardo Sanchez for assignment.  Sanchez pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 3-3 with 5 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  I think the Cubs should have gotten a better look at Sanchez, as they are in a rebuilding mode right now and he is only 24 years old.

UPDATE:  (9/3/2013) – The Cubs have outrighted Eduardo Sanchez to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs have gotten good work from their catchers so far in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 30 August 2013 at 7:36 am

26-year old righty swinging Welington Castillo and 29-year old switch-hitting Dioner Navarro are sharing time behind the plate and the results have been impressive so far in 2013.  Castillo has played in 99 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 88 of 331 (.266 avg, .704 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 4 homers, 22 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Navarro has been a force offensively for the Cubs this year.  He has played in 72 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 55 of 186 (.296 avg, .871 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 11 homers and 27 RBIs.  Navarro could be trade bait this weekend for the Cubs.  That being said, Castillo and Navarro have made a nice combo behind the plate for the Cubs in 2013.

Mike Olt is having issues in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 25 August 2013 at 12:17 pm

24-year old righty swinging 3B Mike Olt is having a rough time for the Cubs since coming over from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal.  Olt has played in 30 games for the Cubs in AAA-ball so far this year and he is only 16 of 105 (.152 avg, .512 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs.  Olt has now played in 98 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs and Rangers so far this year in which he is only 69 of 347 (.199 avg, .683 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 15 homers and 40 RBIs.  He has whiffed an amazingly awful 123 times against 45 walks so far this year in the minors.  I don’t think the Cubs should call up Olt when rosters expand on September 1st.

Donnie Murphy is on fire with the bat for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 1:27 pm

30-year old righty swinging infielder Donnie Murphy has been on fire with the bat since the Cubs called him up.  Murphy has played in 16 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 19 of 58 (.328 avg, 1.191 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 8 homers and 15 RBIs.  He played in 89 games earlier this year in AAA-ball for the Cubs and he was 80 for 302 (.265 avg, .795 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 12 homers, 41 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Murphy is playing the best baseball of his career right now, but it’s doubtful that he can keep it up.

The Chicago Cubs deal David DeJesus to the Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 2:43 pm

The Cubs have dealt 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later.  DeJesus played in 84 games for the Cubs this year and he was 71 of 284 (.250 avg, .732 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He played in 232 games in his two years with the Cubs and he was 204 of 790 (.258 avg, .746 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 15 homers, 77 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  The Cubs were smart to deal DeJesus, as he wasn’t going to be around for the rebuilding project.

Pedro Strop is pitching well for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 15 August 2013 at 6:59 am

28-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop has pitched really well since the Cubs acquired him from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade.  Strop has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He has only given up 8 hits while whiffing 21 batters in his first 18 2/3 innings for the Cubs, but he has walked 7 batters and that’s a little too many.  Strop has now pitched in 48 games (0 starts) overall this year for the O’s and the Cubs and he is 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  I really liked the Scott Feldman deal as Strop and Jake Arrieta could both have better major league careers than he will.

The Chicago Cubs place Matt Guerrier on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 8 August 2013 at 10:49 am

The Cubs have placed 35-year old righty reliever Matt Guerrier on the 15-day disabled list due to a right elbow injury.  Guerrier has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Guerrier has now pitched in 49 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Dodgers and Cubs in which he is 4-4 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Guerrier will only miss a couple of weeks, as he has pitched well for them since coming over from the Dodgers.

UPDATE:  (8/16/2013) – Matt Guerrier will miss the next 6-8 months after having surgery earlier today to repair a flexor mass in his right arm.

Junior Lake has been on fire since the Chicago Cubs have called him up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 8 August 2013 at 9:12 am

23-year old righty swinging Junior Lake has gotten most of his P.T. in the outfield in the majors, but he was an infielder in the minors.  Lake has played in 20 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 28 of 84 (.333 avg, .861 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Lake has been hacking at the plate though as he has whiffed 21 times against only 2 walks so far this year.  Lake also played in 40 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year in which he was 46 for 156 (.295 avg, .803 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 4 homers, 18 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  Lake came into this season as the Cubs’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America, so they have high hopes for him.

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