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With the trade deadline behind us, there are only a few major items left on the regular season checklist. Those include waiver trades, and the expansion of big league rosters in September. With the injury to Luis Valbuena and Julio Borbon being designated for assignment, the Cubs are getting a sneak preview of some guys who will likely be called up for the last month of the season.
On Saturday, the Cubs called up infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Iowa. He replaced Julio Borbon on the roster after he was designated for assignment. Murphy has played in parts of seven years in the majors, splitting his time fairly evenly between playing second base, third base, and shortstop. In 89 games with the Iowa Cubs this year, Murphy has a .265 batting average with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. Though the majority of his playing time this year has come at shortstop, Murphy’s ability to play third base should come in handy with Luis Valbuena on the disabled list.
Early Sunday afternoon, the Cubs announced that they placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list. To fill his roster spot, they called up infielder Logan Watkins, who was also playing with Iowa. Watkins was drafted by the Cubs in 2008 (21st round), and has steadily progressed through the team’s farm system. He has hit .243 this year with seven triples, eight home runs, and ten stolen bases. He has the most professional experience playing second base, but he has had some playing time at shortstop and in the outfield. He probably won’t get a lot of starts, but he does provide a left handed bat off of the bench and can come in handy if the Cubs have to play any games that go into extra frames.
The Cubs have a number of players who can also be added to the big league roster once the team expands. They have plenty of guys in Triple-A who have had major league experience. There are currently five pitchers on Iowa’s roster who have spent time with the big league Cubs, including Casey Coleman, Alberto Cabrera, and Brooks Raley. Other guys with major league experience on their roster include third basemen Josh Vitters and Mike Olt, outfielder Dave Sappelt, and pitchers Cory Wade and Justin Grimm.
Javier Baez, who is the top prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization. (Photo Credit: Mike Janes/Four Seam Images/AP Photo)
The Tennessee Smokies, their Double-A affiliate, only have one player on their roster with major league experience. That man is outfielder Brett Jackson. He has been dealing with some injuries this year, and was recently sent down from Triple-A Iowa with his continuing offensive struggles. Other than Jackson, the Smokies are in possession of a number of players who appear to play a major role in this organization’s future, headlined by second baseman Arismendy Alcantara (who played in this year’s All Star Futures game) and shortstop Javier Baez (whose power has caught the eyes of many fans, coaches, scouts, and pretty much everybody who has seen him).
In a way, the last month of the season could be considered as a “sneak preview” of what the future holds for the Cubs. And if these young guys can come in and produce for the team, then that will make fans want to buy a time machine so they can skip ahead a few years. It will definitely be interesting to see who gets called up, and what they do with their opportunity.
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Iowa Cubs 8 @ Tacoma Rainiers 4
Mike Olt was 2-5 with a double and triple; he struck out twice.
Jake Arrieta was nasty, as I said earlier. He struck out 11 in 5 scoreless innings, scattering 2 hits and 3 walks. Alberto Cabrera allowed a pair of runs in the 2 innings he pitched. Chang-Yong Lim, coming to a bullpen near you, pitched a scoreless frame. Brian Schlitter allowed a pair...
In continuing our overview of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, last week we profiled several players on the rosters of the Iowa Cubs, Tennessee Smokies and Daytona Cubs. Today, we evaluate a handful of prospects playing for the Cubs’ lower tier minor league teams of Kane County, Boise and Arizona.
Albert Almora: CF Almora, 19, carries the distinction...
Iowa Cubs 0 @ Tacoma Rainiers 5
Another day, another Iowa snoozefest. Luis Flores was 2-3. Darnell McDonald was 1-4 with a double. Mike Olt was 0-4 and made his 16th error on the year, but no Ks at least. Dave Sappelt got a hit. Something something Edwin Mayonnaise.
Brooks Raley got the start and was forgettable. 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and 3 Ks in 5 IP. Meh. Yoanner Negrin and...
The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday because he strained a muscle on his right side.
Chicago recalled infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa to take his place. He was in the lineup at second base and batting seventh against the Dodgers on Sunday for his major league debut.
Watkins was the Cubs' 2012 minor league player of...
Iowa Cubs 5 @ Tacoma Rainiers 6
8 runs were scored in the first 2 innings. Mike Olt went 0-4 with no walks or strikeouts.
Justin Grimm was pretty poor early on, allowing 5 runs in the first 2 innings. Afterwards, he settled down and didn't allow another run. He ended with a 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO line, which is acceptable given how he got there. Casey Coleman took...
The Chicago Cubs have placed third baseman Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique muscle, according to Manny Randhawa of MLB.com. To replace Valbuena on the roster, the Cubs promoted infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A.
Manager Dale Sveum told reporters that Valbuena began experiencing discomfort in his side last week. The pain arose again...
Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena sat out Saturday's game with the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a right oblique strain. After the game, as MLB.com's Manny Randhawa reports, the Cubs announced that they will place Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list.
The move should become official before Sunday's game, so the Cubs have a chance to make a roster move to fill...
The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday. Neal 25 was playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders New York’s Triple-A affiliate.
Neal appeared in four games this season for the Yankees getting two hits in 11 at-bats. He played in nine games for the Cleveland Indians in 2012 after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants...
Carrie Muskat reports that the Cubs have claimerd 25-year old RH Hitting LF-RF-1B Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees. Neal had been Designated for Assignment by the Yankees last Friday to make on their 40-man roster for OF Curtis Granderson, who was reinastated from the 60-day DL.
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Yesterday, I went to Wrigley Field for only the second time all season. Anno and I were both there and later on we went back to my place with MRubio to have #ItalianBeefHelmet to celebrate life. The Cubs did lose the game, though we had a good time throughout the day. I also got to experience the crappy sides of Lollapalooza…first, the traffic as I nearly couldn’t get Anno...
Video: Must have been out late last night..
The Cubs continue to add players through the waiver wire as outfielder Thomas Neal was claimed from the Yankees. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Rafael Dolis was placed on the 60-day DL with a right forearm strain.
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He’s probably had better days.