The Chicago Cubs added five players to their 40-man roster on Friday afternoon: John Gaub, Blake Parker, Rafael Dolis, Welington Castillo and James Adduci. The Cubs had until 11:00pm C.S.T. on Friday night to add players in order to protect them from being exposed in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft on December 10. The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.
Blake Parker (RHP) – Picked by the Cubs in the 16th round of the 2006 draft. Parker posted a 2-3 record in 44 games with 22 saves with the I-Cubs … a 3.06 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP
John Gaub (LHP) – Gaub was one of the three pitchers acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade last December with the Cleveland Indians. Gaub was a combined 4-2 in 52 games (26 with the Smokies, 26 with the I-Cubs) with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Gaub walked 33 and gave up 36 hits in 60 innings with 80 strikeouts.
Rafael Dolis (RHP) – Dolis was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic by Jose Serra (Starlin Castro). Dolis posted a 3-9 record in 27 games, 25 starts, for the Daytona Cubs last year. Dolis struck out 75 and walked 53 in 99 2/3 innings (3.79 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP).
Welington Castillo (C) – Castillo was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Castillo has made a name for himself in the Cubs’ systems over the past two seasons. Castillo played in XM Radio’s Futures Game in 2008 and earned a non-roster invitation to spring training in 2009.
While Castillo’s offense took a step back in 2009 (.232/.275/.386 in 95 games with 16 doubles and 11 home runs in Triple-A), his defense showed a lot of improvement in 2009. Castillo has drawn comparisons to Yadier Molina.
James Adduci (OF) – Adduci was the 42nd round pick of the Florida Marlins in the 2003 draft. The lefty outfielder put together a solid season for Ryne Sandberg in 2009. Adduci posted a .300/.377/.388/.765 line in 131 games wit 21 doubles, four triples and four home runs. Adduci stole 35 bases and was caught twelve times.