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.
The Cubs did not announce any other changes to their major league roster. Marcos Mateo was expected to be released and there has been speculation that the Cubs could non-tender Neal Cotts.
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.