The Cubs organization was busy in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs selected one player in the Major League portion, took another in the Triple-A phase and saw two of their prospects selected by other organizations.
The Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo from the Phillies organization. The 22-year old is a converted infielder and posted a 4-2 record with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 21 games, two starts with 46 strikeouts and 16 walks in 21 games, two starts in A-ball.
The Orioles selected Ryan Flaherty and the Red Sox took Marwin Gonzalez from the Cubs system. According to multiple reports, the Red Sox traded Marwin Gonzalez to the Houston Astros.
In the Triple-A phase, the Cubs selected third baseman Ricky Alvarez from the Angels organization. The Cubs did not make a selection in the Double-A Phase.
Updated – 12:41pm CT – Cubs dealt recently acquired Ricky Alvarez to Monterrey team in Mexico for cash considerations. Cubs selected Alvarez in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft Players selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must remain on the club’s active 25-man roster for the entire season. The Cubs received $50,000 for each player they lost and the pick in the Major League portion cost $50,000. If the player does not stick, he can be offered back to his original organization for $25,000.
Ricky Alvarez, a 22-year old right-handed third baseman, was drafted by the Mets in 37th round of the 2007 draft. Alvarez posted a .257/.292/.388/.680 line in 126 games with 31 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs at the A-ball level.
With the selection of Lendy Castillo, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 35 players.
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