From the Wire … Cubs Claim Infielder Jeff Bianchi from Royals

According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed middle infielder Jeff Bianchi off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound infielder was the second round pick of the Royals in the 2005 draft.

Bianchi has six years of minor league experience, basically splitting his time between shortstop and second base. Bianchi reached as high as Double-A ball and in 490 career games compiled a .281/.335/.410/.744 line with 116 doubles, 14 triples and 31 home runs.

With the addition of Jeff Bianchi, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 37 players.

Jeff Bianchi (25 years old, October 5, 1986) played in 119 games at the Double-A level last season. He hit .259/.320/.333/.654 with 23 doubles, three triples and two home runs and was 20-for-25 in stolen base attempts.

Bianchi missed the entire 2010 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Bianchi was added to the Royals 40-man roster following the 2009 season and has one minor league option left.

Jeff Bianchi’s Page from Baseball-Reference

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