According to Baseball America, the Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Jensen Lewis to a minor league contract. The 28-year old, former third round pick of the Indians, spent last season at Triple-A Reno in the Diamondbacks organization. Lewis posted a 7-2 record in 52 games with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
The Indians selected Jensen Lewis in the third round of the 2005 draft out of Vanderbilt. Lewis last pitched in the big leagues in 2010 (4-2 in 37 games, all out of the pen, with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP). The Indians released Lewis in June of 2011 and he signed a minor league contract with Arizona last November.
The Cubs’ new minor league pitching coordinator, Derek Johnson, was Jensen Lewis’ pitching coach at Vanderbilt.
Lewis’ deal figures to include a non-roster invite to big league camp. Jensen joins Blake Parker (RHP), J.C. Boscan (C), Edwin Maysonet (INF/OF), Brian Bogusevic (OF), Alberto Gonzalez (IF) and Johermyn Chavez (OF) as players that have received non-roster invitations to Spring Training … pitchers and catchers report on February 10.