Cubs Promote RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Armando Rivero to Triple-A Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs promoted two hard throwing relievers to Triple-A Iowa from Double-A Tennessee Wednesday. Arodys Vizcaino and Armando Rivero were promoted to Iowa and both relievers are expected to be added to Iowa’s roster Thursday.

Armando Rivero pitched in the Southern League All-Star Game Tuesday night. Rivero has been the Smokies main closer and is 2-1 in 26 games this season with a 0.98 WHIP. In 34 2/3 innings, Rivero has allowed seven runs, six earned, on 18 hits with 54 strikeouts and 16 walks. The hard-throwing right hander has not allowed an earned run in his last six appearances. Rivero has given up five hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts over his last 6 2/3 innings.

Armando Rivero was in big league camp this spring on a non-roster invite. Rivero is not on the 40-man roster and would have to be added to the 40-man before he can be promoted to the big leagues.

Arodys Vizcaino started the year in High-A Daytona and appeared in only nine games before his promotion to Double-A Tennessee. In 14 games with the Smokies, Vizcaino allowed four runs on seven hits with three walks and 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Arodys Vizcaino is on a three-day pitching schedule and has pitched on less than three days rest only twice this season. Vizcaino is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster and if he stays on track he should make his Cubs’ debut in September when the rosters expand.

The corresponding roster moves to add Kris Bryant, Arodys Vizcaino and Armando Rivero have not been announced. Iowa is expected to add all three players, and possibly Manny Ramirez to the roster prior to Thursday night’s game at Principal Park against El Paso.

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  • bpot92

    Suddenly, this AAA team looks stacked. I’ll be curious to see how baez and Bryant look next to each other defensively and in the lineup. Baez may get a hot streak soon…

    • Theboardrider

      Was thinking the same thing. And I think with Bryant there Baez will respond. All these studs pushin eqch other will be great for morale and production! The future is getting closer.

      • bpot92

        Not to mention maybe one will “protect” each other. I know it’s still AAA but you do not want to put in one when the other guy is coming up

      • Eugene Debs

        It will be interesting to see how they respond to each other. They will hopefully be teammates for a long time.

  • John_CC

    Viscaino could be a stud closer but he also could be a staff ace. I hope he continues to gain strength and stay healthy, then be stretched out next spring.

    • Theboardrider

      I hope the same. That could still be part of the plan. I hope it hasn’t been written off. Guys return to starting careers all the time from TJ.

      I remember people last season saying he would never pitch anywhere again! Some said it about Baker too. It’s interesting how muh we armchair managers think we know for certain. Basically not squat. We can speculate and that is it. Too many absolutes get thrown around.

      • RynoTiger

        whoa whoa Boardrider…them are dangerous words…you better be careful. you should know by now that some posters on that internet thing are alot smarter than this bad roster management FO.

        If you come up missing tomorrow it’s because the Fanboard Illuminati have given you a visit. We’ll try to arrange for your release.

        • Theboardrider

          If I could thumbs up this post more than once I would! One of the funniest ive read in a while.

          Thanks and good lookin out

      • Swish23

        So let me get this right; vizcaino is in Iowa; the minors; on a 3 day a week pitch count; not chicago; the majors; so how is he helping the cubs exactly 2 full years later? Zippo; nada; zilch. Armchair or not; angel Guzman still has more MLB IP than this guy.

        • Theboardrider

          He’s not helping the MLB club now. Like you said he just got to Iowa. When we got him he was recovering from TJ surgery. We knew it would take a while. The idea with many of these trades is to get them ready them have them come up in a first wave around the same time. Then they’re in Chicago and still very young and able to be a part of the next decade or so of winning.

          Looks like Bryant and Vizcaino could come up at the same time and both be rookies next season. So exciting! Alcantra, Baez, maybe a few others perhaps Schwarber at some point next year. I hope Vizcaino will get another shot to start. I think he will.

          Look out next 18 months. The young Cubs are coming and gonna make their presence felt! Can’t believe that everything is happening so fast compared to where we were 4 years ago.

        • Denver Mike

          Yes, you are correct. 32 year old Angel Guzman has more innings in MLB than 23 year old Arodys Vizcaino.

          Everything else you said makes absolutely no sense at all. Can one person up vote their own post twice?

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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    curious who gets kicked out of AAA as a result:
    will they send some players down or simply let some AAA lifers go, or perhaps the Vitters and BJax’s of the world get the ax?

    • RynoTiger

      Villanueva down to TN
      Casper Wells cut
      looks to be 2 pitchers on the DL for Iowa, so perhaps other than a spot for Bryant, no other cuts need to happen yet..?

      • Theboardrider

        I’m with you on Villanueva. Send him to AA, get his confidence up then try AAA again next season.

    • Tony_H

      Pitchers that could be cut are the old guys, Mateo, Negrin and Sanchez (who is on the DL).

      Casper Wells and would go before Vitters or BJAX.

  • Theboardrider

    Reading about Rivero makes me wonder more if the FO will use Vizcaino as a starter. Or at least try him there again. Some accounts believe Rivero could start and that with their similarity one of them could end up as a starter. More likely Vizcaino because he was projected as such.

    Either way this is great news! We are really getting stacked with players and even pitchin has potential. Maybe we still miss the bonifide TOR guy. But Edwards and Vizcaino could fill that role. If Vizcaino can start and Edwards stays healthy and starts then we have the base for an outstanding team. And sooner than later. We will compete next season. Maybe not the postseason but .500 for sure and I imagine we’ll finish very strong.

    So much to get excited about.

    • Vivid_Reality

      If I had to choose I would keep Rivero as a reliever. He’s only gotten filthier as time has gone on and is showing elite closer upside. I’ve always hoped Vizcaino would get another shot at starting but I understand the reasoning behind keeping him in the pen.

  • AaronOR

    I wonder if they are clearing space at AAA with a trade. Maybe one of our pitchers and a triple A prospect for some young pitchers.

    • Vivid_Reality

      I don’t really know who would add any value from AAA that we’d be willing to part with. A lot of those players would have to be added to the acquiring teams 40 man roster and they aren’t exactly beating down the doors to the majors. Maybe someone likes Villanueva and wants to take a shot at improving him. Young player with good defense and decent power. Could be intriguing to someone. Past that maybe a team wants to get an ok reliever like Parker or Rosscup.

      • AaronOR

        Villanueva is was who I was thinking about, I would think he is either traded or demoted.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Vizcaino and Rivero will stay relievers Ramirez will likely get a chance to start and possibly Grimm or Rondon. That’s my thinking at least.

    • triple

      This is probably more likely a scenario that will happen, more than Vizcaino starting. He’s had 3 elbow injuries with 2 surgeries (1 TJ, and 1 reconstructive), that I think it would be a good idea to leave him in the bullpen. He can be successful there with less stress on his elbow. Besides, it wouldn’t hurt if he learned how to get big league hitters out in the pen (just like Ramirez and Rondon have done), and then another year or two down the line if he’s still healthy, maybe he gets stretched out to start. Hence why I agree that maybe we see guys like Ramirez, Grimm, and Rondon getting stretched out and given another shot at starting before Vizcaino and Rivero.

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