From the Wire: Cubs Call-Up Kyle Hendricks, Option Dallas Beeler to Iowa

The Cubs selected the contract of RHP Kyle Hendricks from Triple-A Iowa, added him to the 40-man roster and called Hendricks up to make his Major League debut Thursday in the finale of the five-game series with the Reds.

Dallas Beeler was optioned to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for Kyle Hendricks.

With the addition of RHP Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

The Cubs acquired RHP Kyle Hendricks from the Rangers, along with 3B Christian Villanueva, for Ryan Dempster in July of 2012. In his first season in the Cubs system, Hendricks went 13-4 in 27 starts for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Hendricks was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year and spent the spring in big league camp on a non-roster invitation.

PrintKyle Hendricks was 10-5 in 17 starts with Iowa this season with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Hendricks allowed 46 runs, 41 earned, on 98 hits with 23 walks and 97 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings.

Jed Hoyer said earlier this week the Cubs are looking forward to seeing how Kyle Hendricks performs at the big league level for the remainder of the season.

The Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Iowa in order to keep a reliever on the active roster over the last four games prior to the All-Star break. Jake Arrieta, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood are scheduled to face the Braves at Wrigley Field in the final three games before the team gets a four-day breather for the Midsummer Classic. The Cubs first game after the break is against the Diamondbacks in Arizona on July 19 and the team would not need a fourth or fifth starter until July 22 when the Cubs open a 10-game homestand.

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  • BosephHeyden

    Here’s hoping he sticks around. They’ve committed to Rusin as a reliever and Beeler wasn’t really all that impressive. Let’s see what the kid’s got for the rest of the season and, worst case scenario, he takes his lumps early and we get back to a top 5 draft pick next year.

    • Bredboy

      I see that as progress no matter how it pans out. The pitchers traded away opened the door for Hendricks. Hopefully Barney and Schierholtz will get dealt to do the same for Alcantara and possibly Baez.

      • cubtex

        progress only occurs if the player or players taking the place of the former players have higher ceilings. I don’t think any pitchers coming up will be close to what Shark is or can become. Hendricks,Beeler and Wada are all back end guys at best.

  • SirGladiator

    Very excited to see Hendricks, this guy has ‘The Next Greg Maddux’ written all over him, he’s dominated for so many years in the minors, so much so that this year’s numbers, which would look good to just about everybody, are actually absolutely terrible by his lofty standards. Once he adjusts to big league hitting, this guy is going to be one of the best in the game!

    • cubtex

      Is that you Boardrider? lol

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Dallas Beeler features a Sinker(90mph), cutter(88mph), curveball (79mph)and a four seam fastball(91mph), change up(85mph) , slider (88mph) and a 2 seam fastball (89mph)these are the average pitch velocities and the pitches he’s used in 2014. But as Neil and Tom have said he doesn’t have an out pitch. At best he’s a number 4 or 5 guy at this point.