In the last few days the Cubs Farm System has made a lot of moves as well as announcing on Sunday that Wade Miller will make his first rehab start and the Cubs signed themselves a wide receiver from Notre Dame. Most now know about the Cubs signing their 5th round pick, pitcher Jeff Samardzija the right-handed wide receiver from Notre Dame. According to a report on ESPN the contract is worth up to $7.25 million for 5 years, the Cubs back loaded the deal….once the deal is approved he will join the Boise Hawks. Samardzija will continue to play football for the Irish in the fall and will likely be a first round pick in the NFL Draft next season. He is looking to play both baseball and football professionally.
The Cubs announced on Sunday that Wade Miller will make his first rehab start this Thursday, June 22nd for the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field and is scheduled to pitch two innings against Quad Cities. Sean Gallagher won his first start at AA West Tenn on June 16th. Gallagher threw 5 innings, he gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 4 and struck out 5 after being promoted from the Daytona Cubs where he was 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 13 games. In 78 1/3 innings, Gallagher walked 21, struck out 80 and gave up 75 hits.
Here are the other roster moves in the past couple of days from down on the farm…. Randy Wells – Wells was promoted from AA West Tenn to AAA Iowa on Sunday. Wells is 23 years old and is a converted catcher. The right-hander was 4-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 12 starts for the Diamond Jaxx. Wells struck out 54, walked 13 and gave up 45 hits in 62 1/3 innings of work. Wells was 0-0 in 4 games with a 2.70 ERA, he allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs this past March in Spring Training with the Cubs.
Casey Kopitzke – Kopitzke, catcher, was placed on the DL to make room for Wells on the I-Cubs roster.
Jose Reyes – Reyes was promoted from AA West Tenn to AAA Iowa on Sunday. Reyes is on the 40-man roster and was in Spring Training with the Cubs this past March. Reyes is 23 years old and the switch-hitting catcher was batting .229 in 47 games with the Diamond Jaxx. Reyes had no home runs and 11 RBI’s to go with a .275 OBP and a .250 SLG.
Federico Baez – Baez was demoted from AAA Iowa back to AA West Tenn to make room for Reyes. Baez was promoted earlier in the year from West Tenn to Iowa, but in 9 games with the I-Cubs he was 0-3 with a 5.06 ERA. Baez started two of those games and allowed 21 hits in 21 1/3 innings; he walked 12 and struck out 19.
Jake Fox – Fox was promoted from the Daytona Cubs (A) to AA West Tenn. Fox was voted to the 2006 Florida State League All-Star Team. Fox was hitting .313 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI’s, which topped the league, in 66 games. Fox is tied with Micah Hoffpauir for the home run lead in the Cubs’ Farm System and leads the Farm System with 61 RBI’s.
Ed Campusano – Campusano was promoted from the Peoria Chiefs (A) to AA West Tenn on Sunday as well. Campusano, the 23-year old left-hander, was leading the Midwest League in saves with 21 and in 29 2/3 innings his ERA was 1.21 in 26 appearances. Campusano will pitch in the Midwest League All Star game on Tuesday night in Davenport, Iowa. Campusano has struck out 47 and walked only 9.
Donald Veal – Veal was promoted from the Peoria Chiefs to the Daytona Cubs on Sunday. The 21-year old left-hander was a second round pick in 2005 for the Cubs. Veal was 5-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 14 starts. Veal has struck out 86 in 73 2/3 innings, which leads the Cubs Farm System.
Jake Muyco – Muyco, 21-year old catcher, was promoted from the Peoria Chiefs to the Daytona Cubs. Muyco was only hitting .205 in 38 games but he threw out 54% of would-be base stealers (20 of 37). To go along with his .205 average, Muyco had a .271 OBP and a .291 SLG with 2 home runs in 15 RBI’s.
Jonathan Mota – Mota was promoted from the Peoria Chiefs to the Daytona Cubs. Mota has primarily been used at shortstop and was hitting .275 in 33 games with no home runs and 9 RBI’s to go along with a .323 OBP and a .319 SLG.
The future is looking bright….