Cubs acquire LHP Caleb Smith from Brewer in Rule 5 Draft trade … Braves select RHP Armando Rivero from Cubs in Major League portion of Rule 5 Draft
Cubs select INF Kevin Cornelius from Yankees in Minor League phase of Rule 5 Draft … Diamondbacks take INF Daniel Lockhart from Cubs in Minor League phase of Rule 5 Draft
The Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith from the Milwaukee Brewers for a cash consideration. Smith had been selected by Milwaukee in the Major League portion (first round, ninth overall) of the Rule 5 Draft from the New York Yankees.
With the addition of Caleb Smith, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 36 players.
The Cubs have to keep Smith on the active roster (25-man roster) the entire season as part of the rules of the Rule 5 Draft.
Smith, 25, is 24-23 with three saves, a 3.40 ERA (139 earned runs in 367.2 innings) and a 1.25 WHIP in 94 games, including 69 starts, since being drafted in the 14th round of the 2013 Draft by the Yankees. He has limited opponents to a .236 average in his career, allowing just 18 homers in 367.2 innings of work.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound southpaw spent the entire 2016 campaign with Double-A Trenton, posting a 3-5 record with a 3.96 ERA (28 earned runs in 63.2 innings), 1.35 WHIP and three saves in 27 appearances, all but seven as a reliever. He struck out 70 batters while issuing just 20 free passes. In parts of three seasons at the Double-A Level, he has gone 13-12 with a 3.55 ERA (78 earned runs in 198 innings) in 53 games, including 32 starts. Smith reached the Triple-A level in 2015, making one appearance with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Smith made his professional debut in 2013, posting a 1.93 ERA (11 earned runs in 51.1 innings) in 14 games between Single-A Staten Island and Double-A Trenton. The following season he was named a South Atlantic League Mid-season All-Star after recording a 3.10 ERA (27 earned runs in 78.1 innings) in 18 starts with Single-A Charleston. A native of Huntsville, Texas, Smith played three seasons at Sam Houston State University.
Rivero, 28, spent this past season with Triple-A Iowa and was not added to the 40-man roster and called up in September when the roster expanded. Rivero was 5-3 with one save, a 2.13 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 43 relief appearances. Rivero allowed 19 runs, 16 earned, on 41 hits with 35 walks and 105 strikeouts in 67.2 innings.
Over four seasons in the Cubs’ system, Rivero was 12-7 with 14 saves, a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
In the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft, the Cubs selected infielder Kevin Cornelius from the New York Yankees with the 30th pick of the first round. Cornelius, 24, batted .299/.393/.589 (59-for-197) with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 homers, a .982 OPS and 48 RBI in 56 games between Rookie League Pulaski and Single-A Tampa in 2016. He was originally selected by the Yankees in the 31st round of the 2013 Draft and has batted .296/.383/.505 (149-for-503) with a .888 OPS across four minor league seasons.
In the Triple-A phase of the Draft, the Cubs lost infielder Daniel Lockhart to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lockhart played 89 games between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee this past season. Lockhart hit .226/.273/.318 with 13 doubles, three triples and two home runs for a .591 OPS.
The Cubs selected Lockhart in the 10th round of the 2011 draft. Over six seasons in the system, Lockhart hit .251/.307/.326 with a .633 OPS.
- Caleb Smith’s Page on Baseball-Reference
- Armando Rivero’s Page on Baseball-Reference
- Kevin Cornelius’ Page on Baseball-Reference
- Daniel Lockhart’s Page on Baseball-Reference
There were a total of 18 players selected in the Major League phase of the 2016 Rule 5 Draft and 39 players taken in the minor league phase of the draft on Thursday.