Cubs select contract of RHP Justin Hancock … OF Mark Zagunis Recalled from Iowa … RHP Jen-Ho Tseng and LHP Rob Zastryzny optioned to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs made another round of roster moves prior to Wednesday’s 13-4 victory and completing the three-game sweep over the Marlins.
The Cubs selected the contract of RHP Justin Hancock and added him to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 40 players. Hancock made his big league debut on Wednesday in the blowout win over the Fish.
Hancock joined the first Major League roster of his career and will wear uniform No. 54. Zagunis also played Wednesday and collected the first hit of his big league career. Zagunis will wear No. 20.
Justin Hancock, 27, has gone 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA (six earned runs in 14 1/3 innings) and a 1.25 WHIP in 11 relief outings with Iowa this year, including 5 2/3 scoreless frames over his last four outings. He has struck out 19 batters in 14.1 innings pitched, an average of 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting foes to a .250 batting average, including a .206 mark by right-handed hitters.
Hancock was acquired by the Cubs from San Diego May 8, 2017 for outfielder Matt Szczur. Hancock combined to go 2-4 with four saves, a 4.46 ERA (19 earned runs in 38 1/3 innings) in 33 relief outings between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last year. He was a non-roster invitee to big league spring training in 2018.
Hancock was originally selected by San Diego in the ninth round of the 2011 Draft out of Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill. A native of Defiance, Ohio, Hancock is 28-35 with four saves, a 3.94 ERA (234 earned runs in 534 1/3 innings) and a 1.51 WHIP in 160 career minor league appearances, including 90 as a starter, in eight minor league seasons in the Padres and Cubs organizations.
Mark Zagunis, 25, joins the Cubs for the first time this season after batting .298 (28-for-94) with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI in 29 games with Iowa this season. He has a .412 on-base percentage (114 points above his batting average) and a .436 slugging percentage this year, good for an .848 OPS, recording nearly as many walks (17) as strikeouts (18). Zagunis is batting .329 (24-for-73) with a .963 OPS against right-handed pitching this year.
The right-handed batter and thrower was selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2014 Draft out of Virginia Tech and has batted .279 (392-for-1,407) with a .403 on-base percentage and .842 OPS in 399 minor league games covering the last five seasons.
Jen-Ho Tseng, 23, made the start for the Cubs on Tuesday night (three earned runs in two innings) and recorded a no-decision in the 4-3 win. He is 0-4 with an 8.04 ERA (28 earned runs in 31 1/3 innings) in six starts with Iowa this year.
Rob Zastryzny, 26, pitched two scoreless innings in Tuesday’s win versus the Fish and really settled things down after Tseng struggled. Zastryzny has gone 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA (four earned runs in 15 1/3 innings) in eight relief outings with Iowa this year.