Chris Rusin to make debut
Left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin is set to make his major league debut tonight against the Brewers in Milwaukee. The 25-year-old started 24 games at Triple-A Iowa this season, posting an 8-8 record with a 4.59 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 133.1 innings. Though he walked a career-high 3.5 batters per game, Baseball America said he had the best change-up and best control in the Cubs farm system as recently as 2010.
In Vine Line’s February 2012 Minor League Prospectus issue, we said:
“Although he doesn’t have dominant stuff, this deceptive left-hander competes on every pitch. … He keeps a low-90s fastball down in the zone and mixes it with an excellent change-up, cutter and curve.”
Prior to the 2012 season, Baseball America rated Rusin, who was drafted by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Kentucky, the top left-handed starter in the Cubs’ minor league system. He’ll be the ninth rookie pitcher the Cubs have employed in 2012.
Left-handed reliever Alex Hinshaw, recently claimed off waivers from San Diego, was also added to the 25-man roster. Hinshaw, 29, went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (14 ER/28.0 IP) in 31 relief appearances for San Diego this season.
To make room for the hurlers, the Cubs optioned left-hander Jeff Beliveau and infielder Adrian Cardenas to Triple-A Iowa.