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Cubs sign second-round pick Dewees

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Photo courtesy University of North Florida

On Thursday, the Cubs announced they have signed outfielder Donnie Dewees, the club’s second-round pick (47th overall) of the 2015 Draft.

Dewees, 21, was named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. The redshirt sophomore batted .422 (106-for-251) with 88 runs, 12 doubles, eight triples, 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 60 games for North Florida this season. The left-handed hitter recorded a .483 on-base percentage, thanks to 30 walks compared to just 16 strikeouts, and a .749 slugging percentage, good for a 1.232 OPS. He led the nation in hits (106), runs, slugging percentage and total bases (188).

Earlier in 2015, Dewees held the nation’s longest hitting streak of 31 games, and he recorded two hitting streaks of 16 games or more this season, helping the Ospreys to their first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship.

In 2014, Dewees hit .340 (51-for-150) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and 20 walks for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. In 2013 with North Florida, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 180-pounder was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A native of Crystal River, Fla., Dewees graduated from Crystal River High School.

Cubs sign top pick Ian Happ

Ian-Happ(Photo courtesy University of Cincinnati)

The Chicago Cubs today announced they have signed outfielder Ian Happ, the club’s first-round pick (ninth overall) of the 2015 Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Overall, the Cubs have signed 10 selections (including Happ): left-hander Ryan Kellogg (fifth round), right-hander Dave Berg (sixth round), right-hander Craig Brooks (seventh round), infielder Vimael Machin (10th round), infielder Blake Headley (20th round), right-hander Jared Cheek (21st round), left-hander John Williamson (23rd round), catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (25th round) and infielder Angelo Amendolare (27th round).

Happ, 20, batted .369 (73-for-198) with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI for the Cincinnati Bearcats this season. He walked 49 times to contribute to a .492 on-base percentage, and his .672 slugging mark gave him a 1.164 OPS. Happ led the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and tied for the lead in walks. He also led his team in runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBI.

Named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the switch-hitting Happ was recognized as the 2015 AAC Player of the Year, named First-Team Academic All-American, Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American and was a unanimous First-Team All-Conference member as voted on by the league’s head coaches. He was listed as one of the top three pure college hitters in this year’s draft by Baseball America.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Happ batted .338 (194-for-574) with 120 runs, 44 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 107 RBI in three seasons at Cincinnati. He drew more walks (128) than strikeouts (116), contributing to a .463 on-base percentage, and, along with his .552 slugging mark, has recorded a 1.015 OPS through his junior season. Happ has seen time in both right field and center field, as well as at second base, third base and shortstop.

Cubs Lineup: 6/11/15

Cubs vs. Reds – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
Reds Starter: Michael Lorenzen, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. Junior Lake, RF
8. Tsuyoshi Wada, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs sign RHP Soriano to a minor league deal

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The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano agreed to terms on a minor league contract on Tuesday.

Soriano, 35, is 22-28 with 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA (200 ER/630.2 IP) in 585 big league appearances, all but eight in relief, covering 13 seasons with Seattle (2002-06), Atlanta (2007-09), Tampa Bay (2010), the New York Yankees (2011-12) and Washington (2013-14). In the last three seasons, Soriano has combined to record 117 saves—an average of 39 per season—with a 9-5 record and 2.84 ERA in 201 relief outings.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-hander primarily served as a set-up man the first seven seasons of his career before saving 27 games for the Braves in 2009. He recorded a career high 45 saves and was named an AL All-Star for Joe Maddon’s Rays in 2010, his first of three seasons with more than 40 saves.  Soriano joined the Yankees in 2011 and recorded 23 holds as a set-up man for Mariano Rivera. He saved 42 games for the Yankees in 2012. He notched 43 saves in 2013 and 32 saves last year with the Nationals.

Soriano went 4-1 with 32 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 64 relief appearances for the Nationals in 2014. The native of San Jose, Dominican Republic, has turned in a 3.19 ERA or lower in 10 of his 13 seasons.

Cubs select Cincy OF Ian Happ with ninth overall pick in 2015 Draft

The Chicago Cubs tonight selected outfielder Ian Happ out of the University of Cincinnati with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Happ was recommended by area scout Daniel Carte.

“Ian has proved to be one of the better performers in college baseball over the past couple of seasons,” said Jason McLeod, Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development. “He’s a switch-hitter who hits for average and power while showing advanced plate discipline. We feel he’s athletic enough to play the infield or outfield.”

Happ, 20, this season batted .369 (73-for-198) with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI for the Bearcats. He walked 49 times to contribute to a .492 on-base percentage, and his .672 slugging mark gave him a 1.164 OPS. Happ led the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and tied for the lead in walks. Additionally, he led his team in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI.

Named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the switch-hitting Happ was recognized as the 2015 AAC Player of the Year, named First Team Academic All-American, Second Team Louisville Slugger All-American and was a unanimous first team All-Conference member as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

The six-foot, 205-pound Happ has batted .338 (194-for-574) with 120 runs, 44 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 107 RBI in three seasons at Cincinnati. He has drawn more walks (128) than strikeouts (116), contributing to a .463 on-base percentage, and along with his .552 slugging mark has recorded a 1.015 OPS through his junior season. His walks and on-base percentage both rank third-most in school history while his 56 stolen bases are fifth. Happ has seen time in both right field and center field, as well as second base, third base and shortstop.

In his sophomore 2014 season, Happ led Cincinnati with a .443 on-base percentage, .497 slugging percentage, 32 walks and 19 stolen bases while he batted .322 (55-for-171) with 13 doubles, one triple, five homers and 27 RBI. He earned First Team All-AAC honors and was a preseason first team All-America selection by Baseball America.

Happ is listed as one of the top three pure college hitters in this year’s Draft by Baseball America.

Happ is a two-time Cape Cod League All-Star, having played for the Harwich Mariners in 2013-14.  He batted .329 (49-for-149) with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 26 RBI and a .936 OPS in 2014 following a 2013 summer in which he hit .293 (43-for-147) with seven doubles, two triples, five homers and 22 RBI.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Happ graduated from Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High School after he produced a .449 career batting average with 33 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs and 65 RBI in four seasons.

The 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft continues this evening with the second round, in which the Cubs have pick No. 47. The draft continues tomorrow with rounds three-through-10 and concludes Wednesday with rounds 11-through-40.

Cubs Lineup: 6/5/15

Cubs vs. Nationals – Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
Nationals Starter: Tanner Roark, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Junior Lake, RF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Chris Coghlan, LF
8. Tsuyoshi Wada, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Lineup: 6/3/15

Cubs vs. Marlins – Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Marlins Starter: Dan Haren, RHP
TV: WPWR-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Junior Lake, RF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs acquire RHP Medina from Seattle for C Castillo

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The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on Tuesday. Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa.

Medina, 26, has posted a 2.82 ERA (43 ER/137.0 IP) in 141 appearances out of the Mariners bullpen in the last three seasons, turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves. He struck out 140 batters in 137.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .216 batting average, including a .228 mark versus right-handed hitters and a .198 mark versus left-handers. Medina has held opponents to a .325 on-base percentage and only a .321 slugging percentage, good for just a .646 opponents OPS.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he improved upon those numbers by going 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while leading the Mariners and ranking 12th in the league in holds.  This year, Medina has gone 1-0 with three holds, one save and a 3.00 ERA in 12 relief outings.

Medina is a native of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, and originally signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2005.

Castillo, 28, departs the Cubs a career .252 hitter (254-for-1,006) with 29 home runs and 110 RBI in 310 games over six seasons (2010-15). He originally signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent in 2004. Castillo saw action in a career high 113 games in 2013, batting .274 with eight home runs and 32 RBI, before hitting .237 with 13 homers and 46 RBI in 110 games last season. Castillo batted .163 with two homers and five RBI in 24 games with the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 5/6/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Cardinals Starter: Lance Lynn, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Coghlan, LF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs active RHP Grimm; recall OF Szczur

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Justin Grimm returns to the Cubs after a stint on the DL. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs activated right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm off the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A and right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment.

The 26-year-old Grimm returns to the Cubs after landing on the disabled list on April 10 with right forearm inflammation. He made one rehab appearance as part of his return, tossing a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts on Monday for Iowa. Grimm made Chicago’s Opening Day roster for the second season in a row, but has yet to make his 2015 debut.

The right-hander went 5-2 with 11 holds and a 3.78 ERA (29 ER/69.0 IP) in 73 relief appearances last year with the Cubs, his first full season in the majors. Grimm tied for ninth in the National League in appearances while striking out 70 batters and walking only 27 in 69.0 innings. Overall, he stranded 25 of 30 inherited runners last year and posted a 2.60 ERA in 29 games following the All-Star break.

Grimm joined the Cubs as part of the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers on July 22, 2013. He was the American League Rookie of the Month with Texas in April 2013, and posted a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 relief appearances with the Cubs following the trade that summer.

Szczur, 25, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster and batted .200 (2-for-10) with one double and one RBI in eight games before being optioned to Iowa on April 19. With Iowa, Szczur has batted .262 (11-for-42) with two homers, a triple and seven RBI in 11 games this season.

The outfielder made his major league debut with the Cubs last August and batted .226 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 33 games. Szczur has played 14 games in left field, nine games in center field and 13 games in right field during his big league career. Overall, he has batted .222 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 41 career major league games.

Lake, 25, is hitting .286 (4-for-14) with one double and one RBI in four games with the Cubs this season. He is batting .289 (13-for-45) with two doubles and eight RBI in 13 games with Iowa this year.

Varvaro, 30, was claimed off waivers from Boston on Sunday and was added to the 25-man roster yesterday. He did not appear in Tuesday’s game. He was traded to the Red Sox on Dec. 17, 2014, and went 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in nine relief appearances this season before being designated for assignment on April 29.

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