This has been a very busy week for the Northsiders. Cy Young winner, Rookie of the Year winner, and Manager of the Year winner. It’s been a great week. The team made some moves this week, they claimed Jack Leathersich off of waivers from the Mets. Leathersich went 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 17 relief appearances for the Mets last season, which was his first in the Major Leagues. He struck out 14 batters in 11 2/3 innings and did not allow a run in 14 of his 17 innings before having Tommy John surgery at the end of July.
The Cubs signed a former New York Yankee, Andury Acevedo to a one year deal. Acevedo spent the last four seasons pitching in the Yankees system and enjoyed a breakthrough in 2015, rising from Class A Advanced Tampa, where he was a Florida State League midseason All-Star, all the way to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes Barre. He had a 2.31 ERA and one save in 10 relief innings.
Last season, Acevedo was 3-4 with three saves and a 2.59 ERA. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was originally signed by Pittsburgh as an infielder in 2007 before he converted to a relief pitcher upon signing with the Yankees in 2012.
The Cubs selected contracts from Pierce Johnson (pitcher), Wilson Contreras (catcher), Jeimer Candelario (infielder), and Dan Vogelbach (first base) all from Double A Tennessee. The team added them to the 40 man roster which prevents them from being selected by another team in next month’s Rule 5 Draft. All four players were among six players listed on MLB.com’s Top 30 Cubs Prospects.
The Esurance MLB Awards have been announced and the Cubs took home four awards. Jake Arrieta won for Best Starting Pitcher and Best Breakout Player, Kris Bryant won Best Rookie, and a fan won Best Fan Catch. Watch the Catch N Chug here.
Cubs added their third relief pitcher this week with a trade involving the Texas Rangers. The Cubs traded 19 year old infielder Frandy Delarosa for right handed Spencer Patton.
Born and raised in Illinois, Patton who is 27, was drafted by the Royals in 2011, and he has appeared in 36 games with the Rangers all in relief. He also appeared in 26 games for Triple-A Round Rock in ’15 and picked up 11 saves, 36 strikeouts over 27 innings. Texas acquired him in July 2014 from the Royals.
Topps picked it’s All-Star Rookies this week and the Cubs have rookie sensations Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, and Addison Russell, which lead with the most players from a team. The New York Mets had Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard repersented and the Miami Marlins had J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour. This has been a tradition of Topps since 1960.