5/27 Minor matters


Right-hander Marco Carrillo was added to Triple-A Iowa’s roster and lefty J.R. Mathes released. Carrillo started the season with Double-A Tennessee and pitched primarily out of the bullpen. In 17 games, he was 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA.
Mathes was in his fifth season with Iowa. He holds Iowa’s franchise record for career wins with 42 which he broke last season on July 23 with a win at Round Rock. In nine starts for the I-Cubs this year, Mathes was 2-4 with a 9.07 ERA.
* The Cubs and the Iowa Cubs have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2016 season. The affiliation started in 1981 and is the eighth-longest current affiliation in professional baseball.
“With these guys, we want to keep them extended as long as we can,” said Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita. “They give us red-carpet treatment 24-7 for our players and our staff. We’re five hours away in Chicago. We’ve got a huge fan base here. Huge Cubs fans. I don’t know if we could ask for anything more.”
* Also, Alberto Cabrera, who was 6-2 with a 5.36 ERA in nine starts at Double-A Tennessee, was expected to be promoted to Iowa on Monday.
— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

Is our much vaunted farm so bare that we have to promote a young pitcher with an ERA well over 5?

The only reason he is 6-2 at AA is that the Smokies are batting over .300 and running away with their division.

What on earth is happening to our pitching? I realise we gave away Archer, but 2 seasons ago there were arms aplenty and many ERAs under 3.5. We were told to expect Carpenter, Jackson and others soon.

At a time when pitching seems to be in the ascendancy at MLB, the farm seems to be full of pie-throwers aside from young Whitenack… at least with all the pies at least Aramis will never run the risk of losing a chin.

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