7/13 Cubs claim Gillespie
The Cubs added some outfield depth Saturday by claiming Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants. Gillespie, 29, was originally selected in the third round of the 2006 Draft by the Brewers and made his big league debut with the Diamondbacks in 2010, appearing in 45 games. He spent most of the last three seasons in Triple-A in the Diamondbacks and Giants organizations.
Last season, he batted .308 with 35 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 66 RBIs, 85 runs scored and an .884 OPS in 126 games with Arizona’s Triple-A Reno affiliate. A right-handed hitter, he signed a Minor League contract with the Giants last offseason and batted .277 with 11 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 74 games with Triple-A Fresno this year. The Giants selected his contract on July 5, and he went hitless in nine big league at-bats before being designated for assignment on July 9.
He’s a career .218 hitter with eight doubles, three home runs and 16 RBIs in 53 big league games with Arizona (2010-11) and San Francisco (2013).
Gillespie was a teammate of Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney at Oregon State, and helped lead the Beavers to the 2006 National Championship.
The Cubs have been short-handed in the outfield with injuries to Ryan Sweeney (fractured rib), David DeJesus (sprained shoulder) and Minor League prospect Brett Jackson (calf).
– Carrie Muskat