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

8 Comments

What fun. I know Cole and watched him play many Oregon State games. Will look forward to seeing him at Wrigley

Just a temp fill in……just another sign that Cubs have lack of depth in the minors right now of calling up their own players.

Another addition to the Wrigley Waiver Wire Wonders. Hoystein are taking pay under false pretenses.

Can they be THAT concerned with Sczuzr’s ability or ML service time that they still refuse to bring him up under such a needful if not desperate a situation and instead keep guys like Borbon and now Gillespie on the ML roster? It seems if Sczuzr is part of the Cubs future, is brought up and struggles some….wouldn’t that be pretty much the same as what Rizzo (look at HIS June struggle….) and Castro (look at HIS entire season struggle…) are going through? Might as well let Sczuzr blend in and gel with his future teammates?? If Schierholtz is traded who do we “bargain grab” then?

Wasnt there alot of negativity when Scherholtz was signed? At least thats what I remember. A little when Sweeney was signed? They have done very well, now some want to putdown management for signing Gillespie?
He may not even make the team, but as Cubs Talk stated might be for depth at AAA.

I have always questioned the signing of BOTH Schierholtz AND Hairston not just the signing of Schierholtz. Although I was never sold on the Schierholtz signing…it was just another stop gap addition to the club. He wound up playing MUCH better than I or a lot of people (probably Hoystein too) thought he would play. Moot point, he’s gone soon or here for just one more year and he has come way back down to earth. I don’t recall much if any negativity regarding the Sweeney signing other than him not being brought up to the bigs soon enough to compete with Dejesus, Schierholtz, Haiston and Borbon. C’mon…Borbon vs. Sweeney is a no brainer. Gillespie not make the team? I read in today’s Tribune that he is to join the club today (Sunday), sounds like he already made the team. He may not stick….but that remains to be seen as the competition for an outfield spot is NOT fierce.

I am happy he made the team. I hope he does very well. As far as moot point? Hoyer who is the GM, has done a wonderful job picking up players as fill ins while waiting for youngsters to develop. Even when a signing did not go well, ( Hairston ), look at the return on that trade? Very well worth the signing.
Scherholtz was not really in high demand during the off season, now there is rumors the Pirates and others are interested.
Gregg was just released by the Dodgers, look at what he has done for the team? There are now a few teams interested, including the Tigers.
I think Hoyer has done a great job in a little over a year and a half.

I think Hoystein has done and continues to do a great job but as far as a starting outfielder that has staying power with the Cubs Schierholtz is the moot point I refer to as he will be gone by the time the team is contending. For trade bait in order to help build the minor league he was a good pick up and gamble, nothing more, nothing risky, just a warm body in RF. Same with Hairston. Both not much to lose, something to gain in trades but never in consideration to remain a Cubs outfielder. Should Hoystein continue on this path we will wind up with something wonderful in Wrigley Field, for quite a few years.

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