Results tagged ‘ Jaye Chapman ’

7/18 Where are they now?

Last year, the Cubs front office was busy dealing at the Trade Deadline. They made three moves on July 31, 2012. Where are those players now? Here’s an update:

* The Cubs traded RHP Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for RHP Kyle Hendricks and 3B Christian Villanueva. Dempster went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA for the Rangers, then signed a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the Red Sox. He’s 5-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts for Boston. Hendricks is 9-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 18 starts at Double-A Tennessee and was the starting pitcher in the Double-A All-Star game for the North team. He also was the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the month in May. Villanueva was in the Cubs’ Major League spring camp, and batted .167, hitting three home runs. In 89 games with Tennessee, he’s batting .257 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles, two triples, and 47 RBIs.

* The Cubs traded LHP Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman. Maholm went 4-5 with 3.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Braves last season, and this year, he’s 9-8 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 starts with Atlanta. Johnson hit .270 in 43 games with the Braves last season, and this year, he’s batting 258 in 58 games with Atlanta. Vizcaino was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and the Cubs thought he might be able to pitch this season but he needed a debridement procedure on his right elbow in late May. He’s still rehabbing. Chapman appeared in 14 games for the Cubs last season, and opened this year at Triple-A Iowa but was shut down after four games and giving up 12 runs over 6 1/3 innings because of a left hip injury.

* The Cubs traded C Geovany Soto to the Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham. Soto batted .196 in 47 games with the Rangers last year. This year, he’s batting .185 in 30 games with four home runs and nine RBI, and has taken a back seat to A.J. Pierzynski on the Rangers. Brigham was traded back to the Rangers on Nov. 20, 2012, for RHP Barret Loux, who is 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Iowa. He has 65 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings. Brigham, by the way, pitched in seven games at Double-A Frisco this year and did not give up a run, and was 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 17 games with Triple-A Round Rock.

— Carrie Muskat

9/16 Chapman makes most of outing

The pitching hero of the day Sunday was rookie Jaye Chapman. The Cubs had taken a 10-9 lead after Anthony Rizzo’s grand slam in the sixth. Starling Marte tripled to lead off the Pirates seventh but Neal Walker lined out to Darwin Barney, and Chapman got Andrew McCutchen to strike out looking at a 93 mph fastball. Garrett Jones walked, and then took off for second. Chapman was about to throw, but saw Marte break for home and threw to catcher Welington Castillo, who tagged the Pirates’ speedster.

“I’m not even sure Garrett Jones knew he got picked off,” Chapman said. “I looked at him, and his head was down. I looked at second base, and a thought ran through my head, ‘Hey, that guy’s going to score,’ and I turned around and sure enough, Marte had taken off. I was like, ‘Just make the throw and let’s get out of here.'”

“He showed me a lot today, that’s for sure,” Dale Sveum said of Chapman, acquired from the Braves in the Paul Maholm deal.

It was pretty gutsy to throw a fastball to McCutchen.

“I faced him [Friday] and threw him all breaking stuff, and I threw him all breaking stuff today,” Chapman said. “We got to 3-2, and he just swung over a slider, and I was thinking, ‘I don’t know for sure, but I haven’t thrown him a fastball and he hasn’t seen one from me. Let’s see what happens.’ Fortunately for me, he took it.”

Told that Sveum was impressed, Chapman smiled.

“You have to make that inning count,” he said. “I’m grateful just to be here, in all honesty.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Extra bases

* With right-handed pitchers Jaye Chapman and Miguel Socolovich and catcher Anthony Recker making their Cubs debuts on Tuesday, the team has used a single-season record 52 different players. The old mark was 51 set in 2000.

* The Cubs have used 20 rookies, the most since they played 20 rookies in 1974. Eleven of the 20 are pitchers. On Tuesday, the Cubs used seven rookie pitchers in a single game for the first time in franchise history. They had used six in one game five times.

* The Cubs have had 11 players make their big league debut this season, their most since 11 did so in 2010.

* With Chapman and Socolovich making their appearances, the Cubs have used 29 pitchers. That surpasses the previous franchise single-season high of 25 used in 1999.

* The Cubs have lost 18 of their last 21 games on the road since the All-Star Break, including 14 of their last 15 road contests since the beginning of August.

— Carrie Muskat

9/4 More September call-ups

The Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin, right-handed pitchers Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis, and catcher Anthony Recker from Double-A Tennessee. All four players were available in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. All four players were with Triple-A Iowa before moving to Tennessee after Iowa’s season ended prematurely because games were cancelled by Hurricane Isaac.

* Rusin, 25, returns to the Cubs after making his Major League debut Aug. 21 in Milwaukee. He took the loss even though he held the Brewers to one run on one hit and two walks over five innings.  A fourth-round pick in 2009, Rusin was to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

* Chapman, 25, joins the first Major League roster of his pro career.  He was acquired from Atlanta with right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino for Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson on July 30.  Overall this season, Chapman combined to go 3-8 with seven saves and a 4.02 ERA in 50 relief appearances between Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, Iowa and Tennessee.

* Dolis, 24, returns to the Cubs for his third big league stint this season.  A member of the Opening Day roster, Dolis was with the club through May 28 and from June 27-July 22, combining to go 2-4 with four saves and a 6.44 ERA in 27 relief appearances. With Iowa, he had a 2.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances, and was on the disabled list from July 27-Aug. 28 because of a strained left knee.

* Recker, 29, was acquired from Oakland on Aug. 27 for catcher Blake Lalli.  Recker was a member of the A’s 2012 Opening Day roster but was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on May 27, where he was hitting .265 with seven doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBIs, a .358 on-base percentage and a .793 OPS before being designated for assignment on Aug. 20.  In parts of two Major League seasons, Recker has batted .146 (7-for-48) in 18 games.

— Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs sign Horacio Ramirez

The Cubs have signed left-handed pitcher Horacio Ramirez to a Minor League contract, and he was assigned to Triple-A Iowa.  Ramirez began the season playing independent ball with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. He was 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA, giving up eight earned runs over 36 2/3 innings in 12 games (six starts). He was originally drafted by the Braves in the fifth round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft. Ramirez has played for five different teams, making his ML debut in 2003 with the Braves as a starter. He also has pitched for the Mariners, Royals, White Sox and Dodgers. A California native, he is 40-35 with a 4.65 ERA (356 earned runs/688 1/3 IP) and 318 strikeouts.

The Iowa Cubs also announced right-handed pitcher Jaye Chapman, acquired from the Braves in the Paul Maholm-Reed Johnson deal, was placed on the disabled list with a strained elbow, retroactive to Aug. 14. Chapman, acquired along with pitcher Arodys Vizcaino, was 3-6 with seven saves and a 3.52 ERA in 40 relief appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett this year. In six appearances with the I-Cubs, he gave up eight earned runs over 7 1/3 innings.

— Carrie Muskat