Results tagged ‘ Jeff Beliveau ’

12/21 Schierholtz signs; other moves

The Cubs have finalized their deal with outfielder Nate Schierholtz on a one-year, $2.25 million contract. The addition of Schierholtz, 28, fills one of the items on the Cubs’ wish list as they were looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder who could play right field.

Last season, Schierholtz batted .257 for the Giants and Phillies with six home runs in 114 games. Schierholtz began the year with San Francisco, and was dealt to Philadelphia on July 31 along with two Minor League players for Hunter Pence. He made a good impression in his Phillies debut, hitting a home run against the Nationals. His playing time was limited when he fractured his right big toe on Aug. 13. In six seasons, he has a .270 batting average, 24 home runs, 75 doubles and 123 RBIs. The Phillies decided to non-tender Schierholtz, who made $1.3 million last season. He would’ve received a raise, which wouldn’t have made sense for the Phillies because Schierholtz was projected as the fifth outfielder.

His addition would allow the Cubs to start David DeJesus in center. Schierholtz does have one of the best throwing arms in the league. However, general manager Jed Hoyer has indicated the team is still in the market for another outfielder who can play right and center.

* In other roster moves, left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau was claimed off waivers by the Rangers and right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario claimed by the Giants. Left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion also cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Class A Kane County. The Cubs roster is now at 39.

— Carrie Muskat

12/17 Stewart, Lim sign

The Cubs finalized their deal with Ian Stewart on Monday, signing the third baseman to a one-year, $2 million deal that includes $500,000 in incentives. The money is a slight drop from the $2.2375 million Stewart, 27, made last year, and also is non-guaranteed. Stewart was limited to 55 games before eventually undergoing season-ending wrist surgery July 10. He batted .201 with five home runs and 17 RBIs, then went on the disabled list June 14.

To make room for Stewart on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated left-hander Jeff Beliveau for assignment. Beliveau made his Major League debut last season, going 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 22 appearances for the Cubs.

* The Cubs also announced Monday their Minor League deal with Korean pitcher Chang-Yong Lim is now official. Lim, 36, has pitched the last 17 seasons in Korea (1996-2007) and Japan (2008-12). He also helped Korea win the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The right-hander, nicknamed “Mister Zero,” joined the Yakult Swallows in Japan in 2008 and recorded 128 saves with a 2.09 ERA in 238 relief appearances. He posted at least 28 saves in four-straight seasons from 2008-11, including three seasons of 30 saves or more. His 2012 season ended after nine relief appearances because he needed Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, his second, from which he is currently rehabbing. Lim received a $100,000 signing bonus, and will receive monthly Minor League salaries for up to the next two seasons, unless his contract is purchased.

— Carrie Muskat

8/31 Call-ups

Jeff Beliveau joined the Cubs on Friday, taking Brooks Raley’s spot on the roster. There will be more players added, starting Saturday. Expect Tony Campana, Adrian Cardenas and Dave Sappelt to join the Cubs at that time. Chris Rusin also will be added, and start on Tuesday. He first went to Double-A Tennessee so he could stay on his work schedule. The Cubs also want to get a little look at newly acquired pitcher Miguel Socolovich and catcher Anthony Recker. They’ll join the team soon.

— Carrie Muskat

8/20 Roster moves

The Cubs will make two roster moves on Tuesday to open spots on the 25-man roster for Chris Rusin, who make his first start, and also for Alex Hinshaw, claimed off waivers from the Padres. Expect Jeff Beliveau and Adrian Cardenas to be sent back to Triple-A Iowa to make room.

— Carrie Muskat

7/24 Extra bases

* Monday’s 2-0 win was the Cubs’ eighth shutout, third-most in the National League behind the Giants (11) and Mets (10).

* Paul Maholm takes the mound Tuesday night. He is 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in his last four starts, and has thrown at least six innings with one or no runs in each outing. Since 1918, no Cubs left-hander has gone five straight starts with at least six innings pitched while giving up one or fewer runs in each outing.

* With Jeff Beliveau making his Major League debut on Sunday, the Cubs now have used 42 players, second-most in the NL. Of those, 11 are rookies.

— Carrie Muskat


7/22 Dolis to Iowa; Beliveau up

Right-handed reliever Rafael Dolis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and left-hander Jeff Beliveau promoted to the Cubs on Sunday. Dolis was 2-4 with a 6.44 ERA in 27 appearances, and struggled in his last four outings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. An 18th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Beliveau was 4-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 34 games, giving up 42 hits and walking 17 over 40 innings at Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

7/8 Minor League report

Alfredo Amezaga had three hits and one RBIs in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Omaha on Saturday. Jim Adduci, in his first game with the team, had two hits and one RBIs. Jeff Beliveau picked up the win in relief, throwing two innings.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs on five hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 6-3 loss to Chattanooga. Logan Watkins had two hits and two RBIs.

Arismendy Alcantara hit his seventh home run in Daytona’s 6-5 loss to Lakeland. P.J. Francescon took the loss, giving up four earned runs on nine hits over five innings.

Dustin Geiger homered for the fourth straight game and Javier Baez hit his fifth home run in Peoria’s 5-3 win over Cedar Rapids. Baez had three hits and scored two runs. Hunter Cervenka picked up the win in relief.

Tayler Scott threw six shutout innings in Boise’s 4-0 win over Yakima. Jeimer Candelario had three hits and one RBIs. Scott struck out four, and is now 1-1 with a 1.61 ERA.

Hunter Ackerman threw three shutout innings in Mesa’s 11-1 win over the giants. Tim Saunders had three hits, including a home run, and Rafael Lopez had three hits.

— Carrie Muskat

3/11 Dodgers 5, Cubs 0

What went right:

Jeff Beliveau struck out five of the seven batters he faced.

What went wrong:

Garza had a 1-2-3 first but gave up two singles, hit a batter, and walked two in the second, getting pulled after falling behind 4-0. Prior to Sunday’s game, the Cubs starting pitchers had given up four runs over 17 1/3 innings. The Cubs mustered five hits in the loss to the Dodgers and starter Ted Lilly. Bobby Scales committed a throwing error in the sixth.


“I’ve been trying to keep myself on a strict program with just fastballs and changeups. It’s tough especially with hitters going up there ready to hack and looking for fastballs. I got myself in trouble more than anything. That’s what it was. It’s not anything I’m too concerned about. Just a bad day and I’ll get ready for the next one.” — Matt Garza on his outing


The Cubs agreed to terms on a five-year, $6 million contract with left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion, who was the Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year last year. Concepcion, who turned 20 in February, will receive a $3 million signing bonus and the rest of the $3 million will be spread over the length of the contract. He was 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 games. At the age of 19, he placed among overall league leaders in wins (tied for sixth), winning percentage (second at .769) and earned run average (ninth).

Up next:

Paul Maholm makes his first Cactus League start on Monday against the Reds when the Cubs return to HoHoKam Park. Jeff Samardzija, who has emerged as a candidate for one of the spots in the rotation, also was slated to pitch. The game will be broadcast on WGN Radio.

— Carrie Muskat 

11/18 Vitters, Lake, Beliveau, Szczur added to 40-man

The Cubs selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau, infielders Junior Lake and Josh Vitters, and outfielder Matt Szczur, and added them to the 40-man roster on Friday. In addition, the Cubs outrighted outfielder Lou Montanez and right-handed pitchers Esmailin Caridad and Kyle Smit off the 40-man roster.

Friday was the deadline for teams to set the 40-man rosters in anticipation of the Rule 5 Draft, which is conducted at next month’s Winter Meetings. With the changes, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now 34 players.

Beliveau, 24, was named the Cubs’ 2011 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after combining to go 6-2 with five saves and a 1.57 ERA in 53 relief appearances between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. The lefty combined to strike out 89 and walked 19 over 74 1/3 innings. He also pitched for Team USA and briefly in the Arizona Fall League. In four Minor League seasons, Beliveau is 17-9 with 10 saves and a 2.69 ERA.

Lake, 21, combined to hit .279 with 21 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs, 38 stolen bases, 80 runs scored and 51 RBIs in 116 games between Daytona and Tennessee. The shortstop was named a 2011 Arizona Fall League Rising Star, batting .296 with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs and 18 stolen bases in 28 games. He is a career .267 hitter in 476 Minor League games over five seasons.

Szczur, 22, batted .293 with 22 doubles, three triples, 10 homers, 46 RBIs, 75 runs and 24 stolen bases in 109 games for Class A Peoria and Daytona this season. A fifth round pick out of Villanova in 2010, he participated in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game and was a mid-season Midwest League All-Star.

Vitters, 22, batted .283 with 28 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 81 RBIs in 129 games with Tennessee, his first full season at Double-A. He followed that with a strong season in the Arizona Fall League, batting .360 with six doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs in 24 games. The Cubs’ first round pick in 2007, Vitters is a career .277 hitter with 95 doubles, 47 home runs and 229 RBIs in 419 games covering five seasons.

— Carrie Muskat

11/17 AFL update & winter league

DJ LeMahieu had two hits and Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 in Mesa’s 3-2 loss to Surprise on Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs prospect Jeff Beliveau gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings of relief. On Thursday, Mesa plays host to Scottsdale.

In Venezuela, Austin Bibens-Dirkx improved to 3-2 after a win Wednesday for Zulia. Bibens-Dirkx gave up one run on four hits and struck out four in the win.

— Carrie Muskat