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12/8 Cubs & Rule 5 Draft – UPDATED

The Cubs selected recently converted right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo from the Phillies’ organization in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. The Cubs also picked infielder Ricky Alvarez from the Angels farm system in the Triple-A phase of the Draft, and then dealt him to the Monterrey team in Mexico for cash considerations. The Cubs lost two players in the Major League portion as the Orioles took infielder Ryan Flaherty and the Red Sox picked infielder Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez was later traded to the Astros.

In 38 Minor League games, Castillo is 7-4 with a 2.43 ERA since he was converted from shortstop after the 2009 season. He has 111 strikeouts and has walked 42 in that stretch. Last year, the 22-year-old right-hander was 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 21 games, including two starts, for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. He gave up 13 earned runs on 37 hits and 16 walks over 46 innings.

GM Jed Hoyer credited scouting director Tim Wilken and special assistant Dave Littlefield with their work in scouting Castillo. Although the right-hander is new to pitching, Hoyer said he has good velocity and can spin a breaking ball well. Right now, he’s projected for the Cubs bullpen.

“Obviously, he’s a long way away or they would’ve protected him but we like him as a prospect and thought it was a worthwhile gamble taking him,” Hoyer said. “We’re hopeful it works out.”

The Cubs will pay the Phillies $50,000 for taking Castillo in the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs must keep him on the 25-man roster next season, and he must remain active for a minimum of 90 days. If he does not remain active, Castillo will be offered back to the team from which he was selected for $25,000.

The Cubs will receive $100,000 total after losing both Flaherty and Gonzalez in the Major League phase of the Draft. Hoyer said he was not surprised they were taken. The baseball operations department had long discussions about whether to keep the pair on the 40-man roster, which would have protected them from being selected.

— Carrie Muskat

7/15 Minor League report

Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty were both promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa and drove 14 hours to Des Moines in Flaherty’s car. They had time to discuss a lot of topics on their two-day trip. They’re now one step away from the big leagues.

“You can taste it now,” Jackson told the Des Moines Register. “You can really smell it. It motivates me more. I’m very thankful to be here and excited about the opportunity to play in Iowa.”

In his first game with the Iowa Cubs, Jackson hit a double. He batted .256 at Tennessee, and was on the DL because of a strained ligament in his left pinkie finger.

“In the long run, I think it will be useful, learning to adjust after an injury and going through a couple of slumps,” Jackson said. “Certainly, I’d rather be hitting .300. But all things considered, I’m happy with how the season has gone.”

Here’s a roundup of Thursday’s games:

* Tyler Colvin hit his seventh homer but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 8-4, to Oklahoma City. Nick Struck took the loss, giving up five earned runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

* Brooks Raley gave up one run on five hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 5-4 win over Mississippi. Luis Flores hit two homers and drove in three runs.

* Evan Crawford had four hits in Daytona’s 5-2, 10-inning win over Fort Myers. Justin Bour and Matt Cerda each had three hits.

* Austin Kirk gave up six runs on 10 hits over four innings in Peoria’s 10-2 loss to Lake County. Rubi Silva had three hits and scored two runs.

 — Carrie Muskat

7/12 Minor League report

The Iowa Cubs are in fourth place at the All-Star break with a 41-50 record. They should get a boost with the additions of Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty, who will join the team Thursday.

Nelson Perez had two hits, including his sixth home run, in Tennessee’s 5-4 win over Chattanooga on Monday. Dallas Beeler started and gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings. Ryan Flaherty reached base three times, with a walk and two hits.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings in Daytona’s 5-2 win over Charlotte in the first game of a doubleheader. Logan Watkins had three hits. In the second game, Casey Harman threw five shutout innings in a 2-1 Daytona win. Watkins had two more hits as did Evan Crawford and Dustin Harrington.

Elliot Soto had two hits in Peoria’s 2-1, 10-inning loss to Cedar Rapids. Eric Jokisch pitched well, throwing seven shutout innings.

Luis Liria gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings in Boise’s 4-0 loss to Everett. Wilson Contreras had three hits. Kyler Burke, a converted outfielder, gave up a hit and a walk in four scoreless innings in relief.

Hayden Simpson gave up three runs on four hits over two innings in Mesa’s 12-5 loss to the Giants. Taiwan Easterling had three hits and scored two runs.

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 AFL finale

Josh Vitters was 1-for-3 and Ryan Flaherty hitless in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 3-1 loss to the Peoria Saguaros in their Arizona Fall League season finale on Thursday. Vitters finished at .253 while Flaherty hit .268. Kyle Smit pitched one inning in relief, striking out one of the three batters he faced.

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 AFL update

The Mesa Solar Sox were held to three hits in a 6-0 loss to the Scottsdale Scorpions Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Both Josh Vitters and Ryan Flaherty were hitless for the Solar Sox. Chris Carpenter pitched one inning in relief and struck out two of the three batters he faced. On Thursday, the Solar Sox will play host to the Peoria Saguaros.

— Carrie Muskat

11/15 AFL update

Josh Vitters and Ryan Flaherty both went 1-for-4 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-5 tie with Phoenix on Monday in Arizona Fall League play. Vitters hit a double in the fourth, his sixth. David Cales pitched in relief and helped the Solar Sox escape a jam in the fourth. He now has a 1.80 ERA. Mesa scored two runs in the ninth to tie the game. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox travel to Surprise.

— Carrie Muskat

11/12 AFL update

Ryan Flaherty hit a RBI single in the second inning in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 2-2 tie with Phoenix Friday in Arizona Fall League action. Flaherty’s RBI hit gave the Solar Sox a 2-0 lead but Phoenix tied the game in their half on a ground-rule RBI double by Ivan DeJesus Jr. and a sacrifice fly by Caleb Joseph. Cubs prospect David Cales gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in one inning of relief. He has a 1.93 ERA. The Solar Sox travel to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Javelinas on Saturday.

— Carrie Muskat

11/11 AFL update

Josh Vitters went 2-for-4, hitting a two-run double in the fifth, and Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-5 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 9-6 loss Wednesday to Phoenix in Arizona Fall League play. Jake Muyco started and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. Chris Carpenter pitched 1 2/3 innings, and gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. Kyle Smit took the loss as he was charged with three runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. All the runs came in the eighth as Matt Wallach led off with a home run and Michael Taylor hit a two-run double. Smit, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal, had given up only three runs in 10 innings over seven outings prior to Wednesday’s game. On Thursday, the Solar Sox travel to Surprise.

— Carrie Muskat

11/10 AFL update

The Mesa Solar Sox rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to beat the Surprise Rafters, 7-5, in Arizona Fall League play Tuesday. The Pirates’ Andrew Lambo hit a walkoff grand slam for the win. Ryan Flaherty was the only Cubs prospect to play, and he entered as a pinch-runner and scored. He’s batting .317, including a .409 average with runners on. The Solar Sox play host to Phoenix on Wednesday, and Cubs prospect Jake Muyco (0-2, 9.18 ERA) is slated to start.

— Carrie Muskat 

11/4 AFL update

Ryan Flaherty was hitless in four at-bats in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 11-2 loss Wednesday to the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League action. Flaherty, though, ranks among the top 16 hitters in the AFL, batting .340. He’s also batting .474 with runners on base. The Solar Sox are scheduled to play host to the Peoria Javelinas at HoHoKam Stadium on Thursday with right-hander Jake Muyco (0-2, 9.95 ERA) to start.

— Carrie Muskat