Cubs pick up outfielder Gillespie
More outfield roulette today and some intrigue regarding Brett Jackson. The Cubs today claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants. The 29-year-old Gillespie played in three major league games with the Giants this year before being designated for assignment July 9.
At Class AAA Fresno, Gillespie had 279 plate appearances. He had a line of .277/.361/.455 with 9 homers, 31 RBI, 32 walks and 52 strikeouts.
Gillespie, 29, was originally selected in the third round of the 2006 draft by the Brewers and made his big-league debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, appearing in 45 games. He has spent most of the last three seasons in Triple-A in the Diamondbacks and Giants organizations
For his major-league career, Gillespie has a line of .218/.277/.361 with 3 homers and 16 RBI.
He could see platoon time in right field against left-handed pitching. Manager Dale Sveum calls him a fundamentally sound player. He also was a teammate of Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney on Oregon State’s 2006 College World Series winner.
On Gillespie being fundamentally sound, Barney said: “A lot of guys that come out of Oregon State are. We’re stuck indoors all winter, and we play on the road the first 21 games of the season because of the weather. That’s all we do. We work on the little things, and he’s one of those guys that’s good that.”
On the Brett Jackson front, a report from Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register says that Jackson has not been seen in the Class AAA Iowa clubhouse since late last month, when he went on the disabled list with a calf injury.
There has been talk, both in Iowa and Chicago, that the Cubs want Jackson to go to Class AA Tennessee and that he is upset about that idea.
The Cubs say Jackson’s rehab is going well and that he will go to Arizona this coming week to play in games. It is possible he’ll be assigned to Tennessee once his rehab is done.
At Iowa, he has a line of .223/.277/.361 with 3 homers and 16 RBI. In 215 at-bats, Jackson has 21 walks and 77 strikeouts.
Nate Schierholtz is not in tonight’s lineup, even against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. Manager Sveum said Schierholtz is banged up (“a lot of body parts”) and will get tomorrow night off, too. In July, Schierholtz has a line of .138/.265/.207 on 4-for-29 hitting.
David DeJesus will be heading to Arizona Monday to step up his rehab from a shoulder injury. He may then head to another minor-league club for a short rehab assignment.
Tonight’s starting pitcher, Matt Garza, has tossed 7 or more innings while allowing 1 or no earned runs in 5 straight starts. The last Cubs pitcher to do that was Mark Prior in 2003 from Aug. 10-Sept. 1. Garza looks to become the first Cubs pitcher in 61 years to go 6 straight starts of at least 7 innings with 1 or no earned runs since Warren Hacker in 1952.
Guillermo Moscoso turned in a gem for Iowa Friday night. He tossed 8 shutout innings and came within five outs of a no-hitter in a 3-0 victory over Albuquerque.
“Today was one of those days,” Moscoso told Tommy Burch of the Des Moines Register. “I was able to control all my pitches.”
Moscoso came within five outs of tossing Iowa’s first nine-inning no-hitter since Reggie Patterson’s on Aug. 21, 1984. He gave up 1 hit while walking two and striking out five. He is 7-5 with a 4.07 ERA.
Darnell McDonald was 2-for-2 with a walk. Park Ridge’s Brian Schlitter recorded his 11th save with a scoreless ninth.
Tennessee swept a doubleheader over Jackson, 2-0 and 2-1. Austin Kirk got no decision in Game 1, working 6 innings of 4-hit shutout ball. Javier Baez was 2-for-4, and he homered in the second game. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a walk. In Game 2, Yeiper Castillo worked 4 innings and gave up 1 hit and 1 run while walking none and striking out six. Christian Villanueva hit his 23rd double.
Daytona (A) had a doubleheader rained out against Jupiter. They’ll play two today.
The Kane County Cougars (A) lost their fifth straight, 5-4 at South Bend. Jose Rosario worked 6 innings and gave up 6 hits and 3 runs, 1 earned while walking three an striking out nine. Oliver Zapata hit his fourth homer.
Class A Boise lost its third straight, 8-4 to Vancouver. Paul Blackburn worked 3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 4 runs while walking four and striking out one. Shawon Dunston Jr. was 3-for-5 with 2 doubles. Tyler Skulina worked 2 scoreless innings. He has not allowed in a run in his first 4 appearances for Boise, covering 6 innings.
Mesa (Rookie) allowed 7 runs in the top of the ninth and lost 7-0 to the Reds. Jose Arias started and pitched 1 inning. Jeffrey Baez was 2-for-4 as was Kelvin Freeman.