Minor League Movers

The Iowa roster has been a flurry of activity over the past couple of weeks and some of the moves have created some press of their own, so I'll just hit all the details of the week, knowing that I am repeating some news. When E-Pat returned to last week, the I-Cubs were forced to make a corresponding move, in this case, a release. The victim was Andy Cavazos, a reliever who had a 5.88 ERA. Obviously, based on the numbers, no big loss. As Jumbo mentioned, Kevin Hart took one off the bean and placed on the D.L. That allowed the Cubs to remove Jose Ascanio from the bereavement list. When E-Pat repacked his toothbrush for Chicago, D-Ward was added from the D.L. on a rehab assignment.

Well, that only got us through the weekend. As mentioned, Rich Hill and Felix Pie have both been sent to Arizona/the D.L. D-Ward was removed from Iowa to head back to Chicago. Sean Marshall got called up yesterday to take Big Z's place. That prompted a callup for Jeff ND. I agree with my colleague Jumbo that this was the wrong Tennessee pitcher to get the promotion. Donnie Veal has been lights out. Jeff ND was called up simply because of the amount of money the Cubs have invested in him.

The Iowa moves obviously affect every other roster on down the line. Last week, Josh Lansford (6th Round, 2006) was added to the Tennessee Roster. This seems to be a move out of need, as Lansford was only hitting .249 with Daytona. Over the weekend, Michael Cooper was sent back to Daytona and Ed Campsuano was added. Cooper's ERA at Tennessee was nearing 6. Fans may remember Campsuano, as he was one of the final guys cut in Spring Training. He has been slowed by injuries (the reason for the low minors assignments). Pitcher Casey Lambert (6th Round, 2007) was also added after a solid start in relief for Daytona, with a sub 3 ERA. Jeff ND's promotion made way for Matt Craig to come off the D.L.

Daytona made two additions not previously mentioned. First, infielder Jose Made was added from extended spring training. Second, pitcher Dustin Sasser was promoted from Peoria. Sasser, a 21st rounder last year, had posted a 1.53 ERA in 35+ innings of relief for Peoria and hadn't yielded an HR.

In a rare move, the Cubs promoted a player from the Dominican Summer League team. Julio Castillo, a pitcher who signed with the Cubs as a 16 year old, was added to the roster. Castillo had played for various teams in the Cubs organization throughout his career, including a stint in Peoria, but it's rare for a guy in the Dominican league to be added straight to Class A ball.

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