Minor League Movers

News on some football guy now playing baseball, a guy who may no longer be playing baseball, and two of the Cubs top three picks from the draft, all in this week's MLM


Breaking news! I'm sure that no one has heard this, but reportedly the Cubs have called up Jeff ND to play for the Big Boys. Stay tuned for more late-breaking updates. In other news, the I-Cubs got Micah Hoffpauir back when Sori came off the D.L. and took Samardzija's place. He was joined by Kevin Hart, who lost his big league spot when Scott Erye came back. The I-Cubs sent relief pitcher Greg Reinhard back to Tennessee.


Darin Downs, a fifth round pick of the Cubs from 2003, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for a PTBNL. Downs, whose spot was taken by Reinhard, was 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA in 22 innings of relief with Tennessee this year. While 2003 hasn't panned out as a successful draft for the Cubs, Downs is the highest draft pick no longer with the organization. The Smokies also added Jose Made (20th round, 2007) from Daytona. Made is a defensive specialist, hitting a combined .064 between Daytona and Tennessee.


As reported in last week's ATAtM, Jordan Latham was promoted from this week from Peoria. Latham, a 29th rounder from the 2006 draft, took the roster spot from Mike Phelps, who was released. Phelps was an 11th round pick from 2005 who struggled in relief, posting a 5.56 ERA.


While Ryne Sandberg's team awaits news on suspensions resulting from last week's fight, they have made at least one move pending the results. The Cubs demoted Julio Castillo to rookie ball in Mesa. In case you were living in some type of internet-free cave, Castillo was the pitcher who, during a melee last week, threw a ball that ended up in stands and hit a fan. Castillo was arrested on felonious assault. In addition to the Castillo move, the Chiefs placed Gian Guzman (NDFA, 2006) on the D.L. Having some open roster spots, the Cubs added Josh Harrison, John Muller, and Casey Coleman. Harrison's (6th round, 2008) move was expected, as he was hitting .351 at Boise. Muller was also featured in last week's ATAtM. As for Coleman, I think they may have mistaken the 21 year old's picture on milb.com.


With the aforementioned promotions, the Hawks roster had 3 spots open. The organization filled one of those spots by promoting the Cubs first round pick Andrew Cashner. In addition, the Cubs second round pick, Aaron Shafer, got the call to Boise. Both had pitched in one official rookie ball game, neither giving up a run. Finally, Sean Hoorelbeke was added to the roster. Hoorelbeke, a 33rd rounder from this year, was hitting .388 for the rookie ball team with a .479 OBP. In all, only one of the Cubs first 10 picks is still in rookie ball.

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