Minor League Movers

An Angel Guzman siting in Florida, a Jon Lieber siting in Peoria, and even some news on guys not making rehab starts.

The I-Cubs, having a spot in the rotation open with Hart being moved to the bullpen, signed left-hander Jason Stanford out of the Mexican League last Wednesday. The 31 year old had spent time in the Indians and Nationals system this year. He had a couple cups of coffee with the Indians. Stanford has already started two games for the I-Cubs, going 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA over 11 innings. The big question I have is why the Cubs chose to sign a roamer to their rotation instead of calling up Donnie Veal. I think the answer comes from Veal's performances...over his last three starts prior to the signing, he had given up 14 earned runs in 11 and 2/3 innings.


Yesterday, Tennessee promoted Marco Carrillo (NDFA, 2005) from Daytona, while sending James Russell down to Daytona. Carillo's W-L record was an unimpressive 7-6, but he had a 2.88 ERA over 23 appearances, including 17 starts. Since June 1, his ERA (all in starts) was 2.57. Russell, a 14th round pick from last year, had started the season strong at Daytona (2.30 ERA), but had a 6.36 ERA at Tennessee. He had given up at least 4 runs in each of his last 6 starts.


Late last week, the D-Cubs activated Leo Perez. Perez is a pitcher-turned catcher and will be used as the D-Cubs 3rd string catcher. The D-Cubs also received Jay Jackson from Peoria. Jackson, the Cubs 9th round pick from June, is on his third level of baseball in just two months.

This news is a bit dated, but the Cubs officially announced that they were transferring Rich Hill from Iowa to Daytona. Hill had been on rehab starts in Daytona, while officially listed as on the D.L. in Iowa.

The D-Cubs also announced watched the first official rehab start for Angel Guzman. Guzman only pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, but had 2 K's. Guzman has been out just over a year and isn't expected to contibute to the team this year.


When Jackson was promoted to Daytona, the Chiefs received Josh Whitlock from Boise. Whitlock, a draftmate of Jackson, was selected in the 26th round this year. A part time starter for Boise, Whitlock has pitched once out of the 'pen for Peoria.

The Chiefs also had Jon Lieber stop in for a rehab start last night. Lieber started the game and threw 3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits and taking the loss.


Boise received Ryan Searle from the rookie team in Mesa as a part of the Jackson-Whitlock promotion. Searle, a 19 year old NDFA out of Australia, comes from Minor League Baseball's Australian Academy.

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