Looks Like Mr. Tiggy’s Goin’ to Wrigley

Jeff Vorva at The Daily Southtown reports that sources are claiming the Cubs will call-up 24-year LHP Carmen Pignatiello from AAA before tonight's game at Wrigley Field versus CIN, and that RHP Sean Gallagher will be optioned to Iowa, where he can get regular work as a rotation starter. Pignatiello was named Illinois Baseball Player of the Year by Gatorade and the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year in 2000, as he went 14-0 with a 0.79 ERA for Providence Catholic HS in New Lenox, before being selected by the Cubs in the 20th Round of the 2000 Rule 4 Draft. Tiggy led the Florida State League in strikeouts while pitching for the Daytona Cubs in 2003. The Cubs have been operating with one lefty in the pen (Scott Eyre) since Will Ohman was optioned to Iowa a week ago. As you can see by his stats at Iowa, Pignatiello is not just a LOOGY, but he is in fact more effective against left-handed hitters (.163 Opp BA and 0.80 WHIP) than he is versus right-handed hitters (.245 Opp BA and 1.28 WHIP). In his last eight appearances, Pignatiello has thrown 8.0 IP, allowing one run on six hits and one BB, while striking out eight. Tiggy is eligible to be a minor league FA on October 15th if he isn't added to the 40-man roster by that date, so doing it now merely keeps the Cubs from further postponing the inevitable. Pignatiello was eligible to be a six-year minor league FA after the 2006 season, too, but he opted to re-up with AAA Iowa after getting a Cubs slot in the Arizona Fall League and an NRI to Spring Training. To make room on the 40-man roster for Pignatiello, I would think the Cubs will likely transfer injured catcher Henry Blanco (neck) to the 60-day DL. Since Blanco has already spent 60+ days on the 15-day DL (and since time spent on the 15-day DL counts toward time spent on the 60), he can be reactivated at any time. UPDATE FROM ROB: Jake Fox is on his way up too, no word on the corresponding roster move.
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make sense with Dunn/Griffey comin up - surely better option that Eyre

Off topic, but here's an odd statistic. We know M. Barrett is not thriving in S.D., but did anyone else notice that he has one walk in 104 at bats?

This is further evidence of what we saw with the Cubs, that he has lost his equilibrium for some reason.

Jake Fox getting a call-up also.

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com...

I like lefties but not loogies, so Rapada can stay in Iowa for a while.

Someone to keep an eye on next year is lefty reliever Casey Lambert, who graduated from U. of Va. and then skipped Boise to pitch at Peoria, where his ERA is 2.01. His last two outings (8/8 and 8/12) produced Blevins-like numbers:

3.0 inn, 0 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 3 k
2.0 inn, 1 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 5 k

Guess it does make sense to get another RH bat if we're seeing Dumatrait and Livingston in this series. 3 lefties in that Reds pen as well.

This is a repeat from the last thread, but what of AZ Phil's comments regarding not burning one of E. Patterson's options? Shouldn't the Cubs have sent E-Pat down yesterday in order to avoid burning the option? Or have they decided he's too valuable on the current team to send him back to AAA?

Two thumbs up on the title. Clever.

As you can see by his stats at Iowa, Pignatiello is not just a LOOGY, but he is in fact more effective against left-handed hitters (.163 Opp BA and 0.80 WHIP vs left-handed hitters)...

His numbers v. LHB are pretty bad ass for the PCL.

Did OhMan ever make it to Iowa? He doesn't show up in their stats yet.

Virginia Phil:
Off topic, but here’s an odd statistic. We know M. Barrett is not thriving in S.D., but did anyone else notice that he has one walk in 104 at bats?

This is further evidence of what we saw with the Cubs, that he has lost his equilibrium for some reason.

I've always said I'd rather have guys in the lineup who will put together good at-bats than guys who put up flashy numbers. While, in some ways, I miss having Barrett on the team, I really don't miss him in the lineup.

I’ve always said I’d rather have guys in the lineup who will put together good at-bats than guys who put up flashy numbers.

Define good at-bats. I would say that before this year Barrett had many, many good at-bats.

Sheffield/Cornelia — August 14, 2007 @ 11:17 am
This is a repeat from the last thread, but what of AZ Phil’s comments regarding not burning one of E. Patterson’s options? Shouldn’t the Cubs have sent E-Pat down yesterday in order to avoid burning the option? Or have they decided he’s too valuable on the current team to send him back to AAA?

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SHEFF: What I said last week was that if the Cubs could wait until AT LEAST Monday 8/13 to option Eric Patterson to Iowa, and then recall him right away when rosters expand on September 1st, that he would spend less than 20 days on option to the minors in 2007, and thus would not burn a minor league option and would still have three minor league options going into the 2008 season. (If a player spends less than 20 days on optional assignment to the minors in a given season, a minor league option is not used).

Since it's already one day beyond Monday 8/13, the Cubs will not have to recall E-Pat on September 1st. As of today they could wait until September 2nd, or even later than that depending on how much longer he remains with the Cubs before getting optioned out.

The main thing is for Patterson to spend less than 20 days on optional asignment once he gets sent down. If it's less than twenty days, he doesn't burn an option.

BTW, if the Cubs recall Jake Fox today, he will have spent only 18 days on optional assignment in 2007, and if he doesn't get optioned out again this season, the Cubs won't burn one of Fox's options, either, and he will go into the '08 seasoin with three minor league options. .

Keeping as many minor league options as possible available for each player on the 40-man roster is important, up until a player reaches five years of MLB service time (when he can refuse an optional assignment). The Cubs having an option available so that they could send Will Ohman to Iowa last week would be a good example of that.

God i got tired of how people pimped out Barrett because he won a silver slugger and how he was an integral part of the offense.

Seriously if all your putting up is 60 RBI a year....you are not going to be missed at all if your traded. And Barrett hasnt been missed one single bit. Good riddance to an over-rated piece of garbage who got way too many props for winning a meaningless award.

I think that a good nickname for Pignatiello is: The Big Ragu

Sure the guy on Laverne and Shirley was named Carmine but it think its still good.

MikeC, tell us what you really think about Barrett.

AZ Phil,

Thanks for the clarification!

Seriously if all your putting up is 60 RBI a year

Right... because RBI are the only offensive contribution that means anything.

I personally hate judging players by awards, Mike, so my love for Barrett certainly didn't come from winning the Silver Slugger.

Rght... because RBI are the only offensive contribution that means anything.

But, dave! That's what Joe Morgan told me!

Being a Catcher and only playing 70% of the games probably had alot to do with the lack of RBI's. That and the fact that Cubs hitters get on base less than the average AV geek from your local High school.

I would have gone with 'Cubs Bank on Piggy' or 'This Little Piggy Comes Home' on the titles.

MikeC

AIENTKILIMFYOFB forevah!

It's official

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from Cubs Media Relations

Aug 14, 2007

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today selected left-handed pitcher Carmen Pignatiello and recalled infielder/outfielder Jake Fox from Triple-A Iowa. In corresponding moves, right-handed pitcher Sean Gallagher and infielder Eric Patterson were optioned to Iowa. To make room for Pignatiello on the 40-man roster, catcher Henry Blanco has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

"I would say that before this year Barrett had many, many good at-bats."

You're right - I can't think of a better offensive catcher for the Cubs (since Jody Davis) than Barrett had been over the past few years. Too bad everything went downhill so quickly for him this year - he was never good defensively, but he just looked terrible out there most of the time.

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