Cubs Select Parisi in Rule 5 Draft, Lose Sierra
The Cubs selected RHP Mike Parisi from the St Loiuis Cardinals AAA Memphis club in the Major League Phase of today's Rule 5 Draft.
The Cubs lost no players in the Major League Phase, but RHP Miguel Sierra was selected off the AA Tennessee Smokies Reserve List by the Tampa Bay Rays in the AAA Phase.
The 26-year old 6'3 215 Parisi was selected by the Cardinals in the 7th round of the 2004 Rule 4 Draft out of Manhattan College, and received a $60,000 bonus. The native New Yorker moved steadily up through the Cards system, and was added to the Redbirds 40-man roster post-2007.
He was a rotation starter at AAA Mamphis in both 2007 and 2008, and went 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP (82 hits allowed and 33/58 BB/K in 84 IP) for Memphis in '08.
He had three ineffective stints (two starts) in the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2008 (8.22 ERA and 2.28 WHIP in 12 games, 37 hits allowed and 15/13 BB/K in 23 IP) before getting optioned back to AAA and eventually undergoing season-ending Tommy John Surgery.
Parisi missed most of the 2009 season rehabbing from the TJS at the Cardinals minor league complex in Jupiter, FL, before getting a bit of game at Palm Beach (FSL) late in the season.
The Cardinals assigned Parisi to the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League post-2009, and he pitched very well in the AFL. (He and RHP Ian Kennedy were the Rafters top two starters). Parisi made seven appearances (six starts) for Surprise, going 3-2 with a 4.44 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 26.1 IP (6/15 BB/K, only one HR). He made all of his assigned starts, and threw five innings (maximum allowed in the AFL) twice.
When healthy, Parisi is a rotation starter with a full-array of pitches, including a 91-93 MPH four-seam fastball. a high-80's sinker, a mid-80's cutter, a straight-change, and a slow curve. Coming off a solid performance in the AFL, Parisi will likely be given an opportunity to compete for the Cubs 5th starter gig in Spring Training.
Because he has been outrighted previously in his career (post-2008), he can refuse a return to the Cardinals (Memphis) and become a free-agent should he not make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster (and presuming he is not claimed off Outright Waivers).
21-year oid 6'5 RHP Miguel Sierra was signed by the Cubs as a 16-year old out of the Dominican Republic during the International Signing Period in July 2005. He spent two seasons pitching in the Dominican Summer League (DSL Cubs) in 2006-07, before being invited to Fitch Park for Minor League Camp in March 2008.
Sierra was one of the top pitching prospects at Extended Spring Training in '08, but he had a disappointing debut season in the AZL, going 2-4 with a 5.28 (57 hits allowed and 13/25 BB/K in 44.1 IP) for the AZL Cubs.
He was back at Extended Spring Training again in 2009 and was not as effective as he had been the previous year. He did get assigned to Boise in June, however, but he struggled there and was sent back to the AZL Cubs (Mesa) in July. He threw better once he was back in Arizona, but the fact that he failed at Boise probably caused the Cubs to sour on him a bit.
Being selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft means Sierra will not be offered back to the Cubs. The Rays have to assign him to their AAA Durham club in Minor League Camp (Spring Training), but he can be sent to any Rays minor league affiliate once the 2010 regular season starts. Given his limited experience and lack of success above Rookie ball, Sierra will likely begin the 2010 season at Bowling Green in the South Atlantic League (SAL).
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?