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May 2009



Jake Fox Gets His Chance and Neal Cotts to AAA

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– The Chicago Cubs today recalled infielder Jake Fox and selected the contracts of infielder Andres Blanco and left-handed pitcher Jason Waddell from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs optioned left-handed pitcher Neal Cotts and infielder Bobby Scales to Triple-A Iowa. Additionally, the club placed infielder Aaron Miles on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, with a right shoulder strain.

Blanco will wear uniform number 13, Fox will wear number 5 and Waddell will wear number 43. All three are available for this afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Fox, 26, is leading all minor league players this year in the “Triple Crown” categories with a .423 batting average (63-for-149), 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 40 games for Iowa. The right-handed batter also has 40 runs, 14 doubles, two triples, a .503 on-base percentage, a .886 slugging percentage and a 1.389 OPS this season. He has seen action at first base, third base, left field, right field, catcher and designated hitter this season. Fox has twice earned Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for the periods ending April 19 and May 17.

Originally selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2003 Draft, Fox joins the Cubs riding a 17-game hitting streak during which he batted .453 (29-for-64) with five home runs and 19 RBI.

Spider ipod Fox last appeared in the big leagues in 2007 when he made his major league debut and batted .143 (2-for-14) with two doubles, three runs scored and one RBI in seven games for the Cubs.

Blanco, 25, is batting .314 (48-for-153) with nine doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI in 43 games for Iowa this season. The switch-hitter is batting .342 (39-for-114) against right-handed pitching and has a .364 mark (16-for-44) with runners in scoring position. Blanco has played exclusively at shortstop in the field this season.

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Signed by the Cubs as a minor league free agent following the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Blanco has played in 78 career major league games with the Kansas City Royals covering parts of three campaigns (2004-06), batting .252 (57-for-226) with six doubles, four triples and 19 RBI. Blanco has played shortstop (51 games) and second base (31 games) at the major league level.

Waddell, 27, joins the first major league roster in his nine-year professional career. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (10 ER/16.2 IP) in 18 relief appearances, limiting right-handed batters to a .205 average (8-for-39) while lefties have batted .346 (9-for-26) off the southpaw. The 2009 campaign marks his first pitching above the Double-A level. He had 270 minor league appearances, all but 13 in relief, prior to his call-up today. He was originally selected by San Francisco in the eighth round of the 2001 Draft and spent his first eight professional seasons in the Giants minor league system.

Signed by the Cubs as a minor league free agent last November 21, Waddell attended camp as a non-roster invitee and spent nearly the entire spring training season with the major league club. He posted a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) in 11 Cactus League relief appearances.

Cotts was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster and is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER/11.0 IP) in 19 relief appearances this season.

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Miles is batting .204 (20-for-98) with six doubles and four RBI in 37 games for the Cubs this year.

Scales is hitting .257 (9-for-35) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI in 14 games for the Cubs this season. The 31-year-old had his contract selected from Iowa on May 4 and made his major league debut the next day, collecting his first big league hit off Tim Lincecum. Scales is batting .303 (23-for-76) with five doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBI in 21 games for Iowa this season

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  • Mastrick

    It’s about time Jake Fox got to see ivy 2009-style! I’d imagine that the Scales/Blanco move was more due to illness than poor play; hopefully Cubs fans have seen the last of Cotts, didn’t he have to clear waviers to go down? Not surprising if he did, who would want a guy with a seven point ERA?

  • Mastrick

    PS: Apparently Cotts did have one minor league option left. Makes me wonder why it took so long now, that being the case.

  • MJ

    I’m taking this as a “low level” Hendry shake up.

    I’m guessing Fox will play some 1B, while Hoffpauir gets more reps in the OF, until Lee gets over the flu.

    Not sure about the Blanco for Scales move. Scales could at least play multiple positions.

  • I’d imagine that the Scales/Blanco move was more due to illness than poor play

    Not sure about the Blanco for Scales move. Scales could at least play multiple positions.

    Blanco can play short. Without Miles, the Cubs needed a backup SS.

  • When I saw Blanco in Arizona I thought I saw a pretty good glove, and I think having at least one of our utility infielders be a good fielder is a great move. I did not see a great hitter but he has put the ball into play enough to be over .300 so he should be an upgrade over Miles. Waddell needs a chance and he only has to be better than Cotts, not a high hurdle. The Scales story was/is fun and I like him well enough, but the upside for Jake Fox is too huge to ignore. Good luck, Jake.

  • MJ

    Blanco can play short. Without Miles, the Cubs needed a backup SS.

    Are you saying were going to be seeing more of Mr. Freel?

  • Seymour Butts

    Jake comes thru in his first at bat and I’m sure Joe feels like a proud papa about it.
    Mr Freel-good really does have bad legs I guess, and may not be much of an option.
    Big Z was too focused on the hand in front of his feet to see the one behind, close play, not sure if he was out or not. But, aggression on the part of umpires seems to be more noticed this year than previously. The players association needs to grumble.

  • Doc Raker

    Nice to see the call ups contribute. RJ is clutch, he has good AB’s when it counts, he deserves more playing time- he is also our best defender in CF. Anyone got a stat to confirm or refute that?

    Umps need to be held to the same standards as players, if a player can’t touch an ump then a ump shouldn’t touch a player. Too many times ump’s provoke instead of walk away. Anyone got a stat to confirm or refute that?

  • Anyone got a stat to confirm or refute that?

    What is your problem? Why do you hate that some people use statistics to analyze baseball?

  • Doc Raker

    Just wondering, so touchy.

  • And… actually there are stats that support your Reed Johnson is the Cubs best CF assertion.

    Are those valid because they support you?

  • Oh the Pirates I love when the Cubs play the Pirates how quickly it helps you forget about an 8 game losing streak…..Great to see JF get a hit that counts off the bench. And I hope that is the last we see of Cotts everytime he came on I was sure he would fail and 8 out of 10 times I was right looking at Jason Waddel stats does not have me to excited about the replacement now though maybe Marshal should go to the pen or even better trade for a lefty that can actually throw strikes…

  • MJ

    Are those valid because they support you?

    Oh now you’ve done it. Doc’s going to sign in under multiple names, that all happen reside from the same IP, and try and be cleaverly funny, thinking he’s outsmarted everyone.

  • Well played, MJ. Very well played.

  • Doc Raker

    And what does Innings Pitched have to do with anything?

  • belikemike

    Well played Raker, well played.

  • Doc Raker

    Don’t try and be funny mike, it just isn’t appreciated round these parts. You want humor, try shermsworld or waynesrant, we just stick to baseball round here.

  • Don’t try and be funny mike,

    Nah Doc… you actually made a joke. Not a very funny one, but it was decent enough. Well done.

  • MJ

    just stick to baseball round here.

    Baseball, at a baseball blog? Who’da thunk that?

  • Dodger Blue

    I’m jinxing him officially.
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  • Dodger Blue

    Unfortunately he won’t be seeing much Iowa league pitching in the near future..