Results tagged ‘ DJ LeMahieu ’

12/7 Ian Stewart returns

One year ago on the last day of the Winter Meetings, the Cubs made a deal to acquire Ian Stewart from the Rockies. One year later,  Stewart received a new deal with the Cubs. The third baseman has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract. The money is a slight drop from the $2.2375 million Stewart made last year, but he has a chance to make another $500,000 in incentives. The money also is non-guaranteed, so if he isn’t healthy after undergoing wrist surgery, the Cubs are not obligated. The Cubs did talk to free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger about playing third, but he signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the White Sox. The free agent market was thin, and the Cubs did like Stewart enough last year to trade Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu to the Rockies for him.

— Carrie Muskat

12/8 Cubs get Stewart, Weathers from Rockies

The Cubs acquired infielder Ian Stewart and right-handed pitcher Casey Weathers from the Rockies for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu.

Stewart, 26, is a career .236 hitter with 61 doubles, 54 home runs and 187 RBIs in 432 games with the Rockies covering all or part of the last five seasons (2007-2011).  A left-handed hitter who throws right, he has played 354 of his big league games at third and also has experience at second base and the outfield. Originally selected by Colorado in the first round (10th overall) of the 2003 Draft out of high school, Stewart reached the big leagues at the age of 22 in 2007 and completed his first full season in the big leagues by 2009, when he hit 25 home runs and recorded 70 RBI in 147 games for Colorado and helped the club to the postseason.  He batted .256 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 122 games in 2010.  

He split the 2011 campaign between the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs, totaling two stints in each spot.  He batted .156 with six doubles in 48 games with Colorado and hit .275 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs in 45 games at Colorado Springs.

Weathers, 26, was selected by the Rockies in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2007 Draft out of Vanderbilt University, where he was a 2007 First-Team All American.  By 2008, Weathers had advanced to Double-A Tulsa and earned a spot on Team USA at the Beijing Olympics before being sidelined by Tommy John surgery in October 2008, forcing him to miss the 2009 campaign.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Weathers returned to the mound in 2010 and pitched at Double-A Tulsa last season, going 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA (27 ER/45.2 IP) in 44 relief appearances.  He struck out 48 in 45 2/3 innings, but also issued 48 walks.  Weathers was added to Colorado’s 40-man roster following the 2010 campaign.

Colvin, 26, batted .215 with 26 home runs and 78 RBIs in 221 games with the Cubs covering all or part of the last three seasons.  After a 2010 rookie campaign that featured a .254 batting average, 20 home runs and 56 RBIs in 135 contests, Colvin split last year between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa, batting .150 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 80 big league games.  He was originally selected by Chicago in the first round (13th overall) of the 2006 Draft.

LeMahieu, 23, made his Major League debut with the Cubs last year and batted .250 (15-for-60) with zero home runs and four RBI in 37 games.  LeMahieu was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2009 Draft.

— Carrie Muskat

11/17 AFL update

Junior Lake hit a two-run double in the fifth to help spark the Mesa Solar Sox to a 6-2 win over Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League finale on Thursday. Lake finished with a .296 average, while Josh Vitters had two hits and finished .360. DJ LeMahieu ended the AFL season with a .302 average. The AFL championship game will be played Saturday when Salt River faces Surprise. Next up for the Cubs prospects is a short break, then time to prepare for Spring Training.

— Carrie Muskat

11/17 AFL update & winter league

DJ LeMahieu had two hits and Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 in Mesa’s 3-2 loss to Surprise on Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs prospect Jeff Beliveau gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings of relief. On Thursday, Mesa plays host to Scottsdale.

In Venezuela, Austin Bibens-Dirkx improved to 3-2 after a win Wednesday for Zulia. Bibens-Dirkx gave up one run on four hits and struck out four in the win.

— Carrie Muskat

11/16 AFL & winter league update

Josh Vitters was 3-for-5 with one RBIs but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost 11-9 to Peoria in Arizona Fall League play on Tuesday. Vitters is batting .355 in the AFL. DJ LeMahieu was 2-for-4 with one RBIs. Andrew Cashner was roughed up, giving up five runs on four hits and one walk over two-thirds of an inning. He served up a double, a triple and a single then walked the fourth batter he faced before getting an out in the sixth. Cashner struck out one of the seven batters he faced, throwing 32 pitches, 19 for strikes. Chris Carpenter gave up one run on three hits in one inning in relief.

Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-4, scored a run and drove in a run for Caracas in a 7-3 loss to La Guarra in Venezuelan Winter League play on Tuesday. Gonzalez was batting .357.

— Carrie Muskat

11/12 Zambrano & AFL update

Carlos Zambrano gave up three runs on five hits, including two home runs,  over six innings Saturday night in his second start in Venezuela. Zambrano, who was pitching for Caribes against Zulia, struck out five of the 23 batters he faced. The homers included a two-run shot by Ernesto Mejia with two out in the first, and a solo homer by Colin Curtis with one out in the sixth.

* In Arizona Fall League play, DJ LeMahieu had two hits and Josh Vitters had one RBI in Mesa’s 8-2 loss to Phoenix on Saturday. Junior Lake was 1-for-4, scored a run and stole his 18th base. He’s now 18-for-18 in steals. Only Eric Young Jr. had more stolen bases in the AFL (20). Jeff Beliveau took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits in one inning. He struck out three but also served up a two-run homer in the fourth. Andrew Cashner also pitched one inning in relief, retiring all three batters he faced. After a day off Sunday, the Mesa Solar Sox play host to Peoria on Monday at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat


11/9 AFL update

Josh Vitters went 3-for-4, including a solo homer, to help Mesa beat Salt River, 8-4, on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League. Vitters, who also stole a base, is batting .358 in the AFL with 14 RBIs. DJ LeMahieu was 1-for-5. Andrew Cashner struck out two in one inning of relief and picked up the win, and Chris Carpenter fanned one and gave up one hit in one inning. On Thursday, Mesa plays host to Phoenix at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat

11/9 AFL update

DJ LeMahieu had two hits, two RBIs and a stolen base in Mesa’s 13-3 loss to Peoria on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Trey McNutt started for the Solar Sox, and gave up one unearned run on three hits over two innings. Cubs prospect Marcus Hatley gave up one hit and struck out one in one inning of relief. On Wednesday, Mesa plays host to Salt River at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat

11/4 AFL update

DJ LeMahieu was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to help Mesa beat Salt River, 12-10, on Friday in Arizona Fall League play. He hit a solo homer in the fourth, an RBI single in the seventh and another in the eighth. LeMahieu is batting .293 in the AFL. Andrew Cashner picked up the save, striking out one in one inning. On Saturday, the AFL has it’s Rising Stars game.

— Carrie Muskat

11/3 AFL update

Junior Lake had three hits, including a walkoff RBI double in the ninth and a triple, to lead Mesa to an 8-7 win Thursday over Phoenix in Arizona Fall League play. Lake, who started at third, also swiped his league-leading 16th base. He’s batting .315 in the AFL. DJ LeMahieu was 1-for-4 and scored a run. On Friday, Mesa plays host to Salt River at HoHoKam Park. Saturday, Lake will take part in the Rising Stars game.

— Carrie Muskat