Off to Canada with Seven Roster Moves
Three players will join the Hawks from the Cubs’ Arizona Rookie League squad – pitcher Sam Wilson, infielder Jesse Hodges, and outfielder Kevin Brown. All will make their Northwest League debut.
Wilson, a left-handed pitcher out of Lamar (Colo.) CC, is the Cubs eighth-round pick in the 2013 draft. Possessed with a low-90s fastball and a good curve and change, he posted a 11-2 with a 1.33 ERA in 87 innings this spring, striking out 109 batters. The native of Albuquerque, N.M., made one appearance in Mesa, allowing an unearned run on one hit, striking out two, in one inning of work.
Hodges, a 2012 non-drafted free agent, returns to his home province in Canada to join the Hawks. A native of Victoria, B.C., the infielder played last summer for the Victoria in the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, hitting .341 with two homers and 33 RBI, before joining the Canadian Junior National Team, where he led the squad in batting at the Junior World Championships. Hodges has played in 15 games in Mesa, hitting .200 with five RBI.
Brown, an outfielder out of Bryant (R.I.) University, is the Cubs 22nd-round pick in the 2013 draft. The 22-year-old was named Northeast Conference Player-of-the-Year this spring, helping the Bulldogs to their first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament. Brown hit .367 with seven home runs, 48 RBI, drew 47 walks, and stole 22 bases during the campaign. He played in 10 games in Mesa, hitting .231 with five stolen bases and three RBI.
Four players have been sent to the Arizona Rookie League – infielder Carlos Penalver, outfielder Yasiel Balaguert, and pitchers Trey Lang and Trey Masek.
Penalver played in 24 games at shortstop with the Hawks, hitting .184 with three doubles and six RBI, while Balaguert played in 25 games in right field, hitting .289 with four homers, six doubles, and 23 RBI. Lang made four starters for the Hawks, going 0-2 with a 11.37 ERA in 12.2 innings of work, with Masek making three relief appearances, allowing two unearned runs in four innings of work.
The Hawks active roster sits at 30 players – including two players on a MILB rehab assignments, along with two others who are on the seven-day disabled list.