Cubs right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Turner was acquired by the Cubs in August of 2014 for minor league pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer. He appeared in eight games for the Cubs in ’14, making six starts. He threw 34.2 innings with a 2-4 record and a 6.49 ERA. He spent the entire 2015 season on the DL.
Arizona Fall League
David Garner still hans’t allowed a run in the AFL, as a matter of fact, add in his scoreless inning on Tuesday and the right-hander has only give up one hit in his five inning sof work. Garner was throwing in the mid-90s and walked one and fanned one in his 21-pitch inning......Willson Contreras ).286) went 0-for-4 but did walk and score in Mesa’s 9-5 loss to Glendale.
Venezuelan Winter League
Erick Leal (3.00 ERA) tossed two shutout inning of relief in Magallanes’ 9-2 loss to Caracas in the only game played on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed two hits and threw 25 pitches, 18 for strikes. In five games (6 IP) Leal has allowed nine hits, one walk, and fanned four.
Dominican Winter League
Juan Paniagua made his second appearance in the DWL, working a scoreless 7th in Estrellas’ 8-1 win over Aguilas. Paniagua allowed two hits but fanned a pair, throwing nine pitches, all strikes. Frank Batista didn’t record an out for Aguilas, allowing all three hitters he faced to reach, the final one blasting a three-run homer......Arismendy Alcantara (.241) went 0-for-4 in Licey’s 3-2 loss to Toros.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
DH Christian Villanueva (.340) went 1-for-2, scored twice and doubled home a run in Obregon’s 10-9 win over Jalisco......Ryan Buchter earned his second save as the left-hander fanned all four hitters he faced in Culiacan’s 12-6 win over Navojoa.
Here’s the first in a series of short player profiles of the Cubs 2015 draft picks. I’ll try to feature a player every day, recap his first pro season and some highlights of his career before being drafted by the Cubs. Start with the highest picks and work our way down to first-round pick Ian Happ.
Donnie Cimino, OF, 37th round, Wesleyan University
One of 10 Division II players drafted, the two-sport star made his pro debut July 3 for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League, collecting his first pro hit against the A’s. Cimino played in 20 games in the AZL, compiling a .217/.284/.233 slash in 60 at-bats with four walks and 11 strikeouts. He had a five-game hitting streak in July and 12 of his 13 hits were singles. He played 16 games in left and didn’t commit an error in 19 chances. In four years at Wesleyan, the 22-year-old left as the school’s all-time hit leader and had a career .373 average. A three-time all-conference performer at safety on the football team, Cimino should head to Boise in June but needs to improve with the bat if he expects to leave Arizona.