Cubs resign Batista, add Glaesmann
Batista, 27, missed the entire 2016 season with an injury after spending the first seven years in the Cubs organization. In 2012-13 at Tennessee, the Dominican Republic native recorded 43 saves but has only logged 41 innings at AAA since that time.
Drafted by the Rays in the third-round back in 2009, Glaesmann has spent his entire eight-year career in the minors with Rays and D-Backs after getting traded in 2013. His best season was in 2012 when he smacked 21 homers and hit .285/.336/.493 in 127 games between two Class A levels. The 26-year-old hit .272/.312/.462 last year between AA and AAA for Arizona. Glaesmann provides upper level outfield depth for the Cubs minors.
2016 Draft Class Update—Marc Huberman, LHP
Over the past two drafts the Cubs have selected a hand full of college relievers and you can add Huberman’s name to that list. The USC senior led the Trojans with a 1.94 ERA, appearing in 26 games while recording three saves and logging 41.2 innings to earn PAC-12 honorable mention honors. The left-hander spent all four years working out of the bullpen and was named to the PAC-12 All-Academic team twice. The Cubs came calling in the 18th round and the Los Angeles native made his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League for Mesa. After picking up his first pro win and save, Huberman was promoted and finished the season in Eugene—3-0, 1.72 ERA, 8 G, 15.2 IP, 10 BB, 17 K, .185 BAA, 1.28 WHIP. He totaled 20 innings in his first pro season and didn’t pitch in the playoffs for Eugene. The 23-year-old should earn a spot in the South Bend bullpen out of spring training.
Caribbean World Series
Play begins on Wednesday in Mexico as Cuba (Granma) faces the Dominican Republic (Licey) in the first game and then Puerto Rico (Caguas) and Mexico (Mexicali) square off. Veteran Cuban outfielder Alfredo Despaigne is on the roster as well as Yoelkis Cespedes, the younger brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.