Plethora of Roster Moves

With the first half of the 2006 minor league season having ended for two Cubs affiliates, a series of roster moves have been announced over the past two days.  &nbsp  &nbsp  &nbsp  &nbsp

Triple-A Iowa

RHP Randy Wells has been promoted from Double-A West Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. The 23-year-old was 4-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 12 starts for the Diamond Jaxx and had 54 strikeouts to 13 walks. He allowed more than one earned run in only one start with the team this season.

"He's had a tremendous first half and had an ERA of under one," boasted Cubs Director of Player Development Oneri Fleita. "He's another one of those guys we converted from catcher to pitcher three years ago. He's really taken to pitching and his numbers reflect it."

To coincide with the move, Iowa placed catcher Casey Kopitzke on the disabled list. They also added catcher Jose Reyes from West Tenn on Sunday and sent RHP Federico Baez to the Jaxx.

Double-A West Tenn

Catcher Jake Fox was promoted from Class High-A Daytona to Double-A. Fox, who was voted to the 2006 Florida State League All-Star Team, was batting .313 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs (tops in the league) in 66 games this season.

The 23-year-old Fox is tied for the Cub farm system lead in home runs with Micah Hoffpauir and is the system leader in RBIs.

"Jake had a great first half and has done a heck of a job for us," Fleita said. "No one is more deserving of a promotion."

On Sunday, LHP Ed Campusano was promoted to West Tenn from Class-A Peoria. Also 23, Campusano was leading the Midwest League with 21 saves and had posted a 1.21 ERA in 26 appearances totaling 29 2/3 innings.

"We've always liked him and he's always been high on our lists," Fleita said of Campusano. "He's been nicked up the past couple of years, but is finally healthy and he's matured. Sometimes Latin kids mature a little later than others and he's off to a great first half. It's time to challenge him."

Against left-handers, Campusano had allowed three hits in 23 at-bats and had 11 strikeouts to zero walks. He struck out 47 and walked nine overall and held opposing hitters to a .152 clip en route to being named to the Midwest League All-Star Team.

Class High-A Daytona

Daytona received three players from Peoria on Sunday: LHP Donald Veal, C Jake Muyco, and INF Jonathan Mota.

The 21-year-old Veal was 5-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 14 starts with Peoria. His 86 strikeouts currently lead the Cub farm system and were fourth in the Midwest League. Veal held opposing hitters to a .179 average in 73 2/3 innings.

"He's got an outstanding arm and fastball and is a very mature kid," noted Fleita. "We thought it was time to challenge him as well."

The 21-year-old Muyco batted .205 in 38 games for Peoria, but was exceptional on defense, where he threw out 20 of 37 would-be base stealers (54 percent).

"His defense is superior to his bat at this point," Fleita said. "But his bat is something that as he goes up higher and faces pitchers more around the strike zone, I think he'll learn to do some things with the bat. Right now, he's doing exactly the things that we want him to do, and that's catch. Everything else will come probably second, but he has to call a good game and play great defense."

Mota, 19, was batting .275 in 33 games for Peoria, primarily at shortstop.

Daytona also released INF Daniel Gonzalez.

Class-A Peoria

With four players promoted from Peoria on Sunday, the Chiefs are expected to announce roster additions later in the week. With the Midwest League All-Star Game set for Tuesday night in Davenport, Iowa, the team will have until Thursday when second-half play begins to announce new roster moves.

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