Just some quick notes as the Cubs continue to make moves in the aftermath of trade deadline action...
- The Cubs will call up fireballing reliever Alberto Cabrera as well as Chris Volstad. Volstad will work out of the bullpen for now. As for Cabrera, he has the best fastball in the system in terms of velocity, movement, and command. He could end up being a long term piece. I wrote about him three weeks ago as a possible call-up. Click here to read that story.
- Bruce Levine tweets something that will make many of our readers very happy: Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters will likely be called up later this month and will play everyday once they do. The Cubs probably feel that while neither may be done with their development, it might be a good idea to get a look at what they have for next season. The Cubs would need to make room in their OF for Brett Jackson, with the most likely casualty being Bryan LaHair, who has slumped badly of late.
- As we get excited about new prospects coming up to the big leagues as well as those coming in trades, let's not forget former top prospect Anthony Rizzo, who has been a revelation since his call-up, hitting .321 with 8 HRs. For those of you who prefer advanced stats, Rizzo has put up an excellent .394 wOBA and 145 RC+ since coming up, both tops on the team. His defense has rated well above average in a short sample (13.5 UZR/150), though it's very similar to what he posted last year, so it's probably pretty accurate. He's passed the eye test in that category as well.
- If that isn't enough Rizzo, check out this video on an interview he had with MLB's Intentional Talk.
- Unofficially, the Cubs will put their new prospects on the following teams: Jaye Chapman will go to Iowa; Jacob Brigham will be placed on the Tennessee roster; Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks will be assigned to Daytona. Arodys Vizcaino, of course, will remain on the DL for the remainder of the season.
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