Report | Cubs to promote Dillon Maples

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 26: Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon motions to the Chicago White Sox dugout before an MLB game between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox on July 26, 2017, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo By Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: Not only have the Chicago Cubs selected the contract of right-handed relief pitcher Dillon Maples, but the club has also activated fellow right-hander Justin Grimm from the team’s disabled list while recalling catcher Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa. Lastly, the Cubs have selected the contract of utility man Mike Freeman.

The Chicago Cubs are expected to promote right-handed relief pitcher Dillon Maples as part of the club’s September call-ups, according to Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune.

Maples has pitched 17 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Iowa this season. Across 18.1 innings of work, Maples has gone 1-2 while pitching to the tune of a 1.96 ERA, allowing 12 hits while issuing 11 walks. He has also struck out 28 opposing batters. Overall, Maples has appeared in 52 minor league games this season, going 6-3 with a 2.27 ERA. Across 63.1 frames of action, he has surrendered 44 hits while handing out 37 walks and fanning 100 opposing hitters.

The 25-year-old has never pitched on the major league level, however.

He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 14th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft and has been in Chicago’s system ever since, primarily as a reliever. Chicago experimented with Maples as a starter early on in his minor league career, but it did not go well, and by 2015, he was exclusively a relief pitcher.

The West End, North Carolina native has taken the mound 135 times overall in the Cubs’ farm system, with 30 of those outings coming as starts. Throughout that span, Maples has gone 13-17 with a 4.55 ERA, giving up 217 hits through 245.1 innings.

Chicago entered play on Thursday with a record of 72-60 and sat 3.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central division. The Cubs have won three consecutive games overall after completing a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They will begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday evening.

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