Hey Smokies fans,
It was a big day of roster moves for the Smokies as we saw several players leave and some new prospects don Tennessee jerseys for the first time. Here’s the official release on all the moves today.
Starlin Castro’s promotion today to the Chicago Cubs headlines a series of roster moves announced by the Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Cubs. P Andrew Cashner was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, while infielders Ryan Flaherty was optioned to High-A Daytona. In related roster moves, infielders Josh Vitters and Marwin Gonzalez were added to the Smokies’ roster from Daytona, while pitcher Mike Parisi was optioned from Iowa to Tennessee.
These moves are immediate and to take effect in advance of tonight’s game against Mobile.
Castro heads to Chicago after hitting .376 (41-for-109) with one home run, five triples and 20 RBIs with Tennessee in 2010. Baseball America has Castro as the 13th-ranked prospect in minor league baseball. The Cubs signed the Dominican Republic native as a non-drafted free agent in 2006.
Cashner heads to Iowa after compiling a 3-1 record and a 2.75 ERA with the Smokies this year. Cashner was a first-round pick (19th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in the 2008 MLB Player Draft. Cashner is Baseball America’s fourth-ranked prospect in the Cubs’ minor league system.
Vitters hit .291 (32-for-110) with three home runs, 13 RBIs and four stolen bases in 28 games for Daytona this year. The Anaheim, Calif. native was the third overall pick in the 2007 MLB Player Draft. Vitters is Baseball America’s third-ranked prospect in the Cubs’ minor league system.
Gonzalez hit .271 (23-for-85) with five RBI and seven stolen bases in Daytona this year. He also spent 2009 in Daytona. The Cubs signed the native Venezuelan as a non-drafted free agent in 2005.
Parisi was 0-3 with an 8.50 ERA in five starts in Iowa this year. Parisi was selected by the Cubs from the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB portion of the 2009 Rule 5 Draft.
Flaherty hit .183 in 23 games for the Smokies this year. He hit one home run and drove in nine runs in 71 at-bats for Tennessee, walking 10 times and stealing one base.
It’s great to see Cashner and Castro get called up and we wish everyone the best of luck with their new teams, and welcome to Josh, Marwin, and Mike.