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Cubs select Catcher Robinson Chirinos from Double-A Tennessee10/29/2010 1:25 PM ET
By chc / MLB.com
The Chicago Cubs today selected catcher Robinson Chirinos from Double-A Tennessee and outrighted outfielder Jim Adduci to Triple-A Iowa. Chicago's 40-man roster currently stands at 39 players.
Chirinos, 26, set career marks with a .326 batting average (63-for-319), 18 home runs and 74 RBI, along with 28 doubles, a .416 on-base percentage and a .583 slugging percentage, in 92 games between Tennessee and Iowa in 2010. He walked 44 times, compared to 43 strikeouts, and his .326 average ranked third among Cubs minor leaguers. Behind the plate, he threw out 28 of 88 baserunners attempting to steal, good for a 32-percent success rate.
A right-handed hitter, Chirinos spent a majority of the 2010 campaign with Tennessee, batting .318 (84-for-264) with 24 doubles, 15 home runs and 64 RBI in 77 contests, helping the Smokies to an 86-53 record, a franchise mark. He was named the league's Hitter of the Week for July 12-18, batting .467 (7-for-15) with 10 RBI and home runs in three-straight games.
Chirinos batted .388 (33-for-85) with a 1.247 OPS against left-handed pitching at the Double-A level last season, and hit .347 (42-for-121) in his first 34 games before landing on the seven-day disabled list, May 25-June 3, with a concussion. He hit .310 (18-for-58) with seven home runs and 25 RBI in July before spending most of August with Iowa, where he batted .364 (20-for-55) with 10 RBI in 15 games. He re-joined Tennessee for its playoff run and was 8-for-17 (.471) with two homers and five RBI in post-season play.
In the last two seasons Chirinos has advanced from the Single-A level to Triple-A, hitting .312 (181-for-581) with 44 doubles, 29 home runs and 126 RBI in 173 games. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2000 by Chicago, he owns a .260 batting average (758-for-2,913) with 182 doubles, 26 triples, 79 home runs and 396 RBI in 874 career minor league contests.
Adduci, 25, batted .248 (91-for-367) with nine doubles, a triple, three homers and 33 RBI in 114 games for Iowa in 2010. He led the club with 23 stolen bases and did not commit an error in 51 games in center field, 49 in left field and 13 in right field. He was acquired by the Cubs, September 14, 2006, from Florida to complete an earlier deal that sent pitcher Todd Wellemeyer to the Marlins.
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