03/28/2006 11:04 AM ET
Cubs acquire McCormack and Holdzkom for Wellemeyer
The Chicago Cubs today acquired minor league pitchers Lincoln Holdzkom and Zach McCormack from the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitcher Todd Wellemeyer.
Holdzkom, 24, has recorded a 2.86 ERA in 110 career games in the Marlins organization. The right-hander - who has worked primarily out of the bullpen - has struck out 194 batters in 160.1 innings and limited opponents to a .184 batting average.
In 2005, Holdzkom split time between the Marlins' Gulf Coast affiliate and Single-A Jupiter -- pitching in 12 games as he continued rehabilitation from 2004 Tommy John surgery.
Holdzkom was selected in the seventh round of the 2001 First-Year Player draft.
McCormack, 24, was selected in the 11th round of the 2003 First-Year Player draft out of Sacramento City Junior College. The southpaw is 8-8 with a 4.88 ERA and 7 saves in 86 career relief appearances. In addition, he has recorded 126 strikeouts and given up just 7 homers in 121.2 innings on the mound.
McCormack spent the majority of the 2005 season at Greensboro (A), going 4-2 with 2 saves and a 4.61 ERA in 26 games. He had his greatest success facing right-handers, as he held them to a .233 average.
Wellemeyer, 27, had spent his entire career in the Cubs organization, as he was selected in the fourth round of the 2000 draft. The right-hander saw action in 57 big league games spanning three seasons, going 5-3 with a 6.19 ERA. He is 32-29 with a 4.15 ERA in his 106 career minor league games.
In 2005, Wellemeyer went 2-1 with a 6.12 ERA in three stints with the Cubs. He spent the remainder of the season at Iowa (AAA), going 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 12 starts.
Wellemeyer pitched in eight Cactus League contests this spring, going 0-0 with an 8.25 ERA.