12/31/2008 1:43 PM ET
Cubs acquire three pitching prospects from Cleveland for infielder Mark DeRosa
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Jeff Stevens, left-handed pitcher John Gaub and right-handed pitcher Chris Archer from the Cleveland Indians for infielder Mark DeRosa. Stevens has been added to the Cubs' 40-man roster.
"We are thrilled to acquire three strong, young arms in Jeff Stevens, John Gaub and Chris Archer," said Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry. "They are significant additions to our system and have received universally high marks from our scouts, notably Stan Zielinski.
"It's never easy to say goodbye to a quality player and person like Mark DeRosa," Hendry continued. "He was a major contributor to our success the last two seasons. But today represents a prime opportunity to stock our organization with three pitching prospects, to modify the balance and shape of our major league roster and to give our rising talent a chance to contribute more regularly at the major league level."
The 25-year-old Stevens combined to go 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA (21 ER/58.1 IP), six saves and a .184 batting average against in 36 relief appearances between Cleveland's Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo affiliates. He also pitched for the United States Olympic Baseball team that won the bronze medal in Beijing last summer.
Stevens last season struck out 81 batters in 58.1 innings, an average of 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings, and walked only 27, good for a three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio. With Buffalo, Stevens limited right-handed hitters to a .175 batting average and lefthanders to a .188 mark.
Since pitching exclusively in relief starting in 2007, Stevens has posted a 2.99 ERA (47 ER/141.2 IP) in 85 appearances. He has struck out 183 batters in 141.2 innings, an average of 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Stevens went 6-3 with a 2.81 ERA (26 ER/83.1 IP), two saves and a .194 batting average against in 49 relief outings between Akron and Single-A Kinston in 2007. He struck out 102 and walked 25 in 83.1 innings, an average of 11 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings. Overall in four minor league seasons, Stevens is 24-18 with eight saves and a 3.52 ERA (122 ER/312.0 IP) in 128 appearances, including 29 starts that took place from 2005-06.
A native of Berkeley, CA, the six-foot-two, 205-pound Stevens attended Loyola Marymount University and was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft. He was traded by the Reds to the Indians for infielder Brandon Phillips in 2006.
Gaub, 23, went 1-1 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA (24 ER/64.0 IP) in 34 relief appearances for Single-A Lake Country last season, his first full professional campaign. He struck out 100 batters in 64.0 innings, an average of 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, and surrendered only three home runs, 0.4 home runs allowed per nine innings. The six-foot-two, 200-pounder turned in a 3.1-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio (100/32).
The southpaw limited opponents to a .195 batting average last year, including a .181 mark by left-handed hitters and a .201 average by righthanders. A native of St. Paul, MN, Gaub was selected by Cleveland in the 21st round of the 2006 June Draft out of the University of Minnesota, where he pitched from 2004-06.
Archer, 20, went 4-8 with a 4.29 ERA (55 ER/115.1 IP) in 27 starts for Single-A Lake County last year, tying for second in the South Atlantic League in games started. He limited opponents to a .220 batting average, as righthanders batted .215 and lefthanders batted .225. Archer struck out 106 batters in 115.1 innings pitched and surrendered only eight home runs.
A native of Raleigh, NC, the six-foot-two, 165-pound Archer was originally selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft out of Clayton (NC) High School.
Derosa, who turns 34 in February, batted .289 with 31 home runs and 159 RBI in 298 games during his two seasons with the Cubs. He originally signed a three-year contract with the club on November 14, 2006.