The Chicago Cubs claimed RHP Donn Roach off waivers from the San Diego Padres today. He reportedly will be in the mix of relievers trying to win a bullpen spot with the big-league team next year.
Roach split the 2014 season between the Padres (1-0, 4.75 ERA, 17 Ks in 30.1 IP) and the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (4-6, 5.24 ERA, 44 Ks in 77.1 IP).
Roach was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2008 and 2010 — he didn’t sign the first time — and was traded to the Padres in 2012. He played in the Midwest League in 2011, when he went 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 70.1 IP for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
As a bonus, here’s a photo of Roach standing in line at a concessions stand at Beloit’s Pohlman Field during the break between games of a doubleheader in June 2011. It’s not a great photo, but I like it because, to me, it says “Minor League Baseball.”