Cubs claim former Kernels RHP Roach off waivers

Donn Roach throws in the bullpen as a member of the 2011 Cedar Rapids Kernels. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Donn Roach throws in the bullpen as a member of the 2011 Cedar Rapids Kernels. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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.”

Kernels pitcher Donn Roach waits for his food while fans order theirs. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Kernels pitcher Donn Roach waits for his food while fans order theirs. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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