Cubs Claim Alex Hinshaw

The Cubs have claimed left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw off outright waivers, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. Hinshaw was designated for assignment by the Padres last Tuesday.

Hinshaw posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 28 innings of relief work for San Diego this season. He logged a strong strikeout rate of 11.6 K/9, but struggled with his control (6.4 BB/9). Prior to pitching for the Padres this season, he last appeared in the big leagues with the Giants in 2009.

Hinshaw is expected to join the Cubs in Milwaukee tomorrow in time for their series against the Brewers, tweets Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com. The Cubs, however, have yet to announce a corresponding roster move.  


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11 Comments on "Cubs Claim Alex Hinshaw"


matthew07
3 years 11 days ago

Another bullpen lefty in the mix. Might be a good pick up.

MLB643
3 years 11 days ago

Picking up more arms. It’s a numbers game. Eventually one or more of these acquisitions will click and contribute. I like watching these moves with no emotional expectations invested as the Cubs rebuild the organization.

sdsuphilip
3 years 11 days ago

Picking up a bunch of mediocre arms doesn’t mean one will stick.

baseball52
3 years 11 days ago

Shawn Camp?

sdsuphilip
3 years 11 days ago

Camp’s been solid and consistent since his major league debut in 04, only really had 1 bad season in 07, but other than that he has a WAR between .3-.7 in each season which is decent for a reliever. Hinshaw has never thrown enough strikes to be effective (6.1 BB/9 in minors, 6.84 in majors) he throws low 90s with a herky jerk delivery from left side and a ok slider but has no controll on any of his pitches.

mlbscout6
3 years 11 days ago

For a lefty that’s not so bad tho since you are only gonna leave him in for 1 batter usually anyways. So if you use him in the capacity of bringing him in vs lefties where a strikeout is needed and the bases aren’t loaded, he can be pretty useful. Granted it’s not the most efficient use of a roster spot…..

3 years 11 days ago

Not a ad pickup. Couldn’t hurt.

eyeamskeletor
3 years 11 days ago

been a fan of hinshaw since he was at san diego state and while he was in san francisco. he has a lot of potential, but as creech correctly states above, he has control issues. here’s hoping he does well in chicago!

Taylor Haberle
3 years 10 days ago

If he has a 4.50 ERA in Petco, he’s in trouble.

Shel K
3 years 11 days ago

yet another name to be forgotten by next spring. If we’re dumpster diving, I’d rather give Prior a shot. Also Carpenter who the Blue Jays released might have been a better pick up.

Taylor Haberle
3 years 10 days ago

The aquisition of the year goes to….