Chicago Cubs Option Two Top 20 Prospects, Trim Roster To 56

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With Opening Day less than three weeks away, the roster cuts have started for the Chicago Cubs as they went from 63 to 56 on Monday.

Heading to Triple-A Iowa are right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo, left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch and first baseman Dan Vogelbach.

Acevedo appeared in three spring training games, going 0-2 while giving up five earned runs in 2.1 innings with three walks and one strikeout. Jokisch had an 0-1 record in three appearances, allowing three runs (two earned) in three innings pitched. He walked none and struck out one batter. Vogelbach, who is currently ranked 20th on the Cubs prospect list, went 3-14 in six games. He had one home run and two runs batted in, walked three times while striking out on five occasions.

Heading to Minor League camp are pitchers Jack Leathersich, Jonathan Pettibone, Armando Rivero and the Cubs #4 prospect, right-hander Duane Underwood.

Leathersich, whom the Cubs signed back in December, is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and is expected to rehab most of the 2016 season. Pettibone was signed to a minor league contract six weeks ago and has suffered numerous shoulder injuries throughout his career, so this move certainly isn’t a shock. Rivero appeared in two games, pitched 1.2 innings, walking one and gave up three earned runs.

Duane Underwood, whom the Cubs are very high on, did not pitch this spring, but is coming off of a good season at Single-A Myrtle Beach. In 14 starts for the Pelicans in 2015, the 21-year-old second round draft pick went 6-3 with a 2.58 ERA. He struck out 48 while only walking 24 in 73.1 innings.

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