The Cubs added four players to their 40-man roster Wednesday night, as the deadline to protect players from next month’s rule 5 draft arrived. There was one pitching prospect, who was considered a long shot to be added, while a couple other minor leaguers who had a decent chance of being protected ultimately weren’t.
Here are the four latest additions to the 40-man roster.
Zack Short was on the fringe, but shortstop depth is very important, so he’s protected from the rule 5 draft. Miguel Amaya and Tyson Miller were obviously going to be added, but the surprise was right-handed pitcher Manuel Rodriguez. He was the long shot candidate to be protected and when you read this mini scouting report you can see why.
Gotta keep as many relievers who can throw in the mid-90s because the Cubs don’t have a lot of those in the minors.
Right-handed pitcher Dakota Mekkes and catcher P.J. Higgins were two players many fans thought would be added to the 40-man roster today so they’d be protected, but the Cubs are either fine with losing them or don’t think they’re going to be selected.