Cubs Select Sean Newcomb, Matt Dermody

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4:09 p.m.: The Cubs officially picked Newcomb’s Game 2 contract. infielder David Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to delete the required active roster slot.

11:22 am: Ahead of today’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, the Cubs announced a few roster changes to reporters, including NBC Sports Chicago’s Gordon Wittenmyer. left handed Matt Dermody has selected his contract and is shown as “27. man” of the club. colleague left-handed Sean Newcomb will also have his contract selected to start the second game. Neither player was on the 40-man list today, although trade deadline moves left the Cubs at 37, meaning no corresponding moves are required. However, a spot on the active roster will need to be made for Newcomb between games.

Newcomb, 29, was once a highly acclaimed prospect at Atlanta and served well for them from 2017-2019. During that time, he threw 332 1/3 innings with a 3.87 ERA, 23% strikeout rate, 11.6% walk rate, and 44.7% ground ball rate. However, he had a miserable 2020, then was moved to the bullpen in 2021 but hasn’t really regained his former form since. Atlanta picked him up for a stint in April and then sent him to the Cubs, who were certainly hoping for a rebound.

He didn’t last long with the Cubs, being singled out for an assignment and then fired immediately after clearing waivers. Since then he’s played well in the undertones and stretched out in the process. He’s pitched 24 triple-A innings with a 3.38 ERA, 30.7% strikeout rate, and 44.9% groundball rate, albeit with a scary 17.8% walk rate. His stakes have gradually increased throughout the season, logging four innings in each of his last two appearances.

It’s possible this is just a good start for Newcomb to cover the doubleheader. He has no more options and cannot be sent back to the minors afterwards. However, if he holds on to a roster spot, he can be held through arbitration beyond this campaign.

Dermody, 32, has 29 games of MLB experience under his belt, most of them with the Blue Jays in 2017. He’s only made one big league appearance since then, which came with the Cubs in 2020. He spent last year with Nippon Professional Baseball‘s Seibu Lions before returning in January to sign a minor league contract with the Cubs. Although he was primarily a helper for most of his career, the Cubs gave him some length in the minors this year. He has made 13 starts and seven relief appearances in Triple-A this season and has gone 79 1/3 innings with a 3.74 ERA, 20.3% strikeout rate, 5.2% walk rate and one Ground ball rate logged at 51.2%. Unlike Newcomb, he has options and could be sent back to serve as a depth in Triple-A.

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