Today, the Chicago Cubs made moves some fans have been hoping for. Outfielder Michael Hermosillo has been selected from Triple-A Iowa. In addition, right-handed pitcher Dan Winkler was designated for assignment. Along with those two directly correlated moves, Kyle Ryan, who was out-righted to the Iowa Cubs on August 14, has elected free agency.
For the 31-year-old righty Winkler, he was hit hard in each of his last three outings. In his last 1.2 innings, he’s allowed 12 earned runs and walked five batters. It’s safe to say regression has finally caught up to him. His 2.61 ERA over his first 44 appearances was a bit of smoke and mirrors, given his season-long 15.8 percent walk rate and 5.86 xFIP.
As for Hermosillo, he has played extremely well at Triple-A this season, slashing .310/.448/.600 with a 1.048 OPS and .452 wOBA in 42 games played. He also has 10 home runs and seven stolen bases. Hermosillo is an older prospect (26 years old) with major league experience, formerly with the Los Angeles Angels. In 56 career games from 2018-2020 with the Angels, he batted .188 with a .288 OBP and one home run. We’ll see if he can continue his minor league success this season in hopes of sticking on the roster for 2022.
Apparently, Kyle Ryan was sick of toggling back and forth from the Cubs’ major league team to the minors. He finishes his Cubs career with a 4.30 ERA in 104 appearances. He had a 6.75 ERA in 13 games this year.