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Cubs Select Three Pitchers in Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs selected three right-handed pitchers in the MLB and minor league phases of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
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Although the Cubs have been quiet thus far this offseason, the club selected three players in today's MLB Rule 5 Draft.

The Cubs only selected one player in the MLB phase of the draft. Gray Fenter was selected from the Baltimore Orioles system in this phase.

Fenter's numbers are impressive with 266 strikeouts and only 97 walks in over 230 innings in four minor league seasons. He's been pretty good over that time but has never pitched above Low-A ball, so there is still a lot for Fenter to prove.

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In the minor league phase of the draft, the Cubs selected RHP Nicholas Padilla from the Tampa Bay Rays and RHP Samuel Reyes from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Padilla has pitched in the minor leagues since 2016, compiling a 14-13 record with a 3.31 ERA. Padilla also posted 177 strikeouts and 60 walks in 187.1 innings.

Reyes has pitched since 2017 for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, compiling a 9-9 record with a 2.63 ERA over that time. He also recorded 143 strikeouts and only 41 walks in 157.1 innings at the minor league level.

Now that the Cubs have added three players, all pitchers, via the Rule 5 Draft, fans turn their attention to the free agency and trade markets awaiting the Cubs to make any type of moves to potentially improve the roster.