Cleburne, Texas. – On a busy day of transactions, the Dogs added three news players, and parted ways with three more Friday.
Chicago completed two trades, first sending right-handed pitcher Michael Wagner to the Sussex County Miners of the Canadian-American Association in exchange for outfielder Rubi SIlva. Chicago also traded catcher Ryan Wagner to the New Britain Bees in exchange for future considerations. Completing the day of moves, the Dogs released infielder Michael Baca.
A former Chicago Cubs farmhand, Silva comes to Chicago after hitting .385 in 104 at-bats this year for Sussex County. Silva hit four home runs and collected 25 RBI playing in 27 games for the Miners. The Artemisa, Cuba native began his professional career in the Cubs organization in 2011, and reached as high as AAA in 2015.
Silva profiles as a player with stolen base capability and a low walk rate. Silva has stolen 42 career bases, including 27 successful steals in 2017. The left-handed hitter has walked just 71 times in 2190 career plate appearances, good for just a 3.2% career walk rate. Silva has 42 career home runs.
To fill out their 23-man roster, Chicago also signed catcher Justin Cohen and infielder Stephen Perez Friday.
A former University of Miami Hurricane, Perez joins the Dogs after being released by the Washington Nationals. In six-plus season in the Nationals organization, Perez appeared as high as AAA, where he spent 14 games with the Syracuse Chiefs. Perez played in 44 games with the AA Harrisburg Senators in 2018, batting .216 with zero home runs and eight RBI.
Cohen joins Chicago after three years in the Miami Marlins organization. The Sarasota, Fla. native was a sixth round pick of the Marlins in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, but never appeared higher than rookie ball for the Marlins. In three season with the Gulf Coast League Marlins, Cohen batted .273 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 161 at-bats.
All three newly-acquired players will join the Dogs on their seven-game Texas road trip which begins Friday night against the Cleburne Railroaders.