Cubs add LHP Justin Steele to 40-man roster

Outfielder Johnny Field and left-hander Jerry Vasto have cleared waivers to make a spot for him.

The Cubs set their 40-man roster for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft by selecting left-handed pitcher Justin Steele. Going the other way, outfielder Johnny Field and left-handed reliever Jerry Vasto have both cleared waivers and have been assigned to Triple-A Iowa. This leaves the Cubs with 39 players on the 40-man roster.

Steele was the Cubs’ 5th-round pick in 2014 out of high school in Mississippi. The 23-year-old left-hander missed about a year from July of 2017 to July of this year with Tommy John surgery. He made a pretty quick comeback from the surgery and was back on the mound on July 3 of this past season. Steele spent most of the rest of the season building up arm strength, making five starts in Mesa, four starts for High-A Myrtle Beach and two for Double-A Tennessee. In all, Steele pitched 46.2 innings this past season and posted 2.31 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Steele then continued his road back in the Arizona Fall League, where he threw 18.2 innings over six starts. He posted a 5.79 ERA for …Read the Rest

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