You wondered when the Cubs would acquire another pitcher.
Now is that time!
The Cubs announced the signing of righthanded pitcher Kohl Stewart, a free agent who had pitched in 2018 and 2019 with the Twins. He posted a 4.79 ERA and 1.435 WHIP in 17 appearances (six starts) with the Twins in those two seasons.
Stewart, who turned 26 last October, was the first-round pick (fourth overall) of the Twins in the 2013 draft — two picks after the Cubs selected Kris Bryant. He left the Minnesota organization after the 2019 season as a free agent and signed with the Orioles for 2020. He opted out of the 2020 season and departed after the year as a free agent.
Stewart put together some decent minor-league numbers in the Twins organization, but that didn’t translate to the big leagues. Per Fangraphs his fastball sits at about 93 miles per hour but in the big leagues he’s mostly been a sinker/slider pitcher.
Here’s info on Stewart’s contract:
The Cubs signed pitcher Kohl Stewart to a one-year, $700,000 major-league deal. The Twins drafted Stewart fourth overall in 2013, two picks behind Kris Bryant. Stewart, 26, has a 4.79 ERA in 17 career big-league appearances.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) January 28, 2021
With this signing, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 37.
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