Cubs Nab Ian Clarkin Off Waivers from the White Sox

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Cubs Nab Ian Clarkin Off Waivers from the White Sox

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The flurry of roster moves around baseball continues, as teams attempt to set their rosters ahead of today’s deadline. Earlier today, the Cubs lost utility man Jack Reinheimer to the Texas Rangers, but now they’ve made an addition of their own.

The Cubs have claimed southpaw Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox, and Jordan Bastian, the Cubs new beat writer, replacing Carrie Muskat for Cubs.com, adds some context and background:

Clarkin, 23, was ranked as the Yankees 6th best prospect in 2014 and the White Sox 22nd best prospect after the 2017 season, according to Baseball America. At 6’2″ and 215 pounds, he’s a big left-hander, who reached Double-A for the first tie this past season, splitting 68.2 innings up between 10 starts and 8 relief appearances.

He didn’t have great results during that stretch (4.98 ERA, 5.24 FIP), but he did have a 52.0% ground ball rate and posted an even higher 57.9% ground ball rate in a brief stop at High-A earlier in the year. Perhaps the Cubs can squint and see a future ground-ball specialist – whether that’s as a starter or reliever, I’m not yet sure (and maybe they aren’t either).

Here’s Clarkin sharing a video of former Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez. It’s irrelevant and if anything will make you feel bad, but it’s funny, so …

The Cubs 40-man roster should be back at 39 after this (and the Reinheimer) move.


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Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.