Williamson Nets Two Class-A Pitchers

Fabian Jiminez

PEORIA, IL— When the Chicago Cubs traded reliever Scott Williamson Saturday night, the organization picked up two Class A pitchers from the San Diego Padres and both hurlers were assigned to the Peoria Chiefs. The Chiefs expect Fabien Jimenez Angulo and Joel Santo to join the team in Lansing at some point Sunday and make the trip to Grand Rapids, MI for the Monday night game against West Michigan.

Santo, a 22 year old right-hander, beat the Chiefs twice so far this season without allowing a run in 12 innings of work. On May 9th in Ft. Wayne he shut the Chiefs out over six innings while allowing four hits and three walks and striking out two. Less than a month later he beat Peoria at O'Brien Field when he allowed four hits over six shutout innings on June 2nd. He last pitched on Friday when he beat SW Michigan allowing three runs and seven hits over seven innings of work. Overall this season he is 6-6 with a 5.28 ERA in 20 appearances and 15 starts.

Before the season began he was ranked the No. 16 prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America. The Dominican native signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Padres in 2002. Santo spent all of last season in the Midwest League as well going 4-11 with a 4.75 ERA in 27 starts. In his career he owns a record of 20-29 in 87 games, 72 starts with a career 4.92 ERA.

Fabien Jimenez Angulo, 19, did not face the Chiefs this season. He made 17 starts with Fort Wayne going 4-7 with a 4.43 ERA in 87 1/3 innings. This year the lefty walked 52 batters and struck out 54. The Columbian native has lost his last two starts including one on Monday when he allowed five runs and eight hits over seven innings against Burlington.

Jimenez was signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent in 2002 as a 15 year old. He spent part of 2005 in Fort Wayne going 4-11 with a 7.03 ERA in 20 starts. In 89 2/3 innings last season he walked 59 batters and struck out 38. in 72 minor league games and 60 starts, Jimenez is 14-29 with a 5.13 ERA.

To make room on the roster for the two new players the Cubs sent relief pitcher Roger Evenson down to Boise of the Northwest League. The Boise native was not with the Chiefs on the first leg of the road tip as he went home on Wednesday for his grandmother's funeral. In 11 outings this season, Evenson is 0-1 with a 3.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 21 1.3 innings of work.

While both Santo and Jimenez were primarily starters for Fort Wayne, it is not yet known what their roles will be with the playoff bound Chiefs. Peoria already has six pitchers on the active roster who have made starts in 2006.

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