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In Need of Fresh Arm, Cubs Recall Atkins
The 23-year-old Atkins is 6-10 with a 6.92 ERA (83 ER/108.0 IP) in 20 starts for Iowa this season, his first season pitching exclusively at the Triple-A level prior to today's call-up.
Atkins was named the 2008 Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 17-7 with a 4.00 ERA (73 ER/164.1 IP) and 132 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last year, leading all Cubs minor leaguers in wins and strikeouts. He earned Southern League mid-season All-Star honors, going 9-6 with a 3.76 ERA (46 ER/110.0 IP) in 18 starts at Double-A before his promotion to Iowa. Atkins recorded a 12-game winning streak between Tennessee and Iowa June 15-August 14.
The six-foot-three, 230-pound Atkins is 50-37 with a 4.34 ERA (316 ER/654.2 IP) in 125 minor league appearances, all but five as a starting pitcher. A native of Browns Summit, NC, Atkins was originally selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2004 Draft out of Northeast Guilford (NC) High School.
Stevens has no record and a 2.84 ERA (2 ER/6.1 IP) in five relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He is 0-3 with two saves and a 2.18 ERA (10 ER/41.1 IP) in 30 relief appearances for Iowa this year.
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