Sam Fuld Recalled; Cubs Sign 21 from Draft

Sam Fuld (PHOTO/CHICAGO CUBS)

PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Sam Fuld from Triple-A Iowa. In addition, the Cubs placed infielder Aaron Miles on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 21) with a hyperextended right elbow.

Fuld, 27, is hitting .286 (81-for-283) with 16 doubles, eight triples, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 73 contests for Iowa this season, including a .398 batting average (33-for-83) this month. He has walked 32 times compared to just 22 strikeouts in 319 plate appearances, and has a .309 batting average (21-for-68) with runners in scoring position as the club's full-time center fielder.

A left-handed batter and fielder, Fuld made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2007, appearing in 14 games as a September call-up. Originally selected by the Cubs in the 10th round of the 2004 Draft, he is a career .287 hitter (537-for-1,868) in 496 minor league contests with 113 doubles, 26 triples, 18 homers, 185 RBI and 82 stolen bases.

Named the Arizona Fall League MVP in 2007, Fuld split 2008 between Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, combining to hit .264 (106-for-402) with a career-high 52 RBI.

Fuld will wear uniform No. 27 and is available for tonight's 6:05 p.m. CT game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Miles, 32, is hitting .203 (25-for-123) with seven doubles and four RBI in 46 games during his first season with the Cubs. This is his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined May 26-June 10 with a right shoulder strain.

CUBS SIGN 21 FROM 2009 DRAFT

The Cubs have agreed to terms with 21 of their selections from the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Including their top selection, outfielder Brett Jackson, who agreed last week, the Cubs have reached deals with 10 of their first 15 picks.

Fifth-round selection, shortstop Wes Darvill, will begin his pro career after playing for Brookswood Secondary School and the Langley Blaze of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League. The 17-year-old left-handed hitter is currently playing for the Canadian National Junior Team through early July.

Also agreeing to terms was seventh-round selection, infielder Blair Springfield from MacArthur High School in Decatur, Ill., and right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack, who was 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA (21 ER/67.1 IP) in 11 games (nine starts) for SUNY Old Westbury in New York.

Of the 21 players who have come to terms, 11 are top-20 selections and 18 are top-30 picks. Here is a look at Cubs selections from the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that have signed:

1st round: Brett Jackson (OF, California)
5th round: Wes Darvill (SS, Brookswood SS, Canada)
7th round: Blair Springfield (SS, MacArthur High School, Ill.)
8th round: Robert Whitenack (RHP, SUNY-Old Westbury, N.Y.)
9th round: Richard Jones (C, The Citadel)
10th round: Charles Thomas (3B, Edward Waters College, Fla.)
11th round: John Mincone (LHP, Suffolk CC, N.Y.)
12th round: Burundi Davis (OF, Howard College, Texas)
14th round: Danny Keefe (RHP, University of Tampa)
15th round: Bryan Shields (OF, Auburn-Montgomery)
18th round: Matt  Williams (C, Duke)
21st round: Greg Rohan (1B, Kent State)
22nd round: Derrick Fitzgerald (2B, Dyersburg State CC, Tenn.)
25th round: Justin Bour (1B, George Mason)
26th round: Steven Grife (RHP, Mercyhurst College, Pa.)
27th round: Corey Martin (RHP, Western Carolina)
28th round: Jordan Petraitis (3B, Miami-Ohio)
29th round: Tim Glubb (RHP, Missouri State)
38th round: Robert Wagner (3B, Panola Junior College, Texas)
41st round: Jacob Schmidt (Concordia University, Minn.)
46th round: Glenn Cook (OF, Miami-Florida)

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