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Cubs add four players to 40-man roster11/19/2010 4:28 PM ET
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today selected the contracts of four players and added them to the 40-man roster: right-handed pitchers Chris Archer and Kyle Smit from Double-A Tennessee, outfielder Brandon Guyer from Double-A Tennessee and right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera from Single-A Daytona. Archer was Chicago's 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Guyer was Chicago's 2010 Minor League Player of the Year.
Additionally, infielder Micah Hoffpauir has cleared unconditional release waivers and the rights to his contract were sold to the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League.
Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.
Archer, 22, combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA (37 ER/142.1 IP) in 28 games (27 starts) between Daytona and Tennessee, helping the Smokies to the Southern League North Division title. He struck out 149 batters in 142.1 innings of work and allowed just six home runs to the 590 batters he faced (one home run allowed every 98 batters faced).
Acquired by the Cubs on December 31, 2008 as part of the trade that sent Mark DeRosa to Cleveland, Archer is 21-7 with a 2.54 ERA (71 ER/251.1 IP) in 55 appearances (53 starts) in two seasons in the Cubs organization.
Archer began 2010 with Daytona and went 7-1 with a 2.86 ERA (23 ER/72.1 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) before earning the mid-season promotion to Tennessee, where he went 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA (14 ER/70.0 IP) in 13 starts. Archer tossed 31.1-consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to begin his Smokies' career, July 2-31.
Cabrera, 22, split the 2010 campaign between Daytona and Tennessee, combining to go 7-9 with a 4.24 ERA (64 ER/136.0 IP) in 28 appearances (26 starts). He struck out 125 batters and walked only 50 in 136.0 innings pitched. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder allowed only seven home runs in 136.0 innings in 2010.
Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 7, 2005, Cabrera is 27-26 with one save and a 4.25 ERA (186 ER/394.0 IP) in 91 appearances (68 starts) covering five professional seasons in the Cubs organization starting with the 2006 season.
Guyer, 24, batted .344 (127-for-369) with 39 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 58 RBI, 27 walks, 76 runs scored, 30 stolen bases (he was caught stealing just three times) and a .398 on-base percentage in 102 games for Tennessee. He led the Southern League in slugging percentage (.588), ranked second in batting average, third in doubles, fourth in extra-base hits (58) and fifth in on-base percentage and at-bats per home run (28.38).
Selected by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft out of the University of Virginia, Guyer recorded a season-high, 18-game hitting streak from July 26-August 18, batting .471 (33-for-70) with nine doubles, five home runs, 21 runs scored and 24 RBI during the run. The 6-foot-1, 216-pounder was named Southern League Offensive Player of the Week for July 26-August 1, batting .524 (11-for-21) with eight runs, three doubles, a triple, a homer, eight RBI and two stolen bases during the stretch.
Smit, 23, combined to go 10-4 with seven saves and a 2.25 ERA (18 ER/72.0 IP) in 49 appearances (all but one in relief) between Single-A and Double-A last season. He struck out 63 batters and walked only 14 in 72.0 innings, an average of 7.9 strikeouts and only 1.8 walks per nine innings. Smit allowed only four home runs in his 72.0 innings pitched, an average of one home run allowed per 18.0 innings.
Acquired by the Cubs from the Dodgers as part of the trade that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to Los Angeles, Smit was assigned to Chicago's Double-A Tennessee affiliate and went 5-1 with one save and a 1.96 ERA (4 ER/18.1 IP) in 12 relief outings with the Smokies.
Combined last season, Smit posted a 1.72 ERA (13 ER/68.0 IP) in 48 relief outings, including a 7-1 record with six saves and a 1.25 ERA (6 ER/43.1 IP) in his last 30 relief appearances starting May 30. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft out of Spanish Springs High School in Sparks, NV.
Hoffpauir, 30, batted .251 (90-for-359) with 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 162 games for the Cubs covering the last three seasons. He batted .173 (9-for-52) with five RBI in 24 games for the Cubs in 2010.
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