Junior Lake – Lake took both Iowa and Chicago by storm last season and earned his way onto the Chicago roster out of spring training. Lake struggled to make consistent contact with the Cubs as playing time became more sporadic, striking out 102 times in 291 at bats before being optioned to Iowa on August 16 where he was in the lineup every day.
Rafael Lopez – Lopez may have been a mild surprise to some but needed to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule-5 draft this December. Lopez was named to the Southern League All-Star game in both 2013 and 2014 for the double-A Tennessee Smokies. Lopez hit .297 in 45 games with the Smokies in 2014 before being promoted to Iowa where he hit .285 in 61 games. Lopez threw out 14 of 38 (27%) base runners attempting to steal with Iowa.
Zac Rosscup – Rosscup struggled with control in three earlier stints in Chicago, walking eight batters in just over eight innings. Rosscup appeared in 29 games with a 2-0 record, 2.10 ERA, and four saves for Iowa.
Brian Schlitter – Schlitter spent most of the season in Chicago but was assigned to Iowa on a rehab assignment after an injury and optioned on August 24.
Dan Straily – Straily was acquired in the Jeff Samardzija trade on July 5. He made a spot start for Chicago on August 16 and picked up the loss against the New York Mets. Straily was erratic with Iowa, making 10 starts and compiling a 3-5 record with a 4.09 ERA.
Arodys Vizcaino – Vizcaino is the tenth rated prospect in the Cubs organization according to Baseball America. Vizcaino missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons after having Tommy John surgery and another surgery to remove debris in his right elbow. Vizcaino began the 2014 season with single-A Daytona and was promoted to the Smokies after nine games. After 14 games with the Smokies, Vizcaino was added to the Iowa roster on June 19. Vizcaino pitched in 17 games with Iowa, compiling a 5.40 ERA in 18.1 innings, giving up 25 hits and 12 walks while striking out 16.
Eric Jokisch – Like Lopez, Jokisch risked being lost in the Rule 5 draft if not added to the 40-man roster. Through all the turnover on the Iowa pitching staff in 2014, Jokisch was the constant and continued to improve throughout the season. Jokisch finished his first triple-A season with a 9-10 record and 3.58 ERA in 26 starts.
NOTES: Dallas Beeler was not promoted on Tuesday. Beeler made two starts for Chicago this season and opened some eyes, going 0-2 but with a very respectable 3.27 ERA. Reports out of Chicago indicate Beeler reached his innings limit and will not pitch anymore in 2014………Mike Olt ended 2014 on the disabled list for Iowa with a left hamstring injury. He was rehabbing in Des Moines before the season ended and will be joining single-A Kane County for the Midwest League playoffs. If Olt proves healthy, he is likely to re-join Chicago who is in need of a first baseman as the back injury to Anthony Rizzo may be a little more serious than originally thought.