Cubs Add 4 Players To 40-Man Roster

Miguel Amaya was among those who were protected from the Rule 5 Draft.

670 The Score Staff
November 20, 2019 - 8:22 pm

(670 The Score) The Cubs added four players to their 40-man roster Wednesday, protecting each in the Rule 5 Draft, which takes place in December. 

The Cubs selected the contracts of right-hander Tyson Miller, infielder Zack Short, catcher Miguel Amaya and right-hander Manuel Rodriguez. The moves increased the team's 40-man roster to 36 players.

Miller, 24, went 7-8 with a 4.35 ERA in 26 starts split between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in 2019.

Short, 24, hit .235 with six homers, 25 RBIs in 63 games split across three levels this past season. He was sidelined for an extended period of time due to a broken left ring finger. Short finished the season at Triple-A Iowa.

Amaya, 20, hit .235 with 11 homers and 57 RBIs in 99 games for high Single-A Myrtle Beach this past season. He has represented the Cubs in each of the last two Futures Games and is the top prospect in their system after infielder Nico Hoerner's ascension to the big leagues. Amaya is also heralded for his defensive abilities, as he threw out 34.8 percent of runners attempting to steal in 2019.

Rodriguez, 23, had a 3.45 ERA in 35 relief appearances for Myrtle Beach in 2019. He also struck out 65 batters and walked 17 in 47 innings.