The Cubs announced Wednesday that they have claimed 31-year-old righty Robert Stock off waivers from the Red Sox. No relation to the late Unsolved Mysteries host*, the journeyman is 2-2 with four holds and a 4.24 ERA in 52 career relief appearances between the Padres (2018-19) and Red Sox (2020). He has 67 strikeouts and 31 walks in 63.2 innings, a good chunk of which came two years ago with San Diego.
Originally selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2009 draft as a catcher out of the University of Southern California, Stock was converted to the mound in 2012 and is 22-11 with 17 saves and a 3.74 ERA in 217 career minor league appearances. In his last two minor league seasons spanning 2018-19, he struck out 87 batters in 67.2 innings, good for an average of 11.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
As you might expect from a converted catcher, Stock has some serious gas. His fastball sits 97-98 and sets up both a change and slider, the latter of which has gotten good results. He’s also very active on Twitter and appears to have a sharp sense of humor.
I have become a predictive analyst for the Cubs and subsequently signed myself. https://t.co/vamZQadqht
— Robert Stock (@RobertStock6) December 2, 2020
Rampant voter fraud is the main reason I didn’t win the Cy Young this year
— Robert Stock (@RobertStock6) November 6, 2020
The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 38.
*Yes, I know it’s a different name, that’s the joke.