Cubs Select LHP Ryan Borucki, Option Caleb Kilian
The Chicago Cubs today selected left-handed pitcher Ryan Borucki from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian to Iowa.
Borucki, 29, is 10-9 with 13 holds and a 4.45 ERA (84 ER/170.0 IP) in 96 career games (19 starts) between the Blue Jays (2018-22) and Mariners (2022). He has walked 73, struck out 136 and pitched to a 1.40 WHIP in parts of five major league seasons.
Borucki, who will wear uniform number 77, split the 2022 campaign between Toronto and Seattle, going 2-0 with a 5.68 ERA (16 ER/25.1 IP) in 32 relief appearances. He was acquired by the Mariners June 5 for minor league infielder Tyler Keenan and went 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA (9 ER/19.0 IP) in 21 outings for Seattle before he went on the 15-day IL August 9 with a season-ending left forearm strain.
The six-foot four-inch Borucki opened this season with Iowa, going 1-0 with a 12.00 ERA (12 ER/9.0 IP) in eight relief appearances with six of his 12 earned runs allowed coming in 1.1 innings April 27 vs. Louisville.
In nine minor league seasons, Borucki is 31-24 with a 3.46 ERA (180 ER/468.0 IP), two complete games and one save spanning 107 games including 81 as a starting pitcher. He began his career in a starting role before transitioning to the bullpen full time starting with the 2020 season.
A native of Highland Park, Ill., Borucki graduated from Mundelein (Ill.) High School and was selected by the Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Kilian, 25, made his season debut yesterday in a start against the Marlins (7 ER/3.1 IP) and is 1-0 with a 7.15 ERA (9 ER/11.1 IP) in three starts for Iowa this season.