The Cubs have claimed righty Chandler Shepherd, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Shepherd was designated for assignment by Boston yesterday morning.
Shepherd, 26, transitioned to a full-time starter last season for Boston’s AAA-Pawtucket affiliate after having spent the majority of his four-year professional career in the bullpen. The experiment’s continued this season, to less-than-sparkling results: though the righty’s strikeout rate has jumped to an encouraging 9.10 men per nine, he’s allowed 11 homers in just 29.1 IP out of the Pawtucket rotation, with little of corner-painting command he’d so often exhibited in years prior.
Shepherd will report to AA-Tennessee, per Wittenmyer, where his role is as yet undetermined. FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen laud his “standout curveball” but project him as a “likely” long reliever in the majors.