Cubs' Deichmann collects hit in major league debut
The Cubs decided to give fans some tangible proof of players acquired in last week's flurry of trades.
Before facing the White Sox on Friday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs called up outfielder Greg Deichmann and placed Jason Heyward on the 10-day injured list with left index finger inflammation.
Deichmann, a left-handed hitter, started in right field and collected his first major league hit in his second at-bat, a line single to right in the fourth inning. He finished the day 1-for-5 at the plate.
Originally a second-round pick of Oakland in 2017, Deichmann, 26, played in seven games for the Iowa Cubs after coming over in the Andrew Chafin trade, along with pitcher Daniel Palencia. The former LSU star and New Orleans native was rated as the Athletics' ninth-best prospect at the time of the trade.
"I'm excited to get him out there and get my eyes on him for myself," Cubs manager David Ross said before the game. "I've heard great things. Just excited to see him in a Cubs uniform and get his feet wet a little bit. Quality at-bat, seems to control the strike zone really well, uses all fields. Debuts are always fun and exciting. We've had a bunch of them this year."
Deichmann's family made it to Chicago in time for the game. He actually played at Wrigley Field once before, for the Under Armour All-American game.
The only other player from the July trades who has joined the Cubs is reliever Codi Heuer. Craig Kimbrel, Ryan Tepera and Heuer are among 18 players that have played for both the Cubs and White Sox in the same season.
Deichmann is the 11th player to make his major league debut for the Cubs in 2021. The others were Justin Steele, Trevor Megill, Keegan Thompson, Tommy Nance, P.J. Higgins, Kohl Stewart, Cory Abbott, Taylor Gushue, Manuel Rodriguez and Michael Rucker.