Cubs' Adduci Added To 40-Man Roster
CHICAGO—Sometimes good news travels fast. But not in the case of James Adduci.
Adduci was named to the Cubs' 40-man roster in November. The 24-year-old was getting ready for winter ball and it took a little while before he received word.
"I was in Mexico and they couldn't get hold of me for maybe half a day," Adduci said. "I had just gotten there and I didn't have a phone yet. It was cool, though. It was exciting news."
The lefthanded-hitting outfielder was given one of the remaining spots on the roster and protected from the Rule 5 draft last December after hitting .300/.377/.388 for Double-A Tennessee, finishing third in the Southern League with 140 hits and leading the Smokies with 35 stolen bases. He was also invited to participate in the team's winter festivities: the Cubs Convention and the Cubs Caravan in January.
All of a sudden, strangers knew who he was.
"I'm not that popular but there are fans who follow the minor leagues and knew me," he said. "It's kind of shocking, I guess you would say, for me. I didn't expect to be known at all but I did get stopped quite a few times. I signed some autographs and people knew who I was."
Adduci, whose father Jim played in 70 major league games for the Cardinals, Brewers and Phillies, was originally drafted by the Marlins in the 42nd round in 2004 but came to the Cubs in a 2006 trade. After a rough start in 12 games with high Class A Daytona in 2007, his hitting patience at the plate has improved.
He will likely end up at Triple-A Iowa, but heading to camp in February, rather than March, will give him some good face time with the Cubs brass and coaches.
"I'm just going to go down there and do what I've done to this point," Adduci said. "I need to prepare and work hard. And when I get in the game, I just have to play hard. All that other stuff is out of my control. I can only control what I can do. You never know what can happen in baseball."
• Members of the Ricketts family, the Cubs new owners, went to the Dominican Republic with farm director Oneri Fleita to check out the team's facilities.
• The Cubs inked veteran infielder Kevin Millar, 38, to a minor league deal and invited him to major league camp.