Another Hudson Valley resident has made it to the big leagues.  Kingston High School Graduate Zack Short has been added to the Chicago Cubs 40-man roster, as was announced earlier this week.

The 24 year old shortstop is a former resident of Hurley, NY, and attended Sacred Heart University where he played baseball for the college.  According to his Major League Baseball profile on the Cubs website, Zack was drafted by the Cubs in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB draft.  His stats indicate that he spent time with the Arizona League Cubs and Eugene Emeralds early in his career, and then went into play with the South Bend Cubs and Myrtle Beach Pelicans before joining the Tennessee Smokies in 2018, and then joined the Cubs for Spring Training in 2019.  He was injured last April and had to miss quite a bit of the season

NBC Chicago reports

Short was hampered by injuries last season, but managed to hit six home runs and drive in 25 RBI’s with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.

Ahead of the MLB's Rule 5 Draft, Short was officially added to the 40-Man roster, but what does that actually mean?  The NBC Chicago article breaks it down for us as follows:

In December’s Rule 5 Draft, eligible players can be selected from each team’s roster, but the selecting team must keep that player on their 25-man roster throughout the 2020 season. They must also pay the affected team $50,000, according to MLB rules.

If the team wants to send that player to the minor leagues, they must offer him back to the team they drafted him from at a cost of $25,000. If the original team declines, then the player must clear waivers in order to remain with his new team.

Congratulations, Zack - the Hudson Valley will be rooting for you!


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