Roster Move: Cubs claim infielder Rylan Bannon off waivers from Braves
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Roster Move: Cubs claim infielder Rylan Bannon off waivers from Braves


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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today claimed infielder Rylan Bannon off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Bannon, 26, split a majority of last season between the Orioles and Braves organizations, combining to hit .249 (85-for-342) with 18 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 77 RBI, 59 walks and a .367 on-base percentage between Triple-A Norfolk and Triple-A Gwinnett. He made 68 starts at third base, 23 as designated hitter and eight at second base.

The right-handed hitting Bannon made his major league debut with Baltimore, appearing in four games during two stints (May 12-17 and June 21-24), before he was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers August 8 then claimed off waivers by Atlanta August 16. He appeared in one game for the Braves while on the major league roster September 18-24.

In five minor league seasons, Bannon has hit .253 (432-for-1,706) with 92 doubles, 11 triples, 72 home runs, 276 RBI and an .805 OPS thanks to a .358 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging mark in 480 games, appearing at 300 games at third base, 129 games at second base and 23 games at designated hitter.

The five-foot eight-inch Bannon was named an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star and MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2019, splitting that season between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk. In 2018 with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Bannon was tabbed as the California League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, leading the league with a .402 on-base percentage and a .559 slugging percentage.

Bannon, a Joliet, Ill., native, attended Joliet Christian Academy and Xavier University before being selected by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. He was part of the July 18, 2018, six-player trade that sent infielder Manny Machado to Los Angeles Dodgers.

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