Former Sox OF Ryan Kalish DFA’d by Cubs

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After one more shot at making it in the majors, former Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish has been designated for assignment by the Cubs, the team announced on Friday.

The outfielder had played in 39 games for the Cubs this season, hitting .242 with four RBIs in 91 at bats.

The Cubs DFA’d Kalish to make room on their roster for newly acquired pitcher Jacob Turner, who came in from Miami in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

Taken by the Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2006 draft, Kalish was considered one of the Sox’ most promising young players during his tenure in the Red Sox farm system. He was ranked in the top-100 MLB prospects by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus in 2008.


Kalish saw his first big league action in 2010, hitting .252 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 53 games with the Red Sox.

Injuries took their toll, however, as neck and shoulder ailments caused Kalish’s career to derail, as the outfielder didn’t see any time in the bigs in 2011 and just 36 games in 2012, where he hit just .229.

After missing all of the 2013 season, the Red Sox did not offer him a contract and the Cubs signed the outfielder, where he had an impressive Spring Training and made Chicago’s Opening Day roster.

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