Cubs select contracts of OF Nelson Velazquez, RHP Ethan Roberts

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(670 The Score) The Cubs have selected the contracts of outfielder Nelson Velazquez and right-hander Ethan Roberts, they announced Friday.

Velazquez, 22, hit .270 with 20 homers, 73 RBIs and an .829 OPS in 103 games split between high Class-A and Double-A in 2021. He’s currently hitting .385 with a 1.191 OPS in 26 games in the Arizona Fall League. The Cubs selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 MLB amateur draft.

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Roberts, 24, had a 3.00 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 39 games split between Double-A and Triple-A in 2021. The Cubs selected Roberts in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB amateur draft.

Velazquez and Roberts will now be protected in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The Cubs’ 40-man roster now sits at 37 players.