Cubs sign former Reno Aces outfielder Zach Borenstein

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Zach Borenstein of the Las Vegas 51s slides safely into first base during a game last season in Reno.
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One of the all-time hitting leaders for the Reno Aces, Zach Borenstein, has an opportunity to play with a big-league team from his home state.

The Chicago Cubs signed the 28-year-old left fielder from Illinois to a minor league contract on Wednesday. The transaction was reported on twitter by Matt Eddy of Baseball America.

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Zach Borenstein

A left-handed batter, Borenstein played with the Aces in 2014 through 2017 during his eight seasons in the minor leagues. His 280 games in an Aces uniform are the third most in the team’s history. He is fourth in hits (278) and home runs (38), fifth in RBIs (166) and sixth in triples (13).

Last season, Borenstein had 20 home runs and 90 RBIs for the Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

Borenstein has good speed, with 66 stolen bases in his eight minor league seasons. He has good power with 127 minor league home runs with 554 RBIs. But he’s struck out 493 times in 1,657 at bats in his five years in Triple-A. He’s never played in the majors.

Borenstein is from Arlington Heights, Illinois, and he went to college at Eastern Illinois.

The Cubs outfield returns left fielder Kyle Schwarber, who like Borenstein bats left-handed, and fellow starters Jason Heyward and Albert Almora Jr. Ian Happ is a reserve and infielders Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant sometimes play in the outfield. Chicago’s 40-man roster also includes outfielders Johnny Field and Mark Zagunis, who both bat right-handed.

— Tim Parsons

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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