Cubs newcomers had a strong showing in the minor leagues to start the season.
The organization handed out its minor league pitcher and player of the month honors for April, with Tsuyoshi Wada notching the pitching accolade in his first year with the Cubs and catcher Wil Remillard collecting the position-player award during his first month in professional baseball.
Wada, a 33-year-old Japanese lefty, signed with the Cubs in January after two years in the Baltimore Orioles system. Pitching for Triple-A Iowa, Wada went 3-1 and had 29 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched through four starts. His 0.68 ERA and 0.65 WHIP both led the Pacific Coast League.
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The southpaw spent nine years pitching for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan, carrying a 3.13 ERA from 2003-11.
Remillard, a catcher with Single-A Kane County, hit .373/.458/.549 in April with six doubles, a homer and 15 RBI. He has since raised his average to .385 and OPS to 1.021 after a hot start to May, as well.
The Cubs took the 21-year-old with the 19th pick of the 2013 draft out of Coast Carolina University.