• Triple-A Iowa's Tsuyoshi Wada and Class A Kane County's Will Remillard were named the Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Month for April, respectively, by the Cubs on Wednesday.
Wada, 33, went 3-1 with a Pacific Coast League-leading 0.68 ERA in four April starts for Iowa, walking three and striking out 29, good for an average of 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. His 0.65 WHIP led the league, while his .156 opponents' batting average ranked second.
In his first year since signing with the Cubs organization in January, Wada is 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in six starts for Iowa. He has struck out 38 and walked six.
Remillard, 21, batted .373 (19-for-51) with six doubles, one home run and 15 RBIs in April, his first month in professional baseball since he was selected by the Cubs in the 19th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The right-handed batter finished with a 1.007 OPS, including a .458 on-base percentage and a .549 slugging mark.
A native of Cohoes, N.Y., Remillard is hitting .385 (25-for-65) with eight doubles, one home run and 21 RBIs in 19 games for Kane County this season. He is 9-for-18 off left-handed pitching and has a .340 average (16-for-47) against right-handers.
• Jorge Soler, who injured his right hamstring after his first at-bat April 3 for Double-A Tennessee, was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Soler is ranked No. 5 among the club's prospects according to MLB.com.
In addition, right-handed reliever Arodys Vizcaino has been transferred to Tennessee from Class A Daytona. He gave up one earned run over nine innings for Daytona. Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves in July 2012, has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
• The Smokies announced outfielder Zeke DeVoss has been transferred to Class A Boise. In 23 games for the Smokies, DeVoss was batting .120 (9-for-75) with a home run and six RBIs.
• The Cubs have released right-hander Ryan Searle. In nine appearances for Tennessee this year, the 24-year-old accumulated a 3-1 record and 6.63 ERA, giving up 14 earned runs over 19 innings.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.