I know this will come as a shock to you, but the Cubs have been seeking at a pair of aid pitchers with pretty substantial damage historical past. The most noteworthy is former Nationals nearer Drew Storen, who is performing his way back again after missing the full 2018 season subsequent Tommy John surgical treatment. A item of Brownburg, IN, the similar town that generated Lance Lynn and Tucker Barnhart, the 31-calendar year-outdated Storen has racked up 99 saves in eight huge-league seasons.
Only four of individuals saves have come in his previous two strategies, though, and Storen’s combination Period and FIP are equally north of 4.50 in that similar time. A great deal of that can be attributed to a precipitous fall in fastball velocity, from an normal of 95 mph about his 1st 6 seasons to under 91 mph in 2017 with the Reds. Storen gave up a lot more call and produced much less whiffs than ever during his season in Cincinnati.
He did, having said that, pitch an immaculate inning against the Orioles. For individuals not common with this extremely unusual feat, it’s when a pitcher throws 9 pitches, all for strikes, to history 3 strikeouts. Very great.
Absolutely nothing is imminent, but resources informed the Tribune’s Mark Gonzales that Storen worked out for the Cubs two weeks in the past. It’s straightforward to see them making an attempt to convey the righty in on a insignificant league deal to increase a tiny depth to the competitors for a bullpen spot, given that that is sort of the Cubs’ jam. Even though the velo fall and return from surgical treatment don’t make for an attractive combo, it’s possible Storen’s rehab will aid him bounce back again.
Gonzales also observed that the Cubs were being expected to verify in on 28-calendar year-outdated righty Zack Jones at a Tuesday work out in Arizona. He’s ricocheted all about the minors with the Twins and Brewers, battling shoulder (torn labrum) and handle issues. His 5.5 BB/9 mark is significantly from suitable, but he can contact the upper 90’s with his fastball and that 12.9 K/9 tally in the minors is tantalizing.
Even if almost nothing further more arrives of the Cubs’ interest in either of these gamers, assume to see Theo Epstein and Co. continuing to verify in on low-price tag depth choices as spring education approaches.