Taillon Getting to Work, the Desirable “Problem” of a Crowded Rotation, New Coaching Hires, and Other Cubs Bullets

Found a new scorching rooster place by me final evening… and it is going to be a downside. It was too good. Would or not it’s ridiculous to have it for dinner final evening and then instantly get it for lunch right this moment?

  • Pitchers aren’t formally required to report to Spring Training for an additional 4 weeks, however new Chicago Cubs starter Jameson Taillon is in Arizona getting to work:
  • As you already know by now, each participant is kind of proper again on the grind inside a couple weeks of the season ending, so it is by no means uncommon to see guys at their Spring Training website quickly after the calendar flips. Still, it is good to see Taillon not solely in his build-up course of already, nevertheless it’s good to know he is already there working with the Cubs’ workers and many of his new teammates. There’s gotta be additional worth there for a new participant.

He’s shortly becoming in, figuring out with the pitchers at Sloan Park in Arizona. Adrian Sampson, who began 19 video games for the Cubs final 12 months, stated he was ecstatic when Taillon signed. Sampson was a fifth-round choose for the Pirates in 2012, two draft courses after Taillon, so that they return.

“I knew the kind of man he was and I knew he would slot in instantly,” Sampson stated. “I talked to Tommy (Hottovy), our pitching coach, I believe the day after we signed him and I used to be like, we bought a actually, actually good man. Like, he is simply an superior man, inside and out. And then at the similar time, he is a nice baseball participant.”

  • Keep in thoughts, the addition of Taillon made it harder for Sampson to win an Opening Day rotation spot. Yet there’s that optimistic relationship there, and Sampson additionally is aware of that Taillon is the kind of man who’s going to work properly with the Cubs’ pitching infrastructure (which helped Sampson turn into a stable swing man over the previous two years). Sounds like a notably nice endorsement to me.
  • As for the rotation crowding, remember the fact that Sampson – for one instance – does have minor league choices remaining. So even in the unlikely occasion that EVERY SINGLE attainable beginning pitching possibility is COMPLETELY wholesome by the finish of March and LOOKING FANTASTIC, the Cubs may have methods to take care of the crowding (in the rotation, and then bumping into the bullpen, by extension) . You’d love to have to take care of that “downside” come Opening Day.
  • (If each beginning possibility was utterly wholesome and efficient, I believe you’d see the Cubs go together with Stroman, Taillon, Steele, Smyly, and Hendricks as the opening 5, and I believe you’d see no less than three of Sampson, Elias , Assad, and Wesneski open the season in the Triple-A rotation, whereas Thompson would head to the bullpen. It would not shock me if, by the finish of the 12 months, each single one of these 10 guys – and most likely a couple extra – wound up getting no less than one huge league begin. Kinda makes me begin pondering of a enjoyable train: guessing who makes the most begins for the Cubs in 2023, and which guys make greater than 5 begins. Boy, this has turn into a lengthy parenthetical (Hey, how are you doing?)
  • Bryan with an attention-grabbing thought on the timing of the Cubs’ subsequent transfer:
  • The Cubs nonetheless have to add Trey Mancini, and in addition they nonetheless have the Manny Rodriguez DFA to resolve (Mark Leiter Jr. cleared waivers final evening and we’re simply ready on his determination on the outright). It’d be nice if the Cubs might add Mancini and one other reliever with out having to DFA anybody else, however I’m not likely certain you may maintain guys off for 4 extra weeks (Bryan’s math was about ready 17 days, then slow-playing the bodily, and so forth., which might get you to the 4 weeks earlier than Spring Training formally begins). The Cubs ought to have no less than three fast 60-day IL placements when Spring Training opens if they need (Codi Heuer, Ethan Roberts, Alexander Canario, though they’ll most likely wait on Canario till they completely have to do it, as a result of it counts as a call-up and huge league service time).
  • I’m pondering this is likely to be a sneaky important rent for the Cubs in the years forward, as Poppe has labored with huge leaguers privately (and efficiently) for a very long time:
  • The Cubs even have a new minor league area coordinator:
  • A bunch from Cardinals possession, together with their reluctance to spend at the very prime tier of baseball, and how the RSN mannequin is probably going to change sooner reasonably than later:
  • We all know that Coors Field is at a completely completely different elevation than different ballparks, however there was one thing about exhibiting it this fashion that REALLY hammered it residence:
  • Light, foolish, enjoyable, Cubs prospects. Checks all the packing containers:
  • Joe is performing some good, which I can love and respect even when it is White-Sox-related. All the greatest to Liam Hendriks and his household:
  • Big mission coming to Toronto:

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