The prospects are ready to show Cubs fans another way. Arismendy Alcantara is impressing so far in Chicago. Kyle Hendricks is making his second start on Tuesday. Tsuyoshi Wada wants to be the next of those prospects.
Wada had a good major league debut in Cincinnati. He went five innings, gave up one run, but it was an unearned run. He left the game in with a 5-1 lead, in line for his first major league win. Of course, things happen like they always do with the Cubs. They blew the lead, and Wada settled for a no decision.
Because of the scheduling, and the All Star break, Wada was sent back down to Iowa.
Perhaps one reason he went with Wada was how he pitched when he went down to Iowa.
In his last game on Friday, he picked up his tenth win of the season. He is now 10-6 in Iowa. The ten strikeouts marked the third time this season he struck out that many. He leads the Pacific Coast League with 120 strikeouts, fourth in ERA (2.77) and fifth in WHIP at 1.16. Looks like Wada really wants to stay in Chicago.
How many more starts Tsuyoshi Wada gets may be decided by what he does on Wednesday. At 33, he is older than any of the other prospects, so this may be his only chance to show he belongs in the show. For him, it may be now or never time.