Mar 25, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (67) throws in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
On the pitching side at Iowa there are 5 guys who will likely matter in the Chicago Cubs 2014 season. 4 starters who have pitched well and should all be called up at some point this season before the year is out. This is why the Cubs are more confident they can sustain a higher level of competitiveness than the past two seasons even after another pitching purge at the deadline. The pitcher probably with the highest potential is Kyle Hendricks. A guy we’ve all heard about this guy the past two seasons by now so I’m not exactly shining a light on some darkhorse prospect. He was just named the PCL’s pitcher of the week this past week. It’s quite frankly time for this guy to take the mound at Wrigley, or be traded off for assets. Not much else he can accomplish in AAA.
The other guy who can probably contribute this season, and likely will is Tsuyoshi Wada. He’s also becoming much talked about by Cub fans, and media covering the team so he’s no mystery at this point either. He’s been tearing it up in Iowa, and he like Hendricks has proved all he can at AAA. Time to see how his stuff plays in the majors. With the Cubs staff firmly in tact and pitching well we’ll probably have to wait till the Cubs begin to make deals with their staff, or until September call ups to actually see them pitching in the MLB.