Mar 8, 2014; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Eric Jokisch (80) throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The other two starters are lefties Erik Jokisch, and Chris Rusin. Both are nothing more than organizational arms who will be shuttled up and down from AAA to the majors as the cubs see fit when they need them to either spot start or maybe be situational bullpen arms. This is not to diminish their value to the team. Every team has these type of guys, and are a necessary asset. It’s however unlikely they’ll end up more than what they currently are to the team, or even perhaps as pot sweeteners for a future deal. Lefties always have value in the game of baseball.
There is another arm of interest pitching out of the Iowa Cubs bullpen by the name of Marcus Hately. He too is another pitcher real die hards should be familiar with by now. If any of you reading this has read my previous blogs you’ll know his name from some of my write ups on him. He’s a hard throwing righty who brings it upwards of 96 MPH with good command of his secondaries. He should be yet another flame throwing option for the parent club real soon here in what is developing into one of the hardest throwing and most talented young bullpens in the league.