Saturday, August 17, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, August 17, 2019 -- "The Cubs' Problem"

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"Even conceding that, though, the numbers are horrifying. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s first Cubs draft was in 2012. Just four pitchers they’ve drafted have pitched even an inning for the Cubs, and in total, those pitchers have thrown 56 innings and allowed 30 runs. Rob Zastryzny is the 'success' of that group, with 34 2/3 career innings. The Cubs haven’t drafted a pitcher who has pitched for them in the majors since 2014 (James Norwood, 12 IP). "