A new era of Cubs baseball has begun.
Just one night after being traded from the South Side of town, Codi Heuer shined in his Cubs debut. By the way, the lanky right-hander was wearing No. 12, formally donned by Kyle Schwarber.
With most Cubs fans reacting to Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo both mashing home runs for their new teams on Saturday night, which resulted in the former Cubs’ mainstays gracing the back of the New York Daily News, it would not be a surprise if you missed Heuer’s clean inning of work to help the Cubs secure a 6-3 win over the Nationals.
Heuer was part of the return in the Craig Kimbrel trade between the Cubs and White Sox less than two hours before the trade deadline ended on Friday.
The right-hander who features an upper-90s fastball entered the ballgame with the bases loaded after Rex Brothers exited allowing one run on three hits and a walk.
Heuer proceeded to record three consecutive outs, one being a sacrifice fly, which was the second charged run to Brothers.
It was just a lone clean inning, but it’s an important one to build on considering his struggles with the White Sox this season, specifically with his sinker.
Bleacher Nation’s Cubs prospect writer Bryan Smith pointed out Heuer’s wOBA allowed on sinkers, which was .260 in 2020 compared to .487 this season. Smith notes that Heuer has left the pitch out over the plate more often than not this season, surely a culprit of his struggles to date in the 2021 campaign.
If there is one thing we’ve seen the Cubs coaching staff succeed at recently, it’s putting pitchers in successful opportunities to go with the improvement with their stuff.
“Struggled a little bit this year against lefties, and there’s some things we identified internally where we feel like we can impact him and continue to have his career grow. I think it’s a real arm that can get real outs for us. This is a big-time arm, somebody that has had some success in the big leagues that we feel can be sustainable.”– David Ross on Codi Heuer’s potential with the Cubs
It was just one outing, but it will be one Heuer will at least remember as he’s off to an encouraging start with his new team. If you’re interested in more Codi Heuer tape, check out the highlights below.