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Caleb Kilian Should Get a Look During Upcoming Cubs Doubleheaders

Cubs prospect Caleb Kilian is in line for a possible promotion to start in the pair of doubleheaders the Cubs have coming up.

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With a tough stretch of the schedule coming up for the Chicago Cubs, there are a lot of decisions the Cubs will have to make regarding the roster. That said, the Cubs have two upcoming doubleheaders and reports have surfaced that RHP Caleb Kilian may possibly make starts in both of those sets. Rather than just report the possibility of Kilian’s big league debut, we’re here to explain why this is the correct move.

On Wednesday, Kilian ran into some trouble against St. Louis’ Triple-A affiliate, Memphis. However, despite a rough fourth inning, Kilian’s final line was still decent. What’s even more impressive? His season ERA is still only 2.06.

Kilian’s teammates bailed him out of a loss as the I-Cubs tied the Memphis Cardinals 4-4 before a delay. Despite the rough outing, Kilian’s body of work at the Triple-A level has been excellent to begin the 2022 season.

Why a Promotion Makes Sense

In Kilian’s case, it’s no secret that he will likely assume a role in the Cubs’ rotation before the season concludes. That said, there is zero downside to giving Kilian two starts at this point in the season. If the Cubs were legit contenders, maybe there is more hesitation. However, with a season defined by growth on the horizon, why not give your top pitching prospect a look?

As noted, the Cubs have a pair of doubleheaders coming up. On May 30, Memorial Day, the Cubs play two against the Milwaukee Brewers. The North Siders follow that up with a two-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 4. These two doubleheaders give Kilian the perfect dip in the water to begin his career in the majors.

The beauty of this two-start tryout of sorts is that there is nothing, other than injury, that can be negative for Kilian. Best case scenario, he crushes it and helps the Cubs take two wins against NL Central opponents. Worst case scenario, Kilian learns what plays at the MLB level and what doesn’t, then takes that information with a purpose back down to Iowa. Either way, the Cubs and Kilian cannot lose because these two starts promote growth for the soon-to-be 25-year-old.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Cubs will take on the Reds on Wednesday evening. Following his start at Iowa on Wednesday, Kilian aligns to start again on… Monday and next Saturday. If that ends up being the case, Kilian may make his next two starts at Wrigley Field. We won’t know until likely this weekend, but there are some tough decisions for the front office to make in the coming days regarding where Kilian’s next two starts will be played.

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Work as an accountant by day. Huge Chicago sports fan. Played college football and only wish I could skate well enough to play hockey. Twitter: @rnldluce Instagram: @rnldluce

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