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Could Kilian Get the Call This Weekend?

Cubs prospect Caleb Kilian could be an option for Saturday’s double header.

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The Chicago Cubs begin a five-game series tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals that includes a double header on Saturday. As of right now, the rotation appears to be Keegan Thompson (Thursday), Marcus Stroman (Friday), Matt Swarmer (game one Saturday), and Justin Steele (Sunday) with Saturday’s second game starter TBD.

According to Cubs’ reporter Jordan Bastian, it’s still uncertain as far as who David Ross will go with for game two of Saturday’s double header, but Cubs prospect Caleb Kilian is a possible option.

So far with the Iowa Cubs, Kilian has dominated the minors throwing 39.1 innings with 41 strikeouts in nine starts and a 2.06 ERA. The young right-hander has displayed electric stuff so far throughout the season and has been a highly-watched prospect among Cubs fans.

I don’t want to be the guy to get everyone’s hopes up too high about Saturday, but Kilian hasn’t made a start since May 25. Just like the guys discussed last night on the Cubs On Tap podcast, who knows? Maybe the Cubs are preparing to give him the call for game two on Saturday.

Another starting option for Saturday’s second game could be Michael Rucker, but maybe the Cubs decide to go with a bullpen game? It’s up in the air as to who exactly will get the nod, but a Caleb Kilian outing this weekend at Wrigley Field would sure bring a ton of excitement for fans. As for now though, that idea is still to be determined.      

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