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Cubs Option Caleb Kilian, Recall Mark Leiter Jr.

With glaring command issues, the Cubs have decided to option RHP Caleb Kilian.

Chicago Cubs recall pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. after optioning Caleb Kilian to Triple-A Iowa
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According to Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have optioned right-handed pitcher, Caleb Kilian, to Triple-A Iowa. Kilian, who made his big-league debut on June 4th against the St. Louis Cardinals, showed signs of dominance.

Caleb Kilian’s Potential

In five innings, the righty had six strikeouts while giving up three runs, three hits, and walking two. However, in his last two starts, Kilian showed signs of command problems. In 6.1 innings combined against the Padres and Pirates, Kilian gave up eight hits, 10 earned runs, 10 walks, and only struck out three batters.

Does the Caleb Kilian option mark the end of the world for his potential? Of course not. He’s shown signs of dominance throughout his young career in the minors.

At 25 years old, he has time to figure things out in the minors, working his way back to MLB. If Kilian works out his command issues, the potential starter could be back with the Chicago Cubs before 2022 ends.


Mark Leiter Jr.

With the Kilian option, the Chicago Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. back to the major league roster. In seven games with the Cubs so far this year, Leiter Jr. has thrown 17.1 innings with 16 strikeouts, nine walks, and a 6.23 ERA across three starts.

The Cubs are coming off back-to-back blowout losses against the Pirates that saw the pitching staff give up 18 hits, 16 earned runs, and 10 walks. Hopefully, Mark Leiter Jr. can provide some much-needed support to the rotation.

RELATED: The Cubs recalled Nelson Velazquez.

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